UFCW Condemns Government Raids

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					                                                                                                                                                                                   Volume 6 • Number 4
                                                                                                                                                                                   Fall • Winter • 2007

UFCW Condemns Government Raids
C     ould you prove your U.S. citizenship on a moment’s
      notice? Most people can’t since they don’t carry a
      birth certificate or other important papers with them
to work. In addition, most people don’t even understand
                                                                                  cases, union lawyers were denied
                                                                                  access to UFCW members, a direct
                                                                                  violation of a worker’s right to legal
                                                                                                                                In addition to the lawsuit, the
                                                                                                                              UFCW formed a National Com-
                                                                                                                              mission on ICE Misconduct and
                                                                                                                              Violations of Fourth Amendment
                                                                                    UFCW International President              Rights to continue to investigate
their constitutional rights to such a request.
   Now take it a step further and       theft and nearly 13,000
imagine if you were threatened          were left emotionally
at gun point, divided into groups       scarred and in constant
based on your appearance, and           fear of future govern-
denied access to legal counsel.         ment actions.
   Also imagine if you couldn’t            Whatever personal
prove your citizenship, you and         views you have on
hundreds of your co-workers             immigration enforce-                                                                                                                IN THIS ISS U E
would be searched, handcuffed,          ment, we should all
and bussed to an undisclosed            agree that being treated                                                                                                         Whatever It Takes                       2
location across state lines.            as described above is                                                                                                            Holding Corporations Accountable
   Believe it or not, that is exactly   morally, ethically and                                                                                                           By Kenneth R. Boyd, President &
                                                                                                                                                                         International Vice President
what happened to thousands of           constitutionally wrong.
Swift & Company meatpacking                The UFCW affirmed                                                                                                             News Updates                            3
workers last December 2006 as           that notion by taking
U.S. Immigration and Cus-               the U.S. government to                                                                                                           Straight Talk                           4
tom Enforcement (ICE) agents            court this past Septem-                                                                                                          The List
                                                                                                                                                                         By Terry Kramer, Secretary-Treasurer
stormed through plant gates at          ber in an effort to stop
five separate facilities in search      all future mass arrests                                                                                                          The Wal-Mart/China Connection           5
of a handful of people suspected        and detentions by fed-
of identity theft.                      eral agents.                                                                                                                     Meet the Candidates                    6-7
   Treated as criminals, many              The lawsuit, filed by Swift worker Michael Graves provides the media with details about the abusive treatment he and
                                                                   his fellow union members experienced during the government raids.                                     Extra Benefits                          8
Swift workers were held in deten-       the UFCW in the U.S.
tion for hours without food or          District Court for the Northern           Joe Hansen summed up the lawsuit         and expose other alleged illegal              Stewards Conference                     9
drink. Many more were subject-          District of Texas, named the              at a press conference in Chicago         raids against hardworking families.
ed to unwarranted and excessive         U.S. Department of Homeland               last October 2007 stating that           It has also pledged to continue to            Grievance Cases:
use of force. And still others were     Security and the ICE agency as            “work is not a crime, and workers        press Congress to hold hearings               Real Problems…Real Solutions            13
transported against their will.         defendants.                               do not leave their constitutional        into the issue and renew its efforts          Plus: Members in Motion;
Families were left divided as the          The lawsuit also includes a            rights at the plant gate. To inflict     to pass comprehensive immigra-                1546 Pin Winners;
workers’ children had no way of         complaint that union lawyers              this kind of enforcement on inno-        tion reform.                                  Pension Recipients;
knowing where or when their             and representatives were not              cent workers by arresting and ille-                                                    and more!
parents would return.                   given prompt access to UFCW               gally detaining massive numbers of        * This article is available in Spanish and
                                                                                                                            Polish upon request. Contact your Union
   In the end, only sixty-five em-      members during and immedi-                people against their will is not just     Representative.
ployees were indicted for identity      ately after the raids. And in many        unacceptable, it’s un-American.”
                                                                     Holding Corporations Accountable
                                                                     By Kenneth R. Boyd, President & International Vice President

Officers and                                       In the past, labor unions have tried but often                                                  •	 vote down director board
                                                                                                                                                     elections that could harm
Executive Board                                    failed to hold corporations accountable through                                                   future organizing activity;
Kenneth R. Boyd, President &                       boycotts, public protests or legislative campaigns.                                             •	 deny excessive executive
International Vice President                                                                                                                         compensation packages;
Terry Kramer, Secretary-Treasurer                  It could be argued that as com-                funds own stock in most public
                                                   panies continue to expand in-                  companies in the United States
                                                                                                                                                   •	 prevent anti-trust initiatives
Vicky Hayes, Recorder                                                                                                                                during strikes or lockouts;
                                                   ternationally, exercise control of             and numerous large foreign con-
Vice Presidents            Randy Little            whole industries, and diversify                glomerates. In fact, the UFCW                    •	 and even stop corporate
Christine A. Bartholmey    George B. Marshall
                                                   their product lines, the ability for           alone holds $30 billion in fund                    acquisitions that could lead
Jeff Carr                  Ronald Matusiak                                                                                                           to the harmful outsourcing of
                                                   workers and their unions to affect             assets and more than $100 billion
Efrain Cervantes           Ed McKeague
                                                                                                                                                     U.S. jobs or add to the illegal              shareholders to decide on the take-
Frank Chapman              Carlos Mendez           change has weakened.                           combined with several of our top
                                                                                                                                                     immigration crisis in this                   over instead of just relying on the
Wayne A. Clavio            Elliot Miller              However, these corporate chal-              labor partners.
Terry DeVito               Jose Ramirez                                                                                                              country.                                     company executives, a potential
                                                   lenges should not and will not stop               What I propose, along with                                                                   financial disaster of pension funds
Mike Egan                  Ray Ramljak
                                                   us from continuing our ongoing                 many other of my fellow progres-                  The results we are already expe-
Bernard Filipiak           John A. Rosenthal                                                                                                                                                      was averted.
                                                   efforts to gain decent contracts.              sive labor leaders, is to leverage             riencing using this approach are
Vince Gallagher            Gerald Rosenwinkel
                                                                                                                                                 dramatic and extremely beneficial                  As your elected labor leader, I
James Gordon               Darryl Russel           Nor will they keep us from raising             the power of this sizeable amount
                           Jose Sanchez-Vasquez                                                                                                  in protecting the retirement secu-               have an obligation to protect each
Sharon Gorski                                      our community standards or from                of money to influence shareholder
Sue Heneghan               Jeff Subach                                                                                                           rity of our trust funds.                         and every dollar of our members’
                                                   securing health and welfare and                decisions. By doing so, we can ac-
Jim Hurtado                Kenneth Swanson                                                                                                                                                        money and make it work for them
                                                   guaranteed retirement plans that               tually change corporate behavior                  In fact, this past August of 2006,
Carlos Jackson             Margie Thomas                                                                                                                                                          both financially and socially.
Reda Johnson               Kenneth Urzedowski      benefit all working families.                  on organizing, collective bargain-             Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation an-
William Johnson            Alfred White                                                           ing, and community relations.                  nounced a hostile offer to acquire                 So by putting down our picket
                                                     Instead, they have caused our
Alicia Kandle              Terry Williams                                                                                                        Gold Kist, in a deal to create the               signs and picking up our proxy
                                                   union and the entire labor move-                 To clarify this point even fur-
Cathie Kuzur               Fred Zayed                                                                                                            largest chicken producer in the na-              votes, our labor movement—and
Carolyn Lacy                                       ment to develop alternative strate-            ther, I would suggest that we can
                                                                                                                                                 tion. Our CTW Investment Group                   your union—will continue to fight
                                                   gies that promote corporate ac-                and should use our pension fund
UFCW Local 1546 • United Food and                                                                                                                immediately reacted to the low                   back against reckless corporate
                                                   countability.                                  dollars to ultimately:
Commercial Workers International Union                                                                                                           bid believing that it was timed to               scandals and help bring about a
                                                     One such innovative strategy                   •	 alter unfair foreign trade deals          take advantage of a general poul-                positive change to companies that
                                                   takes advantage of the billions of                 made by mega retailers like                try market downswing. By urging                  place profits ahead of people and
                                                   dollars invested in union pension                  Wal-Mart;                                  Pilgrim’s Pride to increase its offer            growth ahead of consumer safety.
                                                   funds across the country. These                                                               and by informing the Gold Kist

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                                                                                                                                                           Alicia Craig and Efrain Jimenez

