UFCW Local 1445
  • June 20, 2019
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      Time-and-a-half Bites the Dust!

      The Massachusetts Legislature has approved a bill that will take away time-and-a-half pay for retail workers on Sundays and holidays, in spite of the rallies and demonstrations, and the phone calls that deluged the offices of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House. We can't take this lying down!
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      Join a Union!

      "Workers aren't sitting quietly as the wealthy rig the rules of the economy WE BUILT. We are leading a revolution to demand what we've RIGHTFULLY EARNED."
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      Welcome to Local 1445!

      UFCW Local 1445 proudly represents more than 13,000 members in a variety of industries throughout northeastern New England.
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      UFCW Members - Get Your GED!

      Another GREAT benefit of being a UFCW member - free GED help! Are you a Local 1445 member who has discovered that having a high school diploma can be an enomous advantage in so many different areas of life (including affording a wider range of employment opportunities) but never had the chance to graduate?
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      TUITION-FREE COLLEGE for UFCW Members!

      GREAT NEW BENEFIT FOR UFCW MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS! You KNOW your union is working to get the very best for you in ALL aspects of your life, and working for a better future for all our members and their families. Find out about the FREE college benefit.
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      Learn another language!

      Another educational opportunity for UFCW members:  Learn another language for free! The UFCW is offering our members and retirees the opportunity to learn a new language - Spanish, French, German, English, or Mandarin. And if you're really ambitious, take more than one! Learn free, online, at your own pace. Just go to www.ufcw.
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      Your Union Has Your Back!

