Seward - Breeze Inn Motel
Ketchikan - IBEW
Ketchikan - Best Western Landing
Homer - Birdaka Inn
Kenai/Soldotna - Kenai Aspen Extended Stay
Petersburg - Scandia House
Kenai/Soldotna - Kenai Aspen Extended Stay
Juneau - Travelodge Glacier Highway
Anchorage/Eagle River - UFCW Office at 501 W. Northern Lights #200
Palmer/Wasilla - MTA Sports Center
Fairbanks - UFCW Office at 2120 S. Cushman St #201
North Pole - North Pole Plaza ( Next to Ben Franklin)
Eagle River - Parks & Recreation
6:00 PM & 8:00 PM
9:00 AM & 5:00 PM
9:00 AM & 5:00 PM
We know better than anyone how hard UFCW members work to put food on the table for American Families and our Union family also believes that no hardworking man or woman should struggle alone. Which is why we work hard for those in need, supporting our brothers and sisters at the Nation Association of Letter Carriers in their "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. This year is the 25th anniversary of the food drive, and we want to make this a year for the history books. We hope to top last year's Guinness World Record - 80 million pounds of food collected for the largest single day food drive in world history. Together, we know we can do it, one bag at a time. Here's how:
1. Fill a bag with non-perishable food items.
2. Take a picture and post it! Tweet it or put it on Facebook with the hashtag #StampOutHunger - and please tag @UFCW and @NALC.
3. Put out your bag on May 13th before your letter carrier's normal pick up time.
4. What to put in your bag? Cereal, pasta, pasta or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and veggies, called soup, chili, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned protein (chicken, tuna, etc.) beans, oatmeal.
NOTE: Do not put in frozen food, homemade food, expired food or home canned-items, or anything in glass containers.
That's it! It's so easy, so please help us Stamp Out Hunger and put food on shelves in our local food banks.
Grab the Family and come out to our Free Solidarity Night at the Ball Park. The CLC is sponsoring the game on Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00 PM with the Glacier Pilots playing the Anchorage Bucaneers at Mulcahy Stadium. We will have complimentary tickets to the game, so just give us a call at 258-1496 or you can drop by the Union Office at 501 W. Northern Light Blvd #200. Your Union Reps will also be handing out tickets at the stores.
Albertson Cos, the Boise grocery-chain operator backed by Cerberus Capital management, has held preliminary talks to merge with Sprouts Famers Market, In. The discussions which took place in recent weeks, are at an early stage and may not lead to a deal. The talks have involved a plan to take organic grocer Sprouts private and add it to Albertsons’ portfolio which included the Safeway store brand. Mergers are becoming more common in the grocery industry, due to an increasingly competitive food retail environment as well as new grocer concepts that have launched in recent years. If a deal does come to fruition, it could also make Albertsons more competitive. Buying a grocer like Sprouts would give Albertsons intel into organic and specialty foods as well as prepared foods. Grocers including Albertsons, Kroger and Wal-Mart have expanded their offerings of organic food in response to changing consumer tasted in recent years. That has put pressure on natural grocers to cut prices to better compete with the mainstream retailers. A sale may attract multiple suitors and lead to a competitive bidding process that could potentially push valuation higher.
The basic policy with regard to shoplifting is one of prevention. This is usually best accomplished by cheerfully greeting customers and asking if they need assistance, as shoplifters do not like to be recognized and avoid stores with friendly, attentive employees. If an employee becomes aware that someone may be leaving the store with unpurchased merchandise, he or she should report the incident to management immediately. Do not engage them. Under no circumstances may any employee pursue or otherwise chase in an attempt to detain a suspected shoplifter within the store or outside the store premises. To do so places your safety and the safety of your co-workers and customers in jeopardy. The Company will not tolerate any violation of this policy, and any employee that decides to pursue or otherwise chase in an attempt to detain a shoplifter will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination irrespective of whether anyone was injured.
They kill jobs, resulting in a race to the bottom. Working class Americans have faced a tough struggle the least few decades as jobs have become more scarce. Using self-checkout machines reduces the number of jobs, therefore reduces the number of man hours. This puts downward pressure on the wages of existing jobs as the available unemployed labor pool increases.
