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Pope Endorses Organizing by Car Wash Workers

October 5, 2015
By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates Union News Service

New York, NY - Joining a union has immensely benefitted their lives, say the three “carwasheros” – unionized Spanish-speaking workers at New York car washes -- who met Pope Francis I during his U.S. visit.

The Fight to Unionize Walmart Continues

September 30, 2015
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC — Walmart laid off over 2,200 workers when it closed its Pico Rivera store in California and other operations in Florida, Oklahoma and Texas on April 13, 2015 claiming “plumbing problems.”

UFCW Lands First Oregon Cannabis-Worker Contract

September 29, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

With Oregon on the eve of becoming the third state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 has landed its first contract with a Beaver State cannabis retailer. The three-year pact it negotiated with Stoney Brothers in Portland sets starting wages at $15 an hour for cashiers, $20 for trimmers, and up to $32 for master cultivators, and it also guarantees paid holidays and vacation days, pension contributions, and health insurance.

Grocery Store Worker Protections To Get Hearing

September 25, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

I. Daneek Miller's Committee on Civl Service & Labor is holding GWR Act hearings on Friday.

New York, NY - City Council hearings on a bill to protect grocery store workers from being abruptly fired will be held on September 25, at 10 a.m. If passed, the Grocery Worker Retention Act [GWR] could help shield the tens of thousands low-level employees caught up in New York City’s spasming supermarket industry.

OUR Walmart Restarts Campaign

September 23, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

A restructured Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) re-launched itself Sept. 17, planning to expand its backing from the United Food and Commercial Workers to a coalition of 20 organizations, such as the Working Families Party, Interfaith Workers Justice, Color of Change, and Jobs With Justice.

Pass the Wage act for Workers' Right

September 21, 2015
By Richard Trumka

How are companies like T-Mobile able to be so shameless in their anti-worker activity? Because the penalties for interfering with workers’ rights are ridiculously weak. There are no financial penalties for employers who break the law, and there are no monetary damages for workers who are illegally fired or retaliated against for exercising their rights.

UFCW Statement on Haggen Bankruptcy Filing

September 14, 2015

Washington, DC -- The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement regarding Haggen’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. “For years, hard-working men and women in grocery stores at Haggen's have shown their commitment to their job, their co-workers, the community, and this union family.

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