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      Dear Local 1776 Members,   Today is Labor Day, a special day to recognize the contributions that union members like you have made in our nation’s history. Our union members should be especially proud today for the hard work you’ve done as essential workers, taking care of your communities.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 member,  This past week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a number of new protective guidelines including a recommendation that all people, whether or not they have been vaccinated, wear masks indoors. Many of our employers are adopting these guidelines and are now requiring all employees to wear masks at work.
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      Like many of you, I have been closely following the news about the Delta variant of Covid-19. I have to say that I am surprised that I need to send out a message like this, but unfortunately this pandemic refuses to end.
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      President's Message: Happy Independence Day! Dear UFCW Local 1776 member, I want to wish you and your family a happy Independence Day. I hope that you are able to spend some time with your family or friends and celebrate.  When I take a moment to reflect on this day, it’s history and meaning I’m struck with a question: what is freedom? Who is it for.
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      Local 1776 is saddened to report that Charles Young, longtime Acme member, union steward and Local 1776 Vice President has passed away. Charles was beloved by his union family for his kind smile and dedication to his fellow members. Charles was instrumental in the founding of UFCW OUTReach and was a role model for out union members within the UFCW and the wider labor movement.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 members,   President Biden and the United States Congress deserve our thanks for enacting legislation to commemorate Juneteenth, the national remembrance of the end of slavery in the United States, as a federal holiday.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Members,   In early April, Local 1776 announced our Vaccine Raffle with up to 6,000 individual cash rewards available. Since then, we’ve sent out reminder messages and received a lot of member interest in the raffle.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Members, As many of you know, the CDC recently changed their guidance for mask wearing in public and in private settings.Finally, the moment that we have all been waiting has arrived: fully vaccinated people can now go out in public places without wearing a mask.
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      The Local 1776 family is sad to report that Don McGrogan passed away over the weekend. Don was a longtime staff member at Local 1776 who rose up the ranks to become Executive Vice President of UFCW Local 1776 until his retirement in 2019. Don’s leadership helped make us a better a union and his work benefitted thousands of members throughout Local 1776’s jurisdiction.
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      UFCW Local 1776 in partnership with the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans held a Covid-19 vaccine town hall meeting last week and you can watch the whole program here.  Speakers included Dr. Peter Orris, Dr. Ashley Sherrill, Yvette Pigeon R.N., Betty Long R.N., M.H.A., and Lori Fitzpatrick R.N., B.S.N.
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      Thank you for taking action! Click here to send an email to PA Governor Tom Wolf Click here to send an email to the PA Department of Health Click here to send a message to your state Senator or Representative Remember, be respectful! Make sure that you mention that you are an essential worker and a member of UFCW Local 1776.
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      In a unanimous vote, the executive board of UFCW Local 1776 has voted to endorse John Fetterman for US Senate in the 2022 Pennsylvania election. “I am thrilled for our members – but also for all Pennsylvanians – that Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman has decided to run for US Senate,” stated Wendell Young IV, President of UFCW Local 1776.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 member,   We have finally arrived at a turning point in the Covid-19 pandemic: two different vaccines have been approved for emergency use and are being administered around the world in an effort to turn back the tide on this awful virus.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Member,  Today is January 18th, the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. During his time as a leader in the civil rights movement, Dr. King wrote and delivered many speeches, letters and books laying out the moral case for equality in America.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 members,   Last week, PA Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine established new protocols to stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep people safe. Click here for more information on the new PA directives.     This week, healthcare workers in America are receiving the first round of the Covid-19 vaccine.
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      Plymouth Meeting, PA December 12th 2020 – This morning, Local 1776 President Wendell Young, IV calling on leaders in local, state and federal levels of government to prioritize frontline, essential workers like the members of UFCW for vaccinations against Covid-19.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 members,   Happy Thanksgiving! Normally we would be preparing to gather with family or putting the final touches on plans for hosting a big meal at our homes but this year is very different. The Covid-19 pandemic has upended our lives in so many ways. Within our local many members have been infected and sadly some members have died from this terrible virus.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Members, Thank you for voting. Whether you voted in person or by mail or at an early voting location, you did your solemn duty and took part in our democracy. This was an unusual election for a number of reasons, chief being the increased use of mail in and early voting.
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      Welcome Wise Members!   UFCW Local 1776 will be hosting eight separate contract proposal meetings.  To register for one of the meetings, simply click the link below for the meeting that you would like to attend.   Once you fill out the form and click ‘register’, we will email you the link to join the meeting.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Members, Today is Election Day. Hopefully you took advantage of the early or mail-in voting options in your county, but if you did not, please get to the polls today and vote.  This election is so very important for a whole group of reasons that we’ve discussed: hazard pay, retirement security, civil rights and much more.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Member,  Over the last month, I’ve had the opportunity to lay out the top issues for our local in the upcoming general election.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 members,   This week we learned that both President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have contracted Covid-19. After months and months of ignoring, downplaying and lying about the virus, we have over 200,000 Americans dead from this awful virus and over 7 million infected, including now the President and First Lady.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Member,   As I mentioned in last week’s message, I would like to spend some time over the next few weeks talking with you about the important issues facing our Local Union. Last week, I highlighted hazard pay, funding for nursing and long-term care homes, pharmacy technician certification, adult-use recreational cannabis and public-sector OSHA protection.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Member, I’d like to spend some time over the next few weeks talking with you about the important issues facing our Local Union as we get closer to the November election.