 2 Fall • Winter 2007
                                                from using “no-match” let-     coalition, representing the six-           The UFCW considered this the           The company has even gone so
                                                ters to force employers to     million workers represented by          most important condition of all        far as to illegally ask new hires
                                                fire workers who could not     the UFCW, Teamsters, Laborers,          given Smithfield’s long history of     to sign a letter calling for an-
                                                promptly prove the alleged     Service Employees, Hotel, Restau-       violating the law during two previ-    other election like the ones that
                                                reporting errors.              rant and Needle Trades (HERE-           ous NLRB elections.                    have failed in the past. It has also
                                                   Many people who showed      UNITE), Carpenters and Farm                In 1994, Smithfield committed       posted signs in the plant calling
                                                up at the Chicago event on     Workers, gathered at the Chicago        serious violations and fired several   union organizers “roaches” and
                                                October 12, 2007 applauded     Hilton Hotel for their second bien-     pro-union workers. Three years         runs television ads in English and
                                                the most recent court deci-    nial convention.                        later, they brought the county         Spanish comparing UFCW orga-
                                                sion and vowed to continue        UFCW Local 1546 Officers             Sheriff in and created an armed        nizers to mafia thugs. Its latest tac-
                                                to stand up to protect work-   along with a number of Execu-           camp on the days of the second         tic had the company file suit under
                                                ers’ privacy on the job.       tive Board members attended the         vote.                                  the Racketeer Influenced and Cor-
Chicago Activists                                  As it now stands, the
                                        SSA will not send duplicate “no-
                                                                               two-day conference on September
                                                                               25-26, which featured an im-
                                                                                                                          The NLRB, and eventually the
                                                                                                                       U.S. Court of Appeals in 2006, up-
                                                                                                                                                              rupt Organizations (RICO) Act
                                                                                                                                                              alleging that the union’s effort to
Applaud No-                             match” letters to the DHS, nor         migrant worker rights’ town hall        held that the company assaulted,       gain public support for Tar Heel
Match Ruling                            send the names of employers to
                                        whom it is sending the no-match
                                                                               meeting hosted by the UFCW.
                                                                               The conference also featured an
                                                                                                                       intimidated, threatened, illegally     Workers constitutes attempted ex-
   Did you know that the Social Se-     letters.                               up close and personal opportuntiy                                                                      The UFCW
curity Administration’s (SSA) da-          If you ever feel that your em-      to listen to several of the top 2008                                                                contends that
tabase contains 17 million records      ployer uses a “no-match” letter        presidential candidates address                                                                     this lawsuit is
with discrepancies created either       as an excuse to terminate your         voters’ economic and workplace                                                                      meant to be a
by clerical error or name changes       employment, contact your Union         issues and concerns.                                                                                distraction from
due to marriage or divorce?             Representative immediately and                                                                                                             the ongoing
   In fact, 70% of all Social Secu-
rity numbers that do not correctly
                                        he or she can help you take the
                                        necessary steps to prove your U.S.
                                                                                    Smithfield Ends                                                                                health and safety
                                                                                                                                                                                   issues at the
match with a person’s name be-          citizenship and protect your rights            Union Talks                                                                                 plant, and the
long to U.S. citizens.                  on the job.                              Hoping to resolve years of bad                                                                    latest roadblock
   Yet each “no-match” in the                                                  labor relations and anti-organizing                                                                 to finding a long-
SSA database generates a letter to
employers that the Department
                                        Change to Win                          activity at Smithfield’s North
                                                                               Carolina Tar Hill plant, the UFCW
                                                                                                                                                                                   term solution
                                                                                                                                                                                   for workers who
of Homeland Security (DHS) was          Convention Held                        and Smithfield management re-                                                                       have been strug-
hoping to use as an immigration
enforcement tool to force them to
                                        in Chicago                             cently sat down to negotiate an
                                                                               agreement that would allow work-
                                                                                                                                                                                   gling for years
                                                                                                                                                                                   to bring union
fire workers.                             Nearly one-thousand delegates        ers the opportunity to choose                                                                       representation
   No-match letters were never          from the Change to Win (CTW)           union representation.                   fired and hurled racial slurs at the   into the plant.
intended for this use, but instead                                                                  Unfortunately,     workers during the election. While        The UFCW will vigorously
are issued to help fix incorrect data                                                            on the morning        the court forced the company to        fight these baseless allegations
in the SSA system. This argument                                                                 of October 15,        pay back wages and rehire the          that seek to prevent organizations
was recently upheld last August                                                                  2007, Smithfield      fired workers, Smithfield never        from informing and petitioning
in court as a federal judge tem-                                                                 walked away from      openly admitted they did anything      the public to support causes and
porarily blocked the DHS from                                                                    the bargaining        wrong despite the internationally      denying consumers from learning
implementing its proposed new                                                                    table after refus-    acclaimed and widely respected         about the working conditions that
no-match regulations.                                                                            ing to agree not to   Human Rights Watch twice issued        exist where products they buy are
    And just two days prior to a                                                                 use any pressure      reports citing the company for sys-    produced.
mass protest in Chicago, another                                                                 tactics to dis-       tematic abuse of worker rights.           To learn more about the Smith-
federal judge issued an October                                                                  courage workers          And worse yet, Smithfield con-      field workers’ efforts to organize,
10th decision permanently barring                                                                from voting for a     tinues to harass and intimidate        visit
the Social Security Administration                                                               union.                workers trying to organize.            (NEWS Updates continued on page 10)
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                                                                                                                                      APPLYING FOR A WITHDRAWAL CARD
                   The List                                                                                        imports – along    If you are terminated, laid off, taking a leave of absence, or end your
                                                                                                                                      employment for any reason, make sure to request a withdrawal card from
                      By Terry Kramer, Secretary-Treasurer                                                         with anti-
                                                                                                                                      UFCW Local 1546. This will help you avoid the payment of back dues
                                                                                                                   worker business    or reinstatement fees should you decide to return to work or seek other
                                                                                                                   practices – are
        ‘Tis the time of year                      Children have                                                   Wal-Mart’s bread
                                                                                                                                      employment under the jurisdiction of the UFCW in any of our fifty states
                                                                                                                                      and Canada. The withdrawal card will be issued to you at no cost; the only
     when children all over                        choked, lapsed                                                  and butter. Do     requirement is that your fees are paid in full and your dues and assessments
     the world are hoping to                       into comas, and                                                 they care about    are paid through the month in which you work. Also, please be advised
     be on the “nice” list. It                     been rushed to                                                  the human          that the withdrawal card must be requested within 30 days of leaving your
     means not only presents,                      emergency rooms                                                 consequences of    employment. To request a withdrawal card, call or write to our Chicago or
                                                                                                                                      Suburban UFCW Local 1546 office.
     but a sense of pride in the                   as a result of the products on this list. the unsafe Chinese products spilling
                                                                     happen in
     fact that they’ve managed How could this businesses America? over from their store shelves? You
                                                      Consider the               practices   decide.
     to be good all year.                          of the largest retailer in the world.        With the loose controls currently
        Following is a list that’s not so          Wal-Mart stocks its shelves with          in place at our American ports           SOLICITANDO UNA TARJETA DE RETIRO
     nice; in fact, it’s despicable. This is       products that are overwhelmingly          of entry, it is not possible today       Si usted es despedido definitivamente, temporalmente o está de permiso, o deja
     a list of recently recalled products          imported from China and other             to ensure safe products enter this       su empleo por cualquier razón, asegúrese de solicitar una tarjeta de retiro de la
     made in China and imported by                 countries. In fact, Wal-Mart is           country from China or anywhere           UFCW Local 1546. Esto le ayudará evitar el pago de las cuotas que debe o para
                                                   China’s eighth largest trading partner else in the world. American made            la reinstalación en caso de que decida regresar a trabajar, o busca otro trabajo
     the U.S. Every product on this list
                                                   and more than 70% of the goods for        goods, however, are subject to the       bajo la jurisdicción de la UFCW en cualquiera de nuestros cincuenta estados y
     is unsafe, hazardous, and in some                                                                                                en Canadá. La tarjeta de retiro le será emitida gratuitamente; el único requisito
     cases – deadly. And sadly, this is a          sale in a U.S. Wal-Mart store have        most stringent testing available.
                                                                                                                                      es que sus cuotas sean pagadas en su totalidad y que sus pagos respectivos sean
     very incomplete list.                         been imported from China. Does            Within our own borders, we               hechos durante el mes en el cual haya trabajado. También, tenga en mente que
                                                   that make Wal-Mart responsible            do everything possible to make           la tarjeta de retiro debe ser solicitada dentro de 30 días de haber dejado su
           	Shocking Extension Cords              for China’s faulty and dangerous          sure American consumers are              empleo. Para solicitar una tarjeta de retiro, llámenos o escríbanos a nuestra
           	Lead Necklaces                        products? Well… not-so-indirectly – protected. Unfortunately, because              oficina de la UFCW Local 1546 en Chicago o los suburbios.
           	Lead Paint On Baby Stuffed            yes, it does.                             of retail giants like Wal-Mart and
             Fun Balls                                Being the world’s largest retailer     its powerful hold on our political
           	Poison Pet Food                       with its reputation built solely on low leaders, more and more of the
           	 Heater Fire Hazard
             Oil                                   prices, I believe Wal-Mart will do        goods we purchase are not made in
           	Collapsing Baby Seats                 whatever it takes to keep its prices      America.                                 W JAKI SPOSÒB UZYSKAĆ KARTĘ
           	Flammable Baby Clothes                low. Here’s the way I see it: We all         And, in addition to endangering       WYCOFANIA SIĘ ZE ZWIĄZKÒW
             Lead Bracelets                        know that they routinely disregard        our health and safety, Wal-Mart’s
           	Toxic Fish                            and defy U.S. Labor laws to keep          lobby for free trade and bullying its
                                                                                                                                      ZAWODOWYCH (withdrawal card)
           	More Lead Jewelry                     their overhead low; we all know           vendors to move overseas also costs      W przypadku, gdy zostaniesz zwolniony z pracy, przesunięty na
                                                   they underpay their employees and                                                  krótkoterminowe bezrobocie, przejdziesz na urlop bezpłatny lub zrezygnujesz
           	Collapsing Stools                                                               American jobs. It starts with the
                                                                                                                                      z pracy z dowolnego powodu, pamiętaj o uzyskaniu karty wycofania
           	Hazardous Grills                      provide little or no health coverage      loss of manufacturing jobs and it        się ze związków zawodowych w UFCW Lokalu 1546 (withdrawal card).
           	Hazardous Candles                     to their working families; and we         branches out to agriculture, service     Uzyskanie takiej karty sprawi, że nie będziesz musiał płacić zaległych
           	Deadly Tires                          all know that they do anything they       jobs, and every other sector of our      składek członkowskich, ani uiszczać opłaty za przywrócenie członkowstwa
           	Tainted Seafood                       can to keep their employees from          economy. Good American jobs…             w związkach w sytuacji, gdy zdecydujesz się powrócić do tej samej pracy lub
           	Toxic Thomas the Tank                 joining unions. But did you know          gone; forcing the middle class into      podjąć inną w obszarze podlegającym kompetencji UFCW w dowolnym z
             Engine Toys                           that Wal-Mart uses its power to           poverty and causing families to feel     50-ciu stanów USA lub na terenie Kanady. Kartę wycofania się ze związków
           	Deadly Cribs                          bully its vendors into moving their       compelled to shop at the place they      zawodowych (withdrawal card) otrzymasz bezpłatnie pod warunkiem, że w
           	Poisonous Toothpaste                  operations overseas in order to cut       perceive to be the cheapest: Wal-        opłaciłeś w całości należne składki członkowskie do końca ostatniego miesiąca
                                                                                                                                      zatrudnienia. Pamiętaj również o tym, że o uzyskanie karty wycofania się
           	Aqua Dots toys laced with a           labor costs and make their products       Mart!
                                                                                                                                      ze związków zawodowych (withdrawal card) należy poprosić 30 dni przed
             GHB (date rape drug)-like             even cheaper for Wal-Mart?                   Do you have loved ones on your        terminem ukończenia zatrudnienia w obecnym zakładzie pracy. Aby uzyskać
             toxic compound                           Make no mistake: Wal-Mart              “nice” list to buy Holiday gifts for     kartę wycofania się ze związków zawodowych (withdrawal card) należy złozyć
        Americans have fallen ill, been            needs Chinese imports. Otherwise,         this month? Please think long and        pisemną prośbę i przesłać ją pocztą na adres biura UFCW Lokkal 1546 w
     injured, and some have died as a              why would Wal-Mart lobby so hard          hard before deciding where to buy        Chicago lub na przedmieściach.
     result of the products on this list.          for free trade legislation? Chinese       them.

