Legislation and Politics

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Norman, OK Rep. Claudia Griffith is a strong voice for working families. She took time out of her busy schedule recently to meet with some of our Homeland shop stewards to hear about what challenges grocery workers are facing. We appreciate Claudia and endorse her fully in her reelection in 2016. 

June, 2015: UFCW is committed to defeating the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a bad trade deal for workers. 

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UFCW LOCAL 1000 ENDORSEMENTS 2014 MIDTERM ELECTIONS            

UFCW Local 1000 endorses the following candidates as people who will work hard for working families. We’ve taken the time to interview and research the positions and history of each of these candidates and we feel they are worthy of our support and yours. We have also polled and interviewed Local 1000 members and taken your opinions into account. Your ABC donations are being put to good use to support pro-labor candidates that will support you in the halls of Congress and our statehouses. Additional candidates may be added as we get closer to election day so check back for more information!

Texas

Oklahoma

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Casey Williams, Ricky Burris, and Carol Donovan

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Casey Williams, Ricky Burris, and Susan Motley

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Local 1000 staff and Susan Motley

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Food and Commercial Worker’s Local 1000 Fact Sheet on SB 1806

 

  • UFCW Local 1000 is opposed to the legislative changes contained in SB 1806

 

  • SB 1806 is another purposeful attempt to outlaw legal union contracts between UFCW and its members in grocery stores across Oklahoma

 

  • SB 1806 builds on the unconstitutional nature of 40 O.S. 2011, Section 701, which forces minor grocery store workers covered by UFCW contracts in Oklahoma to attain parental consent before joining the union at work

 

  • SB 1806 is unconstitutional because it violates a young worker’s right to freedom of association with a labor union

 

  • SB 1806 is punitive and only affects one (1) labor union in Oklahoma – UFCW Local 1000 – because we are the only union that collectively bargains for minors

 

  • SB 1806 prevents young workers from expressing their right to associate freely with a labor union and exercise their workplace rights if their values and attitudes about labor unions differ from their parents

 

  • SB 1806 attempts to nullify existing membership agreements between UFCW and its minor members in Oklahoma, an attempt which will be met with lawsuits that could cost the State of Oklahoma thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend a law that affects less than .01% of Oklahomans

 

President Burris meets with Senator Wendy Davis                   

 Ricky and Senator Wendy DavisLocal 1000 President Ricky Burris meets with Texas Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis 

UFCW leadership met recently with political leaders to discuss a roadmap to win for workers in 2014. A coalition of groups including Annie’s List, Battleground Texas, Texas Organizing Project, the Texas AFL-CIO, and UFCW locals from across Texas are standing together to make sure worker’s voices are heard in the 2014 election cycle. Senator Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) assured President Burris that she had the ground game and the fundraising strength to win. Texas will see an unprecedented effort in 2014 to change the political landscape from deep red to bright blue. Labor will be working alongside grassroots groups and strong candidates like Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte to change Texas forever. We hope all of our members are geared up for the fight! 

 

Top 8 reasons for UFCW Local 1000 members to donate $1 per week to ABC Fund

The Active Ballot Club (ABC) is the engine that supports elected officials and issues that matter to working families. From the state house to the White House – ABC is devoted to advocating for the interests of UFCW members.

1) Corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money on elections. Corporations in Oklahoma and Texas spent over $100M in 2012 to promote their interests at your expense. Can you afford a $1 per week to fight back?

 Campaign Money

                       

2) UFCW is supporting legislation in Congress, in state houses, and in cities to raise the minimum wage to over $10 an hour. CEO pay has risen 725 percent over the last 30 years yet workers making the minimum wage are still living in poverty. We are fighting politicians like OK Rep. Mark Wayne Mullin who insanely claims that raising the minimum wage would cause the price of a hamburger to rise to $20.00. Can you chip in $1 a week to help raise the minimum wage (which raises everybody’s wages)?

Markwayne Mullin

3) UFCW fighting attempts to eliminate overtime. The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 was introduced in the US House of Representatives and UFCW has come out strongly against this bill. The bill eliminates overtime and the 40 hour work week. The bill was cosponsored by every member of Congress in Oklahoma and many in Texas. Can you contribute a $1 per week to fight against losing your overtime?

More Work, Less Pay

4) Fighting for uninsured Oklahomans. Beginning this year, states are required to have health insurance exchanges up and running to cover the growing uninsured population in this country. Regardless of how you feel about Obamacare, Governors Mary Fallin and Rick Perry have refused to expand Medicaid or set up health insurance exchanges. Millions of working Texans and Oklahomans do not have health insurance provided by their employer, but these politician’s partisan decisions will endanger working people both financially and medically. Can you chip in a $1 to help UFCW lobby the Governors to help working people?

Health Insurance Reform

5) National Right to Work. Right to Work was a broken promise to Oklahoma’s workers. Politicians in Oklahoma promised thousands of manufacturing jobs would flood the state, but the only new jobs are in oil and gas. Right to Work has hurt Oklahoma workers in the wallet – household income in states with “right to work” laws is $6,437 less than in other states ($46,402 vs. $52,839). Can you give $1 a week to help UFCW work in Oklahoma and in other states to fight politicians pushing the Right to Work lie like Sen. Rand Paul who has introduced a National Right to Work law to hurt workers across the country?

Annual Wages

6) Worker’s compensation reform gutted. UFCW stood strongly against the reform passed in Oklahoma earlier this year which gutted the current worker’s comp system, cut benefits for injured workers, and made it harder for injured workers to win their cases. Corporate interests allied to push this bill through, but workers were unable to stop it – throwing in a dollar per week can help stem the tide of corporate power in politics and help us reverse this law and support injured workers.

