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zipyourlip

Science Hill, KY

#1 Feb 13, 2013
Macy's and Bloomingdale's, Retail, Retail Food, UFCW Industries, Uncategorized
UFCW Members Make Valentine’s Day a Little Sweeter
Feb 13, 2013


source: Labor 411



According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $1.6 billion on candy this year to celebrate Valentine’s Day. UFCW members across the country, along with members of many other unions, have worked hard to make this holiday a little sweeter this year, by helping to create your favorite candy, chocolate, gifts, and other Valentine’s day products! Refer to the list below, brought to you by Labor 411 to help you find last-minute, union-made goodies.

Chocolate:

See’s Candy
Russell Stover
Ghirardelli Chocolates (UFCW)
Hershey Kisses and Hugs
Necco Sweethearts
Tootsie Rolls
York pepper mint patties

Champagne:

Andre (UFCW)
Cook’s (UFCW)
Eden Roc (UFCW
J. Roget (UFCW)
Jacques Bonet (UFCW)
Jacque Reynard (UFCW)
JFJ (UFCW)
Le Domaine (UFCW)
Tott’s
Wycliff (UFCW)



C0logne and Perfume:

Hugo Boss
Pierre Cardin (UFCW)
Avon (UFCW)
Old Spice (UFCW)

Making dinner for your Valentine? Then pick up what you need from a union grocery store near you, with the help of the UFCW mobile app. Then pick out some union-made wine to go with it!

And if you really screwed up last V-day, why not purchase some jewelry from fellow union members at department stores like Macy’s?

We hope that with the help of our tips, you and your honey have a happy, union-made Valentine’s Day!
Paul Revere

London, KY

#2 Feb 13, 2013
LOL! On a day like Valentines Day, the very LAST thing I am thinkg about is whether the candy or flowers I bought for my sweetie were made in a union shop!
But, leave it to liberal nut-jobs to focus on that rather than their significant other.
However, rest assured that you will pay MORE for all that junk simply because unions were involved.
Gotta keep those payoffs to the Democrats flowing! LOL!
Former BMWE

Butler, KY

#3 Feb 13, 2013
I think that these right to work laws are more about drumming up support for democrats than anything else. Nothing like a threat to keep the contributions coming in.
I saw good and bad sides of the whole thing. But, if you think these companies will do right by employees without the strength of collective bargaining, you've got a screw loose.
My wife's in healthcare and her contract is worth nothing to her company. They change the terms on a whim, take away her vacation days and just generally abuse them. I was never a strong union man, but they do serve their purpose.

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#4 Feb 14, 2013
Former BMWE wrote:
I think that these right to work laws are more about drumming up support for democrats than anything else. Nothing like a threat to keep the contributions coming in.
I saw good and bad sides of the whole thing. But, if you think these companies will do right by employees without the strength of collective bargaining, you've got a screw loose.
My wife's in healthcare and her contract is worth nothing to her company. They change the terms on a whim, take away her vacation days and just generally abuse them. I was never a strong union man, but they do serve their purpose.
You've got a good point. If these corporations cared about workers, then they wouldn't pay pennies on the dollar to their employees in China and Mexico, would they? I'm not a fan of union corruption, but I'm an even lesser fan of corporate greed.....

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#5 Feb 14, 2013
....oh, and cook's and Andre champagne are two of the cheapest bubblies on the market....Tootsie rolls and Hershey kisses are pretty cheap too Paul ....just saying ....
zipyourlip

Science Hill, KY

#6 Feb 14, 2013
Minimum Wage Would Be $21.72 If It Kept Pace With Increases In Productivity: Study

The Huffington Post | By Caroline Fairchild

President Obama's call to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour was one of the more significant proposals he laid out in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. But $9 an hour is still a far cry from what workers really deserve, a 2012 study finds.

The minimum wage should have reached $21.72 an hour in 2012 if it kept up with increases in worker productivity, according to a March study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. While advancements in technology have increased the amount of goods and services that can be produced in a set amount of time, wages have remained relatively flat, the study points out.

Even if the minimum wage kept up with inflation since it peaked in real value in the late 1960s, low-wage workers should be earning a minimum of $10.52 an hour, according to the study.

Between the end of World War II and the late 1960s, productivity and wages grew steadily. Since the minimum wage peaked in 1968, increases in productivity have outpaced the minimum wage growth.

