TO: ALL UFCW LOCAL 1459 MEMBERS
FROM: MELISSA MAY, ORGANIZER
DATE: MARCH, 24, 2021
SUBJECT: LOCAL 1459’s FIRST COMMUNITY GARDEN
Help Local 1459 start giving by helping us grow! We are seeking members in Holyoke and the surrounding areas to establish a Community Garden to be maintained by our members to grow food for members and the community. Membership participation is key to making this a reality. If you have any interest in launching this project with us please contact our Organizer, Melissa May at (413) 732-6209 ext. 117.
Our congratulations go to the following for being selected as the 2020 UFCW Local 1459 Scholarship Fund Recipients. They have been awarded $500 grants from among many students who applied for this scholarship.
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Union asking Stopand Shop to reconsider discontinuing hazard pay for employees
“We don’t feel that it’s right that our members are being asked to put themselves at risk more than they would normally do beyond their normal job and they’re not being compensated for putting themselves at risk,” Crystal Bouchie told 22News.
THE HAZARD PAY IS GONE. THE HAZARD IS NOT!
After months of negotiating to keep hazard pay beyond July 4th, Stop and Shop announced they will discontinue the hazard pay premium for all employees despite the growing number of COVID-19 infection cases around the country.
Speaking Together We Can Stand Up for Our Essential Grocery Workers:
- Our members continue to put their health and safety on the line in exchange for regular pay only.
- Stop and Shop continues to rake in millions of dollars in profit during the pandemic, yet they refuse to share the profits with its loyal employees.
- Masks, social distancing and other safety measures are still in effect and so should the hazard pay.
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Holyoke Council On Aging: The unit is returning to work on a limited basis preparing meals for curbside pick up. The shuttle buses are being fit with Plexiglas and they will be doing one person pick ups for medical appointments. Everyone is to continue with distancing and masks. All staff are still being paid in full.It is not clear what the new fiscal year will bring because the Federal government has yet to fund the States.