United Latinos Show Solidarity at UFCW Fall Retail Conference

The United Latinos officers and board members had a strong showing at the 2016 UFCW Fall Retail Conference. The conference took place in Atlanta from Monday, October 19 through Wednesday, October 21.
The conferenced featured plenary presentations, workshops, regional and company breakouts. The conference focused on issues such as organizing, health & safety, scheduling, bargaining and communications.

The Union Difference for Latinas

Latinos represent an increasing share of the U.S.population, workforce, and voting bloc. This
diverse and growing community is changing the social fabric of the country. Latinos represent the ideals of hard work and perseverance to achieve the American Dream. While Latinos continue to contribute to the success of the U.S., they are confronting tremendous challenges in their workplace and community.They are America’s most vulnerable workers. Latinos are losing their jobs and homes, while facing discrimination that is threatening their living conditions and economic security. America’s increasing service sector and broken immigration system are forcing Latinos into underpaid, unsafe, and abusive working environments that place their
lives at risk. It is no secret that collective bargaining and unions

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America’s Changing Workforce and Union Growth

The United Latinos were invited to assist as presenters of several workshops titled “America’s Changing Workforce and Union Growth at the UFCW Local 75 Stewards Conference in Dayton Ohio.

Former President Johnny Rodriguez and President Pete Maturino were representing the United Latinos on the subject of the changing faces in our membership. They also addressed the different industries that we as UFCW represent throughout the Nation. The UFCW United Latinos shared the importance of embracing and understand the importance of immigration reform as a organizing tool and the importance of the involvement of the United Latinos. The UFCW United Latinos stressed the role that the organization plays as one that strives to be at the forefront of issues dealing with latinos in the workforce.

Daniel Costa, director of the Economic Policy Institute, also participated in the presentation. Daniel decimated information on the demographics with regard to latinos in the work force such numbers and/or percentages of documented and undocumented, percentages of latinos with the potential of becoming citizens and voting to create change not only in politics but also in growing our Union.

Pictured above: Johnny Rodriguez, Felipe Mendez and President Pete Maturino along with UFCW United Latinos officers, Executive board members and staff.

UFCW Receives Champion in Labor Award

The United Latinos of UFCW would like to congratulate UFCW, President Marc Perrone and Executive Vice President Esther on Lopez on this bestowed recognition. See complete story below.
From: International President Marc Perrone

It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that the UFCW International Union (Union) is being awarded the 2015 Champion in Labor Partnership award from the Center for Community Change (CCC), recognizing the long-standing leadership role of our Union in the fight for humane and comprehensive immigration reform.

Executive Vice President Esther López and I will be present to accept the award at the Change Champion Awards event on Thursday, September 17, from 6-9 p.m., at the historic Howard Theater in Washington, D.C.

The UFCW’s strategic partnership with CCC spans well over a decade. We have had deep alignment—particularly around our united fight for comprehensive immigration reform and our joint work on strategic voter engagement efforts—as well as our broader shared agenda of fighting for workers’ rights and economic justice.  Esther represents our Union as an active member of CCC’s Board of Directors.

It is for these reasons that I enthusiastically encourage you to support CCC’s event.  We want to ensure UFCW is not only well represented, but that we show strong support for the continued good work of one of our key national partners.  Strategic partners like CCC deserve our support, and I ask that you make a contribution today.

Your contribution will leverage the financial support even further, CCC has a challenge grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies for their CCC Action political work.  If they raise $1.5 million in new support, the foundation will award them a $1.5 million unrestricted grant—funding that will go a long way, as we all enter into a particularly challenging electoral season.  All contributions will be doubled through this dollar-for-dollar match, and Esther and I would like to ensure that our Union makes a meaningful contribution.

The Change Champion Awards event was established in 2005 to celebrate the work that often goes unheralded, and the people and organizations that keep our vision for a just economy.  Too frequently, the movement focuses only on the final outcome of a campaign, instead of taking a moment to honor the unsung heroes behind the scenes.  We invite you to support the Change Champion Awards event to recognize the people and organizations whose work brings us closer to our shared goals around social justice.

Become a sponsor today, you can do so by completing the online sponsorship form at https://join.communitychange.org/page/contribute/sponsor-change-champions-2015.  Please make checks payable to the Center for Community Change Action.

Thanking you in advance for your support.

El Super grocery chain settles complaints it refused to bargain with union

Grocery chain El Super has settled with the National Labor Relations Board over allegations that it refused to bargain with union locals and mistreated unionized workers, a union representative said Monday.

The agreement reached Friday aims to remedy complaints filed last fall and winter, marking a victory for the 600 employees represented by United Food and Commercial Workers locals at seven El Super stores in greater Los Angeles. As a result, one worker fired for what he contended was retaliation for supporting the union got his job back along with seven months of back-pay.

“I am incredibly proud to return to my job of more than nine years, holding my head high,” said Fermin Rodriguez in a UFCW news release. He returned to his cashier job at El Super #13 in South Los Angeles on Sunday.

El Super, which employs 45,000 people at 50 markets across California, Arizona and Nevada, has voluntarily agreed to begin bargaining with the union locals.

