At the recent 2018 Eighth Regular Convention of the UFCW International Union in Las Vegas, Nevada, the delegates voted to amend Article 18 (A)3 of the International Constitution, which sets forth per capita to the International Union. Our delegates considered the need for a strong and effective Union that has the resources to organize and grow, to bargain better wages and working conditions for our members and to fight for dignity and equality for all workers. The financial health of the International Union is critical in fulfilling our core mission of organizing and negotiation better contracts for our members. Therefore, Union dues will increase by $2.00 per month effective July 1, 2018 (.46 cents per week). Our last dues increase was in October 2013, nearly 5 years ago. As a reminder, you can take advantage of receiving 1/2 month’s dues refund by attending the Quarterly General Membership Meetings. By attending these meetings, you will make up for the dues increase and then some.
UFCW Local 1496 and International staff along with the Employee Bargaining Committee met with Safeway Labor Relations on May 15th, 16th and 17th in Anchorage for the first round of negotiations for the Anchorage/Eagle River agreement, which expired on May 31st. The Union side and the Employer exchanged proposals and made some progress. We are scheduled to meet again on July 24th, 25th and 26th. We have signed a contract extension with the Company that will keep your current contract in full effect until we can reach a new agreement. The Union and Committee are working hard on your behalf to secure the best wages, benefits and working conditions the Employer has to offer.
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UFCW members can start learning Spanish, French, German, English, and/or Mandarin today. You can use this benefit to learn a foreign language for free online and at your own pace. All lessons are self-guided. If you are interested in using this benefit, please complete and submit a simple form. It may take a few days to verify your UFCW membership. However, once confirmed, you’ll receive an e-mail that explains how to long in and begin taking free online foreign language lessons. At this time, this benefit is only available to UFCW members and retirees. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the UFCW education helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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