      It pays to belong to Local 1445 - just ask Angie Goldsmith. After being unjustly terminated, Angie turned to Local 1445 for help and is she glad she did!
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      UP-TO-DATE info - videos and pix - on our Facebook page. (Great idea - thanks, Bill!)
      Congratulations to our Macy's members on ratifying their new 3-year contracts. Last Sunday, May 19, it was standing room only at the Local 1445 union hall, as Macy's members gathered to vote on - for the second time - new 3-year contracts.
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      As of May 14, Local 1445's Macy's negotiating teams and the company have reached tentative agreements. The contract ratification meeting is set for this Sunday, May 19 - ALL Macy's Local 1445 members are urged to attend!
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      Last Sunday, May 12, it was standing room only when Macy's members met at the Local 1445 union hall to review the contract proposals and to vote to accept them or to reject them and strike. They unanimously voted to REJECT the contracts as they were presented, and to STRIKE if necessary to force the company to bargain in good faith and agree to realistic proposals that recognize the value and hard work of the members. 
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      THANK YOU to all who supported us during the 11-day Stop & Shop strike!
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      Congratulations, Local 1445 Stop & Shop members! Your contracts were RATIFIED!
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      As of minutes ago we have reached a tentative agreement with Stop & Shop! For the time being, all department managers and regularly scheduled daytime fulltimers should report to their store at 7:30 AM on Monday. For all additional full- and parttime members, you should receive a phone call from your store no later than 12 PM tomorrow to get your schedule for the week.
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      TODAY, Thursday, April 18, at 2 PM. Click here for details.
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      More support for Stop & Shop workers, this time from Governor Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz of Connecticut.
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      Support is pouring in for Stop & Shop strikers, not only from all around Massachusetts and New England, but from around the country and even around the world! Stop & Shop customers, community members, and members of other unions are showing their support by bringing food and beverages to the strikers, and by joining the lines and holding signs.
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      STOP & SHOP WORKERS ARE ON STRIKE AS OF 1:00 pm TODAY, THURSDAY, APRIL 11! Please support these hardworking men and women in their fight for a FAIR CONTRACT!
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      STRIKE ALERT: As of 1pm, Thursday April 11th 31,000 Stop & Shop workers across New England are on strike! Despite multi-billion-dollar profits, the company is attempting to enforce takebacks that hurt workers and their families.
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      Stop & Shop members have ANOTHER delegation working on their behalf: the entire Massachusetts delegation to the United States House of Representatives.
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       President Bollen and the negotiating team urge our members to stay united as they fight to win decent contracts with NO give-backs, decent wages, affordable health insurance, and good benefits.
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      In the midst of difficult contract negotiations with Stop & Shop, UFCW members got additional words of encouragement from Massachusetts senator Ed Markey.
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      A SHOUT OUT from Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren to UFCW Local 1445, thanking President Jeff Bollen and Secretary-Treasurer Jim Ronayne and ALL Local 1445 families for being in her corner and standing up for working families in New England, and throughout the United States.
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      On Tuesday, March 19, at Telegram.com, Deb Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer, posted a column with words of support and encouragement for Stop & Shop workers and their families.
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      UFCW Local 1445 is currently in contract negotiations with Macy's. The negotiating team is working hard to secure the very best improvements in working conditions and benefits for our more than 1,000 members working in stores located in Boston, Braintree, Natick, Peabody, and Warwick.
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      All five New England UFCW locals are currently engaged in contract negotiations with Stop & Shop. Local 1445 president Jeff Bollen will be posting videos as negotiations continue in order to keep Local 1445 Stop & Shop members updated on the progress - or lack of it - of these important talks. SOLIDARITY is the key to our success. TOGETHER we can demand - and win! - better wages and benefits, especially since the company is profitable ONLY because of the hard work of its employees - LOCAL 1445 MEMBERS!
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      On February 28, Local 1445 members joined with their friends, supporters, customers, and allies to stage a rally at the Macy's store in Downtown Crossing, Boston, to show their support for Macy's members' determination to negotiate a fair contract that recognizes the hard work and commitment our members have invested in this company and that demonstrates - in a meaningful way - the respect these members have earned and are due.
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      Being a member of the UFCW family means you and your family members can take advantage of the UFCW Free College benefit.
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      Since 1938 - more than 80 years ago - UFCW Local 1445 has been fighting for the rights and dignity of workers and their families in Northeast New England. What do we fight for? Living wages! Affordable quality healthcare! Safe workplaces! Benefits, sick pay, paid holidays and vacations! Overtime and premium pay! DIGNITY AND RESPECT ON THE JOB.
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      President Jeff Bollen has important information for our Stop & Shop members:  SAS employees should NOT be doing our bargaining unit work. When outside employees do work that is contractually guaranteed to UFCW Local 1445 members, it means FEWER PAID HOURS for YOU - our members - and, eventually, FEWER JOBS for our members. Local 1445 has vowed to fight this contract violation, but we need your help.
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      In response to the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey states, "Today, the Supreme Court has turned its back on millions of Americans...My office will never stop fighting to protect working families and basic workplace rights here in Massachusetts and across the country."
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      Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, has issued a statement condemning the Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. "Until it is overturned, this decision will be a political stain on ... the most honorable, independent body in the world."
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      On Tuesday, May 8, UFCW Local 1445 members and supporters joined hundreds of other demonstrators at the Massachusetts State House to rally support for a $15 minimum wage and paid medical and family leave.
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      Yes! It starts with you, our valued union member, who understands what it means to belong to a union. You have the opportunity to educate your family and friends about the benefits of being an important part of a dedicated group that is working together for a better life...that's organizing!
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      Stop & Shop members now have an alternative to AFLAC for supplemental benefits. The Forza Group, which previously offered Aflac benefits, has now secured an even better alternative for our members through Colonial Life.
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      The UFCW and Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) are offering the FREE College Benefit program to all UFCW members or family members who are high school/GED graduates and who want to receive a college degree.
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      If you're a member of Local 1445 who never had a chance to graduate from high school and figure it's too late to do it now, guess what? IT'S NOT! Here's your chance to get FREE help getting your GED!
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      The UFCW and Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) are offering the FREE College Benefit program to all UFCW members or family members who are high school/GED graduates and who want to receive a college degree.
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      If you're a member of Local 1445 who never had a chance to graduate from high school and figure it's too late to do it now, guess what? IT'S NOT! Here's your chance to get FREE help getting your GED!
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