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Bloomsbury, N.J., Subway Workers Vote to Join Union

Notoriously anti-union Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) can't be happy about this story. Haslam's family owns Pilot Flying J, a chain of travel centers, and workers at a Subway sandwich shop in Bloomsbury, N.J., just voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Earlier this year, Haslam was one of the key players in the effort to defeat a union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The company run by his brother, Jimmy, hasn't been as successful in denying workers their rights, as other workers at the Bloomsbury Pilot Flying J location voted to join RWDSU earlier this year.

101-year-old UFCW Retiree Thanks Joe Hansen for Pension Increase

Mary Tomazi, a UFCW retiree and former employee of Local 655, recently sent a letter to UFCW International President Joe Hansen to thank him for the cost of living increase to her UFCW International Pension Plan.  Ms. Tomazi worked at the Health and Welfare Department at Local 655 for 18 years and retired in 1978.  She celebrated her 101st birthday in March and attends Local 655 meetings every month.  She has been an active member of the Local 655 Retirees’ Club since 1978.

Some of the 78 fired Citra Mina seafood workers, calling for a stop to their employer’s union busting practices.
Some of the 78 fired Citra Mina seafood workers, calling for a stop to their employer’s union busting practices.

UFCW Region 1 and Local 359 Stand in Solidarity with Citra Mina Seafood Workers

On July 8th, Region 1 & Local 359 members attended a solidarity action for 78 Citra Mina Workers who are seeking justice.

These seafood workers were fired from the General Santos plant in the Philippines, where the company is based, after they attempted to organize and form a union to demand better pay and working conditions.

They have now  been fighting for over six months to be reinstated and get the respect they deserve from their employer. They are staying strong for their families who so desperately need the income from these jobs.

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Schedules That Work Act

Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement regarding introduction of the Schedules That Work Act.

“If you ask a worker in the retail industry what improvements can be made to their job, the response is likely to include scheduling. Fair, flexible, and reliable scheduling is a simple way to ensure workers are treated with dignity and respect. In a perfect world, employers would view workers as human beings with competing life demands rather than numbers on a balance sheet. But in reality, scheduling is more erratic than ever."

Sodexo Workers at Texas Christian University Ratify First Union Contract with Local 1000

On July 15, over 150 Sodexo USA campus food workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract with UFCW Local 1000. The contract is a victory for the workers and guarantees new wage increases, job security, seniority rights, vacation and sick pay and other union protections, and also restores many of the benefits cut by the company last year. The workers approached UFCW Local 1000 earlier this year with complaints of severe cuts to their benefits, vacations, and hourly schedules, which prompted their desire to form a union.

Your Inspiration for Today: 11-Year-Old Asean Johnson

You may have seen a video of him before, but if 11-year-old Asean Johnson can stand up to Rahm Emanuel and school "reformers" like he does in this video from the AFT convention, you can stand up and fight the important battles in your community.

FLOC Organizer Punched: Tell Tobacco Firms to Curb Violence

Last week on a North Carolina tobacco farm, Oscar Sanchez, a Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) organizer and “Respect, Recognition, Raise” campaign leader, was punched in the face by a representative of the Growers Association during an outdoor meeting with workers.

One of the examples provided in the guide.
One of the examples provided in the guide.

Safety and Health: Hazards in the Retail Workplace

The UFCW Occupational Safety and Health Office has released a guide that lists the workplace hazards that may occur in a retail workplace. The hazards listed in the guide are all violations of the standards set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and should be immediately reported to a supervisor and a union steward or union representative.

What’s Up with the New Southwest?

The 9,000 ground workers at Southwest Airlines—members of Transport Workers (TWU) Local 555—have been working without a contract for three years. They report negotiations have made little progress on reaching an agreement. In this new video from TWU—"Profits Before People: The New Southwest Airlines"—workers talk about the change in culture at Southwest, the company’s take-back demands and what they hope to see in the new contract.

Southern California Locals Unite To Support Food 4 Less Grocery Workers

Workers at Southern California Food 4 Less locations from UFCW Locals 1428, 770, 135, 1167, 324, 1442, and 8GS all came together in a strong show of solidarity last week for a fair contract.

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