As we arrive at the closing months of 2016, many of us are concerned about possible changes in policy coming from Washington, D.C.
Time will tell if the new administration will address such issues as income inequality, tax structure, infrastructure improvements, trade policies and labor rights in ways which will contribute in positive ways.
During times of uncertainty and discord in our country, we can be thankful for the protection our Union and our collective bargaining agreements provide for us and our families.
Such protections are guaranteed ONLY to those who are protected by a Union negotiated agreement which is enforceable in a court of law if necessary.
Government can do a lot by increasing funding of schools, fixing the flaws in our health care system and rebuilding our infrastructure to encourage new jobs and keep existing jobs from leaving our shores.
But if we want a stronger economy for everyone, we need a revitalized nation guided by the leadership provided by a strong Union Movement.
Unions empower workers by enabling them to band together and negotiate the terms of their employment from a position of strength.
This is why Union members’ wages are, on average, about 27 percent higher than their non-Union counterparts. They also have better health care, better pensions and better opportunities for advancement.
Unions are why working people with collective bargaining agreements enjoy economic security, superior working conditions and more time to enjoy with their families and friends.
Fortunately, we have a strong Union in UFCW 8- Golden State.
Season of thanks
In this season of giving thanks, I want to say how grateful I am to be part of a Union with such a vital and committed membership.
I am proud to work with others in UFCW 8’s leadership who have embraced forward-thinking, innovative ideas while steering our course with steady hands.
Thanks to you, UFCW 8-Golden State makes a meaningful difference in the lives of working people, from the halls of the State Capitol to the aisles of our local supermarkets, from the offices of the United States Senate and House of Representatives to the poultry and meat processing floors of Fresno, Stockton, Hanford and Turlock, and from the White House to distilleries and medical offices throughout most of California.
Thank you for making it possible through your Solidarity.
I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a year of unity and progress ahead.
Report Details Abuse of Non-Union Poultry Workers
Workers at non-Union poultry plants are abused regularly and are denied breaks to use the bathroom, according to a report recently released by a major charity organization.
Stand Up and Speak Out for Working People
The tragedy in Flint, Mich., where people are suffering the consequences of their state’s abandonment of working people’s concerns, reminds us of the serious stakes in this year’s political campaigns across America.
Thankful for Our Successes, Looking to the Future
As we enter the new year, many of our Retail Food and Drug members are covered by outstanding new agreements with Safeway/Vons, Bel Air, Lucky, Nob Hill, Raley’s, Rite Aid, Save Mart and S-Mart, among others.
Shop Union for the Holidays and All Year Long
Shopping Union is one of the most important principles of the Labor Movement.
Who are we helping when we do our holiday shopping at Union stores? We are helping ourselves.
Student Debt Crisis: It’s Time for a ‘Bailout’
If we needed an example of America’s misplaced priorities, we can look back at our government’s $700 billion bailout of the same financial institutions whose reckless and often illegal practices drove the country into the great recession.
Building an Economy for All of Us
America’s economy is strong again. At least this is what the economists are telling us. All those jobs we lost in the Great Recession have returned, they say. Some people are making a lot of money.
Coping With Stress in the New Year
The holidays are finally behind us. Many of us are using this time to take a deep breath before diving into the projects and commitments we’ve already charted for the New Year.
For others, however, this can be a season of uncertainty and stress.
Dispelling the Myths of Inequality
The gap between the richest Americans and everyone else is growing at an alarming pace.
Income inequality is now at its worst since the late 19th century, when the “robber barons” amassed incredible wealth and used it to dominate public policy.
Stewards Are Leaders at the Workplace
UFCW 8-Golden State is grateful to our Stewards for serving as the leaders of our great Union at the workplace.
They are a special group of members who serve their Union and their co-workers in many ways.
Negotiations: Be Prepared for Anything
As we reported in the previous issue of Voice of Action, our Union is engaged in negotiations for our supermarket members employed by Albertsons and Vons in Southern California.
It’s time to raise the Minimum Wage
As the economy begins regaining momentum after years of sluggish gains, many Americans are asking tough questions about who is reaping the benefits.
Campaign Spreads Message:
'We Are Part of the 99%'
From Los Angeles to New York City and from Seattle to Miami, the “Occupy” protests have captured the imaginations of working people who are frustrated and angry about our country’s economic priorities.
In his report on page 3, President Jacques Loveall describes some of the factors that are expected to make our contract negotiations with the supermarket companies especially difficult this year.
On pages 12 and 13 of this holiday issue of Voice of Action, you will find a list of Unionmade food products. Please use this list when you buy your groceries for the holidays and throughout the year.
No Chance to Get Rusty
Many years ago, in my earliest days as a Union negotiator, our jobs more or less followed the cycle of a single collective bargaining agreement.
MedExpert Adds Value
to Health Benefits
MedExpert is a Union negotiated benefit that provides quick answers to your health questions and explains your treatment options. It is available free of charge to all members of Local 8, as well as their spouses, children and parents.
SECRETARY TREASURER’S REPORT
Kirk Vogt named Secretary-Treasurer of
UFCW 8, succeeding retiring Michael Tursky
Kirk Vogt, Senior Executive Vice President of UFCW 8-Golden State, succeeds Michael Tursky as Secretary-Treasurer.
a happier 2010
The holiday season is stressful for everyone. For retail workers, the traditional responsibilities of shopping, cooking and planning are sandwiched between the huge crowds they deal with on the job during the busiest time of the year.
Fighting Back Against
Fresh & Easy’s Invasion
Tesco, the British parent company of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets, recently announced that its American division would lose about $259 million this year, or about $2 million for each of its 130 American stores.
Union Rights Deserve
Strong Legal Protection
Anyone who has worked for a living understands that employers have more power than employees. That’s why employees form Unions.