Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Former President Frank Meehan


It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our much-loved former President, Frank Meehan, who passed away today, March 31, 2015. Frank lived a life of open-hearted generosity, and care for all who met him. He touched the lives of thousands of working men and women through his spirit, generosity and loving demeanor.


Frank encompassed every trait of what it takes to be a great leader.  He had a way of speaking to you which made you feel, to put it simply, that he cared.  It's because he did.  Frank cared for all who met him; whether it be an hour, day or years, Frank's warm way of living and care for people stood out.  Frank Meehan was a great man, leader and friend.  He will always have a special place in the lives of all UFCW Local 1500 members and he will be truly missed.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Thank You for Donating Blood

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On behalf of UFCW Local 1500, I'd like to thank all of you who attended and donated blood last week at our Emergency Blood Drive.

With your help nearly 300 in-need patients throughout New York will receive blood.

I'm so thankful to all of you for your help and support. Together we've made a positive difference in our community.

I look forward to seeing you in July at our annual BBQ and Blood Drive!

Thank you again,


Tony Speelman
Secretary-Treasurer
UFCW Local 1500



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fairway Members 'Riled Up' at General Membership Meeting

 
 
Last week Fairway Market members packed the UFCW Local 1500 Union Hall for their quarterly General Membership Meeting, displaying fierce union solidarity.  "The energy was apparent," said Assistant to the President Rob Newell, "Fairway members are ready, prepared and taking negotiations very seriously, it's apparent after nights like these." 

Show your solidarity in your store by tweeting us pictures with your buttons or UFCW gear @ufcw1500 or on Facebook.com/ufcw1500.
 
Miembros de Fairway exaltados en la Reunión General de UFCW Local 1500
 
Esta semana los miembros de Fairway Market abarrotaron el salón sindical de UFCW Local 1500 con motivo de su Reunión General de Miembros trimestral, demostrando una fuerte solidaridad con el sindicato. “La energía era evidente”, dijo Rob Newell, Asistente del Presidente, “los miembros de Fairway están listos, preparados y están tomando las negociaciones con mucha seriedad, es evidente después de noches como estas.
 
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.

Fairway Market Contract Update




Fairway Contract Update
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A Fair Way...March 18th Update
On Friday, March 6th and Monday, March 9th, our Fairway union negotiating committee met with company officials to continue contract negotiations.   
Fairway's new CEO Jack Murphy was present at the first negotiating session.  The committee has been strong, and determined to air all concerns for Fairway members. Due to their strength and your support, progress is being made.
As we highlighted in our quarterly newsletter, these negotiations are crucial.  They will set the tone for our future collective bargaining agreements with the new management at Fairway Market.
Thank you for the support and solidarity and wearing your buttons with union pride! It truly makes a difference.
The next scheduled negotiating session is March 27th..


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Marzo de 2015
Actualización sobre los contratos con Fairway

Una manera justa... Actualización del 18 de marzo

El viernes 6 de marzo y el lunes 9 de marzo, nuestro comité de negociación sindical de Fairway se reunió con directivos de la compañía para continuar las negociaciones contractuales.
Jack Murphy, el nuevo Director Ejecutivo de Fairway, estuvo presente en la primera ronda de negociaciones. El comité ha sido fuerte y ha decidido ventilar todas las inquietudes de los miembros de Fairway. Gracias a su fuerza y a su apoyo, se están logrando avances.
Como lo hemos destacado en nuestro boletín trimestral, estas negociaciones son cruciales. Marcarán la pauta para nuestros futuros convenios de negociación colectiva con la nueva dirección de Fairway Market.
¡Gracias por el apoyo y la solidaridad y por usar con orgullo los botones del sindicato! Realmente marca la diferencia.
Las próxima reunion de negociación esta programada para el 27 de marzo.
Para consultar todas las noticias archivadas, por favor visite nuestro blog.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Top 10 Stories Last Week:

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New York State Comptroller’s office released its annual report on the bonuses paid to an estimated 167,800 employees of Wall Street banks. Just to be clear (maybe you should sit down, away from sharp objects), this is the amount of money paid to Wall Street bank employees in addition to already lucrative salaries: The report estimates the average base salary in the securities industry for 2013 was $190,970.
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WHAT'S NEWS THIS WEEK
Remember that wonderful snow storm we had a few months ago? Remember when a State of Emergency was declared? Well, Fresh Direct didn't really care, they're now being sued by UFCW Local 2013 who reps the workers.
Checkout the new PR campaign from Fairway Market.
The North Carolina chain's nationwide expansion has had some issues.
Is this a growing trend in the retail world?  Now discount stores are joining in.
Read the latest edition of the Register, featuring stories on Fairway negotiations, Stop & Shop and King Kullen negotiations, and much more from your union, UFCW Local 1500.

Elsewhere & Out There:
American and British Aid Workers Infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone
Triangle Factory Fire 104th Commemoration: Wednesday, March 25, 11:30AM: Save the date.
Thank You:
It's often a thankless job, so we'd like to say, thank you. And thank you for being a subscriber. 
Shameless Plugs:
Union Blood Drive is coming up on March 24th.  If you're interested in donating let us know!
Union Plus Benefits: You're eligible for discounts on cell phone bills, mortgages, gyms and more! Find out here.
 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UFCW President Perrone Statement on Adoption of Right to Work in Wisconsin

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2015
Contact Tim Schlittner, 202-262-3570, tschlittner@ufcw.org

http://www.ufcw.org/2015/03/09/ufcw-president-perrone-statement-on-adoption-of-right-to-work-in-wisconsin/

UFCW President Perrone Statement on Adoption of Right to Work in Wisconsin
“By standing against hard-working families, Governor Walker should be ashamed, but we know he is not.”

