Thursday, December 29, 2016

Union-Made New Year's Eve


Enjoy your New Year with some Union-Made spirits.  IF you plan on celebrating, make sure you do so responsibly! Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 NEWSPAPER COVERS

2016 has been an especially eventful year for our union and for our entire country.

As we reflect on all the change and we plan for a successful 2017, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for allowing me to serve as your Union President. This is a responsibility I am humbled by and honored to do each day.

I've linked all our Union Newspapers below for you to browse and reflect on.

Thank you again and please have a safe and Happy New Year!

Your Brother,

Tony Speelman
President
UFCW Local 1500

REFLECT ON 2016 WITH YOUR UNION NEWSPAPERS



http://files.www.ufcw1500.org/media-center/newspaper-archives/december-2015/Register_March_2016_-_Lo-Res_for_WWW.pdf

MARCH 2016


JUNE 2016
http://files.www.ufcw1500.org/media-center/newspaper-archives/RegisterSept-16.pdf

SEPTEMBER 2016

 http://files.www.ufcw1500.org/media-center/newspaper-archives/Register_Dec_2016_WWWIA.pdf

DECEMBER 2016

Thank You for Your Hard Work This Holiday Season


It's not said enough, thank you.

Your work throughout the last few weeks has helped thousands of families enjoy their holidays.

We appreciate it!

Friday, December 16, 2016

We're Thankful this Holiday Season

We are so thankful for the men and women who make up our Union...every day they're helping thousands of New York families enjoy their meals and time with their families. We are especially thankful this holiday season, check out what the men and women of UFCW Local 1500 have to say:



Friday, December 9, 2016

UFCW Statement on Andy Puzder


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, made the following statement about Andy Puzder being nominated to be Secretary of Labor.

“The Secretary of Labor’s top priority must be protecting America's hard-working men and women, not increasing corporate profits. Andy Puzder has been critical of raising the minimum wage and advocated for replacing workers with automated technology. If he is confirmed, the American people will expect him to protect American jobs and most importantly, all workers who have earned and deserve better wages, better benefits, and a better life.”


Thursday, December 8, 2016

December Register

The December edition of The Register is now online for download. It features stories on the Shop Steward Seminar, Labor Day Parade, Mrs. Green's, Hale & Hearty Organizing and much much more! Check it out!
http://files.www.ufcw1500.org/media-center/newspaper-archives/Register_Dec_2016_WWWIA.pdf

UFCW Statement on Amazon Go


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, made the following statement about Amazon Go.

“Amazon believes that America's hard-working men and women are irrelevant to customers - they couldn't be more wrong. The amazing people who work inside grocery stores are more than neighbors and friends, they provide an invaluable and vital service.

“Those who work in our local grocery stores do a lot more than just ring people up at the register. They are professionals who advise customers about the right cut of meat, help them find the products they need, create expertly prepared meals and most importantly, can be trusted to ensure that everything bought in their stores is safe to consume.

“Amazon is masking its blind greed as progress. This is not about improving customer experience: It is about destroying good jobs, with no regard to the families and communities impacted. This is not the America that hard-working families want and deserve.”

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Fairway Job Fair



Fairway Market is holding a job fair on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

JOB FAIR LOCATION
“Remsen Hall”
375 Remsen Avenue,  Brooklyn, New York 11212
Wednesday, December 7, 2016.





Wednesday, November 30, 2016

President Speelman Receives Labor Press Leadership Award

Last night Local 1500 President Tony Speelman was among six honorees for the annual Labor Press Leadership Awards. Speelman was introduced and presented an award by UFCW International President Marc Perrone.

Speelman's remarks are below.
Thank you- Today, in such a divided nation unsure of its future - communication is more important than it has ever been.
Organizations like Labor Press are vital, and I mean vital to the millions of hardworking men and women throughout our state and country.
If we can’t rely on the mainstream media to properly cover an election without putting profits before effective journalism, how can we expect the media to cover stories that affect the true backbone of our country, America’s workers?
We can’t.
Our stories, the amazing stories of the hardworking men and women we are all so privileged in this room to represent, are rarely heard by people outside the audiences in rooms like these. They are given far below the attention they deserve.
Issues of fair pay – trade – health care – job security – building infrastructure the right way, with union jobs – affordable college education – raising our wages - pension reform - these are real issues we all face each day that are rarely sprinkled throughout news cycles covering scandals and outrageous quotes from elected officials.
That’s why what Neal and his team at Labor Press do each day is so important. That’s why I’m so honored to receive this award. The one thing we all take away from the election is the power of the media. The power of message – The more of our stories that are out there, the more people will hear the realities of what workers are going through and why we need ACTION from our elected officials, not just their rhetoric.
This is how we win. This is how we build a better country, community and movement for working people. Thank you very much for this honor and lets get to work.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

We are Thankful.