Under the settlement, the chain must also post signs saying that it cannot refuse to negotiate. The notices should also remind workers that they have the right to band together and seek bargaining representation.

“El Super is pleased to resolve this matter, and looks forward to returning to the table where we hope to resolve the last of our outstanding issues with the union,” the company said in a statement.

The company had implemented a new labor contract in September, following a year of deadlocked negotiations, it said. The union responded by starting a boycott and filing complaints.

The call to boycott will continue, the union said, as the National Labor Relations Board reviews other complaints, including allegations that workers besides Rodriguez were fired in retaliation for supporting the union.

“We want to keep pressure on the company to do the right thing,” said UFCW organizer Rigo Valdez, adding that he was pleased to see three complaints addressed.

“It proved El Super’s systematic behavior in harassing and intimidating workers,” he said.

President Obama’s Immigration Announcement

On November 20, 2014, the president announced executive actions that his administration will be taking to help fix our dysfunctional immigration system.

 Here’s what we know about the new programs: 

A new Deferred Action for Parents (DAP) program will allow undocumented people who have a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident son or daughter to apply for work authorization and protection from deportation, if the person has been in the U.S. since January 1, 2010. An estimated 4.1 million people should qualify for this program.

The existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be expanded and now will cover people who entered the U.S. before their sixteenth birthday and have lived continuously in the U.S. since January 1, 2010. People who were “aged out” of DACA by being older than age 31 on June 15, 2012, are now eligible to apply, regardless of how old they are now. Approximately 300,000 people will be benefit from these changes.

Certain spouses of lawful permanent residents may be able to get their lawful permanent resident (“green card”) status through a waiver process. Spouses of U.S. citizens are currently able to apply through this process.

Here’s what you can do: 

Even if you are eligible for these programs, you cannot apply for them yet! The government expects that it will start accepting applications within three months from now for those eligible for expanded DACA, and within six months from now for those eligible for DAP.

Do not take advice about your immigration case from a notary public or an immigration consultant. Contact only a qualified immigration lawyer or an accredited representative for legal advice about your case. If you encounter notario fraud, report it!

If you know someone who is in immigration detention and is eligible for one of these programs, advise them to identify themselves to their case officer, or the ICE Information Line at 888-351-4024, and explain that they are eligible for one of these new programs.

 If you believe you are eligible, begin preparing now by gathering documents that prove:

  •  that you were in the U.S. yesterday (on November 20, 2014),
  •  that you have been in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, and
  •  that you have a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident son or daughter.

(Read our Top Ten Ways You Can Prepare for Executive Action on Immigration.) 

Stay informed and sign up at www.nilc.org/relief.html to receive updates. As we find out about webinars, we’ll share them with you. We’ll also share materials and information about new developments. To receive these updates by email, subscribe to our Immigration Issues email list (http://tinyurl.com/mxbmyse).

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Be a Part of the UFCW United Latinos

The United Latinos of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) is an organization of men and women who have joined together to promote the issues and pursue interests important to Latino workers.

latinos in action“Working Toward Latino Empowerment and Building Latino Pride!”

We have a simple but powerful purpose of empowering Latino men and women within the UFCW and within our communities. We are also building Latino pride which will help others better understand our cultural differences. Our diversity will help make our organization and our society stronger. The United Latinos will help teach others that through UFCW membership, there is a better way of life that includes wages, health benefits, pensions, job security and dignity.

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Thank you for your Support of the UFCW United Latinos!

Your commitment to the labor movement is helping us increase the voices of Latino workers and families across the country and within the UFCW membership. We are seeing success stories every day across the United States thanks to efforts of dedicated people such as yourself. The United Latinos with your continued support can and will make a difference!

Si Se Puede!

Pete Maturino
President UFCW United Latinos


United Latinos Salinas California



UFCW, Food Manufacturers Form Alliance on Senate Immigration Bill


UFCW Immigration ReformMay 07, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and the Food Manufacturers Immigration Coalition (FMIC) today announced their partnership on comprehensive immigration reform in a letter sent to the Senate “Gang of Eight,” praising them for their efforts on S. 744. The labor-business coalition is also seeking improvements to the Senate bill in the areas of visa allocation and employment verification.

“We write in support of the comprehensive immigration reform process and thank you for your critical andconstructive efforts in support of this legislation,” says the letter signed by UFCW International President Joe Hansen and Barry Carpenter of FMIC.

The labor-business coalition said they support the Senate bill’s provisions to establish a roadmap to citizenship, protect family based immigration, promote smart, effective border enforcement, implement a workable, transparent employment verification system, and create an occupational visa for non-seasonal, permanent positions. However, Hansen and Carpenter are also calling for commonsense improvements to S. 744 in the areas of visa allocation and employment verification.

The labor-business coalition asked for more flexibility when it comes to employment verification. “Allowing employers to use Self-Check in a uniform, nondiscriminatory fashion will create greater transparency for new employees, and will enable employers to ensure that their new hires are not circumventing E-Verify,”the letter reads.

