UFCW Local 324 Member Wins Labor Day Art 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 announced its first ever Labor Day art contest, to celebrate working people with something made by working people! Hundreds of members submitted beautiful paintings, drawings, and graphic artwork, all depicting what Labor Day truly means to you.

And the Labor Day Art Contest Winner is…
Josh Moser from UFCW Local 324 in Buena Park California!
Also, congratulations to the runner ups: Nancy Bacon, Local 75 in Dayton, Ohio and Tiffany Siebuhr from Local 324 in Buena Park, California.

Congratulations UFCW 324!

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‘This is What America Looks Like’

AFL-CIO’s Tefere Gebre has a message for Donald Trump: “No one is more American than I am.” Watch this video and hear about his journey from teen refugee to union leader.

Tefere Gebre is leading labor union AFL-CIO’s effort to naturalize immigrants so that they can go out and vote for the America that welcomes everyone.

After escaping Ethiopia as a child, Gebre came to the US. In his role at the AFL-CIO he has traveled across the country sharing his experience. In addition to discussing racial and economic justice, Gebre helped lead the union’s effort to naturalize immigrants across the nation so, come November, they can go out and vote for the America that welcomes everyone.

Overtime Pay For California Farm Workers

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On August 29th, the State of California made history with the passing of AB 1066 – Overtime Pay for Farmworkers after 8 Hours of Work authored by Assembly Woman Lorena Gonzalez with a vote of 44 – 32, after a rigorous floor debate of almost 3 hours.

For 80 years the law has prohibited California farm workers from earning overtime pay when they worked overtime hours. Many farm workers live in poverty despite working long hours and performing back breaking work.

So glad that today California legislators could right this wrong and be on the right side of history for so many who work so hard to put good food on our tables. 

AB 1066 will now move to the Governor’s Office for consideration.

Do You Believe Workers Deserve Overtime?

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Many UFCW members get overtime after working more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. This is required by state law. It is a benefit to the worker who puts more than is minimally required. But do you know over 400,000 workers in CA still don’t get overtime, including some members of UFCW? That is because they work in the multi-billion dollar agricultural industry and were exempt from overtime rules as a part of deal in the 1930’s so President Roosevelt could give millions of other workers the rights to organize. It is time for these workers to get what other workers have and that is to be paid overtime.

The fight for farm worker overtime is going down to the wire in the current legislative session, which will adjourn at the end of August. Assembly Bill 1066, that has been introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, would have phased in overtime pay for farm workers. AB 1066 is a reasonable and fair proposal to phase in overtime pay for the farm laborers who are the foundation of billions in profits for California’s dominant agriculture industry.

Show your support by signing petition today! 

Enter the 1st Annual UFCW Labor Day Art 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!

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Grocery Workers Reach Deal with Ralph’s, Vons, Albertsons

Proposed Contract Goes to Members for Ratification Vote August 8th

Grocery Workers reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with Kroger Company and Cerberus Capital, the owners of Ralphs and Vons/Albertsons, respectively.

After intense negotiations following the imposition of an August 8thdeadline by the seven locals of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, the federal mediator helped guide the parties to a proposed contract.

“We are happy to say that five months after our previous contract expired, the corporate owners of Ralphs and Vons/Albertsons have agreed to a proposed contract,” said Rick Icaza, one of the chief negotiators for the UFCW and the President of one of the largest UFCW locals in the country. “This would not have been possible without the strength and solidarity of all the 50,000 grocery workers throughout Central and Southern California, the cooperation of the seven California UFCW locals and the UFCW International Union. We also owe deep thanks to the support of consumers and community leaders. Because of the unshakable unity of our membership, we were able to bring these negotiations to a conclusion, and will present the offer to membership for ratification on Monday, August 8th.”

“While we are unable to divulge the details of the agreement until we inform our members, we would like to thank the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service (FMCS) Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh and Commissioner Isael Hermosillo, without whom this agreement would not have been possible,” said John Grant, Secretary­Treasurer of Local 770. “We believe this contract will address our members’ concerns and begin to secure the important role grocery workers play in our community.”

The previous contract covering nearly 50,000 Central and Southern California grocery workers expired nearly five months ago. Since then, grocery workers have worked without a contract, staging numerous rallies, marches, and events designed to bring attention to their fight and to bring the corporate owners of Ralphs and Vons/Albertsons to the table. Just last Tuesday, for instance, thousands of grocery workers, community members, clergy, and fellow union members marched across Los Angeles to demand a conclusion to negotiations.

Grocery workers across Central and Southern California will gather to review the details of the contract and vote on the offer. Results of the vote will be released when voting is complete by all seven UFCW Locals.

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The Issues That Matter Most to Our Union Family

To ensure that both the Clinton and Trump campaigns understand the needs and concerns of UFCW members, we will be sending a letter to both that details our members’ top issues. We’ll also be asking each presidential candidate what he or she will do to address these issues during the campaign, as well as if he or she is elected president.

In many cases, Secretary 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/voice between now and August 12.

By visiting UFCWAction.org/voice, our 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.

To maximize participation, and to help every local encourage their members to become involved, we have created a variety of sample materials for your members to be aware of this effort, including sample emails, social media posts and a break room flyer. If you are interested in obtaining any of these materials, please contact the communications department.

We want every UFCW member to be encouraged to participate in this effort. We’re looking forward to receiving and reading all of their responses.