Your tireless work this week has helped thousands of New Yorkers enjoy Thanksgiving with their families.

From the entire staff at UFCW Local 1500, thank you. 

We wish you a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Check out our new Thanksgiving video highlighting what we're thankful for:
 
https://youtu.be/fL8unJ1RQ4E 



Thursday, November 10, 2016

Veterans Day


For the better part of a year the presidential election has split our nation in half. Though there is one thing we can all agree on: we are truly indebted to the service and sacrifices of all U.S. military veterans.

Our veterans are our sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers and cousins. They are our coworkers and our neighbors. They are all races, ethnicity's and come from all backgrounds. They are what makes this country so great.



As union-members, we have a responsibility to stand up for our co-workers, fight for our families and our communities. Many of our veterans are facing serious problems and I want to make it clear that our union family is committed to standing up for our veterans and their families.
 Acknowledging what these amazing men and women have done for our country is not enough. We must do more. In our upcoming contract negotiations our Union team will make a point to bargain for more benefits for the brave men and women who have proudly served our country.

The best way to honor our veterans on this day is to provide them with an opportunity to earn a better life. That is the least our employers can do.







Thank You, Vets



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Statement on President-Elect Donald Trump.

The reality of having an anti-union, billionaire reality-star like Donald Trump elected president of the United States is sinking in. Our daily work and struggle to protect hard working families, jobs, rights and our communities will be an even greater task tomorrow then it is today.

We are eager to hold President-Elect Trump accountable on his promises to help build a better working class and support America's workers.



Friday, November 4, 2016

Get Out the VOTE


Election day is fast approaching.  Do you plan on voting? If you do, try to make a schedule and make sure you know where to vote tomorrow! Once in a while polling places change with little notification, so please double check your polling place and have a hassle free Election Day.

Don't take your right to vote for granted, make your voice heard on November 8th and feel free to share these graphics on social media to encourage your friends to vote!




Hiring: Entry Level Field Staff


We're excited to announce have filled our office staff positions and would like to thank all applicants. W

e still have opportunities to work with Local 1500. We are accepting applications for entry level Field Staff positions with Local 1500.



E-mail cover letter and resume with subject line of the job which you are applying for  to jobs@ufcw1500.org. More details are below:



—JOB POSTING —


Job title: Field Staff
Position location: New York Metropolitan Area
Start date: 12/5/16

Summary:

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 is the largest grocery retail union in New York with over 20,000 members working in grocery stores, pharmacies, and other industry jobs. We are a committed to building a powerful union that fights for economic, political, and social justice in our workplaces and communities.


We are seeking a self-motivated, skilled and enthusiastic person to assist our Union Representatives team.

Principal duties and requirements:

 

  • Bilingual speaking (Spanish) is preferred.
  • Must be flexible and willing to work long hours, early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Evenings and weekends are required
  • Must have a reliable insured car and valid driver's license.
  • Build one-on-one relationships with workers.
  • Lead, motivate and mobilize worksite leaders, stewards and members in internal and external organizing, politics, community alliance building and other union activities.
  • Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action.
  • Engage workers in broader union efforts to bring pressure to bear on industry sectors.
  • Ability to engage and inspire people regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, class and/or experiences is required.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Basic writing and computer skills, general knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Preferably live centrally within Local 1500’s jurisdiction.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Labor, political, or community activism/organizing experience preferred.
  • Develop and maintain rapport with staff and member leaders, working in a team environment.
  • Identify, recruit, train and develop worksite leaders and stewards.
  • Develop and maintain effective communication networks in worksites.
  • Manage working relationships with member leaders, stewards, and grievants.
  • Fills out and processes forms and documents in a timely and accurate manner.




Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport and credibility with diverse demographic groups, as well as with professional, technical, administrative and service workers.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to listen actively, take direction and articulate issues.
  • Ability to work long hours as necessary or travel frequently or as needed.
  • Valid driver's license, car and insurance.

Salary:

This position offers a competitive salary, full benefit package, commensurate with experience. 





To apply:

E-mail cover letter and resume with subject line of the job which you are applying for to jobs@ufcw1500.org. No mail applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Position will remain open until filled.

The United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1500 is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

 



Have a great day,




UFCW Local 1500






 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time to Apply for Local 1500 Scholarship



Each year we're proud to award educational scholarships to our amazing Local 1500 members and their dependents. The deadline for applying approaching fast! You can apply online at anytime until December 31st.

You can check out the past winners on our Scholarship page.




For any details or questions please contact us.





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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-poses-an-unprecedented-threat-to-the-peaceful-transition-of-power/2016/10/17/f97f8f82-947f-11e6-bb29-bf2701dbe0a3_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.6ec55816263a

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

UNION OPEN HOUSE


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
President
UFCW Local 1500
@aspeel1500

Friday, September 30, 2016

Long Island Ducks Exclusive Discount

If you’ve been following the Ducks, you know that they won the divisional playoff series and are now headed to the Championship Series this weekend!

This is a coupon exclusive for Local 1500 members- Buy one, get one free tickets to the championship games.

Head to the ballpark and enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We're Hiring

We're excited to announce we're accepting applications for two positions with Local 1500.

We are seeking applicants for a position on our Field Staff to assist in servicing Local 1500 members throughout the Local 1500 jurisdiction and are seeking applicants for a position at our Union Office in Westbury, NY.
 
This opportunity is being offered first to members and former members of UFCW Local 1500




—JOB POSTING —


Job title: Field Staff
Position location: New York Metropolitan Area
Start date: As soon as possible

Summary:

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500 is the largest grocery retail union in New York with over 20,000 members working in grocery stores, pharmacies, and other industry jobs. We are a committed to building a powerful union that fights for economic, political, and social justice in our workplaces and communities.


We are seeking a self-motivated, skilled and enthusiastic person to assist our Union Representatives team.

Principal duties and requirements:

 

  • Build one-on-one relationships with workers.
  • Lead, motivate and mobilize worksite leaders, stewards and members in internal and external organizing, politics, community alliance building and other union activities.
  • Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action.
  • Engage workers in broader union efforts to bring pressure to bear on industry sectors.
  • Ability to engage and inspire people regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, class and/or experiences is required.
  • Must be flexible and willing to work long hours, early mornings, evenings, and weekends. Evenings and weekends are required
  • Must have a reliable insured car and valid driver's license.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Basic writing and computer skills, general knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Preferably live centrally within Local 1500’s jurisdiction.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Labor, political, or community activism/organizing experience preferred.
  • Develop and maintain rapport with staff and member leaders, working in a team environment.
  • Identify, recruit, train and develop worksite leaders and stewards.
  • Develop and maintain effective communication networks in worksites.
  • Manage working relationships with member leaders, stewards, and grievants.
  • Fills out and processes forms and documents in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Bilingual speaking (Spanish) is preferred.
 

 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport and credibility with diverse demographic groups, as well as with professional, technical, administrative and service workers.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to listen actively and articulate issues.
  • Ability to work long hours as necessary or travel frequently or as needed.
  • Valid driver's license, car and insurance.

Salary:

This position offers a competitive salary, full benefit package, commensurate with experience. 

 


To apply:

E-mail cover letter and resume with subject line of the job which you are applying for ("Field Staff") to jobs@ufcw1500.org. No mail applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Position will remain open until filled.

The United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1500 is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.



 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fairway Job Fair: Thursday 9/15

Fairway is having a job fair this Thursday!

9-15-2016 from 9AM to 1PM.
Please call or email to confirm.

Miriam.reynoso@fairwaymarket.com
212-327-2008 (Ext 2007)
347-266-3939 (cell)

JOB FAIR LOCATION
Fairway Eastside Store
230-240 E. 86th Street
New York, NY 10028

New Contracts Ratified

Fairway Market

As our new union leadership brings new energy and different negotiation tactics to the bargaining table, we're excited to share the news that Fairway Drivers and Wild by Nature workers have ratified new contracts.

