‘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.

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.


Bernie Endorses Hillary

Over the past 15 months, Senator Bernie Sanders, candidate for U.S. President, generated a movement: A political revolution.  One goal was to bring to light the broken policies and issues that concern and directly affect the 99%.

Both candidates garnered armies of supporters and volunteers. The process sparked new interest in young and old alike. It has been engaging for many that previously had not participated in the (electoral) process.  New voices are joining the discussions and becoming informed of the political process and the decisions that directly affect their families and communities.

In Sanders’ endorsement speech he stated, “Hillary Clinton understands that we must fix an economy in America that is rigged and that sends almost all new wealth and income to the top one percent. Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty.  She believes that we should raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And she wants to create millions of new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure – our roads, bridges, water systems and wastewater plants… Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here today. Thank you all, very much!”

Unlike Donald Trump and the Republicans—the Democratic primary was focused on the pressing issues our country faces and how we can solve them. Democrats may have been divided on the candidates, but they’re largely united on the issues. The focus is no longer on Us alone…but Together we can and we will. The time to unite is now. The future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 in voting booths across our nation.