The current minimum wage stands at $7.25 an hour. In 2011, more than 66 percent of Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute supported raising this figure to $10.

The last time the federal minimum wage increased was in 2009. Currently observed in 31 states, the federal minimum wage translates to an annual income of about $15,000 a year for someone working 40 hours per week.
zipyourlip

Science Hill, KY

#8 Feb 14, 2013
Black Knight X wrote:
<quoted text>Greed?Why should Americans pay the average union wage to workers of $19.74 per hour plus outrageous benefits to make a box of Candy?Talk about greed!
Yes greed, why should the taxpayers of America subsidize corporate America with EIC? As a taxpayer I am sick and damn tired of paying tax credits to Walmart employees, because the Walton's refuse to pay a living wage to their workforce. Union workers pay taxes, they don't show up on tax day with a handful of howdy, and a mouthful of give me! Repeal EIC, and the nation's deficits would disappear. How many union workers are you paying for, as opposed to the Earned Income Credits (corporate welfare) that a vast majority of workers in right to work states receive? You make no sense!

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#9 Feb 14, 2013
Black Knight X wrote:
<quoted text>Greed?Why should Americans pay the average union wage to workers of $19.74 per hour plus outrageous benefits to make a box of Candy?Talk about greed!
It goes both ways....I guess you missed the part where I mentioned the corruption of unions ....but if you think without the arrival of the unions in the early 1900's that these big corps wouldn't be housing us in company housing and in debt to the company store, then you may want to brush up on your history a little. A good place to start would be History's "The Men Who Built America" series. I'm not trying to be a smart alleck, but you can't forget your history. If you do,, you're bound to repeat it. Unions have their place. Yeah, that's a bit overpriced labor, but is it any better that GE pays no taxes, Citi hasn't paid in since 2006, and countless others use Cayman Islands accounts to keep from paying? They use the same infrastructure and services I do, at a much higher rate....and they get 36% of my pay.....America needs to realize that greed, on all fronts, is not good.
Paul Revere

London, KY

#10 Feb 15, 2013
Unions are quickly going the way of the dinosaurs. They serve no useful purpose and actually hurt the overall ability of people to find jobs. When Boeing wanted to move an assembly plant to South Carolina, the NLRB filed a lawsuit to stop it. The move to SC would have created 1,000 jobs but, the NLRB...a defacto bully for labor unions, didn't want Boeing gaining a foothold in a state that doesn't grant unions unlimited power. So, now companies aren't allowed to do business just anywhere they want. The have to get unions permission to do that?
That's upside down folks.
zipyourlip

Science Hill, KY

#11 Feb 15, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- One hundred years ago Wednesday, labor crusader Mary Jones, better known as Mother Jones, alighted from a Kanawha & Michigan passenger train from Smithers, and began walking toward the state Capitol building, then located in downtown Charleston.

The white-haired firebrand, accompanied by a committee of Smithers-area miners, was carrying a petition to Gov. William Glasscock calling for the end of martial law and the removal of state National Guard troops from Paint Creek and the Upper Kanawha Valley. There, a bloody coalfield unionization struggle was underway, with no end in sight.

After a series of violent confrontations between striking miners and detectives hired by mine operators during the previous summer, Glasscock had placed the Paint Creek coalfields under martial law in September 1912, and sent National Guard troops into the area to enforce it. The troops seized arms and ammunition from both sides, and by Nov. 15, martial law was lifted.

Coal operators began sending in replacement workers by the trainload, and in short order, those trains came under attack by the miners they displaced. Coal company detectives, meanwhile, evicted striking miners from company-owned homes and broke up union meeting. Martial law was imposed for a second time on Nov. 15, 1912, and lifted again on Jan. 10.

The week before Mother Jones and her delegation walked their petition to the Statehouse, a group of about 50 miners attacked a machine gun post manned by coal company operatives near a mine at the Paint Creek community of Mucklow, near present-day Gallagher. At least one man, Fred Bobbitt, a bookkeeper for Paint Creek Collieries, was killed in the Feb. 7 raid.

That night, in retaliation, an armored train carrying two machine guns and dozens of coal company operatives shot up a tent camp of displaced miners and their families at Holly Grove on lower Paint Creek. Miraculously, despite hundreds of bullets being fired, only one person, miner Francis Francesco Estep, was killed in the fusillade, an instant after bringing his wife and child to safety.