4 Fall • Winter 2007
The Wal-Mart/China Connection:                                                  Did You Know?
Local 1546 Takes a Stand                                                        Wal-Mart is the number
                                                                                one importer of Chinese
                                                                                                                               U NION R IGHTS
                                                                                goods. In 2004, Wal-Mart         Clip and keep with you. To be read word for word to your super-
On October 29th, Local 1546            bility to demand safer products          imported more than $18 bil-      visor to declare your Union Rights:
joined hundreds of other concerned     from it suppliers, but instead, it has                                    If this discussion would lead in any way to my being disciplined or termi-
                                                                                lion of goods in China – which
citizens across the country to draw    demanded lower prices and tried                                           nated or have any effect on my personal working conditions, I respectfully
attention to the disturbing link       to cover up the consequences.” The       equals 10 percent of all U.S.
                                                                                imports from China.              request that my Union Representative, Officer or Steward be present at
between Wal-Mart and unsafe Chi-       site goes on to say, “While Wal-                                          this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to participate in this
nese imports.                          Mart would have Americans
The Wake-Up-Wal-Mart organi-           believe                                  Did You Know?                    discussion.

zation chose Halloween to                                                                                                UFCW Local 1546                (847) 593-3500 or
                                                                                Seventy percent of goods on              (312) 733-2999                 (800) 592-3508
                                                                                Wal-Mart shelves come from               (Chicago/Main Office)          (Suburban Office)
                                                                                                                 Corte esto y mantengalo con usted. Esto se le debe leer palabra
                                                                                Did You Know?                    por palabra a su supervisor para declarar sus Derechos to Unión.
                                                                                More than 80 percent of the      Si esta discusión pudiera en alguna forma, afectar personatmente mis
                                                                                6,000 factories in Wal-Mart’s    condiciones de trabajo, o ser amonestada o ser despedido, yo respentu-
                                                                                network of suppliers are         osamente solicito que el Representante de la Unión esté presente en la
                                                                                in China.                        reunión.

                                                                                Did You Know?                    Prawo do posiadania Reprezentanta ze Zwiàzków Zawodowych
                                                                                                                 (wytnij i zachowaj)
                                                                                Wal-Mart helped delay for
                                                                                several years federal require-   Poni˝szy tekst nale˝y przeczytaç swojemu prze∏o˝onemu jako deklaracj´
                                                                                ments that beef and pork car-    praw wynikajàcych z przynale˝noÊci do Zwiàzków Zawodowych:
                                                          that the unsafe
                                        Chinese goods pulled from its
                                                                                ry labels telling shoppers in    Je˝eli dyskusja ta w jakikolwiek sposób mo˝e przyczyniç si´ do
                        this “scary”   shelves are the fault of unscrupu-       what country such products       przeprowadzenia akcji dyscyplinarnej przeciwko mnie lub zwolnienia
      connection, in light of the      lous suppliers, nothing could be         originated.                      mnie z pracy lub te˝ je˝eli b´dzie ona mieç jakikolwiek wp∏yw na moje
many recent unsafe and even deadly     further from the truth. Wal-Mart’s                                        warunki pracy, to z ca∏ym szacunkiem prosz´, aby mój Reprezentant ze
products imported from China by        unsafe products are the direct re-                                        Zwiàzków Zawodowych, Steward, lub inny funkcjonariusz Zwiàzkowy
                                                                                Want to learn more about the     by∏ obecny na tym zebraniu. W przypadku nieobecnoÊci takiego Repr-
Wal-Mart. The goal of these actions    sult of the corporation’s insistence
                                                                                Wal-Mart/China connection?       ezentanta, odmawiam uczestniczenia w dyskusji podczas tego zebrania.
was to educate the public and make     that manufacturers supply low cost
them aware of the Wal-Mart/China       goods above all else.”                   Visit:
                                       Local 1546 helped the cause on the
Although other retailers imported      29th by distrib-
some of these products from China
as well, none have the strong
                                       uting more than
                                       1,000 informa-
                                                                                                                 Local 1546 Health & Welfare Information
connection or are as dependent         tional flyers to                                                             UFCW Unions and Employers               Food Handlers’
upon Chinese products as Wal-          the public at                                                                Midwest Health Benefits Fund            Health & Welfare Fund
Mart. In addition, this action         two locations:                                                               1300 Higgins Road, Suite 300            541 N. Fairbanks Court
served to remind consumers that,       the University                                                               Park Ridge, IL 60068-5713               Chicago, IL 60611
because of its strong lobby and its    of Illinois Chi-                                                             (847) 384-7000 or                       (312) 649-1200 or
clout with vendors, Wal-Mart has       cago campus,
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also forced more American jobs         and the Wal-
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                                                                                                      Clinton voted for a resolution              get coverage at an affordable price;        Trust Fund more than $1 trillion,
                                                                                                      amendment saying Congress should            Families with insurance will pay less       making it even harder for us to meet
                                                                                                      reject any Social Security plan             and get more security and choices;          our responsibilities to our seniors.
                                                                                                      requiring deep benefit cuts or a            Businesses and other employers will         This kind of step would also erode
       Are you having trouble sorting out where some of the 2008 Presidential                         massive increase in debt. (S. Con. Res.     find it cheaper and easier to insure        the most basic guarantee of Social
                                                                                                      18, 3/15/05)                                their workers.”                             Security, exposing millions of Ameri-
     candidates really stand on the issues? To help you make this critical decision
                                                                                                                                                  Edwards’ plan would require busi-           cans to an impoverished retirement.
     with the most accurate information, we’ve compiled this list of five candi-                                                                  nesses to either cover their em-            But I do support efforts to increase
     dates and their views on a number of working family issues.                                      John Edwards (D)                            ployees or help finance their health        retirement savings outside of Social
       Space limits the number of candidates we can highlight in this issue,                          Former U.S. Senator from                    insurance, create new tax credits,          Security. I’ve proposed matching $1
     though we will make every attempt to bring you information on more candi-                        North Carolina, Former Presi-               expand Medicaid and State Chil-             in private savings with up to a $1
     dates as the campaign progresses. In the meantime, learn more about all of                       dential and Vice Presidential               dren’s Health Insurance Program             refundable tax credit, up to a limit
     the Presidential candidates by visiting                           Candidate                                   and create regional purchasing              of $1,000 per couple, for Americans
       All information is quoted from the candidates’ websites, unless otherwise cited.
                                                                                                      Employee Free Choice Act:                   pools. Edwards also has proposed            with low and moderate incomes.
                                                                                                                                                  measures to require insurance               A family that saves the maximum
                                                         proposals to extend health care              The former senator co-sponsored             companies to put 85 percent of              under this plan starting at age 25
                                                         coverage and lower costs. The pro-           the Employee Free Choice Act when           premiums into patient care and to           will have a nest egg of $200,000.” (As-
     Hillary Rodham Clinton (D)                                                                       he was in Congress. (S. 195, 108th
                                                         posals include a focus on large-scale                                                    reform long-term drug patents to            sociated Press, 2/25/04)
     U.S. Senator from New York                          drug price negotiation, prevention           Congress)                                   allow greater access to prescription
     Employee Free Choice Act:                           programs, electronic record keep-               At the 2007 AFSCME Leadership            medicine. (The New York Times, 6/15/07)
                                                         ing and better research into the             Conference, Edwards said unions                                                         Rudy Giuliani (R)
        An Employee Free Choice Act                                                                   were essential to the economic              Trade & Manufacturing:
                                                         effectiveness of drugs and treat-                                                                                                    Former Mayor of New York City
     co-sponsor, Clinton says she’s                                                                   health of the country and the Em-             As a U.S. senator, Edwards voted
                                                         ments. Clinton aims in her plan to                                                                                                   Employee Free Choice Act:
     committed to its passage. At a June                                                              ployee Free Choice Act would en-            against trade agreements with
                                                         allow more people, including those
     19, 2007 Capitol Hill rally in favor                                                             able workers to freely form unions.         Singapore and Chile. He also sup-              In an interview with RealClear-
                                                         with pre-existing conditions, to join
     of Employee Free Choice, Clinton                                                                 Edwards has supported workers’              ported an amendment to Fast Track , Giuliani spoke out
                                                         private insurance plans.
                            stated that as                                                            rights and                                          trade-promotion authority           against the Employee Free Choice
                                                            “We’re going to have universal
                            president, she                                                            the freedom                                         legislation to require U.S.         Act and the majority sign-up pro-
                                                         health care when I’m president—
                            would sign                                                                to form                                             trade negotiators to seek           cess:
                                                         there’s no doubt about that. We’re
                            the Employee                                                              unions                                              workers’ rights standards           “I find it (card check) very, very
                                                         going to get it done.” (Associated Press,
                            Free Choice                  3/26/07)                                     without                                             and enforcement provisions          odd… Why shouldn’t they have a se-
                            Act, and at                                                               employer                                            in future trade agreements,         cret ballot? That’s probably the most
                            the 2007 Take                Trade & Manufacturing:                       interference                                        equal to those negotiated in        traditional way of doing it, that’s
                            Back America                  Clinton voted against CAFTA                 in many                                             the U.S.-Jordan agreement.          the way they do it when they elect
                            conference and               and a trade agreement with the               struggles.                                             (H.R.2739, 7/31/03; H.R. 2738,   public officials. If they don’t want to
                            the AFSCME                   Dominican Republic, but she voted            His ongo-                                              7/31/03; H.R. 3009, 5/16/02)
                                                                                                                                                                                              have a union, that should be their
                            Leadership Fo-               for trade agreements with Oman,              ing support                                            Edwards opposes a pro-           free choice. And there should be no
                            rum, Clinton                 Singapore and Chile. (S. 3569, 6/29/06;      of workers’                                          posed trade deal with South        intimidation involved where it has
                            said that, as                S. 1307, 6/30/05; H.R. 2739, 7/31/03; H.R.   freedom to                                           Korea, which he says would         to be done--where it has to be done
                            president, she               2738, 7/31/03). She voted against renew-                                                          be bad for the U.S. auto
                                                                                                      form unions                                                                             publicly where people can pressure
                            would strongly               ing Fast Track authority in 2002.                                                                 industry, and wants to see
                                                                                                      and bargain                                                                             them and people can put them out of
                            support                         “I believe in trade. But I believe in                                                          real labor standards in fu-
                                                                                                      earned him                                                                              undue pressure on them.” (RealClear
                            unions.                      trade where it’s not only on a level         the AFL-                                             ture trade agreements. “We         Politics interview, 3/26/07)
        “I am committed to ensuring that                 playing field but where we are lifting       CIO’s 2007 Paul Wellstone Award,            need trade that works for American
     workers are able to organize a union                up the world not driving the Ameri-                                                      workers, which means there need to          Health Care:
                                                                                                      which recognizes elected leaders
     without coercion or intimidation,                   can worker and the American stan-            who champion workers’ rights and            be real labor standards, real environ-         Giuliani has proposed moving
     and the card check process, which                   dard of living down.” (UAW Legislative       social and economic justice. (AFL-          mental standards….” (Associated Press,      more families into the private insur-
     requires majority sign-up, is the most              Policy Conference, 2/8/06)
                                                                                                      CIO’s 2006 Paul Wellstone Awards Banquet)   4/22/07)                                    ance market, where they would
     effective way to protect employees’                                                                                                                                                      have to purchase coverage for
                                                         Retirement Security:                         Health Care:                                Retirement Security:
     freedom to choose to form a union.”                                                                                                                                                      themselves. The ideas he outlined
                                                            Clinton says she opposes priva-              “John Edwards has a bold plan              Edwards says he opposes priva-            are similar to those advocated by
     Health Care:                                        tizing Social Security and has               to transform America’s health care          tizing Social Security, raising the         President Bush.
        Clinton says our current health                  campaigned against the Bush                  system and provide universal health         retirement age or cutting benefits.            According to the New York
     care system is not just broken—it’s                 administration’s attempts to do so.          care for every man, woman and               Privatization, he says, would erode         Times, Mr. Giuliani…did not prom-
     immoral. The solution, Clinton says,                Privatization would hurt women,              child in America. Under the Edwards         Social Security’s guarantee.                ise that all the uninsured would
     is universal health coverage.                       survivors and people with disabili-          Plan: Families without insurance will          “Privatizing a portion of Social Se-     be covered under his proposal. He
        In May, Clinton announced new                    ties, she says.                                                                          curity would cost the Social Security