Self-Checkout machines don’t pay taxes. Each job killed is a reduction in taxes paid by a potential employee. It’s also a reduction in taxes paid by the employer. This decrease in taxes paid means less revenue for government and, consequently, less services that it can provide to those in need.
Customers dislike these machines. While most people are tech savvy and can navigate their way through self-checkouts with ease, it can be problematic for others. Sometimes bar codes and coupons don’t scan properly, products require age verification, or customers need assistance. In these types of instances, lines can become backed up. And some customers still like the personal interaction with cashiers. They don’t want the work of checking themselves out.
Potential for Theft. Because employees are unable to monitor customer transactions as closely, it’s easier to steal. Some examples would be replacing bar codes of high priced items with lower priced items or just not scanning an item or two. When caught, it’s possible for customers to plead ignorance or blame it on an equipment malfunction.
The UFCW is about workers coming together to build better lives for themselves. It is about creating opportunity. That is why each year the UFCW Charity Foundation awards several scholarships of up to $8,000 each to UFCW members or their unmarried dependents under the age of 20. The Charity Foundation is also introducing a Loan Assistance Program that encourages young people to enter and continue to work full-time in the labor movement. Under this program, college students and college graduates may qualify for loan assistance payments for education loans while employed within the labor movement. The scholarships are limited to any UFCW member who has been active since January 1, 2016. The children and/or dependents of active members are also eligible to apply if they are unmarried and under the age of 20 on May 31, 2017. Scholarship recipients will receive annual payments of $2,000 for each year they are enrolled in an accredited college or university as a non-probationary student for up to four years. You may apply by going to ufcwcharityfoundation.org. The procedures for the scholarship program are also printed in French and Spanish on this website. If you need help with understanding the scholarship rules and application in another language, please call 800-551-4010 and they will obtain assistance for you. If you are unable to apply online, you may request an application by writing to UFCW Charity Foundation, Attn: Scholarship Program, 1775 K Street, N.W., Washington DC 20006.
“Right to work” sounds like a good idea. But in reality, these laws have nothing to do with providing rights or work. Right-to-work laws make it optional for workers protected by a Union contract to help pay for the expenses that the Union incurs while guaranteeing the rights of all employees. Why is that a big deal? By limiting Unions’ resources and weakening the ability of workers to have a say about their jobs, these laws drive down everyone’s wages, benefits, and overall living standards. Ignoring the facts, corporate-backed politicians are embracing these deceptive policies. They want to make every state a right-to-work state to increase profits for CEOs and hurt efforts to restore balance to our economy. With millions of Americans still unemployed, right to work is an ill-timed distraction from the issues that matter to the middle class—and the wrong choice for our states. Of the 10 states with the highest poverty rates, 9 of them are so-called “Right To Work” states.
Alabama: 16.7% Louisiana: 18.3% South Carolina: 18.3%
Arizona: 15.2% Mississippi: 20.1% Tennessee: 15.0%
Arkansas: 15.9% Oklahoma: 15.6% Texas: 16.2%
Congratulations to the Safeway Seward members as they ratified a new 3 year contract on March 8th. The settlement includes bonuses for all job classifications, improvements to wages and was accepted overwhelmingly. We also recently settled new contracts for Safeway Warehouse and Tongass Trading in Ketchikan. Thank you to all members who took the time to vote on these contracts. Next up for negotiation will be Fred Meyer Wasilla Meat and Seafood as well as Fred Meyer Anchorage Meat and Seafood (all 4 locations).
Recently, you may have been mailed a yellow card from American Income Life Insurance Company. This company is a very reputable company. You may not know that they offer all of our Union members, whether retired or actively working a no-cost to you Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy. You do not need to sign the policy card for it to be activated. You do not have to meet with the agents who call you. And if you do, please do not feel pressured to sign anything you are not comfortable with. If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about this company, please contact your Union office at 258-1496 or 1-800-478-1496 (Fairbanks 907-456-6571).
This is what's new in UFCW 1496!