Our first round of negotiations with Safeway Anchorage/Eagle River is May 15-17. We thank all those members who have volunteered to be on the negotiating committee. We will keep you posted on any and all updates and progress and we will use all the information and comments on the recent questionnaires as we go into these negotiations.
6/12/18 -Tues-Anchorage/Eagle River @ UFCW -501 W. Northern Lights Blvd-9:00 AM & 5:00 PM
6/13/18-Wed-Palmer/Wasilla @ Menard Sports Center-Wasilla-6:00 PM
6/13/18-Thurs-Fairbanks @ UFCW Office -2120 S. Cushman Suite 201-10:00 AM & 5:00 PM
6/13/18 -Thurs -North Pole @ North Pole Plaza -next to Ben Franklin-3:00 PM
6/14/18 -Thurs -Eagle River @ Parks & Rec - 12001 Business Blvd-5:00 PM
6/18/18 -Mon -Homer @ Bidarka Inn -Downstairs Conference Room-6:00 PM
6/19/18 -Tues -Kenai/Soldotna @ Kenai Extended Stay-4:00 PM
6/20/18 -Wed -Kenai/Soldotna @ Kenai Extended Stay-9:00 AM
6/20/18 -Wed -Seward @ Harbor 360-6:00 PM
6/25/18 -Mon -Ketchikan @ Best Western Landing-Downstairs Conference Room-6:00 PM
6/26/18 -Tues -Ketchikan @ Best Western Landing-Upstairs Banquet Room -9:00 AM
6/27/18 -Wed -Petersburg @ Scandia House-6:00 PM & 8:00 PM
6/28/18 -Thurs -Juneau @ Travel Lodge Glacier Hwy-7:30 PM
Congratulations to Kenneth Kellogg, who is now the newest member of our Local Executive Board. He is replacing Teresa Wright from Fairbanks Fred Meyer #485, who has recently retired. Kenneth works at the Fred Meyer #11 located on Northern Lights in Anchorage and is a meat wrapper. We are pleased to have him on board to help shape the future of our Local.
We’d like to thank our UFCW Local 1496 Union Delegates for participating and attending the 2018 International Conventions in Las Vegas on April 22nd-27th and helping make it a success by electing International Officers for the next 5 years where they will continue to fight for working families and help in building a better life for our members and their communities. The delegates representing Alaska were Local President, Buster Martin, Secretary-Treasurer, Frank Mutchie, Union Representative Connie Johnson, Shop Stewards Sara Brock from Palmer Safeway and Jalanda Jordan from Bentley Mall Safeway in Fairbanks. Following his formal election, President Perrone kicked off a fiery speech that whipped the enthusiastic crowd into frenzy with bold proclamations. “The days of the UFCW being on the defensive are over. Today, we go on offensive.” Above are some pictures from guest speakers at the convention, Marc Perrone addresses the members; International Secretary Treasurer Esther Lopez, (in blue) interviewing retired tennis pro Billy Jean King, King says "tennis is like bargaining a contract, never underestimate your opponent"; and Sully Sullenberger, the retired American Airlines Pilot who safely landed his jet on the Hudson River with no fatalities.
After a 2 year effort, workers at a Burgerville restaurant in Portland, Oregon, recently became the first fast-food outlet to vote to form a Union. The chain, which prides itself on offering local produce and meats at it 42 restaurants in Oregon and Southern Washington, pledged to work with the new Union. “We will navigate this new working relationship together in a positive, productive way. We are ready to support the nation’s first Unionized fast-food store,” says Beth Brewer, Burgerville’s Senior Vice President of Operations. The company also purchased a full-page newspaper ad and took to social media to put a positive spin on the results of an election overseen by the NLRB. “One of our locations voted to become the first fast-food Union in the country. This is new territory for us at Burgerville, but we’re used to that. We’ve never been afraid of going first. This will be great.”