6 Fall • Winter 2007
                                                                                                                                                                         against the Schumer-Graham bill,
was also not specific about a federal      Boskin, Giuliani’s senior economic          coverage. Obama would prevent in-           “Barack Obama opposes privati-        which would have imposed tariffs
government role in helping the poor        policy advisor, said: “Giuliani             surers from withholding coverage         zation; favors ‘an equitable mix of      on China as a penalty for currency
or lower middle class buy their own        agreed that long-term costs and             because of pre-existing conditions;      benefit and tax changes’ to extend       manipulation.
insurance, saying he envisioned            solvency are an issue and that private      he also would focus on lowering          the solvency of the program; is open        In an appearance in Miami’s
some combination of vouchers and           accounts should be part of the solu-        costs by emphasizing preventative        to lifting the amount of income that     Little Havana, McCain said that
tax refunds.                               tion, adding that ‘people should have       coverage and better management of        is taxed for Social Security; and        as president “he would work on
   “If you have a growing economy,         some choice’ in how their accounts          chronic diseases.                        backs a bipartisan effort to address     political, diplomatic and economic
then you don’t have to go buy health       are handled.” (U.S. News & World Report,                                             the issue.” (The State, 4/22/07)         fronts to counter the rise of social-
                                                                                        Trade Manufacturing:
insurance for people. They can earn        4/16/07) . The Providence Journal                                                       Obama voted for a resolution          ism, including efforts to spread free
                                                                                          Obama voted against CAFTA but
a living and buy the health insur-         reported that Giuliani believes “the                                                 amendment saying Congress                trade.” (Associated Press, 3/21/07)
                                                                                       for the Oman Free Trade Agree-
ance for themselves, which is a much       country must fix the Social Security                                                 should reject any Social Security           In 2001, McCain voiced con-
                                                                                       ment. (H.R. 3045, 7/28/05; S. 3569,
healthier society.” (Real Clear Politics   system” and should do so by “al-                                                     plan requiring deep benefit cuts or      cern that Congress was showing
interview)                                 lowing some investment in private                                                    a massive increase in debt. (S. Con.     “hostility” toward corporate-driven
                                                                                          He said he opposed CAFTA
                                           accounts.” (Providence Journal, 1/28/07)                                             Res. 18, 3/15/05)
Trade & Manufacturing:                                                                 because workers are not getting                                                   trade. In a statement praising the
   Giuliani, who previously opposed                                                    help dealing with the negative ef-                                                U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement,
NAFTA, now says he supports free                                                       fects of the corporate-driven global                                              McCain said:
                                           Barack Obama (D)                                                                     John McCain (R)                             “Indeed, it has seemed as though
trade:                                                                                 economy.
   “We no longer have separation           U.S. Senator from Illinois                     “I wish I could vote in favor of      U.S. Senator from Arizona                free trade is no longer a priority of
between a domestic economy and a           Employee Free Choice Act:                   CAFTA. In the end, I believe that        Employee Free Choice Act:                this body. In addition to the strate-
global economy. It’s one in the same          Obama told the 2007 AFSCME               expanding trade and breaking down                                                 gic significance of this legislation to
thing. And I generally agree with the                                                  barriers between countries is good for     McCain is not a co-sponsor of          U.S.-Jordanian relations, it is my
                                           Leadership Forum and the Take
principles of free trade and ...increas-                                               our economy and for our security, for    the Employee Free Choice Act. On         hope that passage of this bill repre-
                                           Back America conference that as
ingly have become more convinced                                                       American consumers and American          June 26, 2007, he voted to block a       sents a change in the direction this
                                           president, he would sign the Em-
of those principles because I almost                                                   workers. But when I meet these           Senate vote on the bill.                 Congress will take toward a policy
                                           ployee Free Choice Act. As an Em-
think they are inevitable. If we fight     ployee Free Choice Act co-sponsor,          workers                                             Health Care:                  of free trade that has upheld our
                                           .Obama says workers are victimized          whose jobs                                             McCain has advocated       prosperity and
                                           by the current system for forming           moved to                                            shifting health care re-      advanced our
                                           unions and bargaining:                      Mexico or                                           sponsibility to individu-     values around
                                              Obama charged up a March 3               China…                                              als.                          the world.” (Mc-
                                           rally in Chicago supporting the             when they                                              In the past year, Mc-      Cain press release,
                                           Employee Free Choice Act and the            wonder how                                          Cain has posted two           9/24/01)
                                           10,000 health care and support ser-         they will                                           health care-related press     Retirement
                                           vice workers at Resurrection Health         get job re-                                         releases on his Senate        Security:
                                           Care who are struggling to form a           training and                                        website, both supporting         McCain
                                           union with AFSCME.                          education,                                          stem cell research. Prior     voted against
                                           “We will pass the Employee Free             when they                                           to that, most of his public   a resolution
                                           Choice Act. It’s not a matter of if, it’s   ask what                                            statements advocated leg-     amendment
                                           a matter of when,’ said Sen. Barack         they will                                           islation he co-sponsored      saying Con-
                                           Obama (D-Ill.). ‘We may have to             do about                                            to make generic drugs         gress should
                                           wait for the next president to sign         their health                                        more accessible.              reject any
                                           it, but we will get this thing done.’”      care bills                                             In a 2003 statement, he    Social Security
                                           (Chicago Tribune, 3/4/07)                   and their                                           labeled “medical malprac-     plan requiring deep benefit cuts or
them, we hurt ourselves. If we em-                                                     lower wages and the general sense        tice reform…one of the most critical
                                           Health Care:                                                                                                                  massive increase in debt. (S. Con. Res.
brace them, we kind of move to the                                                     of financial insecurity that seems to    factors negatively impacting our         18, 3/15/05)
future.” (New York Sun, 4/9/07)               Obama says universal health care         grow with each passing day, I cannot     nation’s health care system.”              He says Social Security, Medi-
   In an interview with RealClear-         is coming.                                  look them in the eyes and tell them
                                              In May, Obama announced a                                                         Trade & Manufacturing:                   care and Medicaid cannot remain, Giuliani endorsed a                                                      that their government is not doing                                                “unchecked.”
free-trade agenda. “Over the last 10       plan to provide health care for all         a single thing about these problems.       In the Senate, McCain voted
                                           by 2012. Obama’s plan, according                                                     for Fast Track trade authority. He         “Promises made to previous and
to 15 years, I’ve become more and                                                      That is why I won’t vote for CAF-                                                 current generations have placed the
more convinced that globalization,         to Newsday, would work within the           TA.” (Press release, 6/30/05)            also voted in favor of CAFTA,
                                           existing private insurance system                                                    as well as free-trade agreements         United States on an unsustainable
free market economics, is the way to                                                                                                                                     budget pathway. Unchecked, Social
                                           but would provide subsidies to help         Retirement Security:                     with Singapore, Chile, Oman
go for the United States.”                                                                                                                                               Security, Medicaid and Medicare
                                           insurance purchasers on a sliding             A secure retirement is part of         and Australia. McCain voted to
Retirement Security:                       scale. Nearly all employers would           the basic respect owed to workers,       normalize trade relations with           obligations will grow as large as the
  Giuliani supports privatized             be required to share the cost of            Obama says. He says he opposes           China and Vietnam and voted              entire federal budget is now in just a
Social Security accounts. Michael                                                      privatizing Social Security                                                       few decades.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                Fall • Winter 2007   7
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8 Fall • Winter 2007
Dominick’s Stewards’ Training Conference                                                                                                                              Local 1546
                                                                                                                                                                      President &
 On November 15, Local 1546 Dominick’s Stew-                                  of Union Privilege flew in from                                                       V.P. Ken Boyd
                                                                              Washington DC to make sure the                                                            welcomes
ards gathered at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk                            Stewards were aware of all the extra                                                     Dominick’s
                                                                                                                                                                    Stewards and
Grove Village for a day of training, motivation and                           benefits available to the members                                                       outlines the
                                                                                            through this valuable                                                      agenda for
appreciation.                                                                               program.                                                                      the day.
For one day, it was all                                                                        After breaking for
about giving the Stew-                                                                      lunch, the Stewards
ards the information                                                                        returned to participate     UFCW Midwest Fund Administrator
they need to continue                                                                       in the afternoon por-         Dan Ryan gives the Stewards the
                                                                                                                         latest information on changes and         Javier Ramirez,
doing the outstanding                                                                       tion of the conference.    improvements to their health care and        Commissioner
                                                                                            In these interactive                                                     of the Federal
job they do for their                                                                                                        prescription drug benefits.
                                                                                                                                                                      Mediation &
union co-workers.                                                                           sessions, beginning                                                       Concilliation
   The day began with                                                                       with Professor Robert                                                           Service,
                                                                                            Bruno, Labor Educa-                                                       instructs the
a welcome of pastries                                                                                                                                              Stewards in the
and coffee; then Presi-                                                                     tion Program Director                                                   art of effective
dent & International                                                                        at the University of                                                          listening.
V.P. Ken Boyd offered                  Aldermanic elections and empha-                      Illinois at Chicago, the
some brief remarks and set the         sized the importance of getting        Stewards were kept on their toes.
agenda for the day, which included     involved in upcoming national          Professor Bruno engaged the group                                                           Chicago
an array of speakers to provide the    elections. UFCW Midwest Fund           in a lively discussion and slide show                                                    Federation
                                                                              on how to talk about the union                                                            of Labor’s
Stewards with information on Lo-       Administrator, Dan Ryan, then                                                    Secretary-Treasurer, Terry Kramer and             Political
cal 1546 health benefits, Union Plus   gave the group all the latest infor-   with other members, friends and            Executive Assistant, Ken Urzedowski             Director,
                                                                              families. Javier Ramirez, Commis-        field questions from the Stewards about     Hannah Jubeh,
benefits, immigration issues, poli-    mation on their healthcare and                                                     the specifics of their union contract.
                                                                              sioner of the Federal Mediation &                                                    provides some
tics, “talking union” to members       prescription drug plans.                                                                                                       insight into
and others, and effective listening       Kevin Williamson, UFCW Re-          Conciliation Service, followed with                                                  Labor’s role in
skills.                                gion 6 Director, gave a presenta-      lessons in active and effective lis-                                                  the upcoming
                                                                              tening skills, making his point with                                                      elections.
   Beginning the program was the       tion, highlighted by a moving vid-
Political Director of the Chicago      eo, on the immigration issue and       volunteer role play and quizzes.
Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO,          the disturbing recent ICE (Immi-          The conference ended with a
Hannah Jubeh. Jubeh updated the        gration and Customs Enforcement        spirited Dominick’s contract ques-                                                         Professor
Stewards on the positive role Labor                                           tion and answer session lead by Lo-                                                           Robert
                                       Agency) raids on meat packing and                                                                                              Bruno of the
had played in the recent Chicago       processing plants. And Mike Haga       cal 1546 Secretary-Treasurer Terry                                                        University
                                                                              Kramer and Executive Assistant                                                             of Illinois
                                                                              Ken Urzedowski, and another sin-                                                            Chicago
                                                                                                                                                                          leads an
                                                                              cere thank you to all of the dedicat-     Stewards practice their listening skills

