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Eastern Oregon Safeway Contract Offer Vote
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May Works 2014
The May Works Video 2014 UFCW Local 1439 has  won 2nd place in the Washington State Labor Council, and  AFL-CIO’s 3rd Annual May Works Video Contest. Thanks to everyone that was involved. Read More...
Scholarship Winners
Peggy & Ron hosted the scholarship judging in Wenatchee on Thursday, May 15th. Read More...
Albertsons Letter to UFCW 1439 regarding purschase of Safeway stores.
Mr. Larry Hall, President, UFCW Local 1439, As you have undoubtedly heard by now, AB Acquisition, parent of Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s, Inc., has announced that it has signed a deal to purchase one hundred percent of the stock of Safeway, Inc. Read More...
Download: Albertson's letter to UFCW Local 1439 re Purchase of Safeway Stores.pdf
Safeway Confirms Sale to Cerberus
On Thursday March 6, Safeway confirmed it had signed an agreement to sell the chain to AB Acquisition, parent of Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s, Inc.  AB Acquisitions is owned by the investor group, Cerberus Capital Management, which operates under several retail banners across the United States. The sale announced yesterday has not been completed. Read More...
2014 Scholarship Now Available!
Local 1439's Scholarship Program is now available. Due date: Friday, May 2, 2014 before 5:00pm. Four $500 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Recipients will be notified no later than Friday, May 16, 2014. Please find the application below or call Amy Cowin at 509-328-6090 ext. 205 (or email amy@ufcw1439. Read More...
Call your State Senator to urge support for paid sick and safe days.
Thanks to the work of people like you, we passed Washington's first statewide paid sick days bill in the House this past January.     Now the bill is moving to the Senate, and we need your help to urge your Senator's support on paid sick and safe leave.    Take action now and urge your Senator to support paid sick and safe days. Read More...
Contract ratified for "Around the World"
The Around the World contract was ratified by the membership on January 16, 2014. These are the Safeway Grocery & Meat stores for Davenport, Newport, Colville, Chewelah in Washington and Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint in Idaho. Read More...
Contract Vote for Coeur D’Alene/Hayden on Thursday, January 23 2014
Coeur D’Alene Safeway Grocery & Meat and Coeur D’alene/Hayden Albertsons Grocery & Meat have been mailed a copy of the recent contract offer from their employer and dues-paying members are encouraged to attend this meeting and vote to ratify the fully recommended settlement. Read More...
Families for Forty Hours
Stay Connected! 'Like' for updates on the Facebook page for Families for Forty Hours at: UFCW Local 1439 Facebook page: WA YELL Spokane Chapter Facebook page: https://www.facebook. Read More...

Upcoming Events
Spokane Member Meeting
Jan 08, 2015
1719 N. Atlantic Spokane, WA
Wenatchee Member Meeting
Jan 15, 2015
15B N. Chelan Wenatchee, WA
Tri-Cities Member Meeting
Jan 20, 2015
IBEW #112 Union Hall 2637 W. Albany Kennewick, WA
Yakima Member Meeting
Jan 21, 2015
Carpenters Hall 507 S. 3rd St. Yakima, WA
Spokane Member Meeting
Feb 12, 2015
1719 N. Atlantic Spokane, WA

40 Hour Week for Happier Home Life

Throughout early American history and into the 1860s the average was 11 hours with 12 to 14 not uncommon. In 1937, the 40 hour work week started to become the law, because workers protested and demanded it.

Why do we feel such a strong reaction when we see the old sign “40 Hour Week for a Happier Home Life.” Maybe because, so many of us have friends and family struggling to survive working part-time jobs. Constant underemployment is crushing working families in America.


What make a forty hour week so important? If you aren’t working forty hours a week, on one job, you are most likely living in poverty. This has happened to millions of people, all across our country. Working people have fallen from the middle class, into poverty, as their hours have been drastically cut. In 1990, 70% of retail workers were full-time, today 70% work part-time. This is increasing corporate profits, but working people and their families are being destroyed financially.


The American dream of a good job with 40 hours’ work, one they can feed their-families on and maybe buy a home, seems to have been sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed.


Larry Hall
President Local 1439

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