|UFCW Local 5 member rally for a fair contract|
What we are being offered, we don't accept it. We don't want our healthcare cut...they want to do cut backs. They have cut our hours so far back that the work is never done. I've been seeing reduced hours as a full time clerk for four years now, and it’s sad when you're a full time clerk and you can't even pay your bills. You just kind of have to shuffle 'em around. And its stressful because we work hard, and we feel like we're nothing when we are being treated like this.Doreen, who works with both of her daughters and her sister-in-law in the same store, and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law at another location, knows that all of the company's employees are "in this together". To get her fellow workers to stick together, Doreen gives out a pledge card whenever she can, to anyone that will sign it, to get votes for unionization. She also notes that they have the store's customers' support, "one-hundred percent.”
Doreen remembers one comment in particular from a loyal customer that supports the workers: "Doreen, I can buy bread anywhere, but I come to you for it."
Alerting every clerk about each meeting, providing carpools, getting involved with UFCW's special projects programs, and staying strong are just a few of the things Doreen does to help them stick together. "Staying strong" is important since many Doreen works with are scared to strike.
"No, I don't want to strike," she says, "I can't afford to. But if we have to we have to- to get a fair contract! You have to be in the store to do your job, be pleasant, not be stressed, but you also have to fight for your rights. I stepped up big-time when this started happening, because it’s not fair to us if we keep pulling back. Before, I used to be really quiet about these things, but you don't get anywhere being quiet."With the strike vote, Doreen and countless others like her have shown that they are not afraid to stick together and stand up for what's right.
We all have a lot to learn from workers like Doreen, who are willing to take a stand for what's right, even in the face hardship. Stay tuned to the UFCW blog for more features on the workers who keep our country going.