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April 28, National Day of Mourning 2019

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is working hard to ensure that domestic violence is recognized as a workplace issue, to ensure that employers live up to their obligations, and to break the barriers of silence and isolation that come with domestic violence.

Unifor condemns series of attacks in Sri Lanka that left hundreds dead

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Unifor joins Sri Lankans in their grief as they mourn the 290 people who were killed in multiple explosions on Sunday. At least 500 others were wounded in the attacks, which Sri Lanka’s government has blamed on a local jihadist group called the National Thowheed Jamath, though that is not yet confirmed.

“We condemn these horrific attacks, that targeted churches and hotels in the country’s minority Christian communities as they celebrated a religious holiday,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Sri Lanka is a multicultural and multi-faith country, which has been relatively peaceful since a civil war ended a decade ago.

“Families who had gathered to celebrate, have now been torn apart by this violent attack on religious freedom,” said Christine Maclin, Director of Human Rights at Unifor. “In the face of this senseless tragedy we must stand united in the fight against religious intolerance by continuing to teach respect, compassion and acceptance.”

Unifor strongly believes that we must appreciate and celebrate a diversity of religious beliefs and cultures, but we do not condone the Sri Lankan government's imposition of martial law and the current social media ban, or its' history of crimes against humanity.

Our union is actively engaged in defending human rights and combating racism. We are also educating our leadership and our members about important issues such as xenophobia and Islamophobia. Unifor will continue its round table discussions and community town halls in the relentless pursuit to eradicate all forms of hate in our workplaces, our communities, our country and beyond. We encourage you to support actions in your communities to challenge hate.

UFCW Announces Tentative Agreement for Stop & Shop Workers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 21, 2019

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jessica Raimundo jraimundo@ufcw.org
202-251-9459

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced that a tentative agreement was reached on a new contract for the 31,000 Stop & Shop workers who walked off their jobs on April 11 to protest the company’s proposed cuts to health care, take-home pay, and other benefits. The five UFCW Local Unions (328, 371, 1445, 1459, and 919) released the following statement in response to the deal:

“We are incredibly grateful to our customers and everyone who proudly stood together with us every day for a contract that invests in the communities we serve, and makes Stop & Shop a better place to work and a better place to shop.

“Under this proposed contract, our members will be able to focus on continuing to help customers in our communities enjoy the best shopping experience possible and to keep Stop & Shop the number one grocery store in New England. The agreement preserves health care and retirement benefits, provides wage increases, and maintains time-and-a-half pay on Sunday for current members.

“Today is a powerful victory for the 31,000 hardworking men and women of Stop & Shop who courageously stood up to fight for what all New Englanders want – good jobs, affordable health care, a better wage, and to be treated right by the company they made a success.”

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Vice President Joe Biden Speaks at Rally in Support of UFCW Stop & Shop Workers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 18, 2019

 MEDIA CONTACT:
Jessica Raimundo
jraimundo@ufcw.org
202-251-9459

BOSTON, MA – Today, Vice President Joe Biden joined United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) President Marc Perrone at a rally in support of the 31,000 Stop & Shop workers who walked off their jobs on April 11 to protest the company’s proposed cuts to health care, take-home pay, and other benefits.

Perrone said, “The 31,000 hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop are fighting for what all New Englanders want – affordable health care, a better wage, and to be treated right by the company they made successful. The truth is that Stop & Shop and its parent company make billions of dollars in profits and offer pennies to its workers and their families. It is wrong and it must stop. It is time for Stop & Shop to stop proposing brutal and unreasonable cuts that will hurt the very people who proudly serve customers and their families across New England.”

Joining Vice President Biden and UFCW President Perrone at today’s rally were:

  • Stop & Shop workers from across New England
  • Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
  • S. Senator Edward Markey (MA)
  • Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg,
  • Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman,
  • Teamsters Local 25 President Sean O’Brien,

BACKGROUND

Five UFCW Locals representing 31,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England have been negotiating a new contract with Stop & Shop representatives since January 14th.

Stop & Shop’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, saw over $2 billion in profit last year and has authorized over $4 billion in stock buybacks for shareholders over the past 3 years. The company’s latest proposal includes the following drastic cuts:

  • Requiring the average full-time employee to pay an additional $893 in weekly health care premiums over three years and the average part-time employee with employee-only coverage to pay an additional $603 in weekly health care premiums over three years.
  • Reducing the monthly pension benefit for many newly hired full-time employees by 32 percent and reducing the monthly pension benefit for many part-time employees by up to 72.2 percent.

Job Cuts at Manitoba Agriculture Services Corporation

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The Manitoba Government has cut five jobs from the Manitoba Agriculture Services Corporation (MASC) and another four cuts are on the way. A recent news story from a Dauphin radio station brought the issue to light this week. Like civil service job cuts, this too is a result of the government’s austerity-driven mandate to shrink the workforce by eight per cent.

The 50th Earth Day - need for action more critical than ever!

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“In the past, our lack of action has allowed even greater destruction to the environment. Today, we are seeing politicians actively use climate change and environmental protection as wedge issues to rally their base. Attacks by governments on organizations who are legitimately seeking a more sustainaible environment are reprehensible and must be condemned." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

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