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Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

This Labor Day, America’s working families are facing unprecedented challenges.

Patt Moon-Updike wanted to be a nurse since she was 9 years old. In 2007, after raising her family, she was finally able to make that dream come true after graduating from nursing school and joining the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, a union affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers.

As the tax deadline looms and millions scurry to get their forms sent on time, Tax Day is a good time to dispel the myth that the U.S. Postal Service is funded by tax dollars.

At an industry conference for video game developers in late March, the thousands of lanyarded attendees could try new games, swap business cards and hear from experts on rendering realistic blood spatter.

Or they could talk about unionizing.

Hundreds joined a series of standing-room-only roundtables on the topic of organized labor, taking time away from the Game Developers Conference to brainstorm ways to build worker power in an industry that is almost entirely nonunion.

Statement on the end of the 2019 UFCW Stop & Shop Worker Strike
MA AFL-CIO President, Steven A. Tolman

Taxpayers are scrambling to make last-minute payments due to the Internal Revenue Service in just four days, but many of the country’s largest publicly-held corporations are doing better: They’ve reported they owe absolutely nothing on the billions of dollars in profits they earned last year.

31,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) who work at Stop & Shop across New England are on strike.  Since the petition to show your supports!

STRIKE ALERT:

As of 1pm on Thursday April 11th, 31,000 Stop & Shop workers, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), across New England are on strike.  Stop & Shop’s foreign-owned parent company reported more than $2 billion in profits last year. Yet Stop & Shop is proposing drastic cuts to the wages and benefits that its workers and their families depend on to live.

STIRKE ALERT: As of 1pm, Thursday April 11th 31,000 Stop & Shop workers across New England are on strike! Despite multi-billion-dollar profits, the company is attempting to enforce takebacks that hurt workers and their families. Stand in solidarity and remind your friends and family not to cross the picket.

Head to your nearest Stop & Shop and show our union family in UFCW support! Grab a sign and hold the line!