OUR MISSION: REBUILD THE MIDDLE CLASS
Once upon a time, one good job provided enough to raise a family with dignity and provide security for the future. Today, too many hard working Americans are barely making it from paycheck to paycheck with uncertain futures and tough prospects. Meanwhile, corporations and those who do their bidding crashed the economy but are raking in huge profits.
The question is: What are we going to do about it—for ourselves, our families, and our futures?
Deciding to form a union at our workplaces is the best way to improve our compensation and be guaranteed rights and more security on the job. Without a Union, we are “employees at will,” meaning we have no rights on the job, and can be disciplined or even fired without just cause. When the bosses do business they get contracts guaranteeing their rights. Why should working people be any different?
UFCW Local 7 has been successful in joining with working people to push hard to improve compensation, rights, and respect regardless of industry. In the Union, we bargain as equals with management in negotiations to expand and protect our rights:
Non-Union retail food workers are having their paychecks eaten up by increasing health care costs & hours cuts. Union workers doing the very same jobs have significantly reduced health care costs & contractual rights on the job to replace favoritism and the mood of the manager that day to determine hours, shifts, time off, discipline, discharge, and other issues of concern to those who do the work and create the profits.
Fast line speeds on assembly lines and food processing plants can cause permanent injuries. Their speed is strictly monitored and enforced by union contracts.
Understaffing of medical personnel can create dangers for both healthcare workers and their patients. UFCW Local 7 members’ contract with Kaiser Permanente makes sure that proper staff-to-patient levels are maintained.
All workers deserve respect, fair compensation for the work we do, and the opportunity to live the American dream our ancestors fought hard to create. It’s up to us to decide if we’re ready to fight for it again.