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April 25 & 26: Lipton Union Membership Meetings

This week, we’re holding union membership meetings for all Lipton employees. These meetings are an opportunity to ask questions about the contract negotiations, bring new issues to our attention, and learn more about the union.

Join us for one of the meetings this week. You only have to attend one meeting. All meetings will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Suffolk.

Lipton Union Membership Meetings
Hilton Garden Inn, 100 E Constance Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
or
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
or
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the bargaining committee, or call Kayla Mock at 571-435-1817.

May 13: DanChem & Ennis Solidarity Picnic

UFCW Local 400 cordially invites you and your family to our DanChem & Ennis employee Solidarity Day Picnic on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Good Year Park in Danville!

Solidarity Day Picnic

Saturday, May 13, 2017
12:30pm
Good Year Park
1901 Good Year Blvd, Danville, VA

The picnic is open to all DanChem and Ennis Local 400 members and their families. We’ll have a DJ and plenty of games for the kids. Please join us!

For more information, contact Donna Waddell at 202-674-7305.

April 29: March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

Learn more about the People’s Climate March at peoplesclimate.org

Join Local 400 for the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington, DC

Climate change is already causing major problems. We see it in record high temperatures, increasingly severe weather, and rising sea levels. And unless we take bold action now, it will only get worse, ultimately threatening human survival.

That alone is reason enough to combat the root causes of climate change. Unfortunately, too many elected leaders are ignoring the facts, and in many cases, they’re making matters worse.

At Local 400, we know we can’t ignore the facts. Our members will be directly impacted by effects of climate change. Across the globe, research suggests climate change will hurt working families the most. It will impose the greatest hardships on lower-income and working class communities because they are especially vulnerable to flooding, toxic air and water, and other environmental problems. And it will devastate our economy, causing massive job losses.

That’s why Local 400 is proudly joining many other labor unions in the April 29th People’s Climate March on Washington.

“It’s no accident that the Trump Administration and congressional extremists are undoing policies to fight climate change and undermining workers’ rights at the very same time,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “Their agenda is to enrich big business and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of working families. They’re putting everyone from Big Oil to union-busting employers first and the interests of hardworking Local 400 members last.

“So we must join together with every individual and organization committed to social, environmental and economic justice to resist Trump’s anti-worker agenda,” Federici said. “That’s what the People’s Climate March is all about. I encourage all our members to join us on April 29th.

The march’s agenda includes support for a $15 minimum wage, a demand for a “just transition” for workers negatively impacted by the shift to clean and renewable energy, and a call for bold investments in communities threatened by climate change.

Join us on April 29th in Washington, D.C. for the People’s Climate March. Learn more at peoplesclimate.org and help the spread the word with these helpful resources.

Free Workshop: How to Apply for U.S. Citizenship

On April 1, Local 400 will host a FREE workshop on how to apply for U.S. citizenship.

FREE Workshop: How to Apply for U.S. Citizenship
April 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Community Mennonite Church, 110 S High St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

An estimated 8.8 million permanent residents living in the United States are eligible for citizenship, but too many of these hardworking men and women don’t know how to apply or lack the resources to do so.

All across the country, UFCW Locals are leaders in efforts to register new voters and educate workers about their voting rights and the democratic process. We’re proud to help guide those eligible for citizenship through the process so they can become fully participating members in our democracy.

There are many benefits to citizenship. As a U.S. citizen, you can:

  • vote in all local, state and national elections
  • bring your spouse or minor children to the U.S. without delay, or bring adult children and siblings within 3 to 10 years
  • travel freely and visit family abroad
  • apply for certain federal jobs

To be eligible you must:

  • Have been a Legal Permanent Resident for 5 years, or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen.
  • Have NO problems with the law.
  • Speak, write and read Basic English.

What to bring to the free workshop on April 1:

  • Your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Drivers License or any other Photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • List of home addresses for the past 5 years and the dates which you lived at that address
  • List of employer names and addresses for the past 5 years and the dates you worked for that employer
  • Dates you have been outside of the U.S. for the past 5 years, and the countries you traveled to
  • Bring your passport, itineraries, tickets, etc. for all trips made outside of the U.S.
  • Complete names, dates of birth, addresses and A#s (green cards) for all your children, and your most recent tax return
  • A money order for $725.00 payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”

If you are applying for citizenship based on marriage, please bring:

  • Marriage certificate and/or divorce decrees, if applicable
  • Evidence that your spouse has been a resident for at least 3 years, such as his/her birth certificate, passport or certificate of naturalization
  • Documents referring to you and your spouse: bank statements, leases, mortgages, IRS tax returns for the last 3 years
  • If you changed your name, the court decree that legally changed your name

If you think you may be eligible for a fee waiver, please bring your most recent tax returns and proof that you are receiving food stamps, public housing assistance, medical assistance, etc.

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Join Us to March Against Trump’s Anti-Worker Agenda (UPDATED)

The inauguration of the most unpopular President-elect in modern history is only a week away and union members will be joining with countless other organizations to say no to Donald Trump’s anti-worker agenda.

