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UFCW activists celebrate Labour Day across Canada

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Toronto – September 5, 2017 – UFCW Canada activists were out in full force at Labour Day events across the country this past weekend, gathering with family members and community allies at a number of marches, picnics, and parades to honour the past achievements of workers and to celebrate Canada’s labour movement.

Stop the Cuts to Social Services!

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Nairn MacKay is an anti-poverty activist who currently resides in Regina. Since the 2017/18 austerity budget was announced, Nairn has been working diligently to stop the cuts and to ensure we do not lose sight of the major affects this cruel budget will have on Saskatchewan’s poorest communities. You may recognize Nairn from her participation and leadership in the peaceful direct action that saw several people occupy an STC bus on the public transportation company’s last day of operations. SEIU-West is delighted to share our interview with this inspiring activist...

UFCW Condemns White House Decision to End DACA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, issued the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):

“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is cold-hearted, cruel, and a betrayal of what America stands for. 

“Hundreds of thousands of young, hard-working men and women who love America will now be needlessly punished for childhood circumstances. These young people have grown up in this country, passed background checks, pay taxes, go to school, and have worked hard to build a better America. They have earned and deserve fair treatment, but instead their lives are being thrown into chaos with this announcement. 

“President Trump’s decision will not make America great again; rather, it will tear families apart, damage communities, and further fuel a terrible divide that is already hurting the nation we all love. 

“On behalf of the 1.3 million members of our union family, we urge all Members of Congress to immediately do what is right and protect these Dreamers.” 

Background:
  • Terminating DACA needlessly removes 800,000 hard-working men and women from our workforce.
  • It will cost $433.4 billion in GDP loss over a decade.
  • It will cost employers $3.4 billion in unnecessary turnover costs.
  • Contributions to Medicare and Social Security will be cut by $24.6 billion over a decade.
  • Some 6% of DACA recipients have launched businesses that employ American citizens.
  • Almost 55% of DACA recipients have purchased a vehicle, and more than one in ten have purchased their first home.
  • Source: ILRC, The Economic Cost of Ending DACA

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The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  

Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org

 

NUPGE contributes $11k to relief efforts in Texas

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"We have seen the horror that Harvey left in its wake. But we've also seen the kindness shown by strangers in helping each other recover and heal from this tragedy. It's that spirit that will rebuild these communities." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

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