The world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recently awarded its longstanding partner, The United Food and Commercial Workers with the National Corporate Leadership Award at LLS’s Volunteer Leadership Conference awards dinner held in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2017. The UFCW is one of North America’s largest labor organizations with more than 1.3 million members, and has been a powerful voice for LLA since the partnership began in 1982. The organization has raised more the $82 million for LLS’s goal to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. In 2016 alone, the UFCW generated $1.9 million in the United States and more than $2.4 million in Canada, through a variety of fundraising efforts ranging from golf outings to dinners. When Marc Perrone, UFCW’s international president, learned that the UFCW was the recipient of LLS’s National Corporate Leadership Award, he said, “The UFCW Union family prides itself on giving back to the communities we call home and doing our part to bring hard working families a better life. We are honored to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society lead the way to a world without blood cancers. Our partnership is proof that the best way to make a difference is to stand together.”
The Fred Meyer Store in Wasilla ratified a new 3 year contract on Saturday, May 6th. Thank you to all those members who took time out to come and vote. Next up for negotiations with Fred Meyer are the 4 Anchorage Stores ( Northern Lights, Dimond, Muldoon and Southeast).
The Local would like to recognize Greg Hampton (Safeway Kenai #1808) for his many years of service with the UFCW as a Member, Shop Steward, and Executive Board Member. Greg has been a member for over 37 years and is retiring in June. We want to thank him for his support and dedication to the UFCW over the many years, and wish him the best of everything in his retirement. You will be missed.
We would like to extend a welcome to our new Shop Stewards, Meghan Bird, who works in Deli at Tatsuda’s in Ketchikan and Lyman Hudson, who works in Grocery at Trading Union in Petersburg. They are available for any questions or concerns you may have about your contract or workplace policies, etc.
The Fairbanks CLC is hosting a Union Day at the Park at Goldpanners Field. The game will be The Fairbanks Goldpanners vs. the San Diego Waves and is on June 24th at 7 pm. “Tailgate party starts at 6 pm.” Free tickets are available at the Union Office, 2120 S. Cushman, Suite 201 or you can call 907-456-6571.
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.
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