We're pleased to announce the hard working men and women of Wild by Nature have ratified a new long-term contract. Wild by Nature is a chain of five organic grocery stores located on Long Island. The new contract includes raises and secures benefits for both part-time and full-time workers.

The truck drivers for Fairway Market have also ratified a multi-year contract. The drivers are covered under a separate contract than men and women working throughout Fairway Market's 17 stores. Under the new contract a huge gain was made for Fairway Drivers, they will now receive pension benefits.

We're proud of the hard work done by both union negotiation committees to reach these contracts. Thank you all for your hard work.

It's my pleasure and honor to serve as your Union President,

Tony Speelman
President
UFCW Local 1500
@aspeel1500

Friday, September 9, 2016

Long Island Families Deserve Better













Today at Best Yet in Huntington Station, NY, as part of an ongoing effort to highlight hardworking people, and their desire for better jobs, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union launched a coordinated television campaign and grassroots effort to show why Long Island needs Best Yet and Best Market stores to change for the better.

"I have lived on Long Island my entire life, I know the real difference that a good job with better wages and benefits can make," said Steven Dozier, a Local 1500 member from Roosevelt who is part of the ad. "When Best Market grew, they didn't do it alone, their hardworking employees and their dedication are the real secret to Best Market's success. Best Market needs to change and do what's right, by providing our neighbors and friends with better wages and benefits so that we can all have have a better future together. We want Best Market to live up to their name and do what's best for Long Island families, they owe it to those who work hard everyday and to our communities."

The television ad campaign will run on cable channels and local broadcast news programs throughout the Long Island region for multiple weeks.

UFCW/RWDSU Locals 338, 342 & 1500 along with community groups like the Long Island Progressive Coalition, Long Island Jobs with Justice rallied in front of Best Market's Huntington Station store, demanding the company do better by their employees.




Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Shop Rite Contract Update

ShopRite (United States)
ShopRite (United States) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are glad to report that all three Shop Rite companies (Glass, Mannix & SRS) have been engaging in faithful, fair bargaining with your Union negotiating committees.

The only issue that has come up is scheduling the next negotiating sessions.

Both company and Union officials remain confident a contract agreement will be reached, however due to various issues, including all three companies using the same attorney and Wakefern bargaining representative, scheduling negotiation sessions has been difficult. An SRS contract negotiation session was just scheduled for September 29th. However, the majority of negotiations will not continue until early October.

The most important takeaway: You will not be working without a contract.

All three companies are faithful and eager to negotiate a new contract. They have signed contract extensions and your rights and benefits are secured.

As the next negotiation dates are scheduled or any news breaks we will let you know. In the meantime please encourage your coworkers to sign up for email and mobile updates and please do not hesitate to contact your Union Representative by phone or email if you have any questions.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Why Workers Deserve Your Attention and Respect


By Tony Speelman
@aspeel1500

Tony Speelman, President UFCW Local 1500
While most Americans view Labor Day as the last long weekend of the summer and another day off work, this is the one day we should all stop for a minute and recognize the countless number of men and women across New York who make our community work. From workers at Stop & Shop to Fairway, these amazing people are dedicated and passionate, sacrifice for the good of others, and are committed to creating a better life for themselves and their families.
Jerome Gomez, a UFCW Local 1500 member working at Fairway Market, regularly donates blood to help his community. Or take a look at Georgette Wilson a UFCW Local 1500 members from Stop & Shop, who besides fundraising and walking each year for cancer charities like the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and the Light the Night Walk, she travels to Albany every year to fight for better legislation to help New York workers and to help her community. These are the true every day heroes of Labor Day.
While these stories may not be new, they are rarely given the media attention that a vacuous celebrity, lying athlete, or misbegotten politician can attract with a single tweet. While that may speak to a failure in our culture, we have opportunity on Labor Day to remember and acknowledge what this day is truly about. It’s about workers. It’s about real people. In fact, the the history behind this misunderstood holiday was actually a result of one of the most intense and violent struggles for workers’ rights.  
In 1894, during a time of severe economic and social unrest, thousands of workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest the way George Pullman, founder and president of the company, treated his workers. To put down the strike, Pullman gained the support of President Grover Cleveland, who ordered federal troops to intervene—leading to a bloody confrontation and the deaths of more than 30 Pullman workers. Soon afterwards and amid growing criticism of the brutal response to the striking workers, President Cleveland established Labor Day as a national holiday in an effort to appease organized labor.
It’s been 122 years since the Pullman Strike, and our country is still grappling with economic divisions and social unrest.

