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.
On top of the great benefits you get as a UFCW members, did you know you can now also save money on anything from child care to medical devices to household appliances? One of the ways you can save is on your wireless bill.
· Save 15% on the monthly service charge of qualified wireless plane—and take advantage of additional savings on select accessories from AT & T.
· Get the $25 activation fee waived on select devices for new lines of service from AT & T.
· Over 97% of Union members surveyed say that they would recommend the AT & T Signature Program Discounts through Union Plus.
· AT & T employs more than 150,000 members of the Communication Workers of America.
Visit myufcw.org or unionplus.org for more information and more discounts.
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 email@example.com.