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.