                                                                                                                          during one of the day’s interactive         enthusiastic
                                                                              ed and hard-working Dominick’s                          sessions.                         session on
                                                                              Stewards.                                                                                    “Talkin’
 Here is the sum of monetary awards and paid hours that UFCW
  Local 1546 has recovered for our members during the current
 year so far. “Wages Recovered” means money paid to members                                                                                                                  UFCW
by employers to resolve grievances filed and investigated by Local                                                                                                        Region 6
                                                                                                                                                                   Director Kevin
1546 (including health & welfare, and pension restoration). This is                                                                                                     Williamson
 money that our members would have “lost” if the Union had not                                                                                                         updates the
                                                                                                                                                                      Stewards on
  been involved in protecting their rights and enforcing the con-                                                                                                    the issues of
                  tract. We’re on the job for you!                                                                                                                    immigration
                                                                                                                                                                   and the recent
              January 1, 2007 to December 1, 2007                                                                      A Union Representative discusses some
                                                                                                                                                                         ICE agent
                                                                                 Stewards review the latest benefits                                                raids on meat
               Total Wages Recovered: $62,767.63                                 offered to Local 1546 members by       of the day’s business with one of the           processing
                                                                                           Union Privilege.                           Stewards.                              plants.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Fall • Winter 2007   9
                                                                                                                     (NEWS continued from page 3)

                                                                                                                       Hansen Addresses Chicago Law Students
                            Working Union pays more, and now Union Pride can pay off too! These lucky members                                                                    (Pictured from left:
                          received a $25.00 prize when spotted wearing a Local 1546 union pin/sticker on the job.                                                                CFL President Dennis
                                                                                                                                                                                 Gannon, Kent College
      You can win too…if you wear your union pin or sticker. If you don’t have one already, see your Union Rep. to                                                               of Law professor Marty
      obtain yours today.                                                                                                                                                        Malin, UFCW Intl.
                                                                                                                                                                                 President Joe Hansen,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Local 1546 President
                                                                                                                                                                                 and UFCW Intl. V.P.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Kenneth R. Boyd, and
                                                                                                                                                                                 UFCW Region 6 Director
                                                                                                                                                                                 Kevin Williamson)

                                                                                                                          UFCW International President Joe Hansen recently traveled to Chicago
                                                                                                                       to address a crowd of labor leaders and law students at the Kent College of
                                                                                                                          Honored by the Chicago Federation of Labor as its 2007 labor leader
                                                                                                                       lecturer, Hansen discussed the many challenges unions face under our
                                                                                                                       nation’s current legal system and the need for labor law reform. He also
                                                                                                                       touched on the union’s current public informational campaigns at Wal-
                   Lincoln Provision                             Jewel Foods – Countryside, IL                         Mart and Smithfield and the necessity of unions to protect middle class
            Winning member Valentin Garcia                      Winning member Janet Myron with                        wages and values.
            with Union Rep. Carlos Cartagena                        Union Rep. Vicky Hayes                                Later that evening at a separate event, Hansen received the coveted Re-
                                                                                                                       rum Novarum Award from Cardinal Francis George at Plumbers’ Hall in
                                                                                                                          Nearly 1,000 guests attended the gala ceremony which pays tribute to
                                                                                                                       labor, business and government leaders who affirm in their daily lives the
                                                                                                                       Catholic Church’s belief in the dignity of the human being and human la-
                                                                                                                       bor; as well as the right of humans to organize into a union and be provided
                                                                                                                       a living wage.

