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February 26, 2018

Local 1208 Marches in HKonJ Rally in North Carolina

Members of UFCW Local 1208 joined thousands of allies at the Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) People’s Assembly Coalition rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Feb. 10. The march focused on voting rights, equal rights and other social justice issues. UFCW Local 1208 has joined this march numerous times, beginning with the Smithfield campaign.

The HKonJ People’s Assembly Coalition is made up of more than 125 North Carolina NAACP branches, youth councils and college chapters from across the state, as well as members of over 200 other social justice organizations.

January 22, 2018

Local 1149 and JBS Donate to Local Schools in Iowa

UFCW Local 1149 Vice President and Walking Steward Mike Graves (left) and JBS Human Resources Director Stacey Santillan (right) present a check to Fisher Elementary School Principal Mark Lee.

UFCW Local 1149 and JBS USA gave back to the Marshalltown, Iowa, community by providing $1,000 donations to six local elementary schools on Jan. 3. This is the second year that UFCW Local 1149 and JBS USA have donated to elementary schools in the Marshalltown Community School District.

The donations, which come from a multicultural fund created by the UFCW and JBS USA, will be used to fund technology, literacy curriculum, playground equipment and other items for local elementary school children.

Mike Graves, UFCW Local 1149 vice president and walking steward at JBS, and Stacey Santillan, director of Human Resources at JBS USA, delivered the checks to all six elementary school principals.

“It’s something we wanted to do for the community,” Graves said.

“We’re proud that our good union jobs allow us to partner with JBS to help kids in our community,” said UFCW Local 1149 President Roger Kail.

December 4, 2017

UFCW Locals Give Back to Their Communities

From hosting “giving trees” to organizing food drives, UFCW locals are kicking into high gear to help make the holidays a little brighter for those in need in communities across the country.

In the northeast, UFCW Local 1500 is organizing a Toy Drive for the John Theissen Children’s Foundation. Since 1992, the foundation has collected over 920,000 new toys and donated them to sick and underprivileged children in hospitals and child care facilities.

UFCW Local 152’s annual Teddy Bear Drive collects stuffed animals for Santa to give away at the holiday dinner dance for ARC of Burlington County, which provides a variety of disability services that include adult day care and in home supportive services.

In November, RWDSU/UFCW Local 338 delivered 200 turkeys donated by its members to several food pantries and charitable organizations throughout New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County as part of the union’s annual “Turkey Drive.”

RWDSU/UFCW Local 338 members weren’t the only ones out making sure everyone could have a nice holiday feast. On the other side of the country, UFCW Local 1428 members in California held a turkey giveaway over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Are you a UFCW member with a story of how union members in your area are giving back this holiday season? If so, please drop us a line at submissions@ufcw.org or send us your story on our Facebook page and let us know how you are making a difference in your community.

September 19, 2017

MCAW Hosts Event at University of Notre Dame to Highlight Trump-Walmart Agenda

On Sept. 18, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) hosted a day of campus outreach at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., as part of the “2017 Trump and Walmart Make America Worse” tour. The Notre Dame event was organized in partnership with Students for Worker Justice, Notre Dame College Democrats, and Human Rights Notre Dame, and featured educational activities and ways students can stand up for a better America against the Trump and Walmart agenda.

MCAW’s “2017 Trump and Walmart Make America Worse” tour includes stops at over 25 college campuses throughout September to expose the shared agenda of Trump and Walmart, which promotes the privatization of our public education, profits from a low-wage, debt economy, and divides our country.

August 7, 2017

Local 365 Member Honored for Helping Local Farm Workers

Photo courtesy of The Stand

On July 19, WPEA /UFCW Local 365 member Jason Holland was honored with the Mother Jones Award from the Washington State Labor Council for his efforts to help local farm workers at Sakuma Brothers Farms in Burlington and Mt. Vernon, Wash., organize and secure a strong union contract. Holland works as an organizer and researcher at WPEA/UFCW Local 365.

The farm workers, from Oaxaca, Mexico, realized that there was strength in numbers and formed the first new farm worker union in the country in over 20 years—Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ). Using his law degree from Vanderbilt University, Holland supported FUJ’s efforts by writing the contract the workers would bring to the negotiating table. He also marched and protested alongside FUJ members in solidarity, receiving no compensation for his work – besides knowing he stepped up to help fellow hard-working men and women in need of a strong union family.

As he accepted the Mother Jones Award, Holland reflected on his work with members of FUJ and how the experience changed his life. “When you see injustice, don’t just stand there and let it happen,” he said. “Take action.”

You can see Holland accept the Mother Jones Award here.