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What's New at UFCW 1439
THE WENATCHEE GROCERY AND MEAT AGREEMENTS FOR SAFEWAY, ALBERTSONS, HAGGENS, THE MARKETS, LLC AND FRED MEYER GROCERY ONLY CONTRACTS RADIFIED!
THANKS TO ALL THAT SHOWED UP AND VOTED!   CONGRATULATIONS. Read More...
CALLING ALL MEMBERS, plus SPOUSES AND DEPENDENTS SEEKING HIGHER EDUCATION
EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS, THEIR DEPENDENTS AND SPOUSES  Four $500 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.  A signed, completed application (attached) must be received on or before Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 5pm (PST).  Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. Read More...
Download: SCHOLARSHIP APP 2016.pdf
ATTENTION: SAFEWAY AND ALBERTSONS MEMBERS
Serving Safeway Employees since 1952 and now ready to serve YOU!  Located in Spokane serving member all over the Pacific Northwest. Read More...
Download: Safeway Federal Credit Union.pdf
DO NOT SHOP YOKE'S
In November of 2015 a number of Haggens stores were sold at auction due to the company declaring bankruptcy, including the store in Liberty Lake, at which Local 1439 represented employees. Read More...
PENSION UPDATE-PENSION UPDATE
FYI – The Sound Retirement Trust has sent out the updated Annual Benefit Statements for the Plan Year ending 9/30/15.  All statements were mailed by January 29, 2016.  ABS’s will be mailed to all Vested and Non-Vested participants with 435 hours or more in the 10/1/14 - 9/30/2015 Plan Year. Read More...
WE ARE ASKING ALL MEMBERS TO REGISTER TO OUR WEBSITE. OUR GOAL IS TO TEXT AND EMAIL TO COMMUNICATE PLANNED MEETINGS, ACTIONS AND UPDATES AS NEEDED.
Our website is a source of great information including Members Only Resources for YOU!   PLEASE STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR UNION HERE: Facebook:  This media source will be used for outreach to the communities in our areas and to our Facebook friends. Read More...
Attention members enrolled with the UFCW Trust
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Download: UFCW Trust co-pay rate increase 2016.pdf
Message from the International President

To the hard working men and women of the UFCW:

I am so incredibly honored to be your new International President. But this election is not about me, it is about the future we must and can build together.

The choice we face, brothers and sisters, is what kind of America do we want to live in?

Will we stand united together and build an economy that every hard-working family deserves, or watch as more Americans fall further behind and struggle to make ends meet?

Let me be clear, we will unite and fight for a more just and fair America.

I believe in this union, because I believe that every worker has the right to a decent living, a reliable schedule, quality affordable health care, and respect on the job. These principles have always guided me and will serve as the foundation of our union’s work going forward.

But the ideas and principles to build a stronger union do not lie within any one individual. They lie within all of us. They lie in the collective wisdom and strength of 1.3 million UFCW members, like you, who work hard every day to support their families.

I want to hear your ideas and vision. I want to hear what you think we must do to become even stronger.

Over the coming weeks and months, I plan to meet with members like you. I want to visit your worksite and local union hall, engage in a conversation, and hear your thoughts on how we can better the lives of everyone in the UFCW and the millions of workers all across this nation who go without voice.

Working together, we will grow our union, we will bargain the best contracts possible, we will organize smarter, and we will hold irresponsible corporations accountable.

I do not want to pretend this will be easy. It will be hard. It will be challenging. But I know we can do it.

No matter the challenges we may face, I will be your ally and champion each and every day.

   

 In solidarity,

 Marc Perrone

 International President

Eastern Oregon Safeway Contract Offer Vote
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Albertsons Letter to UFCW 1439 regarding purschase of Safeway stores.
Mr. Larry Hall, President, UFCW Local 1439, As you have undoubtedly heard by now, AB Acquisition, parent of Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s, Inc., has announced that it has signed a deal to purchase one hundred percent of the stock of Safeway, Inc. Read More...
Download: Albertson's letter to UFCW Local 1439 re Purchase of Safeway Stores.pdf
Upcoming Events
Spokane Member Meeting
Jun 09, 2016
1719 N. Atlantic Spokane, WA
YAKIMA MONTHLY MEMBER MEETING
Jun 15, 2016
UFCW LOCAL 1439 HALL 507 S. 3rd St. Yakima, WA
Wenatchee Member Meeting
Jun 16, 2016
15B N. Chelan Wenatchee, WA
TRI-CITIES MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Jun 21, 2016
2505 Duportail Street, Suite D Richland, WA 99352
Spokane Member Meeting
Jul 14, 2016
1719 N. Atlantic Spokane, WA

40 Hour Week for Happier Home Life

Throughout early American history and into the 1860s the average was 11 hours with 12 to 14 not uncommon. In 1937, the 40 hour work week started to become the law, because workers protested and demanded it.



Why do we feel such a strong reaction when we see the old sign “40 Hour Week for a Happier Home Life.” Maybe because, so many of us have friends and family struggling to survive working part-time jobs. Constant underemployment is crushing working families in America.

 

What make a forty hour week so important? If you aren’t working forty hours a week, on one job, you are most likely living in poverty. This has happened to millions of people, all across our country. Working people have fallen from the middle class, into poverty, as their hours have been drastically cut. In 1990, 70% of retail workers were full-time, today 70% work part-time. This is increasing corporate profits, but working people and their families are being destroyed financially.



 

The American dream of a good job with 40 hours’ work, one they can feed their-families on and maybe buy a home, seems to have been sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed.

 






Ron Banka
President Local 1439

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