Two days later, striking miners attacked the Mucklow machine gun post again, prompting Glasscock to impose martial law for a third time on Feb. 10.

Mother Jones, who had spoken at numerous miners' rallies in the Upper Kanawha Valley during the summer of 1912, had been in West Virginia only a few days during this visit.

But on Feb. 13, 1913, her freedom to move and speak freely came abruptly to an end with her arrest and an 85-day stint in military custody. She and 47 other striking miners and union organizers became the first civilians to be arrested, and later tried and jailed, by military authorities since the Civil War.

As Mother Jones and the miners who accompanied her approached the corner of Broad and Washington streets, three men identified in a Feb. 14, 1913, Charleston Gazette account as Special Officers Dan W. Cunningham, Howard C. Smith and Rufus Clendenin intercepted them. Mother Jones and UMWA organizer Paul Paulson were placed under arrest, while their companions were briefly detained then released from custody.

"Mrs. Jones failed to show the slightest tendency of resistance, and a taxicab which was being driven from the depot toward town was hailed, and she was taken to the Hotel Ruffner in company with the officers," according to the Gazette account. Late that afternoon, Mother Jones and Paulson were escorted to the railroad depot and taken by a C & O passenger train to Pratt, at the mouth of Paint Creek, where the rail station was being used as a detention facility, or "bullpen," by military authorities.

While no attempt was ever made to charge the coal company operatives who gunned down Estep and terrorized the miners' tent city at Holly Grove, Jones and her co-defendants were charged with conspiracy to "inflict bodily injury with intent to maim, disfigure disable and kill" Bobbitt..100 years ago people in this part of the world had some gonads

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#12 Feb 15, 2013
Zip, you just posted the reason why folks of this region don't trust outsiders. These coal companies left after the minerals were gone, decimating towns in their wake, and blamed the unions. These were simple farmers when these northern assholes showed up and swindled them out of their mineral rights. Those damn Yankees created the welfare state in Appalachia ....and it has, unfortunately, been handed down over generations. People around here aren't sore over the Civil War (you must remember BOTH presidents hailed from Kentucky, and therefore, it was a neutral state),they've not forgotten 'what happened in Brookside, Harlan, Mattewan, and other lesser known skirmishes around these parts. Our people REALLY DID fight a war of "Northern Aggression"....and there African Americans and all sorts of ethnicities fighting side by side.

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#13 Feb 15, 2013
It's funny when you go to West Virginia, a union state, to listen to them speak about "Yankees"....that all stems from these blood baths of days gone by. I realize those days are behind us, hell, I married a "Yankee".....lol. That said, this is where the animosity comes from, as evidenced by WVA, not the Civil War.
Paul Revere

Manchester, KY

#14 Feb 16, 2013
Hell, Zippo doesn't even like coal. He's a wind/solar farm loon who thinks coal is evil and dirty and killing millions on a daily basis. But, I'm sure he'd hold his nose and support it if it mean't more union money laundered into Democratic war chests.
You won't find me arguing that unions didn't have their place AT ONE TIME. They did help secure safe working conditions and a fair daily wage. But, those days are LONG gone. How many govt agencies now regulate and oversee safety in the workplace?
I don't know if you've ever had any inneraction with OSHA but, believe me you don't want to cross them!
Unions are dinosaurs and thankfully are giving way to more reasonable thinking. Funny how wanting a job and not being able to find one will do that.
MeLoco

Somerset, KY

#15 Feb 16, 2013
Unions had their place and still have their place. I'm free and safe thanks to past and ongoing efforts of the men and women of the military. That don't mean at times that I feel I don't require them that I will disrespect them and kick them to the curve. Union fought many hard and bloody battles to help ensure that we don't have to send our kids to work in textile mills or coal mines. We forget that and all will slowly slip back to how it was. No root no fruit! everyone needs to know the stories and struggles that unions and member went threw to get to where we are. What we need is to give unions their power back so that they can once again become something more than just money slinging lobbyist. I will never apologize for being union and standing for the rights of workers. I pay my due with pride even though I know that sometimes they get misused.

