Friday, May 22, 2015

Fairway Market Workers Ratify New 3-Year Contract

On the day of the vote, the message and tone was clear, “No matter the position, no matter the language, your vote matters. We’re united,” said Iris Bien-Aime, who gathered and spoke to her coworkers about voting at Fairway in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Fairway Market is truly like no other market, the staff is like an extended family. At the vote in Red Hook, workers who were not on schedule to work came to vote with their children and family. The mood and feel at any Fairway screams solidarity. Which was crucial during the last four months, this was the first contract negotiation with new Fairway's new CEO that took office in September of 2014.

“Our team was dedicated from the start to not only protect our contract, but to set a tone for future negotiations,” said lead union negotiator Rob Newell, “Because of their solidarity and passion, many positive changes were made in the contract. It was a real honor and privilege to work alongside of the committee, their drive and emotion earned all Fairway workers an excellent contract.”

Throughout the four months of negotiations, Fairway members wore solidarity buttons while at work demanding the company negotiate the “Fair Way”. The buttons truly made an impact and helped show support to the negotiating committee.


The contract also includes a number of quality of life issues such as increasing the number of minimum workweek hours for everyone. All members, regardless of class or tenure, are guaranteed to be scheduled a minimum 21 hour workweek.

“The deal gives stability to our families. Especially the medical, pension and legal service benefits, which were all unchanged,” said John Graham, a union negotiating committee member who works at Paramus Fairway.


The term of the Agreement is March 30, 2015 through April 1, 2018. Fairway workers will receive six raises throughout the term, including a retroactive wage increase from March 30th 2015. A minor, but very popular change was switching when vacation time was paid. Vacations are now paid prior to taking vacation, as opposed to receiving the pay the week of vacation. The agreement also includes a successors clause and increases contributions to the Union scholarship fund. Additionally it protects all members of UFCW Local 1500 from any discrimination because of: race, color religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, genetic information or gender identity or expression.

As the vote was closing Jeannette Taylor, who has worked at Fairway for over eight years, walked up to the poll, placed her ballot in the box, and proudly bragged, “I’ve got my union button…I don’t leave home without it.”

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fairway Market Contract Review & Vote Locations



  
Reviewing and voting on the final Fairway Market contract will take place on Thursday, May 21 from 8 am - 6 pm at the following locations. Your negotiating committee and Union Representatives will be at each of the locations to answer any questions you may have.  It's very important that you vote on your contract!
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015 FROM 8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
MANHATTAN: HOLIDAY INN  HOLIDAY INN: 440 WEST 57TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY, NY 10019                                                                                     
FAIRWAY: 480VAN BRUNT STREET  BROOKLYN, NY 11231                    
                                                               
FAIRWAY: 30 EAST RIDGEWOOD AVENUE PARAMUS, NJ 07652          
  
FAIRWAY: 847 PELHAM PARKWAY PELHAM MANOR, NY 10803
FAIRWAY: 50 MANETTO HILL ROAD PLAINVIEW, NY 11803
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE VOTING SO THAT YOU MAY ACCEPT OR REJECT THE COMPANY’S LAST PROPOSAL FOR THE NEW CONTRACT.              

Show your solidarity in your store by tweeting us pictures with your buttons or UFCW gear @ufcw1500 or on Facebook.com/ufcw1500.
Demuestre su solidaridad en su tienda enviándonos fotos a través de Twitter con sus botones o ropa de UFCW en @ufcw1500 o en Facebook.com/ufcw1500.

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Actualización sobre los contratos con Fairway
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LA VOTACIÓN SOBRE LA PROPUESTA DEL CONTRATO FINAL DEL CONTADOR SE LLEVARÁ A CABO CON LOS MIEMBROS DE LA UNIÓN DE EMPLEADOS POR LOS MERCADOS FAIRWAY EN LAS SIGUIENTES UBICACIONES: FECHA Y HORAS:  JUEVES 21 DE MAYO - 8:00 AM A 6:00 PM
MANHATTAN:    HOLIDAY INN: 440 WEST 57TH STREET,
(Entre la 9na y la 10ma AVENIDAS) NEW YORK CITY, NY 10019                                                                                                                                        
FAIRWAY: 480VAN BRUNT STREET  BROOKLYN, NY 11231                    
                                                               
FAIRWAY: 30 EAST RIDGEWOOD AVENUE PARAMUS, NJ 07652          
  
FAIRWAY: 847 PELHAM PARKWAY PELHAM MANOR, NY 10803
FAIRWAY: 50 MANETTO HILL ROAD PLAINVIEW, NY 11803
ES MUY IMPORTANTE QUE PARTICIPEN EN LA VOTACIÓN PARA QUE PUEDAN ACEPTAR O RECHAZAR LA ÚLTIMA PROPUESTA DE LA EMPRESA PARA EL NUEVO CONTRATO.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wegmans is the Wrong Fit for Brooklyn

Bruce W. Both, President of New York's largest grocery workers union, the 23,000 member United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation announced Wegmans will anchor the redevelopment plans for Admirals Row.

