Who We Are
We are UFCW Local 1459. We are workers helping other workers to improve wages, benefits, working conditions, and have a true, independent voice in the workplace. With several thousand members, UFCW Local 1459 is the largest union in Western Massachusetts.
Established in 1938, UFCW Local 1459 is a progressive organization, constantly striving to represent the members’ interests to the fullest extent at the workplace and in the community. UFCW Local 1459 has bargained contracts over the years that have ensured its members have health insurance, pensions, good wages, job security, and respect on the job. The officers and staff of the local are very involved in political and community activities, making the union’s impact felt and our voices heard.
UFCW Local 1459 is one of hundreds of local unions, spread from coast to coast, which belong to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). Representing 1.3 million members from both the private and public sectors, the UFCW is one of the largest unions in the United States. The UFCW International Union has a democratic structure. Every five years, UFCW locals elect delegates and send them to the international convention to elect officers and vote on the UFCW Constitution.
How Our Union Works
UFCW Local 1459 is run by an elected Executive Board. These officers are full-time representatives and rank and file members who work in the various locations. Each Executive Board meeting is recorded and the minutes are red to the general membership at regular quarterly membership meetings.
The daily operations of the local union are conducted by the President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Union Representatives. Additionally, UFCW Local 1459 has a stewards program which provides on the job assistance and advice through qualified stewards. These stewards are trained in contract enforcement and grievance handling.
How You Can Build UFCW Local 1459
Local 1459 encourages the participation of members, stewards, retirees, and community volunteers. As an organization of, for, and by workers, we welcome any time and talent they can volunteer to help Local 1459—as well as our friends and allies—continue and strengthen our fight for fairness on the job and more opportunities for working families everywhere. See the Members section to find ways to get involved in your local.
How UFCW Local 1459 Can Help You Save Money
Many of our members can benefit from discount offers and a range of services that we have either negotiated or participate in, including:
- Free and discounted legal services
- Scholarships for union members and family
- Discounts on local area attractions and services
- Significant savings on major consumer products and services through the Union Plus program
Check out the Benefits section for more info.
Organizing with UFCW Local 1459
UFCW Local 1459 is committed to organizing workers not only to bring the benefits of union membership to the unorganized but also to protect and better represent current members.
The UFCW also works with like-minded community groups-such as religious, citizen action, civil rights, senior and women’s organizations-to form coalitions that strengthen our ability to protect workers’ rights and organize nonunion workers.
If you are interested in organizing a union where you work, please see our organizing section for more details.
How UFCW Local 1459 is Involved in the Community
The power of a union is felt not only in the workplace, but the broader community. UFCW Local 1459 is active politically, charitably, and socially in variety of ways, helping make our communities strong for our members and working families.
See the Issues and Community section (like the Active Ballot Club) for more information.