                                                                                                                       Community Groups Protest
                                                                                                                       Cooking Queen in Chicago
                                                                                                                         A large group of community activists joined with UFCW Local 1546 on
             Carl Buddig – South Holland, IL                     Carl Buddig – South Holland, IL                       November 17th outside the Chicago Theater to deliver a letter from abused
            Winning member Se Pun Romans                        Winning member Barbara Blazcwicz                                                                           workers from the Smith-
          Union Rep. Wayne Clavio (not pictured)                  with Union Rep. Wayne Clavio                                                                             field Pork processing plant
                                                                                                                                                                           in Tar Heel, North Caro-
                                                                                                                                                                           lina to celebrity chef Paula
                                                                                                                                                                           Deen. Deen, who was host-
                                                                                                                                                                           ing a cooking show at the
                                                                                                                                                                           Chicago Theater, has come
                                                                                                                                                                           under fire for her promo-
                                                                                                                                                                           tional deal with Smith-
                                                                                                                                                                           field, which has the largest
                                                                                                                                                                           pork processing plant in
                                                                                                                                                                           the world. The company
                                                                                                                                                                           was found in legal rulings
                                                                                                                       Smithfield Worker Wanda Blue speaks out against     to have assaulted, intimi
                                                                                                                       the harsh conditions and anti-union activity at the dated, threatened and used
                     Parker House Sausage – Chicago, IL , Winning member Susana Gonzalez                               North Carolina Tar Heel plant.
10 Fall • Winter 2007                  with Union Rep. George Marshall
racial epithets against its employees trying to better working conditions at
the Tar Heel, North Carolina plant. Chicago aldermen Ricardo Munoz (22nd
Ward) and John Pope (10th Ward) also attended the Chicago Theater action
                                                                                  Alcaraz, Epifanio             Loera, Eliseo                Black, Robert               Powell, Susanna             Gaska, Robert
asking Deen to keep the promise she made to meet with Smithfield workers            Heartland Food Sercive       Great Lakes Packing Co.      Jewel Food Stores           Jewel Food Stores           Stevens Delux Foods
out “of respect for the people of Chicago and its elected officials”. Last year   Alvarez, Arturo               Luburic, Iva                 Carrillo, Felicitos         Quintana, Manuel            Gibson, James
                                                                                    Vienna Sausage               Jewel Food Stores            Kneip                       Jewel Food Stores           Jewel Food Stores
the city council and Mayor of Chicago, passed a resolution against Smithfield                                   Majka, Ronald                Castillo, Feliciana         Robinson, Margaret          Gonzalez, Francisco
                                                                                  Alvarez, Manuel
calling on the company to allow workers to choose a union and to “cease and         Ed Miniat                    Dominick’s Finer Foods       Dominick’s Finer Foods      Jewel Food Stores           Admiral Tool & Mfg.
desist from the deplorable, immoral and illegal conditions they have inflicted    Anzo, Maria                   Meraz, Jose                  Clark, Vernorrent           Rossett, Guadalupe          Harwood, Donna
                                                                                    Mahchena Corp.               Quantum Foods                Jewel Food Stores           Dominick’s Finer Foods      Dominick’s Finer Foods
on their workers.”                                                                                              Montesinos, Nahum            Coletta, Virginia           Sanchez, Jacinto            Hogreve, Donna
                                                                                  Arriola, Jaime
                                                                                    Allfresh Food Inc.           Lincoln Provisions           Jewel Food Stores           L & L Provision             Cub Foods
                                                                 Protestors       Avitia, Jose                  Obert, Donald                Delgado, Isabel             Shearer, James              Hute, Ronald
                                                                 march              John Morreale                Wilco-Cedar Lake             Chiapetti Whlesale Meats    Jewel Food Stores           Garofalo’s Finer Foods
                                                                 outside the      Banks, Albert                 Panzer, Thomas               Denson, Northern            Smith Jr., Frank            Jones, Frank
                                                                 Chicago            Superior Beef Corp.          A & P Tea Co.                Jewel Food Stores           Dominick’s Finer Foods      Chipain’s Finer Foods
                                                                 Theater to       Campos, Josefina              Pasciak, Jan                 Dubenic, John               Stokes, James               Karahalios, Nikitas
                                                                 persuade           Sara Lee Food & Bev          American Meat Packing Co.    Jewel Food Stores           Royal Dutch Meat Co.        Dominick’s Finer Foods
                                                                 celebrity chef   Casas, Jose                   Picchietti,Philip            Duckers, John               Streeter, Willie            Kavanaugh, Robert
                                                                 Paula Deen         Aurora Packing Co.           Sunset Foods                 Eagle Food Centers          Bridgford Foods             Dominick’s Finer Foods
                                                                 to meet with     Cervantes, Antonio            Pineda, David                Galvan, Magdalena           Swygert, Edward             Lakomy, Bernice
                                                                 the Smithfield     Farmington Meats             Ed Miniat                    Acme Continental            Dominick’s Finer Foods      Shotolas Certified
                                                                 workers.         Chaidez, Emilio               Podkul, Diane                Gamboa, Aurora              Tate-Phillips, Geraldine    Manacek, Mildred
                                                                                    Vienna Sausage               Jewel Food Stores            Cougle Comm. Co.            Dominick’s Finer Foods      Elegance in Meat Inc.
                                                                                  Chambers, Vester              Putrus, William              Gonzalez, Francisco         Uhrhammer, Pete             Medrano, Javier
                                                                                    Jewel Food Stores            Vienna Sausage               Wexler Meat Co.             Wilco-Lowell                Chicago Fish House
                                                                                  Cruz, Jesus                   Rambo, Julia                 Gonzalez, Ignacio           Urrutia, Gildardo           Milbratz, Flora
                                                                                    Swift Eckrich Inc.           Jewel Food Stores            Wexler Meat Co.             Glen Mark Inc.              Dominick’s Finer Foods
                                                                                  Dabrowski, Barbara            Ramirez, Rolando             Gutierrez, Jesus            Velazquez, Ubaldo           Mosier Jr., George
                                                                                    Rose Packing Co.             E.W. Kneip Packing           Cook County Cookers         Admiral Tool & Mfg.         Jewel Food Stores
                                                                                  Dearth, Karen                 Resendiz, Jose               Jackson, Michael            Wagner, Barbara             Mysza, Peter
                                                                                    Jewel Food Stores            C & F Packing                Dominick’s Finer Foods      Jewel Food Stores           Franks Finer Foods
                                                                                  Delarosa, Victor              Riha, Robert                 Kilo, William               Walker, Patricia            Pappas, Joan
Aurora Packing Celebrates OSHA Star Status                                          Bee Jay’s
                                                                                  Ellison, Porter
                                                                                                                 Dominick’s Finer Foods
                                                                                                                Robinson, K.T.
                                                                                                                                              Great Western Beef Co.
                                                                                                                                             Kohut, Gerald
                                                                                                                                                                          Dominick’s Finer Foods
                                                                                                                                                                         Abatzis, Andrew
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Pesack, Ruth
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A & P Tea Co.
                                                                                    Vienna Sausage               Lincoln Provisions           Doninos                     Chicago Fish House         Pizano, Ramon
  UFCW Local 1546 members at Aurora Packing Company have reason to                Ferrara, Joann                Sanchez, Moises              Kostur, Janina              Alouidor, Marthe             Admiral Tool & Mfg.
                                                                                    Dominick’s Finer Foods       Amity Packing Co.            Jewel Food Stores           Rupari Food Services       Rand, Richard
celebrate these days as their company earned a five year re-approval of their                                   Santiago, Antonia            Lefeber, Thomas             Aust, Ingrid                 Eagle Food Centers
                                                                                  Furgal, Patrick
OSHA-VPP Star status last September.                                                Sparrer Sausage              On-Cor Frozen Foods          Dominick’s Finer Foods      Jewel Food Stores          Ratajczyk, Margaret
  The VPP Star approval is given by OSHA (Occupational Safety and                 Gallman, George               Schutt, Raymond              Long, Viva                  Bartlett, Joanne             Eagle Food Centers
                                                                                    Eckrich #3                   Jewel Food Stores            Jewel Food Stores           Jewel Food Stores          Rivera, Teresa
Health Administration) for exemplary achievement in employee safety and                                         Seidel, Kenneth              Maldonado, Armando          Baumgartner, Lenord          Mahchena Corp.
                                                                                  Garcia, Jesus
health, the highest level of safety achievement as judged by OSHA.                  Lincoln Provisions           Jewel Food Stores            Central Meat Co.            E W Kneip Inc.             Sabatella, Hugo
  Aurora Packing Company President and CEO Marvin Fagel confirmed                 Grzetic, Robert               Stepek, Zbigniew             Mallery, Bonnie             Boesen, Clifford             Sterk’s Super Foods
                                                                                    Hillman’s Inc.               Bruss Co.                    Zenith Administrators       Joes Meat House            Stanley, Lena
in a public statement that this re-approval status demonstrates an ongoing                                      Street, Dan                  Marchlewski, Nancy          Bray, Duane                  Jewel Food Stores
                                                                                  Guajardo, Reynaldo
cooperative commitment between management and labor to provide a safe               New City Packing Co.         BBHM Management              Jewel Food Stores           E W Kneip Inc.             Strocchio, Mildred
working environment and                       a harmonious relationship.          Gutierrez, Rosa               Tomczak, Theodore            Martin, James               Cecich, Rita                 Jewel Food Stores
                                                                                    Acme Continental             W & W Meat Co.               Eagle Food Centers          Jewel Food Stores          Walker, Madelyn
                                                                                  Howard, Herman                Vezmar, Milica               Martinez, Laura             Chaffee, Varnado             Dominick’s Finer Foods
                                                                                    Strack & Van Til             Carl Buddig                  Dominick’s Finer Foods      Jewel Food Stores          Walz, Lucille
                                                                                  Jimenez, Trinidad             Villa, Ismael                Maubach, William            Chen, Kuo-Hua                Jewel Food Stores
                                                                                    Amity Packing Co.            Chicago Meat                 Geiger Leipold Groc. Co.    Jewel Food Stores          Weinzweig, Kenneth
                                                                                  Joselit, Cheio                Vitkovich, Joseph            Meyers, Kenneth             Cowart, Dora                 Jewel Food Stores
                                                                                    The Right Choice             Jewel Food Stores            O.K. Super Food Mart        Dominick’s Finer Foods     Wetzel, Linda
                                                                                  Kapsalis, Phyllis             Wahlen, Howard               Moss, Christina             Delgado, Gabriel             Dominick’s Finer Foods
                                                                                    Dominick’s Finer Foods       Kissels Finer Foods          Dominick’s Finer Foods      Chiapetti Whlesale Meats   Wuehr, Elfriede
                                                                                  Landeros, Elias               Webb, James                  Nawalaniec, Maria           Disanto, Ronald              Jewel Food Stores
                                                                                    Apato Provision              Jewel Food Stores            Quantum Foods               Jewel Food Stores          Yakush, Andrew
                                                                                  Lassak, Franciszek            Welch, Evangeline            Nolan, Klaus                Evans, Robert                Swift Food Service Co.
                                                                                    Rose Packing Co.             Union Medical Center         Joes Meat House             Noon Hour Food Products
                                                                                  Lenart, Wladyslaw             Wright, Earl                 Patino, Alvaro              Fashing, Norine
                                                                                    Hygrade Food Products        Winky Food Products          Kelly Corned Beef           Ultra Warehouse Foods
                                                                                  Lilly, Ralph                  Bassett, Tommie              Patterson, Joseph           Garcia, Ignacio
                                                                                    Consolidated Poultry Inc.    Bruss Co.                    Treasure Island             Admiral Tool & Mfg.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fall • Winter 2007 11
     Family Owned and Operated
     Recently, we took our camera to three of our Local 1546 represented shops in Chicago that are family owned, and kept running smoothly by hard-working union members.

