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.