Compensation Reform

7) Paid Sick Days. From Portland to New York City, and from Seattle to Philadelphia, the UFCW has fought for and won the right to have paid sick days become the law. Many UFCW Locals have succeeded in making the case to politicians that workers deserve paid time off when they are sick (if it’s good enough for everyone in the corporate office, its good enough for us). Can you pitch in $1 per week so we can push for this law in Oklahoma and Texas?

Sick Pay

8) Defending union jobs. UFCW has fought Walmart across the country for coming into communities with minimum wage jobs that hurt local businesses like union grocery stores. In Washington DC, the UFCW lobbied the city council successfully to pass a Living Wage law that forced Walmart to compete fairly with union grocery stores and pay their workers a decent wage. Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling to other states and begging low-wage jobs to come to Texas. Can you donate a $1 per week so we can fight Walmart and other low-wage employers in Oklahoma and Texas?

OUR Walmart

Top 5 Questions Union Members Ask About Immigration Reform

By Anthony Elmo UFCW Local 1000

1)       Why should I care about immigration reform?

Immigration reform affects us all as union members. The 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States are often times working in tough jobs for very low wages. Helping to bring these folks out of the shadows and into a legal path to citizenship will help them fight for better wages at work – which in the end – raises your wages and benefits too. Legal immigrants are much more likely to join unions and to participate in organizing drives as well.

2)       Well, didn’t these people break the law, shouldn’t they be punished?

 Immigration Reform 5-16-13The immigration reform bill being discussed does penalize undocumented people by making them pay a fine, pay back taxes, and go to the back of the line to become citizens. Some politicians have suggested we just make things so hard for undocumented immigrants that they’ll just leave on their own accord – like Arizona and Alabama have done – but, we don’t agree with that. Immigration reform will enrich our talents, strengthen our nation and bring a brighter future to millions of workers in this country.

3)       What about the border? All the politicians on the news say it’s broken.

That may have been true five or ten years ago, but these days – according to many sources – illegal migration from Mexico has slowed to a trickle. Customs and Border Patrol have done a good job patrolling the border and the Obama administration spent $18 billion last year on border enforcement – more than they spent on the FBI, ATF, and other federal law enforcement agencies combined. The US is spending more on border enforcement than it ever has and we’ve seen illegal border crossings drop to a forty-year low because of that investment. Don’t let the talking heads lie to you.

4)       My biggest problem is that all of these new people are really going to drain our welfare and social security systems – legalizing all of them could really hurt the economy, right?

Wrong! Many economists think that a path to legalization for all of these aspiring Americans could add trillions of dollars to the economy over the long-term through new small businesses, new tax revenue, and other economic activity. All of these younger workers will help bolster Social Security by having more workers pay into the system and prop up all of the retiring baby boomers. Immigration reform is a net gain to the economy and will help raise wages and benefits across the board.

5)       Well, is there any hope of passing meaningful reform? We all see how Washington is gridlocked.

Washington does seem broken these days and that’s why you as a UFCW member can help get immigration reform passed. We’re urging folks to fill out support cards urging Congress to pass immigration reform and our members will be lobbying in Congressional districts across the country over the next few months. Now is the time for America to create a modern, 21st Century immigration system that reflects our values and treats all immigrants with the respect and dignity that they deserve. We hope you’ll join us!

 
 
 
Open Letter to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Mary Fallin
 

Local 1000 has sent OK Gov. Mary Fallin a letter condemning the recent worker’s compensation reform passed by the legislature. Click on the link to read the letter and find out why this reform is bad for workers and bad for Oklahoma. 

Link to Letter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congressmen Joaquin Castro and Lloyd Doggett, Mayor Julian Castro and nearly two dozen state and local lawmakers joined together to tell Governor Perry to do the right thing and expand Medicaid. 

 
Medicaid expansion is the right thing to do — it will not only provide healthcare for our most vulnerable Texans, it makes economic sense. Sign your name to this petition and let our leadership know that you support Medicaid expansion. Add your name today. (H/T to Battleground Texas)

 

Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights

The UFCW strongly supports the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights which would penalize employers for failing to provide health care to part-timers and thereby end the incentive for dropping workers from their coverage.

One of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that employers have an incentive to drop health coverage for their part-time workers.

The ACA includes a fine for failing to cover full-time workers but includes no such penalty for part-timers (defined as working less than 30 hours a week).

As a result, some employers are either moving to reduce workers’ hours below 30 and/or discontinuing part-time health coverage altogether.

The UFCW strongly supports the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights which would penalize employers for failing to provide health care to part-timers and thereby end the incentive for dropping workers from their coverage.

Under the ACA, large employers (defined as 50 employees or more) who do not provide health care coverage to full-timers must pay a penalty of $2,000 per fulltime employee per year.

Under the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights, large employers who do not provide health care coverage to part-time employees must pay a penalty that is pro-rated based on the average hours of service the employee works each month based on 30 hours per week.

If an employee works 15 hours per week, or half of the 30 hours, the employer’s penalty will be half of the $2000 paid for full time employees or $1000.

The bill also extends the following benefits to part-timer workers:

Family and Medical Leave Act—Hours of service requirement dropped so part time workers will be covered.

Employee Retirement Income Security Act —Part-time workers can participate and vest in pension plans.

News

UFCW Supports Harkin-Miller Minimum Wage Bill

March 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement in support of a bill introduced by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member George Miller (D-CA) that would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 […]

UFCW Pushes for Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights

February 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Last week, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights which would help eliminate the incentive for employers to drop health coverage for their part-time workers. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalizes employers who fail to provide health insurance to full-time workers but includes no such penalty for part-timers (defined as working […]

 

 

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