Today, millions of hard-working Americans are struggling like never before in low-paying jobs with erratic schedules and little to no benefits.

It is the sad reality that, in addition to stagnant wages and incomes, too many of America’s workers face dangerous workplaces, exploitation, and mistreatment every single day. Many are also too afraid to reach for a better life because of threats from an irresponsible employer or they are conditioned to believe that they have not earned the opportunity for something more.

Here in New York, hard-working men and women who choose to become part of a union family soon realize they need not struggle alone. In Westbury UFCW Local 1500 represents workers at Stop & Shop, Food Bazaar, Tops Markets, Fairway Market, Key Food, Gristedes, D’Agostino, ShopRite, King Kullen and PeaPod.

Whether someone is a union member or not, the fact is that no one in America should have to struggle alone. Every hard-working person deserves a better life because they’ve earned it.
This Labor Day and in the days leading up to Election Day, we have a responsibility to speak out for each other and our communities. We can start by honoring the sacrifices working people here in New York City that have made to our shared prosperity of New York and this country.
Yet, if we are really going to change this nation for the better, it must begin with all of us realizing that Labor Day is not about one last summery day. Rather, it’s about the day where we all realize the power we have to come together and define a better future for all hard-working families.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NYC Labor Day Parade - Sept. 10th

The summer has flown by, and soon the season of grilling out, family vacation, and sun will be coming to an end - but first we’ll celebrate Labor Day.

What better way to celebrate workers than by joining your union brothers and sisters to march up 5th Avenue in NYC for the 2016 Labor Day Parade on September 10th!
 


The details:

Meet your union brothers and sisters at 10:30 AM on East 46th St. between 5th Ave. and Vanderbilt in NYC.

For those traveling from Long Island there will be complimentary buses to the parade!
Pick up 1 at exit 49 LIE  Rt. 110 - 8:15 AM
Pick up 2 at UFCW Local 1500 HQ- 425 Merrick ave. Westbury - 8:45 AM

Sign up to reserve your spot and let us know you're coming!



Wild By Nature Contract Update: Agreement Reached


—WILD BY NATURE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE —
 
 
We are pleased to report your Union negotiating committee has reached a tentative agreement with Wild by Nature. Thanks to your support, the negotiating committee has worked hard to come to an agreement you can be proud of.  The next step is reviewing and voting on the agreement.
 
Voting will take place on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 at five different locations (you may vote at any location) from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM & 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM.
 
Voting Locations
  • Wild by Nature 201: 198 Main St. East - Setauket, NY
  • Wild by Nature 202: 369 West Main St. - Huntington, NY
  • WIld by Nature 203: 260 West Montauk Highway - Hampton Bays, NY
  • Wild by Nature 204: 2709 W. Long Beach Rd. - Oceanside, NY
  • Wild by Nature 205: 478 Union Blvd. - West Islip, NY
 
 
At the vote you will receive a tentative agreement which you will be able to review. Your Union Representative and negotiating committee members will be present at each voting location to answer your questions. The Union negotiation committee unanimously reached this agreement and unanimously recommends to accept the new contract.
 
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. Please encourage your coworkers to read the tentative agreement and vote on Sept. 8th!
 
Contact your Union Representative by phone or email if you have any questions.
 
 
In Solidarity,
 
Wild by Nature Union Negotiating Team
 
 
Are you a UFCW Local 1500 member?

We want to hear what you think.
Please take a 30 second survey on what you think of your union:

http://www.ufcw1500.org/Survey16
 

Labor Day Art Contest Winners Announced!

We received so many wonderful submissions for the first-ever UFCW Labor Day Art Contest, so it was a difficult choice to pick three winners.

Jeff Moser of Local 324 submitted the winning artwork for the contest. Congratulations to Jeff, who wins a $500 Visa gift card. Congratulations, as well, to the two runners-up: Nancy Bacon of Local 75, and Tiffany Siebuhr of Local 324 – they’ll receive $50 Visa gift cards.