“Boogie Chill'un”

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Since: Dec 08

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#16 Feb 16, 2013
Paul Revere wrote:
Hell, Zippo doesn't even like coal. He's a wind/solar farm loon who thinks coal is evil and dirty and killing millions on a daily basis. But, I'm sure he'd hold his nose and support it if it mean't more union money laundered into Democratic war chests.
You won't find me arguing that unions didn't have their place AT ONE TIME. They did help secure safe working conditions and a fair daily wage. But, those days are LONG gone. How many govt agencies now regulate and oversee safety in the workplace?
I don't know if you've ever had any inneraction with OSHA but, believe me you don't want to cross them!
Unions are dinosaurs and thankfully are giving way to more reasonable thinking. Funny how wanting a job and not being able to find one will do that.
I work in the construction industry, and I'm well aware of OSHA and IMSHA. That said, I've KNOWN of deep mines that were cited, but never fixed that killed miners. There was no union representation there. IMSHA is tougher than OSHA, but both are understaffed and subject to bribery at times. In my 10 yrs of working in a managerial role in my field, I've never had OSHA on my premises. My former company was guilty of MANY violations that were never addressed by ownership that were on file in my monthly inspections, which I kept copies of in my own personal CYA file in my office. My current employer is OSHA compliant, but I've still yet to see an inspector.

They're not ALWAYS around.....

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#17 Feb 16, 2013
MeLoco wrote:
Unions had their place and still have their place. I'm free and safe thanks to past and ongoing efforts of the men and women of the military. That don't mean at times that I feel I don't require them that I will disrespect them and kick them to the curve. Union fought many hard and bloody battles to help ensure that we don't have to send our kids to work in textile mills or coal mines. We forget that and all will slowly slip back to how it was. No root no fruit! everyone needs to know the stories and struggles that unions and member went threw to get to where we are. What we need is to give unions their power back so that they can once again become something more than just money slinging lobbyist. I will never apologize for being union and standing for the rights of workers. I pay my due with pride even though I know that sometimes they get misused.
Well said....

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#18 Feb 16, 2013
Oh, and Paul, Zippy did support mountain top removal ....he voted for Steve Beshear.....
Paul Revere

Manchester, KY

#19 Feb 16, 2013
JumperJuice wrote:
Oh, and Paul, Zippy did support mountain top removal ....he voted for Steve Beshear.....
He probably either regrets that or wouldn't admit to it now. LOL!
I know several people in Pikeville and the love and need mountain top removal. As they say, it's cheaper to blow off a mountain top than to build one side of a house on concrete pylons!
zipyourlip

Science Hill, KY

#20 Feb 16, 2013
JumperJuice wrote:
Oh, and Paul, Zippy did support mountain top removal ....he voted for Steve Beshear.....
That's not very truthful, I support the elimination of dirty coal, and replacing it with green energy, natural gas, or nuclear power plants. FYI, I didn't vote for Beshear (although I think he has done a wonderful job in a rough economy) or anyone else that year, because I was out of the country at the time of the election. Illinois has the right idea.....keep the dirty coal in the ground, and supply electricity with nuclear plants, or wind turbines. Coal's only purpose should be in making steel, but it's days of generating electricity should come to an end.

“Boogie Chill'un”

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#21 Feb 17, 2013
zipyourlip wrote:
<quoted text>That's not very truthful, I support the elimination of dirty coal, and replacing it with green energy, natural gas, or nuclear power plants. FYI, I didn't vote for Beshear (although I think he has done a wonderful job in a rough economy) or anyone else that year, because I was out of the country at the time of the election. Illinois has the right idea.....keep the dirty coal in the ground, and supply electricity with nuclear plants, or wind turbines. Coal's only purpose should be in making steel, but it's days of generating electricity should come to an end.
Oh....I spoke wrong, but you supported Steve Beshear, and he supports mountain top removal, and he was backed by big coal. Is that not fair to say. You sure had a lot of good things to say about ol Steve and even went as far to say that you'd look the other way on his coal stance to keep in that party line.

I support miners AND mountains. Mountains are a valuable asset to our tourism, and coal is also a valuable asset to our commerce. Coal can be cleaned before it is burned, and scrubbers in the plant clean the smoke. The flyash caught by the scrubbers has a plethora of uses in the construction industry, especially in concrete production. A 10-20% replacement of cement with flyash not only helps keep costs down, it also retards the set time, which allows for overall better strength after curing. Pretty important when you drive over that bridge or cloverleaf.

Coal and even its byproducts creates jobs, cheaper goods and services, and has many uses. We should be taking advantage of it while keeping an eye out for the planet. They CAN coexist, and should.

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