Together we can make a difference for the more than 38M Americans who experience food insecurity every year.
Donate nonperishable food during the #StampOutHunger food drive on Sat. May 14th by placing them in a bag next to your mailbox!
Participating is simple and easy: Just leave a bag of nonperishable items such as canned goods in a bag next to your mailbox and your letter carrier will handle the rest.
More info: https://www.ufcw.org/stampouthunger/
On April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day is observed. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was signed into law on April 28 that year to address the grievous working conditions that were harming far fewer American workers then than are harmed today. The anniversary of that signing is now Workers’ Memorial Day. “Workers’ Memorial Day is a solemn but important time to reflect on the lives lost at worksites throughout Washington state,” said Larry Brown, President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. “COVID-19 has awakened many to the harm that workers face on the job every day when they are not protected from known hazards. It’s never been more clear that workers need to join together in unions and demand safer working conditions if they want that to change.” Read more.
For the past few months, Olivia Muzzy and Lisa Longmire (KRL/WPEA) have been involved in planning this workshop opportunity with the Washington State Labor Council, the Kitsap Central Labor Council and the Olympic Labor Council - we now have a date/time for this workshop, and a poster to share with you! "Courageous Conversations on Race and the Labor Movement" is a (free) workshop intended to provide a practical toolkit to identify the impacts of racism in the workplace and how we can build union solidarity through recognizing and responding to instances of racism. This is a hybrid style workshop, with an option to attend via Zoom as well as two in-person locations (in Silverdale and in Port Angeles). The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 from 5:45-7:45pm.
You can learn more about WSLC's Race and Labor initiatives here: https://www.wslc.org/race-and-labor/
Workshop information and registration here: https://tinyurl.com/wslcMay192022 and when registering, it will ask for the International Union affiliation - you will choose "United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)", as that is WPEA's parent organization.
A HUGE thank you to our outstanding members that have worked so hard to put this together! We thank you for all you do!
Union members: If you and your family are experiencing hardship as a result of recent flooding in northwest Washington or some other natural disaster in Washington state, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO urges you to apply for disaster relief from the Foundation for Working Families.
The FFWF is a nonprofit formed by the WSLC and its affiliated unions to assist union families in times of hardship or disaster. To apply for disaster relief, fill out and return this form.
Teamsters Local 174: Despite the cold, wet, windy Seattle weather, 34 dump truck drivers are still on an Unfair Labor Practice strike at Gary Merlino Construction. The workers are part of a larger group of construction Teamsters all covered by the Associated General Contractors Agreement, which is jointly negotiated to cover nearly 500 Teamsters at six different Teamster Local Unions. The only Employer refusing to agree to the terms of the joint agreement is Gary Merlino Construction, with Merlino subordinate Charlie Oliver in charge of the contract negotiations. Said one striking employee:
“I’m just so disappointed with this whole situation, after almost 25 years working for Gary Merlino. We’ve helped build his house, for God’s sake, and he’s still letting his lackey shove us all out in the cold wind during Christmas because of what, pride? It makes me more sad than anything else.”
Orginally from The Stand (Nov. 29) — Gary Merlino drivers’ ULP strike continues
From The Stand: Click Here for Link
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — On October 5, some 1,400 members of the BCTGM International Union at Kellogg’s cereal plants in Battle Creek, Mich., Omaha, Neb., Lancaster, Pa. and Memphis, Tenn. took a stand on the future of their workforce by going on strike. In contract negotiations, the company had proposed to take away premium health care benefits, retirement benefits, holiday and vacation pay, cost-of-living wage increases, and jobs by moving production lines to Mexico. Management also proposed a new two-tier system where new hires make less money, have higher health insurance payments and will not earn a pension. They had even proposed to remove the Union Label from all Kellogg’s cereal boxes! For nearly 8 weeks, Kellogg’s workers have stood strong on the picket line, demanding a fair contract offer. Let’s show these brave Kellogg’s workers that organized labor throughout the country has their backs! Here’s how you can support them.
► From the Michigan Advance — Kellogg talks to resume Tuesday as union strike nears 8 weeks — Negotiations between union workers and cereal giant Kellogg are set to restart this week, as workers at the company’s four cereal plants near two months of striking for better wages, better hours and the end of a two-tier pay scale. Prior to the day before Thanksgiving, talks had come to a standstill between the two parties.