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.