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 in response to the adoption of right to work in Wisconsin.

“Every elected leader has a sacred responsibility to stand up for America’s hard-working families and to help them achieve a better life. Higher wages, better benefits, equal pay for equal work, protection from discrimination and exploitation; those are the rights that unions offer and which we fight for every single day. These are the true rights that Governor Scott Walker wants to take away from the union men and women who work hard, sacrifice, and help make Wisconsin and America a better place.

The truth is by standing against hard-working families, Governor Scott Walker should be ashamed, but we know he is not. He has chosen to pursue a radical agenda that willingly ignores that this law will devastate countless workers and their families. Make no mistake, this law gives irresponsible corporations, let alone politicians, the right to exploit and mistreat countless men and women all across Wisconsin.

Let me be clear, this fight is not over. We will stand up and fight for the right to protect our hard-working union family and the rights of countless families in Wisconsin and all across America who earn and deserve a better life.”

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Key Facts: Value of Union Membership for Hard-Working Men and Women

Union workers vs non-union workers earn higher wages, receive better benefits, and have more job security than non-union workers. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Union Members – 2014”, January 2015, Table 2. Available at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm
Women are more likely to get equal pay for equal work by being a union member. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Union Members – 2014”, January 2015, Table 2. Available at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm

LGBT workers are less likely to be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity as a union member.  Source: Frank, Miriam. “Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America”, Temple University Press, 2014.
Immigrant workers have far more protections as a union member. Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research “Unions and Upward Mobility for Immigrant Workers” Available at: http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/unions-immigrants-2010-03.pdf

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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.


Friday, March 6, 2015

What's News This Week: Arrests, Car Wash, Target Job Cuts

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In a show of solidarity for striking workers, two Brooklyn councilmen along with RWDSU President and UFCW President were arrested for blocking traffic in an act of civil disobedience.  The car wash workers are victims of wage theft.  Last November, the owner of Vegas Auto Spa in Park Slope alleged he stole more than $600,000 from workers.  Workers recently voted to join the RWDSU.
 
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WHAT'S NEWS THIS WEEK
 
 
Kroger Co. is giving Walmart a run for its money. In fiscal 2014 Kroger gained market share in 18 of 20 markets tracked by Nielsen, and Walmart is a major player in 15 of those markets, Kroger said in a conference call with analysts on Thursday. 
 
 
Lower fuel prices, better-than-expected inventory charges and a solid core operating result all boosted Q4 earnings to $1.04 a share.
 
 
 
As part of an internal restructuring effort, Ahold announced its eliminating jobs in Carlisle, Pa., and Quincy, Mass.
 
 
 
 
 
Related: Two charts show why the job market is still hurting.
 
 
 
The de Blasio administration reached a project labor agreement with the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater NY, covering $3.5 billion of work and repairs at the NYC Housing Authority over the next three years.
 
 
 
The owner of five Harlem Papa John's Pizza franchises underpaid his delivery workers by millions of dollars, according to a criminal suit filed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
 
 
The Presidential candidate is making his rounds attacking workers.  What happens nationally if he does get elected?
 
 
 
The North Carolina chains troubled expansion will close its California stores by the end of the month.
 
 
Analysts are high on Whole Foods for the next few years.
 
 
 
 
Evolving with the times, Costco is increasing its organic offerings.
 
 
Clearly voting rights are under attack.
 
Related: Very interesting read and plan: How Oregon Hopes to Register Every Eligible Voter
 
 
 
Read the latest edition of the Register, featuring stories on Fairway negotiations, Stop & Shop and King Kullen negotiations, and much more from your union, UFCW Local 1500.
 
 
 
 
“I’m Anna. I’m in the history department. I want a union because I want to be able to do this work I love and have a safety net.”
 

 
 
Elsewhere & Out There:
 
 
 
 
 
Thank You:
It's often a thankless job, so we'd like to say, thank you. And thank you for being a subscriber. 
 
 
 
 
Shameless Plugs:
 
Union Blood Drive is coming up on March 24th.  If you're interested in donating let us know!
 
Union Plus Benefits: You're eligible for discounts on cell phone bills, mortgages, gyms and more! Find out here.
 
 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Event Calendar




General Membership Meeting: March 11th

7 pm @ UFCW Local 1500 Union Hall
425 Merrick Ave. Westbury NY

Attend your quarterly General Membership Meeting to get informed and updated on contract negotations, your rights at work, and meet and speak with your Union Executives and Representatives.





Emergency Blood Drive: March 24th

This brutal winter has been especially difficult for blood centers across the northeast.  That's why the NY Blood Center has asked us to host an Emergency Blood Drive on March 24th from 2-8 pm at our Union Hall.

Please RSVP today to reserve your time-slot.  Time-slots are scheduled every 15 minutes from 2-8 pm (you may also call 800-522-0456 ext. 1305 for an appointment).

In addition to lunch and refreshments for all donors,  we're also raffling off 10 pairs of New York Mets tickets.  Each donor will be entered into the raffle for free!  Please RSVP now and share the event to your friends on Facebook so we can help our community once again.
 



Read the March Newsletter

Stay updated and checkout our latest newsletter. 

Stories on:

King Kullen negotiations
New UFCW International Presiden Marc Perrone
Huge Win for Pathmark Members in Staten Island
Stop & Shop negotiations
Member Profile on Barbara Balos
Fairway negotiations
And much more!

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Thank you and in Solidarity,



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