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    Why Union?

    Unions are making a difference.  With most of the economic benefits of our economy going to corporate America, working people are using the power of collective action to get their fair share.
    Workers never got anything without uniting for it.

    ·   The 40-hour workweek
    ·   Overtime
    ·   Sick Leave
    ·   Paid Vacation
    ·   Employer-paid health insurance
    ·   Pensions
    ·   Safety and health protections
    ·   Grievance procedure for wrongful discharge and discipline
    ·   Fairness in promotions
    ·   Higher wages
    Just think of what you and your coworkers may be able to win if you had a union contract.

    Jul 30, 2006

    Today, more Americans realize the future of working families depends on a united voice to stand up against powerful corporate interests. The working men and women of UFCW Local 455 are that voice.

            At UFCW Local 455, you are the union.  You come together with your coworkers; you determine the working conditions and concerns that will be bargained in a contract; you will be part of a larger movement to improve the lives of working men and women in the workplace and in their communities.

    The more workers who join together, the more management listens to what they have to say. In Union there is strength. Without a union you have only a few rights such as minimum wage, overtime after 40 hours and unemployment insurance. Every worker deserves affordable health benefits, living wages, safe working conditions, equal opportunity, a secure pension and a voice in the workplace.

    The UFCW is working to make sure workers get their fair share.

    Gain Your Voice. Vote Union Yes!

    Feb 18, 2016

    What are Union Contracts?

         A union contract is a legal document that spells out your rights, your job security and your benefits.  When workers come together and vote for a union, the employer is legally required to bargain with the union on all matters affecting your employment. The Union draws up a contract proposal addressing worker concerns based on meetings, discussions and worker survey results. The Union then presents its proposals to management. You can negotiate for any and all reasonable items that affect you on your job. Contracts usually last between 3 to 5 years.

    How are contracts settled?
         In order for a contract to be ratified after negotiations are completed, a majority of the workers voting must approve the proposed contract settlement. If a majority vote against the proposed settlement, the Union will go back to the bargaining table, or ask the employees to vote on whether or not to strike. Strikes, which require a two-thirds majority vote, are rare and only occur as a last resort.  Managers, union leaders, security guards, etc.… are not allowed to vote on a contract.

    What are the benefits of the Union?
         When workers stick together as a union, they have bargaining power and a collective voice that they simply do not have when they are not unionized. Non-union workers have limited rights and can be fired ‘at-will’. Non-union workers also find that the rules can change at the whim of the employer. With a union contract, everything is spelled out in black and white, as decided upon between the workers’ negotiating committee and the employer during bargaining. These set rules don’t change until workers renegotiate.  Guaranteed raises, holidays, vacations and hours can all be defined by a contract.

         In addition, discipline and discharge isn’t at the whim of the employer for union members.  There are certain rules management must go through, a series of steps, to show they have just cause for your discipline or discharge.  Throughout those steps, a union representative works on your behalf to represent you and ensure you get a fair deal and your rights are protected.

    Feb 18, 2016

    Home phone, cell phone, or pager number:
    Best time to call:
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    Employer's name:
    Type of  business:
    Number of workers:
    Have you been a union member before?
    What's the main reason you want to organize a union?
    Click send to submit the form:

    Aug 12, 2006
    Register Online: Voter Registration Application

    The National Voter Registration Form
    The National Mail Voter Registration Form allows you to register to vote from anywhere in the United States. Be sure to follow the General Instructions, as well as the specific instructions for your State, contained in the PDF download. Visit the
    Election Assistance Commission website for more information.

    Who Can Use the NVR Form?

    Any U.S. citizen residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia may use this form, with the following exceptions:

    North Dakota, Wyoming and U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam) do not accept this form. New Hampshire accepts the form only as a request for an absentee ballot.

    Uniformed service members and overseas voters should not use this form to register to vote. Instead, they should fill out the Federal Post Card Application, available at www.fvap.gov.

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