UFCW Local 1459 Embarks on New Communication Offensive

"Communicate or die." That's the philosophy UFCW Local 1459 is embracing as it plows full bore into embracing the Internet to communicate. The union just launched a Facebook account and has also opened accounts on Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Google Plus.

Springfield Turns Out Over 400 in Huge Show of Solidarity for Wisconsin Workers

February 22 — The attack on workers in Wisconsin has sent shockwaves through the labor movement, sparking a huge outpouring of support from unions and workers across the country. Here in Springfield, there was a strong show of solidarity with over 400 in attendance who came together to tell the Wisconsin workers that we stand with them. "What they're trying to do all across the country is destroy the good jobs and put us all back into the dark ages," said Richard M. Brown, President of the Pioneer Valley AFL-CIO.

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SEIU Local 888 Continues Negotiations for Springfield City Workers

City of Springfield members have been negotiating their first contract for nearly a year with SEIU Local 888. Recently they've made some progress at the bargaining table on issues such as paid and unpaid leaves and just cause rights. However, the union and management are still far apart on a fair wage system. Management asserts that the current system is fair and nothing needs to be changed. However, after months of negotiations management has not even been able to explain how a position is placed in a salary range and claims that there are no written criteria for how the salary system is structured. That doesn't seem fair to the members.

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