The Labor Wire – April 12, 2019

Some 31,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) are on strike at Stop & Shop supermarkets across New England, walking off the job to fight back against slashed health care benefits. Stand with our brothers and sisters today and sign UFCW’s petition demanding that executives agree to a fair contract that reflects the true value of their workers.

Message of the Day—Support Stop & Shop Workers

Thanks to the tireless labor of tens of thousands of working people, Stop & Shop is thriving. Its parent company, Ahold Delhaize, recorded profits of more than $2 billion last year. Over the past three years, its shareholders have pocketed $4 billion in stock buybacks.

Yet, Stop & Shop executives want even more—and they’re targeting the same workers who built that immense wealth. Going nearly two months without a contract, UFCW members have faced threats to their wages, health care, retirement and overall livelihoods.

Walking out of more than 240 stores throughout New England, working people are standing up for their most fundamental rights and dignities in the country’s largest private-sector work stoppage in years.

Stand with them in this fight: Sign UFCW’s petition—and don’t cross a picket line!

Quote of the Day

“We have your back. Stand strong, brothers and sisters. The entire labor movement is standing with you.” — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) to striking UFCW members

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Striking UFCW members need your help!

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

31,000 workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets across Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have gone on strike.

Management at Stop & Shop presented its “final offer” to workers, which included significant cuts to health care, massive increases (more than 100% in some cases) to workers’ health care premiums and replacing wage increases with so-called bonuses. This represents a massive step backward, with many workers facing reduced weekly earnings if they agree to this final offer.

On top of this, Stop & Shop’s parent company reported more than $2 billion in profits last year. This is not the time to ask for concessions. Rather, this is a time to invest in the workers who have made Stop & Shop so successful and profitable. They deserve and have earned a better life.

The workers, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, need your help to win a fair contract. Here is how you can help:

  1. Sign the petition to Stop & Shop management to let them know you stand with UFCW members as they fight for a fair contract.
  2. Continue to shop union. UFCW members work at a number of other supermarkets across the region. If you can’t shop at a union store, please shop elsewhere, but do not cross the picket line at Stop & Shop.

Thank you for your support as these 31,000 workers go out on strike for fair wages, decent benefits and a secure retirement. I will continue to update you as the strike progresses.

In Solidarity,

Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

The US Mail IS Not For Sale!

On January 9, a bipartisan coalition in the House of Representatives took action to help combat the proposal to privatize the Postal Service by introducing House Resolution 33. It was followed on March 7 by a similar bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Senate, which introduced Senate Resolution 99. Rallies will take place ain every major city throughout the United States Monday, April 15 for the APWU’s Tax Day of Action. Join with our Sisters and Brothers of the APWU, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, at the Main Post Office, Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio at 1623 Dalton Avenue, and remember, The US Mail IS Not For Sale!


It’s Equal Pay Day

It’s Equal Pay Day and I need your help.

Americans are working harder and longer than ever, but wages remain too low for millions of families to make ends meet. The lack of basic labor protections makes it nearly impossible for many workers to balance the demands of job and family.

At this very moment, we have the opportunity to advance legislation—more than 20 years in the making—that will help close the pay gap between women and men. We need you to take action to ensure that the U.S. Senate passes the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7).

Add your name in support now.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) in January, passed the House of Representatives last week and is headed for the Senate. First introduced by DeLauro in 1997, the bill would begin to close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act by:

  • Increasing penalties for wage discrimination and assuring that employers determine wages through the factors of experience, training and education rather than sex.
  • Directing federal agencies to collect data on compensation discrimination and share it publicly.
  • Barring retaliation against women who seek information on pay disparity in their workplace.

I need you to take action and add your name in support. Please click here to add your name.

In Solidarity,

Liz Shuler
Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

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State of the Union (Podcast Mar 25, 2019)

My co-host Tim Schlittner and I wanted to be sure you got the chance to listen to our newest episode, an interview with Reps. Brendan Boyle (Pa.) and Marc Veasey (Texas) of the House Blue Collar Caucus.

We need your help to make “State of the Unions” a success. Make sure to share with your friends and colleagues, and subscribe so you’ll know when we release the next episode.

In Solidarity,

Julie Greene
Mobilization Director, AFL-CIO
Co-Host, “State of the Unions” Podcast

Vote To Raise the Minimum Wage

We are closer than ever to a historic vote to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour nationwide.

For millions of working people across the country, working 40 hours or more per week is not enough to make ends meet. In fact, one in nine U.S. workers are paid wages that leave them in poverty, even when working full time and year-round.

A new bill in Congress will gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. This is an easy and necessary way to lift millions of working people out of poverty and get our economy moving.

Three weeks ago, lawmakers in the House brought that bill one step closer to a floor vote. Now, we’ve got to keep the momentum going.

We are counting on you to call your congressperson today. Help us get this bill passed! When you click to call, you’ll automatically be connected with your representative.

This is our chance to make a $15 per hour minimum wage a reality for ALL workers. Tell your congressperson that raising the wage is a win-win for workers and the economy. Raising the wage will mean our neighbors can worry less about where their next meal comes from or how to pay for rent. And it will improve the local economy and help small businesses.

Call the House and tell your congressperson to co-sponsor the Raise the Wage Act and vote yes when it comes to a floor vote.

Thank you for standing up for workers.

In Solidarity,

Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO