Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hale & Hearty Workers Vote in Union

In a huge victory for working men and women in New York City, workers at Hale & Hearty’s commissary in Brooklyn, N.Y. banded together and voted last night to unionize. The 56 workers overwhelmingly chose to be represented by New York’s largest food workers union, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500.

Donald Torres, who has worked at the Hale & Hearty factory for 2 years said, “We all feel that we deserved better. We want to have a voice and to build a better life working here.”

Tony Speelman, President of the over 20,000 member UFCW Local 1500, said “I want to congratulate the hard working men and women at Hale & Hearty for joining us at Local 1500. Our entire union is proud of them and admires their courage. We look forward to building a relationship with Hale & Hearty, and working together to find ways to benefit workers and the company together.”

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 represents over 20,000 men and women throughout New York State.

Key goals for the union will be working with the company to enhance the lives of their newest members, provide them job security and secure a better level of benefits.

"By working together we will improve their lives and make Hale & Hearty into better and more successful company. This cannot be done alone, it will be a joint labor-management effort and we look forward to beginning that relationship. I think New Yorkers will be excited to know their delicious soups are now going to be union-made." Speelman concluded.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dangerous Precedent

The Washington Post building in Washington, D.C.
The Washington Post building in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What happened to our elections? If he loses = voter fraud. If he if wins = lock up his opponent. Is that leadership? These threats are beyond dangerous and setting a precedent for the years to come which are just frightening. If Clinton wins, will she lock up her opponent or people who disagreed with her during this vile campaign season? No. We have responsibility as voters and it couldn't be outlined better in this editorial by the Washington Post.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Urgent Notice for Stop & Shop Members RE: Scheduling

October 13, 2016
Dear Stop & Shop member,

It has come to Local 1500’s attention that there have been some considerable changes in scheduling and that these changes pose a problem for many of our members.  During multiple conference calls this week, your Company explained the new ‘late-night’ schedule has already been established and expects Local 1500 members to work even later than previously expected. 
We are in the process of grieving these unilateral changes to your working conditions with your company and want every Stop & Shop member to know that LOCAL 1500 IS NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH THE NEW LATE NIGHT SCHEDULE.  We are working to resolve this matter as quickly as possible, and expect your full support during this process.

If you have a hardship caused by your new schedule, please contact your Union Rep ASAP, so that they can contact Stop & Shop and file individual grievances with specifics as well.

We will keep you updated as the situation continues to evolve.

Thank you,

Your Union Team,

UFCW Local 1500


Charity Weekend!

This weekend we will be participating in two wonderful walks for charity. The first will be the Light the Night Walk on Saturday Night at 5:30 PM at Eisenhower Park. On Sunday we'll be walking at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach. For any info on either of these events please contact your Union Representative.

October 15th @ 5:30 PM @ Eisenhower Park
Pre-Walk Meet Up: 50 Grand Club inside registration area

The details:
Join your union brothers and sisters at Eisenhower Park as we walk to support those affected by blood cancer. We'll be meeting up at the 50 Grand Club inside the walk pre-walk area. There will be food and refreshments for all walkers. Our President, Tony Speelman, is this year's Light the Night Walk Chair! Come support him and our Union's efforts to battle blood cancer!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Jones Beach
October 16th @ 7:00 AM @ Jones Beach Field 5

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Wednesday, October 5th: Local 1500 Open House and Building Dedication Ceremony  @ 5:45 PM

I am proud to announce we'll be hosting our first open-house at our union office at 425 Merrick Ave. Westbury, NY 11590 on October 5th. I invite you to come that evening, meet your entire Union staff from benefits offices to union reps, to organizers and executives.

Tomorrow will be a special day for our entire Union. I will be dedicating the Union Hall in honor of our former President Frank Meehan. Please RSVP and join us for the dedication ceremony at 5:45 p.m with food and refreshments to follow. All benefit offices will be open for business and available to answer your questions.

I look forward to seeing you on October 5th and making our Union bigger, stronger and better together!

Tony Speelman
UFCW Local 1500
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