May 7, 2010

Local Union Roundup

Here’s a quick rundown of what UFCW members from around the country have been up to this week:

Local 135 Members Feed the San Diego Homeless

Members of Local 135 John Reil, Anabel Arauz, and Ruvin Shore fed the homeless at the St. Vincent De Paul Village in San Diego, California. Local 135 President Mickey Kasparian said the local is “honored and humbled to give back to the community that has given us so much opportunity.”

UFCW Locals 21 and 81 stand in solidarity with Shaw’s warehouse workers

Members of Locals 21 and 81 took to Albertson’s stores across Northwest Washington on April 29 to ask their coworkers to sign petitions in support of striking Local 791 warehouse workers in Methuen, Massachusetts.

The UFCW locals and Teamsters Local 38 are currently in negotiations with Supervalu, the national grocery chain that is the parent company of Albertson’s and the Shaw’s warehouse in Massachusetts.

The group gathered more than 500 signatures in one afternoon of petitioning, and sent the petitions to Supervalu CEO Craig Herkert. In addition to the petitions collected, over a dozen locals from around the country have contributed financial support to the strikers and their families.

Find out more about what you can do at

Local 1473 Signs Contract With Printer Cartridge Start-Up

Local 1473 signed a new contract with Union First Laser Technologies of La Crosse, Wisconsin. The company remanufactures and sells copier, laser printer and fax toner cartridges for most major brands, with a special focus on serving the needs of organized labor.

“We’re excited to have Union First as part of the UFCW family,” said Local 1473 President John Eiden. “Every cartridge, every copier they sell will be another UFCW member earning a good wage and good benefits from a company that is proud to be union.”

For every cartridge sold the company will donate $4 to charity on behalf of the UFCW. To contact Union First for union label cartridges, call (866) 203-8976.

Local 1428 May Day Parade

Members of Local 1428 marched in the Los Angeles May Day Parade. Check out photos from the event on the UFCW Local 1428 Facebook page.

1 comment:

Matt said...

May 1st, May Day, the real Labor Day.

It might not have the most significant meaning, but the AFL-CIO the and all its connected unions make a big mistake when they don't recognize the true international workers day being on May 1st. Labor Day being on September 6th in the US is in my view a joke.
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By the way, I'm a member of the UFCW Local 464.