UFCW International aired an ad during the Democratic Presidential Debate about how we can lift up the hard-working families at WalMart. Check it out.Read More
More than 100 of our partners working at Dierbergs Central Kitchen ratified a new contract, avoided a strike, and got an across-the-board raise thanks to their involvement with our contract negotiations.Read More
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In 2016, your UFCW Local 655 family is going to be re-negotiating several of our largest contracts. Employees at Schnucks, Shop N’ Save and Dierbergs AND MORE will all be impacted by these negotiations.
Your involvement is the difference maker. It’s our secret weapon. When management knows that employees care about their contract and care about what they are getting, employees do better.
We’ll be sending a lot of communications your way to tell you exactly how you can help secure a better life for yourself and your coworkers. Here are some of our workplace flyers highlighting our contract efforts in 2016.
Veterans Day is a time to pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of all U.S. military veterans. But acknowledging what these amazing men and women have done for our country is not enough. We must do more.
To truly honor our veterans, Veterans Day must be a time to strengthen our commitment to providing our veterans with “good jobs” with better wages and benefits that can support a family and provide a pathway to the middle class.
The harsh reality today is that too many workers – including too many of our veterans in right here in St. Louis – are a facing serious obstacles to finding these good jobs. Unlike their parents and grandparents who served in the military and returned home to a time of shared prosperity, today’s veterans are returning to a country that is grappling with a wealth gap not seen since the “Roaring Twenties,” where good manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas, wages are stagnant, and the middle class is shrinking at an alarming rate. More troubling, irresponsible companies like Walmart talk proudly about their programs for veterans, but fail to provide wages or opportunities necessary to build a better life.
The simple truth is this: We can and must do better, and our union family is committed to standing up for our veterans and their families.
In St. Louis, UFCW Local Local 655 represents more than 10,000 hard-working men and women at Schnucks, Dierbergs, Shop N’ Save, and more. Many of our members are veterans. We work hard to provide the better wages and benefits that all hard-working men and women have earned and deserve.
Nationally, for example, being a member of our union family provides veterans and non-veterans 27 percent more in pay than non-union workers. They are more likely to have paid sick leave and a pension plan, which means they have more control over their lives today and in the future. And, we stand and fight against discrimination and unsafe workplace conditions veterans and others face that are often ignored by non-union
Despite their dedication, experience and skills, too many of our country’s veterans are paying the price as companies continue to cut wages, hours and benefits, and punish those who speak out and try to better their lives. This should not be the reality for any worker, but it especially should not be the reality for our veterans.
So our challenge to employers all across St. Louis is this: Stand up with us and do more for our veterans. Commit to not only hiring more veterans, but provide them and all retail workers with better wages and benefits.
The best way to honor our veterans on this solemn day is to provide them with an opportunity to earn a better life. That is the least our St. Louis employers can do.
David A. Cook is the President of UFCW Local 655 in St. Louis, Missouri.
We’re giving away free goodies to our partners, and all you have to do is wear your union button at work!
It’s simple: the button shows your proud of your union and that you care about getting a better deal. But we know things fall through the cracks. Buttons get left on sinks or on dashboards.
So we’re giving away from free stuff in exchange for you wearing your button. Winning the #ButtonUp contest is simple:
Please include your name and store location to be entered to win!
Last night during the Democratic Presidential Debate, the UFCW family aired an ad highlighting just how poorly WalMart has treated so many of its hard-working men and women. UFCW is committed to bringing WalMart employees into our family, and we think it’s time the American people, and Presidential candidates alike, stood up for hard-working people.
There’s plenty you can do to help. Use the #OurWalMartVoices hashtag to follow the campaign on social media, and visit HelpChangeWalMart.com for more information.
“WalMart is the largest employer in the country and they insist on paying poverty wages, giving almost no benefits, and punishing any employee who asks for a better deal,” said Local 655 President, Dave Cook. “We’re proud to fight against this trend and plan on continue pushing for this billion-dollar company to give their employees the better life that they have earned.”
Check out the ad below.
Last night, the UFCW family had another victory as our partners working at Dierbergs Central Kitchen approved a new contract that, for the first time, gave every single one of the employees in the store a pay raise. Often, long-term employees are the ones dominating contract negotiations as newer or part-time employees avoid the contract meetings. This can create an imbalance.
But the UFCW family fights hard for a raise for all workers, because better pay is the best way to a better life. Because of the involvement of employees at every level at Dierbergs Central Kitchen, because they attended meetings and made their voices heard, every single one of them got a raise yesterday. That’s something to celebrate.
Contract negotiations are a give-and-take process, and no contract is perfect, or without room for improvement. But when hard-working people come out in numbers and attend our meetings, when they voice their concerns, make their demands clear, and take part in the process, we can do more for them. Those working at Central Kitchen know it, and the rest of the UFCW family can know it too.
It’s vital that you stay informed about your contract, that you know when negotiations are starting, and that you attend our meetings. More than 100 employees at Central Kitchen got a raise yesterday, because the UFCW family fights for each other to get the better life you’ve worked so hard for.