Wherever you go for a summer vacation, your family is likely to enjoy the services of Union members; getting you to your destination safely, on time and comfortably; preparing and delivering food; entertaining you. Check out the Union Plus Travel Center—the travel and entertainment section offers exclusive discounts for Union members. Disney World employs some 27,000 Union members from 9 different Unions including musicians, actors, stage hands, hotel and restaurant personnel. AFSCME represents thousands of municipal workers at City and State Parks and Zoos. U.S. Interior Department workers who staff federal parks and monuments are also Union-represented by NFFE. AFGE represents many employees who builds exhibits, conduct research and maintain the world-renowned Smithsonian Institute Museum in Washington D.C. Thousands of employees working in Major League Baseball stadiums are represented by several Unions including AFSCME, UNITE HERE and the Service Employees. Most Major U.S. Airlines are Union front to back. Greyhound buses are operated and maintained by members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) which also represents the operators, drivers, and support workers for the Metro (Washington DC) transit system. Also check out Union Plus.com for discounts on such things as rental cars and movie tickets.
Congratulations to Labor Trust Services who ratified their contract on March 16th. Next up is Safeway Anchorage/Eagle River. The contract expires on May 31, 2018 and this contract marks the start of our next round of negotiations with all Safeway stores. Questionnaires were sent out recently to all the members at these stores and we thank those who took the time to send us your input and preferences and also volunteered to be on the Negotiating Committee. This information helps tremendously when going into negotiations with the Employer. We have our first round on negotiation dates set up for May 15th, 16th & 17th. We will keep you posted on any and all progress. This summer, we will also be opening Market Basket (Gavora) in Fairbanks, Firefighters Local #1264 in Anchorage, Tatsuda’s IGA in Ketchikan, Ironworkers Local #751 in Anchorage, Hammer & Wikan and Trading Union in Petersburg, and Plumbers Local #262 in Juneau. In the fall, we will open Safeway Fairbanks/North Pole and Safeway Homer. So it will be a busy year for us and our members at the bargaining table.
The bi-annual Anchorage Solidarity Picnic will be held at the Anchorage Park Strip (between N & P Streets) on Sunday, June 10th from 12-4pm. We will have a booth there as well as many other Local Unions. Come on out and bring the family! Enjoy free food, music, games for the kids and door prizes. Look for flyers to be posted at the stores. So mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!
Yes, it is true that the state of Alaska has legalized the use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. However, this has no effect on employment laws. The new law explicitly states that it is not intended to require employers to permit the consumption, possession, transfer, growth or sale of marijuana at the place of employment, nor is it intended to affect employer policies restricting marijuana use. In other words, you cannot bring this substance to work, use at work, or come to work impaired with marijuana in your system. Just like alcohol, which is also legal, if you are impaired or get hurt because you are impaired and test positive, your employer may discipline you with a suspension and/or termination. Most companies have a zero tolerance for any use of marijuana on or off the job. If you have any questions, please check your company policy.
The month of March marked Women’s History Month, and March 8th is recognized as International Women’s Day, a day with roots in the American labor movement and the struggles of working women. The article, “Don’t forget what International Women’s Day is really about – striking,“ that ran in The Independent, recently featured the origins of the day and it’s ties to women workers organizing for better working conditions and fair treatment: It was in 1857, that on 8 March in New York City, garments workers went on strike. Suffering horrific conditions, endless hours and low pay, they took to the streets demanding better money and working conditions. Dispersed after being attacked by police, the women continued to fight and from their movement the first Women’s Labor Unions were established. In the early 20th century, their movement blossomed. New York City’s streets again saw women march demanding shorter hours, better pay, an end to child labor and the right to vote in 1908. Leading labor organizers sought to strengthen the movement internationally. At the Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen in 1910, Clara Zetkin asked over 100 women from 17 countries – representing Unions, Socialist Parties and Women’s Working Clubs – to pass a motion for an International Working Women’s Day. They did so, unanimously, and the so International Women’s Day was born. To learn more, read the Women In Labor History Primer.
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