"Our communities surrounding the Brooklyn Navy Yard are in desperate need of a supermarket, one with a proven track record of providing healthy food, affordable food, and sustainable jobs for New York City. While the public spotlight is on the popularity of Wegmans to its upstate consumers, it's our responsibility to shine a light on the types of jobs they may bring to Brooklyn.

"Our communities need jobs with benefits in order to support and grow our families. Brooklyn deserves jobs which provide guaranteed raises, pay, benefits, and job security. But most importantly in the New York City food retail industry, our community needs a guaranteed set amount of working hours, to make it possible support our families and to balance a schedule between work and family life. Will Wegmans be offering this to the Brooklyn community?

"After all, it's about providing our Brooklyn community members with opportunities for stable and sustainable careers. Simply put, the company has no familiarity or understanding of providing good jobs and healthy food in New York City.

"The Brooklyn Navy Yard needed a responsible employer that our communities and families could count on to build a better Brooklyn. They needed a company that would help Brooklyn families attain the American Dream. What it didn't need was yet another out of town transplant to move into its neighborhood again. Brooklyn deserved better."

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United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, based out of Westbury, New York, represents 23,000 grocery workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Members of Local 1500 are employed by Pathmark, Fairway, Stop and Shop, Gristedes, D'Agostino, Key Food, Shop Rite and King Kullen.
Stay up to date with UFCW Local 1500 on twitter @ufcw1500, facebook.com/ufcw1500, and at ufcw1500.org.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NO TO THE TPP

UFCW President Perrone: Hard-Working Americans Have Sent a Message Loud and Clear—No TPP
Says Failure to Advance Fast Track a Stinging Defeat for TPP Proponents

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance fast track legislation.

“All across this country, hard-working Americans from every political stripe have sent a message loud and clear—no more trade deals that destroy American jobs and families. The failure of the Senate to advance fast track legislation is not only a stinging defeat for supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); it makes clear that the American people will not be fooled into supporting another bad trade deal.

“Just a few weeks ago, all of the pundits believed that fast track and the TPP were a lock to pass: they were wrong. Our 1.3 million members, the entire labor movement, progressive Democrats, and conservative Republicans have all stood up and spoke out against this disastrous trade deal. More importantly, this is what is possible when we all stand together and fight for what is right for our families, our jobs, and our nation. While this battle is far from over, we can only hope that President Obama and every TPP supporter hears the voices of the American people and understands that this is a fight they cannot and should not win.”

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Join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) online at www.ufcw.org

We are 1.3 million families standing together to build an economy that every hard-working family deserves.

Monday, May 4, 2015

D'Agostino Contract Unanimously Ratified

Nearly 1,000 Grocery Workers Earn Wage Increases, Protection Against LGBT Discrimination & Increased Guaranteed Hours for More Part Time Workers


Last week UFCW Local 1500 members working at D’Agostino Supermarket unanimously ratified a new three-year contract.  The contract provides five raises over the next three years to nearly 1,000 men and women working at D’Agostino’s 13 stores.  “I’m very proud of this new contract,” said negotiating committee member Jasmine Dalton, “We got the raises that we deserve, maintained our benefits and increased the guaranteed hours for more part-time workers. It’s a win,” Dalton concluded.

The agreement significantly expanded the amount of part-time workers who receive a guaranteed minimum 20-hour workweek, a key benefit for retail jobs. "This is huge for us," said Terry Quinones, lead union negotiator, "Retail scheduling is usually sporadic, making it difficult to balance a personal life and schedule. Now, even more part-timers can have an ease of mind knowing they have a minimum set number of hours each week. This is going to help hundreds of our families," Quinones said.

The new contract maintains all health and welfare benefits, and protects all members of UFCW Local 1500 from any discrimination because of: race, color religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, genetic information or gender identity or expression.

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