Ask your union rep or shop steward about when your contract meetings begin.
-Questions? Comments? Concerns? Tips? Contact Collin Reischman, Communications Director. Email CReischman@UFCW655.org or call his office at 636.736.2757
Yesterday, House Speaker Todd Richardson and House Budget Chairman Tom Flanigan “urged” Gov. Jay Nixon to push for a raise for state employees.
We support this effort, as we support efforts to raise wages for hard-working families everywhere.
But let’s not forget what Flanigan, Richardson, and nearly 100 of their colleagues have done to make Missouri state workers the lowest paid in the nation. Like many Republicans, they have done everything in their power to reduce the power of public sector unions, which in turn has reduced their wages and kept them in poverty.
They’ve supported laws that weaken their collective bargaining power, limited their ability to strike, and essentially applied Right-to-Work type laws to the unions supporting our teachers, first responders, and more.
We are happy to support efforts to raise wages for all workers that have earned a better life, but we also cannot let these new efforts obscure just how we got here: by pushing more and more laws that punish workers.
In The Missouri Times, Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, a Jefferson City Republican with plenty of public sector employees in his district, admitted that higher wages attract better employees.
“If we want to attract and retain a talented and dedicated workforce, we must find a way to pay them a competitive wage,” Bernskoetter said.
We agree! But that principle must apply to the private sector as well, where hard-working families are struggling to make ends meet and provide the best life.
“The UFCW family fully support a raise for state workers,” said Local 655 President David Cook. “It’s our hope that Republicans pushing for a pay raise for state workers will apply those same principles to a discussion about raising the minimum wage, which would help lift countless hard-working Missourians out of poverty.”
Once again, greedy out-of-state interests are marching in to the Show-Me state to ram a law down our throats that makes it harder for you to get what you’ve earned.
Yes, Americans For Prosperity, the brainchild of the Koch brothers, is buying up time on radio and television around the state to push their false brand of “freedom” that does nothing more than make it harder for hard-working people to earn a living.
Here, they’ve decided to pick on our friends in the Republican Party who stood up against the Koch brothers and stood with the working families in their districts. Those Republicans, who made the hard but right choice, are now being singled-out by big money interests with no stake in Missouri’s future.
We can’t let that happen.
The UFCW family is committed to supporting our friends and allies. We will not allow for these absurd attacks to hurt their chances to return to Jefferson City and fight for you, our stakeholders. These out- of-state interests would use their endless supply of cash to intimidate our allies into submission. We simply cannot tolerate that. We will not allow our friends to be bullied by expensive ads or the threat of a primary. We will not allow those who stand with working people to be knocked down.
If your state representative voted to support hard-working families and reject Right-to-Work, call them and thank them for their courage in the face of cynical political ploys. If your state representative chose the side of out-of-state billionaires, call them, and tell them you won’t be forgetting that on election day.
Call the state capitol switchboard at 573-751-2000 and ask for your representative.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 continued its long tradition of supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at our annual Jo Pretti Memorial Golf Tournament. Pretti, a former UFCW Local 655 Union Representative, died from leukemia 25 years ago. Since 1983, Local 655 has proudly hosted an annual tournament to raise money and awareness about the new advances in leukemia and lymphoma research.
This year, we are proud to announce we raised more than $55,000 through our tournament, an all-time high and a testament to the commitment of UFCW International to eradicate these deadly illnesses. In 32 years, UFCW has donated more than $77 million to LLS to support blood cancer research, with a full 34 researches at Universities in the U.S. and Canada working thanks to our support. This year alone, UFCW has raised more than $4 million for LLS and Local 655 could not be more honored to contribute to the cause.
Below, you’ll see a video produced by LLS detailing the “Fire with Fire” treatment program, which has seen amazing life-saving advancements as a direct result of the UFCW and Local 655’s continued support.
It’s a remarkable achievement, but we intend to do more. The UFCW family is committed to our partnership with LLS, and we fully intend to raise even more money at our tournament next year!
Last month, hard-working families and their allies beat back yet another attack on labor in the form of the wrong-headed Right-to-Work bill that was rammed through the legislative session.
Simply put; we couldn’t have won that fight without our members. Missouri is one of the only states to beat back anti-labor policies, and we’ve been able to do it because you, the UFCW family, took action. You wrote letters and postcards. You called elected officials. You went to rallies. The politicians noticed. The people noticed.
You were heard. The UFCW family was essential in winning this fight, and I could not be more proud of our partners in labor or each and every one of you that took up the cause. It’s an honor to serve as your President, and I promise to continue to do everything in my power to support you, our stakeholders, who have worked so hard and earned so much.
Going forward, we’ll be continuing to work for you and your family. We’ll soon be sending many of you information about contract negotiations, and we hope to see all of you at our regular meetings. The defeat of policies that punish working Missourians was a huge victory for all of us, but was only possible because you took action. To those of you that took part, I thank you, your UFCW family thanks you, and hard-working Missourians thank you too.
-Dave Cook, UFCW Local 655 President
Check out Governor Nixon’s special message to Missouri’s Union Members in the Labor Tribune