Congratulations to all, and thank you to all who submitted your fantastic artwork to the UFCW!

By Jeff Moser
By Jeff Moser
By Nancy Bacon
By Nancy Bacon
Runner Up3--Tiffany Siebuhr--UFCW Labor Day Art Contest
By Tiffany Siebuhr

Thursday, August 18, 2016

UFCW Debuts Union Label for Cannabis Products

UFCW Cannabis Logo
Perma, a recreational cannabis producer-processer in Tacoma, Wash., is proudly declaring that their products are union made with a new a UFCW label. The workers at Perma are members of UFCW Local 367, and made history in June of this year as the first recreational cannabis producer-processor in Washington state to join a union. The UFCW union label will be attached to Perma’s AK-47 and Gorilla Glu products.

“This label will help customers choose a quality product that is made by my hard-working coworkers with the quality of jobs we want in the state,” said Janie Wallace, one of the processors at Perma. 

Read the full story at UFCW.org

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Labor Day Art Contest!

www.ufcw.org/contest
Every year, we celebrate Labor Day to honor working people and all their contributions to our country and its middle class. The UFCW is made up of hard-working men and women who serve in our communities at retail and grocery stores, meatpacking and processing plants, and countless other facilities across multiple industries.

This year, the UFCW International is hosting its first ever Labor Day art contest, to celebrate working people with something made by working people! UFCW members and their children are eligible to enter an original work of art to be in the running for a $500 Visa gift card AND have their artwork framed and displayed at the DC labor Fest in the fall! The winning piece will also be available for all UFCW locals and members at our online UFCW Store.

Two runners up will receive $50 Visa gift cards, as well. To enter, send us a high resolution photo image of your art at www.ufcw.org/contest. Your submission must have a Labor Day theme. The deadline to submit is August 25th, and winners will be notified by August 29th.

This is your chance to showcase what you think Labor Day is all about while showing off your creative skills—we can’t wait to see what you can do!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Gristedes Contract Proposal Meeting- TONIGHT!

Just a reminder that tonight is the Gristedes contract proposal meeting. All Local 1500 members working for Gristedes should attend this proposal meeting to have an impact on your next contract.

 Gristedes Contract Proposal Meeting: 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2016 @ 6:00 PM @ HOLIDAY INN MIDTOWN 57TH STREET 
RENAISSANCE ROOM B – 2ND FLOOR 440 WEST 57TH STREET (BETWEEN 9TH & 10TH AVENUES) NEW YORK, NY 10019 

In the meantime please encourage your coworkers to sign up for email and mobile updates and please do not hesitate to contact your Union Representative by phone or email if you have any questions.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Issues that Matter to Our Union Family

By: Marc Perrone
UFCW International President

As you all know, our union family endorsed Secretary Hillary Clinton for President of the United States because a clear majority of our members believed that she would be the best person to fight for the issues that matter the most to them.

But we also understand that some of our members preferred other candidates or other parties.  The truth is – racially, ethnically, and politically – we are a diverse union family.  That is our strength.  Such diversity makes us stronger, and we should embrace it.

While some UFCW members may not all share the same political beliefs or preference for candidates, we want to make sure that every UFCW member has the opportunity to express their views on the issues that they care about the most.  Most importantly, we want to make sure Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump understand that our members’ concerns matter in this election.

The Issues that Matter to Our Union Family
To ensure that both Clinton and Trump’s campaigns understand the needs and concerns of UFCW members, we will be sending a letter to both campaigns that details our members’ top issues and asks each presidential candidate what they will do to address them during the campaign and if they are elected President.

In many cases, Hillary Clinton has already addressed these issues.  In most cases, Donald Trump has not.  Either way, we will be formally reaching out to both campaigns, and want to make sure our members have an opportunity to speak out by going to UFCWAction.org.

By visiting UFCWAction.org, UFCW members will have the opportunity to review the issues that will be included in the formal letter that we will be sending to each campaign.

We are determined to fight for the issues, causes, and better lives that all workers have earned and deserve.  And we will fight to hold the candidates whom we have endorsed, and even those we have not, accountable for the impact they have upon our union family once elected into higher office.

Thank you again for everything you do for your local union, our members, our entire union family, and workers everywhere.

Sincerely,

Marc Perrone

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