Moreover, the letter outlined: “If an employer takes the extra step of deterring identity theft through the uniform use of Self-Check, then the employer should be presumed to have acted in ‘good faith’ with respect to the E-Verify confirmations it receives.”

Finally, the labor-business coalition requested that Senators direct the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to create regulations that would provide specific rules of the road “describing a course of conduct…that satisfies employment verification requirements and concurrently avoids anti-discrimination liability.” “If an employer follows these regulations, then the employer is presumed to have complied with both the verification and anti-discrimination rules,” the letter reads.

The labor-business coalition said they look forward to working with the Senate to improve S.744 and seeing comprehensive immigration reform become the law of the land.

The Three Camps in the House GOP on Immigration

July 11, 2013, Washington, DC –
Depending on which article you read about the House Republican immigration meeting yesterday, you come away with a different take on where they are heading.
For us, the most important takeaway from the meeting was this: The Speaker of the House declared that they House has to act. As reported by the New York Times, “Speaker John A. Boehner warned about the steep price of inaction, telling House Republicans that they would be in a weaker political position against a bipartisan Senate coalition and President Obama if they did nothing to answer the immigration measure passed by the Senate last month.”
And at a press conference today Boehner responded to a question about whether there’s a chance that a bill with a path to legal status or a path to citizenship could pass muster with House Republicans by saying, “Well, we’re gonna find out…the twitter from the conversation yesterday was that the members do believe – the vast majority of our members do believe – we have to wrestle with this problem.”
As Greg Sargent at the Washington Post astutely observed, “There are two operational schools of thought among those reading the immigration tea leaves. One is that the House GOP leadership is merely stretching out this process in order to let reform slowly wither and die. The other is that GOP leaders are trying to buy themselves as much maneuvering room as possible to bring their caucus along as far as possible in the direction of real reform (which is favored by GOP elites and other key stakeholders aligned with the party) without blowing things up. Boehner’s presser today would seem to suggest that Door Number 2 is the right one.”
Jed Lewison of the Daily Koswrites, “Notably, Boehner kept the door open to passing a bill that includes a path to citizenship. Asked explicitly whether blocking any legislation that doesn’t have the support of a majority of House Republicans would block a path to citizenship or legal status, Boehner said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ When asked a follow-up question about whether he believes House Republicans would be willing to support a path to citizenship or legal status, Boehner said, ‘Well, we’re going to find out,’ suggesting that he plans to put his conference to the test.”
What does all this ad up to? It means that yesterday should be seen as Day One of a whole new debate on immigration reform that is about to unfold in the House. The key question is this: how many House Republicans can get to yes on some version of legalization with some sort of path to citizenship and will that be enough to move forward and into a conference with the Senate?
To answer this question, it’s important to understand the three groups that are beginning to come into relief in the opening stage of the House Republican debate:
The Steve King “Hell No, Keep the Status Quo” Caucus: One reason to remain optimistic about yesterday’s meeting is that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) came out of it unhappy. He lamented the fact that his Republican colleagues were divided “50/50” on the question of legalization for undocumented immigrants, and he admitted that his speech about the rule of law being at risk was met with less enthusiasm than in the past: “It was not a standing ovation” he conceded. After his poorly attended organizing meeting Monday night, Wednesday was not a good day for the King crowd. His group attracts a lot of media attention but doesn’t command many votes.
Pro-Reform Republicans: At yesterday’s meeting, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) made the fiscal and economic case for reform, and was joined by Reps. Jeff Denham (R-CA), Raul Labrador (R-IL), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and others in saying positive things. Even Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) from a ruby red district in the South said, according to theWall Street Journal: “’I support a pathway to citizenship because I don’t believe we should have a second class of citizens,’ said Rep. Spencer Bachus (R., Ala.). Everyone living in the United States should feel invested in the country, he said. Denying that would create ‘an underclass and I don’t believe that’s what America is all about.’” How big is this group? We don’t know yet. This is the group that pro-reform leaders are going to educate and whip in the coming weeks to see if it grows to the point where Boehner is confident he can move forward.
The Undecideds & the “Vote No, Pray Yes” Contingent: While the anti-immigrant wing of the House Republican caucus is loud, it is not large. A bigger block of House Republicans fit squarely into the undecided and/or conflicted camp. These are Members who are critical to the effort to move reform with a path to legal status and citizenship in the House. Some will get to yes and some will get to no. But even if they end up voting no many will need to give a wink and a nod to Speaker Boehner to pursue reform. They would do so because they know it is the right policy for the country and the right political move for the Party, even if they can’t sell it in their own district. This group flies currently flies under the radar screen, but it will make a big difference in Leadership’s political calculus.
We remain optimistic. The fight for the soul of the GOP lies ahead. And powerful voices are urging House members to do the right thing. Conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin writes: “The echo chamber is loud in the GOP, but lawmakers who pay heed to it rather than to actual voters run the risk of being out of sync with the people who actually matter and the core of their party’s base. GOP governors, who are the most effective Republicans and most adept at reading their voters, get this. That is why so many of them support immigration reform. (Another reason might be that immigration reform can add substantially to state coffers without raising taxes on anyone.) The question is whether House Republicans are as keenly in touch with actual voters.”
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