Labor union members, leaders and organizers will be participating in two marches to show our opposition to Trump’s proposed attacks on working men and women. Join us!

Friday, January 20, 2017 – Festival of Resistance: March Against Trump

12:00 p.m. Noon

Join the labor contingent on the east side of Columbus Circle, Washington, D.C.

DC-area labor union members, leaders, organizers, and staff are mobilizing for the Festival of Resistance, a march from Columbus Circle to McPherson Square, on January 20th. We’re calling on all union members – wherever you’re from – to join us!

Union members are encouraged to wear their union’s shirts/colors and to meet on the east side of Columbus Circle no later than 11:45 a.m. The march will kick off around 12:00pm (noon).

This march, part of DisruptJ20, will be fully permitted and fun! There will be families, marching bands, puppets, and other displays that show the diversity and power of the resistance to Trump.

It’s critical that organized labor participate forcefully in these early days of the resistance, as basic worker and union protections will be among the first to be attacked.

Interested in doing more? Want to take direct action on January 20th? We’re doing that, too. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/764142167083262/ for details.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Women’s March on Washington

8:30 a.m.

UPDATED LOCATION: Join the labor contingent at Garfield Park (3rd St SE and G St SE) near Capitol South Metro.

Join thousands of women on January 21 to send a message to the new administration and to the world that we will do everything possible to defend and protect women’s rights to defend and protect women’s rights!

Those unable to attend the D.C. march, please click on the link below to find a march near you in both the U.S. and Canada.

https://www.womenmarch.org/

Sep 12: Join Us for the Moral Day of Action!

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Join us for the “Moral Day of Action” in Richmond on Monday, September 12!

Moral Day of Action
10:30am @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
815 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219

On Saturday, August 13, we made history in Richmond. Thousands and thousands of us marched through the streets of Richmond to demand economic justice for the 64 million Americans working for less than $15 an hour. The march brought together people from across the country working too much for too little – from Kroger associates to fast food workers to childcare providers and even college professors.

Now, we’re taking our message to Virginia legislators. On Monday, September 12, we’re rallying to call on the governor, state legislators and candidates for office to move away from extremist politics and policies that benefit the few and move toward policies and laws that are just and fair and guarantee a better life for the majority of the people. As we rally in Richmond, simultaneous rallies will be held at state capitals throughout the country as part of a national Moral Day of Action. Join us!

10:30am @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
815 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219

About the Moral Day of Action:

On Monday, September 12, 2016 at State Capitols around the nation, at 11 AM in every time zone, justice will roll across the country as faith leaders from diverse traditions, people impacted by poverty, racism, and injustice, advocates, and activists come together rally and to deliver to our elected leaders and candidates the Higher Ground Moral Declaration, which calls on governors, senators, state legislators and candidates for office to move away from extremist politics and policies that benefit the few and move toward policies and laws that are just and fair and guarantee a better life for the majority of the people.

The Moral Declaration that has already been delivered to the RNC as well as the DNC will be read, proclaimed, and delivered to our Governors, US Senate candidates and state party officials. The format will be simple and will be the same in every state.

The Moral Day of Action on Monday is part of “The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values,” a national tour to redefine morality in American politics and challenge leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities. The first part of the national revival tour has over 19 stops from April 2016 to January 2017 including New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington DC, Tennessee, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Kentucky, and Virginia.

The Revival is co-led by the Rev. Dr. James A Forbes Jr. and the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, architect of the historic Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina. They will be joined in some states by other national social justice leaders, including the Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon, acting executive minister of the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Witness Ministries, and Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” and executive director of the Catholic social justice lobby NETWORK in Washington, DC.

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Aug 27: Votante Fiel Kick-off Event

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of a historic election season for Latino voters. Hear stories of trial and triumph as community members discuss how to motivate your Latino friends and family to vote. Find out how you can take action and be empowered at the polls.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Patric Henry Elementary School
701 S. Highland St.
Arlington, VA 22204

For more information, call Sara Benitez at (202) 499-4084 or email sbenitez@faithinpubliclife.org.

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2016 Election Labor Walks

Steve Meador (left), a Local 400 union rep, knocked on hundreds of doors to speak with fellow labor voters last year.

Steve Meador (left), a Local 400 union rep, knocked on hundreds of doors to speak with fellow labor voters last year.

Labor 2016 kicks in to high gear on Saturday, September 10th! Come out to walk and talk with fellow union members about what’s at stake in November’s election.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. on September 10th at one of the following locations:

In Annandale: NoVA Labor Offices – 4536 John Marr Drive

In Richmond: CWA Local 2201 Hall – 5809 Lakeside Ave.

In Norfolk: Ironworkers Local 79 Hall – 5307 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.

In Roanoke: Western Virginia Labor Federation – 2101 Dale Ave., SE

September 9-10: Labor Night at the Richmond Raceway

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Join us September 9th & 10th for Labor Nights at the Richmond International Raceway!

Union members and friends enjoy exclusive discount tickets to the fall NASCAR races at RIR. Tickets for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Race on September 10th are only $40 (regular price is $75!) & tickets to the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Race on September 9th are $20 (regular price $35). Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.RIR.com/AFLCIO.