     Parker House
     Since 1926, this maker of breakfast
     and dinner sausages, bacon, and
     other processed meats has called
     South State Street home. Fourteen
     Local 1546 members work hard
     to help make this business an
     industry success.

     Leather Goods
     This Chicago company, bought
     from its former owner less than
     two years ago by three long-time
     employees – a brother-sister trio
     of Mexican immigrants – now
     employs about 27 union workers
     producing custom made and
     printed canvas and nylon bags.

     Moo & Oink
     This family-owned grocery store
     on Chicago’s west side is one of
     three Local 1546 represented Moo
     & Oink locations. The nearly 65
     members employed here work
     in all of the store’s departments,
     including meat, produce, grocery
     and the front end.

12 Fall • Winter 2007
As a Local 1546 member,         1546 can do to help resolve          When she presented written            needed. She showed up the
you know that your union        some tough workplace issues.         verification from her doctor          next weekend to work, and was
                                                                     that her condition required           again told she was not needed
negotiates your contracts       Read below the real stories of
                                                                     her to be off of work for the         to work. Assuming there was
and provides you and your       real union members who’ve            duration of her pregnancy,            no weekend work, the member
family with a number of         experienced the “union               this member’s employer asked          did not go in the following
benefits you may otherwise      difference.”                         her to resign with the promise        weekend. Still not called back
not have access to. If you’ve                                        that she would be given her           to work six months later, this     her she could not take her
been fortunate enough,          •	 After more than three years       job back after the birth of her       member learned that, without       scheduled vacation and would
                                   of service with her employer,     child. Even assuming that             being told, she had been           be terminated if she did not
however, to have a problem-        a problem pregnancy recently                                                                               show up for work.
                                                                     promise was kept, resignation         terminated for not coming
free work experience, you          threatened to cause more than     would still mean a loss of            in to work on weekends. She
may not realize what Local         physical distress for one union   seniority and accrued benefits.       contacted her Union Rep, who       The member contacted her
                                   member.                                                                 called her employer to try to      Union Rep. who intervened
                                                                       Realizing that her union was        resolve the issue. As a result,    on her behalf. As a result, the
                                                                       there to help, this member          the member was reinstated          member was reimbursed more
                                                                        contacted her Local 1546           and was the next person called     than $1,500 in lost deposits.
                                                                        Rep. who intervened on             back to work after the layoff.     Additionally, she was given the
                                                                         her behalf. After some                                               opportunity to reschedule her
                                                                         discussion, the company                                              vacation for a later date with
                                                                                                        •	 An alert Local 1546 Union          assurance that management
                                                                          granted the member               Rep. recently noticed a bulletin
                                                                          the leave of absence to                                             would not attempt to make any
                                                                                                           board posting at one of her
                                                                           which she was entitled,                                            further changes.
                                                                                                           worksites that highlighted
                                                                           allowing her to properly        actions by employees that
                                                                           care for herself and her        management perceived as
                                                                            child while maintaining        negative. Dubbed the “Wall
                                                                            her benefits and job           of Shame,” employee names
                                                                             seniority.                    were listed on this bulletin       Do you have a personal
                                                                              •	 A Local 1546              board for all to see. The Rep.
                                                                             member was laid off           immediately spoke to the             story to share about
                                                                             from her job, but was         manager, insisting that the        the “Union difference?”
                                                                              asked by a supervisor        posting be promptly removed.
                                                                              to come in to help out       The manager complied.                   Please call our
                                                                               on weekends. The
                                                                                member gratefully
                                                                                                                                              Communications Dept;
                                                                                                        •	 After scheduling her
                                                                                     agreed, and           vacation according to correct        and be assured your
                                                                                          showed           procedure, a Local 1546
                                                                                          up the                                              story will be anonymous
                                                                                                           member made reservations,
                                                                                           following       purchased airfare, and paid           and your privacy
                                                                                           weekend         non-refundable deposits for
                                                                                            to be          an exciting vacation for herself          respected.
                                                                                             told she      and her family. At the last
                                                                                             was not       minute, her employer told
                                                                                                                                                               Fall • Winter 2007 13
                        Free English as a Second Language Training
                        Available Through Your Union
                        Attention: Non-English speaking UFCW Local 1546 members
                        Sign up now for a free English language and cultural skills course taught
                        by the Able Career Institute.
                        WHERE: UFCW Local 1546 Chicago Office
                        1649 W. Adams Street
                        WHEN: Monday and Wednesday Evenings
                        February 4 through March 12
                        TIME: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
                        Contact Your Union Representative without delay! Class size is limited.

                        Entrenamiento de Inglés Como Segundo Idioma
                        Disponible a Través de su Unión
                        Atención: Miembros de la UFCW Local 1546 que no hablen inglés
                        Inscríbanse en un curso gratis del idioma inglés y habilidades culturales,
                        enseñado por el Able Career Institute.
                        DÓNDE: UFCW Local 1546 Chicago Office
                        1649 W. Adams Street
                        CUÁNDO: Lunes y Miércoles por la noche
                        4 de Febrero asta 12 de Marzo
                        HORA: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
                        ¿Está interesado?
                        ¡No se tarde en Contactar a su Representante de la Unión! El tamaño de la
                        clase está limitado.

