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UFCW Reveals Strategy for 2017

In March, the UFCW International Executive Board and Advisory Committee sent a letter to all board and committee members outlining the union’s goals and plans for 2017 in significant detail. Download the document here for the full details.

As this circulates, other unions may develop similar strategies, so this may be a document worth reviewing even if you’re not concerned with the UFCW. Here are the highlights:

“Work For Less” language. Anticipate seeing this language (referring to Right to Work states) over the next few months – they will be holding a number of workshops and events to emphasize this theme. “Value” language. This is another key theme. We’ve been beating this drum for a long time – people just don’t see the value of unions, which is why they are struggling

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Getting Creative

silicon_valleyThere’s never been much of a union presence in Silicon Valley. These companies have never given their employees a reason to want to organize. Instead, they utilize their exorbitant amounts of cash to treat their employees to high salaries and perks like free gym memberships and cafeteria food.

The Teamsters have developed a new strategy to attempt to infiltrate the companies that occupy this territory – it involves the blue collar workers that provide support services to companies like Facebook and Google. Most of these tech firms hire their bus drivers, security guards, janitors, etc. through third party companies. Though these people still make a decent wage, they don’t get the perks that the tech employees do. These are the people the Teamsters are going after.

After seeing some organizing

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