President's Letter to the Members

Dear Member:

On behalf of the Officers, Executive Board and the thousands of Union members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 1459, I welcome you. You are among over 1.3 million working men and women who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, a part of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, AFL-CIO.

For some of you this may well be your first union experience and the material on this web site is for your benefit. It was prepared to ease your uncertainty and outline for you our union, its function and how it works on behalf of the membership. We feel very strongly about membership participation because of our firm belief is that "the members are the union."

As your leadership, we are committed to bringing strong and effective union representation to your workplace. We are also committed to extending ourselves beyond the scope of the union bargaining table and into the community. We do this because our members interests should and do reach far beyond the workplace and out into their neighborhoods and communities.

By now you should already have a union contract. The wages and benefits provided in your contract were not given to you by your employer. They are the result of a process called "collective bargaining" between your union and your employer. Your union agreement contains all your rights and privileges. Guard them zealously.

Your union contract is your security. In addition to providing you with the best possible wages, benefits and working conditions in your industry, above all it provides that enables you to have pride and dignity on the job and in yourself.

If you are happy with your union, tell a friend; if you become unhappy with your job, tell your union. We stand ready to serve your needs.

Fraternally and Sincerely,
Daniel P. Clifford