                        W RAMACH PROGRAMU „ENGLISH AS A
                        SECOND LANGUAGE”.
                        Program oferowany przez związki zawodowe
                        Uwaga: Członkowie UFCW Lokalu 1546, którzy nie znają angielskiego
                        mogą zapisać się teraz na bezpłatny kurs angielskiego prowadzony w Able
                        Career Institue. Uczestnicy tego kursu poszerzą również swoją wiedzę na
                        temat kultury i obyczajów tego kraju.
                        GDZIE: UFCW Lokal 1546, Biuro w Chicago,
                        1649 W. Adams Street
                        KIEDY: Poniedzialek i środę Wieczorem
                        Między 4-tym Lutego a 12-stym Marca
                        GODZINA: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
                        Jeżeli jesteś zainteresowany skontaktuj się ze swoim Przedstawicielem
                        Związkowym. Nie zwlekaj! Ilość miejsc na kursie jest ograniczona!
14 Fall • Winter 2007
                                                                                   Don’t Make a Move . . .                      ¡No se muden . . .                          Prosimy informowaç nas
                                                                                   without letting us know!                     sin avisarnos!                              o zmianie miejsca
                                                                                       Local 1546 sends important                   El Local 1546 les envía regular-        zamieszkania!
                                                                                   information via U.S. Mail to you             mente información importante por me-
         Join ABC—Because Politics Matters!                                        on a regular basis. Newsletters,             dio del correo de los Estados Unidos.       Lokal 1546 regularnie przesy∏a Paƒstwu
                                                                                                                                                                            pocztà wa˝ne informacje. Wysy∏amy do
                                                                                   collective bargaining updates,               Les enviamos boletines noticiosos, las
    The gains that Local 1546 makes for our members at the bargaining table                                                                                                 Paƒstwa gazetki informacyjne, rezultaty
                                                                                   notices and much more are mailed             últimas noticias acerca denegociaciones
  can be lost in the halls of government. That’s the reason behind the Active      to you. But if we don’t have your            de contratos colectivos, avisos y otro      negocjacji w sprawie umów zbiorowych,
  Ballot Club (ABC), the voluntary, non-partisan political arm of Local 1546       current address, you may not                 material. ¡Sin embargo, si no tenemos       zawiadomienia i wiele innych
                                                                                   receive Union mail!                          sus direcciones actuales, ustedes           informacji. Jednak informacji tych
and the UFCW. The goal of ABC is to elect pro-labor candidates and promote
                                                                                       Don’t be left out! If you move, notify   podrían no recibir la correspondencia       nie b´dà mogli Paƒstwo otrzymywaç,
legislation that favors working families. The cost to belong is only about $1.00                                                                                            je˝eli nie podacie nam swojego
                                                                                   Local 1546 of your new                       del sindicato!
per month, or about $12.00 a year. (Union dues are not used to financially sup-                                                                                             aktualnego adresu.
                                                                                   address right away—your employer                 ¡No se queden fuera! Si se
port the ABC, and contributions are not tax deductible). ABC can be deducted       is not obligated to give us your change      mudan, notifiquen inmediatamente al
from your paycheck, or you can buy an ABC card to become a member. If you          of address... it’s up to you! Inform the     Local 1546 sus nuevas direcciones—          Nie pozostawajcie w tyle! Je˝eli
                                                                                   Union!                                       sus patronos no están obligados a           przeprowadzicie si´ w inne
don’t belong to ABC yet, see your Union Rep. today to learn how you can join!
                                                                                     Please print clearly:                      informarnos los cambios en sus              miejsce to natychmiast zg∏oÊcie to
                                                                                                                                direcciones... ¡Depende de ustedes!         w Lokalu 1546 i podajcie tam swój
                                                                                                                                                                            nowy adres–pracodawca Paƒstwa nie jest
  Únase al ABC — ¡Porque la política importa!                                      Member
                                                                                   Name _________________________
                                                                                                                                ¡Informen al Sindicato!
                                                                                                                                   Favor de escribir claramente:            zobowiàzany do podania nam waszego
                                                                                                                                                                            aktualnego adresu… nale˝y to do Was!
Las victorias del Local 1546 logra en favor de sus miembros pueden perderse                                                                                                 Informujcie wi´c o tym swoje zwiàzki
        en los pasillos del gobierno. Esta es la razón detrás del Active           Soc. Sec. # ______________________           Nombre del
                                                                                                                                miembro _______________________             zawodowe!
Ballot Club (ABC), el brazo político no partidista del Local 1546 y la UFCW.       Address _______________________
  Los objetivos del ABC son elegir candidatos amigos de los trabajadores y                (Street)                              Seguro Social # __________________          Nale˝y wype∏niç pismem drukowanym:
  promover legislación para favorecer a las familias de los trabajadores. El
                                                                                   _______________________________              Dirección ______________________            Nazwisko
   costo de afiliación es de sólo 25 centavos a la semana, o $12 al año. (Las                                                                                               cz∏onka ________________________
  cuotas sindicales no se usan para sostener económicamente el ABC, y las          (City)          (State)                               (Calle)
   contribuciones al mismo no son deducibles del pago de impuestos). La                                                         _______________________________             # Social Sec. ____________________
   cuota afiliación al ABC puede ser deducida de su cheque de nómina, o            Home Phone ____________________              (Ciudad)  (Estado)   (Zip/Código
podrá comprar una tarjeta del ABC para convertirse en miembro. Si aún no                                                        Postal)                                     Adres _________________________
 pertenece al ABC, hable con su representante sindical y ¡entérese acerca de       Work Location __________________
                                                                                                                                Teléfono residencial ______________         _______________________________
                                 cómo ingresar!                                                                                                                             (MiejscowoÊç)     (Stan)   (Kod
                                                                                   Work Phone ____________________
                                                                                                                                Lugar de trabajo _________________
                                                                                   Please complete, clip and
Zapisz si´ do ABC— polityka odgrywa wanà rol´                                      return to:                                   Teléfono en el trabajo _____________        Numer telefonu
                                                                                                                                                                            domowego ______________________
 w kszta∏towaniu si∏y zwiàzków zawodowych!
                                                                                   UFCW Local 1546                              Favor de llenar el formulario, recortar y
   W konfrontacji z przedstawicielami w∏adz paƒstwowych cz∏onkowie                                                                                                          Adres miejsca
                                                                                   1649 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60612             devolverlo a:
   zwiàzków zawodowych mogà utraciç korzystne dla nich rozwiàzania                 Or call: 312-733-2999 or                                                                 zatrudnienia _____________________
  uzyskane podczas negocjacji przez Lokal 1546. Z tego w∏aÊnie powodu              847-593-3500                                                    UFCW Local 1546
                                                                                   Toll-free: 1-800-592-3508                        1649 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60612        Telefon do pracy _________________
 utworzono Klub Aktywnie G∏osujàcych (ABC), ochotniczà i niestronniczà
     organizacj´ politycznà dzia∏ajàcà z ramienia Lokalu 1546 i UFCW.                                                                    O llame al: 312-733-2999 o al
                                                                                                                                                         847-593-3500       Odcinek ten nale˝y wype∏niç, odciàç i
   Celem ABC jest g∏osowanie podczas wyborów na takich kandydatów,                                                                                                          wys∏aç pod adres:
                                                                                                                                                          Línea gratis:
  o których wiadomo, e udzielajà poparcia ludziom pracy oraz, którzy sà
                                                                                                                                                       1-800-592-3508       UFCW Local 1546
   za wprowadzeniem ustaw korzystnych dla rodzin pracujàcych. Koszt
                                                                                                                                                                            1649 W. Adams
     cz∏onkowstwa wynosi tylko 25 centów tygodniowo czyli oko∏o 12
                                                                                                                                                                            Chicago, IL 60612
     dolarów rocznie. (Sk∏adki zwiàzkowe nie sà wykorzystywane do                                                                                                           Mo˝na te˝ zadzwoniç pod numer:
      finansowego wspierania ABC, a op∏aty cz∏onkowskie w ABC nie                                                                                                           312-7332999 lub 847-593-3500
  podlegajà odliczeniu od podatków). Mona poprosiç o odpisanie op∏aty                                                                                                       Telefon bezp∏atny: 1-800-592-3508
   za przynalenoÊç w ABC z czeku wystawionego przez pracodawc´ lub
 wykupiç kart´ cz∏onkowskà. Jeeli nie naleysz do ABC spotkaj si´ ze swoim
  przedstawicielem zwiàzkowym jeszcze dziÊ i zapytaj go, w jaki sposób
                            moesz si´ zapisaç.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fall • Winter 2007 15
                     Register to Vote                                 the Illinois Primary Election
                                                                      has been set for January 9, 2008
                                                                                                          Where can you register to vote?
                                                                                                            •	 Ask your Union
                                                                                                                                                vote today and cast your ballots
                                                                                                                                                in the primaries and on Election
                                                                      (28 days prior to the election).           Representative for a           Day.
                                 If it seems to you that the 2008     In addition, early voting will             voter application or
                                 presidential campaigning             begin on January 14, 2008 and              download one at www.
                                 started way too early this year,     continue through January 31,     
                                 you’re not alone.                    2008. Registration is open year            VotingInformation and
                                 One of the main reasons for this     round except during the 27-day             register by mail
                                 stems from the fact that many        period just prior to an election      •	 County Clerk’s office
                                 states, including Illinois, have     and during the 2 days after the       •	 City and village offices
                                 enacted new laws allowing them       election.                             •	 Township offices
                                 to join the new semi-national        To help our members and their         •	 Driver’s License
                                 primary election on February 5,      families better understand                 facilities
                                 2008, more than a month and a        their voting rights, we have        What forms of identification are
                                 half earlier than past primaries.    compiled the following voting       needed to register to vote?
                                 And if that weren’t enough,          information from the Illinois          •	 Two forms of
                                 Illinois moved all of its federal    State Board of Elections.                   identification with one
                                 and state office elections to this                                               showing your current
                                 primary date as well.                Voter Registration Requirements
                                                                          •	 Must be a U.S. Citizen               residence address.
                                 With that in mind, the time for          •	 Must be at least 18 years       •	 If you register by mail,        Don’t let others decide for you,
                                 UFCW Local 1546 members                      of age by election day              you must vote in person       make your voice heard at the
                                 and their families to register to        •	 Must have been a                     the first time you vote.      ballot box by electing labor-
                                 vote in these elections is quickly           resident of the precinct    Voting is a civic responsibility of   friendly candidates that share
                                 approaching.                                 at least 30 days prior to   all Americans. Please register to     your best economic and family
                                 The registration deadline for                election day                                                      interests.

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                                                                       2246 Palmer Drive, Unit 101                                                             PERMIT No. 111
Get Involved in Your Union by attending the next                       Schaumburg, IL 60173
Membership Meetings on:                                                 ®      458

Tuesday, January 8, 2008 • 7:00 PM
UFCW Local 1546 Main Office
1649 W. Adams, Chicago, IL

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 • 7:00 PM
The Belvedere Events & Banquet Hall
1170 W. Devon, Elk Grove Village, IL
There is no Membership Meeting scheduled for March, 2008

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