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2015 UFCW Local 1439 Scholarship Winners Announced!
On Wednesday June 24th, a committee of five UFCW 1439 members, Dana King, Leslie Cowan, Amy Gardner, Jeff Hofstader and Dave Gerken met to read almost 30 scholarship applications from UFCW 1439 members and their families. Scholars were selected based on the essays they submitted. Read More...
Spokane Area Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer Members Vote Yes on Contract Offer
Members turned out to vote on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 to ratify contract offers from Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer.  There was strong support for offers in Grocery, Meat and CCK departments that included a bonus for Journerypersons and immediate raises for most apprentices. Read More...
Spokane Contract Offer Vote
As of Tuesday, April 7, 2015 all ACTIVE members were mailed a copy of the contract offer for the Spokane Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer agreements as well as a copy of the vote/meeting notice. Please see below for an online version of this notice and the PDF attachment. Read More...
Download: Spokane Contract Vote April 2015.pdf
Tyson Members Overwhelmingly Approve Contract
Today members at the Tyson Meat Packing Plant in Wallula, Washington voted by a large majority to approve the contract offer negotiated by the UFCW 1439 Contract Committee. Read More...
Tyson Contract Offer Vote: March 5, 2015
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Message from the International President

To the hard working men and women of the UFCW:

I am so incredibly honored to be your new International President. But this election is not about me, it is about the future we must and can build together.

The choice we face, brothers and sisters, is what kind of America do we want to live in?

Will we stand united together and build an economy that every hard-working family deserves, or watch as more Americans fall further behind and struggle to make ends meet?

Let me be clear, we will unite and fight for a more just and fair America.

I believe in this union, because I believe that every worker has the right to a decent living, a reliable schedule, quality affordable health care, and respect on the job. These principles have always guided me and will serve as the foundation of our union’s work going forward.

But the ideas and principles to build a stronger union do not lie within any one individual. They lie within all of us. They lie in the collective wisdom and strength of 1.3 million UFCW members, like you, who work hard every day to support their families.

I want to hear your ideas and vision. I want to hear what you think we must do to become even stronger.

Over the coming weeks and months, I plan to meet with members like you. I want to visit your worksite and local union hall, engage in a conversation, and hear your thoughts on how we can better the lives of everyone in the UFCW and the millions of workers all across this nation who go without voice.

Working together, we will grow our union, we will bargain the best contracts possible, we will organize smarter, and we will hold irresponsible corporations accountable.

I do not want to pretend this will be easy. It will be hard. It will be challenging. But I know we can do it.

No matter the challenges we may face, I will be your ally and champion each and every day.

   

 In solidarity,

 Marc Perrone

 International President

Eastern Oregon Safeway Contract Offer Vote
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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...
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...

Upcoming Events
Spokane Member Meeting
Sep 10, 2015
1719 N. Atlantic Spokane, WA
Tri-Cities Member Meeting
Sep 15, 2015
IBEW #112 Union Hall 2637 W. Albany Kennewick, WA
Yakima Member Meeting
Sep 16, 2015
Carpenters Hall 507 S. 3rd St. Yakima, WA
Wenatchee Member Meeting
Sep 17, 2015
15B N. Chelan Wenatchee, WA
Spokane Member Meeting
Oct 08, 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.

 






Ron Banka
President Local 1439

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