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      UFCW LOCAL 1776 Keystone State President Wendell Young Urges Sen. Toomey to Honor His Commitment to All Pennsylvanians Regarding Supreme Court Vacancies PLYMOUTH MEETING September 18.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 Members:   I have decided to share our annual Labor Day message with you a few days earlier than I have in the past because this year, more than ever, we all need to step up for our 35,000 workers who make up our Local.    This year, I am asking you all to make just one phone call to U.S. Sen.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776KS Members, No matter your party registration or your political ideology, I am sure we can all agree that the 2020 campaign season has been unlike any other in recent memory – if ever.
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      Workers at CannTech form union, join UFCW Local 1776KS Pittsburgh, PA – Workers at CannTech LLC have overwhelmingly chose to join  United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776KS on Friday, August 21st.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776KS members, This week, the Republican Party will hold their convention. Last week, the Democratic Party held their convention as a virtual event, a major adjustment due to the Covid-19 pandemic still plaguing our nation.  I hope you took some time to watch the Democratic convention last week.
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      Dear UFCW 1776KS Member, Last night, the Democratic party made history by formally nominating US Senator Kamala Harris for Vice President. Senator Harris is the first Black woman as well as the first Indian-American woman to be nominated on a major party ticket.  The daughter of immigrants, Kamala Harris embodies the American Dream.
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      Dear UFCW 1776KS Member –  As I write this, there are less than 80 days left until Election Day – Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. Our Presidential election is obviously at the forefront of voters’ minds, but there are other important races on the ticket, from our US Representatives to our State Senators and Representatives.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776KS Member,   As a union, we are very involved in community organizations across our whole jurisdiction. One easy way that we can all help out our community, whether we live in the Ohio Valley or in Scranton, is to complete our US Census form.    The Census is conducted every ten years in years that end in zero, like 2020.
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      Dear UFCW 1776KS Member, Throughout this pandemic, one thing has remained true. You have taken your role as an essential, front-line worker seriously and have served your community well by your diligence in wearing a mask or face shield, keeping your work place clean and sanitized and promoting the safety protocols.
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      President’s Message 7/31/20  Dear UFCW 1776KS Member, Two weeks ago, I sent a letter to every single employer our union has a contract with urging them to take advantage of the $50 million grant funding that is being distributed as a result of the CARES Act.
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      Pass the HEROES Act Dear UFCW Local 1776KS Member, While the nation is experiencing a surge of Covid-19 cases, lawmakers in Washington are debating a new bill that will bring real relief to families and provide protection for frontline essential workers like the members of Local 1776KS.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776KS Member,   On Monday, July 20 th , please join working people across the country in an act of solidarity by taking a knee, raising your fist, or holding a moment of silence at noon. This action should only be observed where permitted and if you are at work, with the proper notice given to your employer.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776KS Members, Just over a week ago on Wednesday, July 1 st , in accordance with our constitution and as properly notified by mail to all members last month, UFCW Local 1776KS members gathered across our jurisdiction to nominate local union officers and an Executive Board to govern our union for the next three years.
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      Wendell Young IV UFCW 1776KS President Dear UFCW 1776KS Member, I have said many times that our diversity at UFCW 1776KS is one of our greatest strengths.
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      Below is a list of primary endorsements for the West Virginia Primary Election on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.   Remember! You can now vote by mail-in ballot in PA. To apply for a mail-in ballot, please visit www.sos.wv.gov.
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      Below is a list of primary endorsements for the Pennsylvania Primary Election on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Remember! You can now vote by mail-in ballot in PA. To apply for a mail-in ballot, please visit www.votespa.com.
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      Local President Wendell Young IV Urges Consumers to Help Keep Workers & Each Other Safe PLYMOUTH MEETING (APRIL 10, 2020) UFCW 1776 Keystone State President Wendell Young IV announced today that the Local is distributing face shields to frontline, essential employees who continue working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our top priority is to keep our members safe.
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      Please see the below message from State Senator John Yudichak. He and other local officials are setting up a Covid-19 task force to investigate worksites to make sure they are adhering to CDC guidelines and safety standards. Please see the link in the press release to fill out a survey about workplace safety issues you may be having at Mission so your voice is heard.
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      Brothers and Sisters, Nothing is more important to the Local 1776KS team than the safety and well-being of our members, who heroically continue to work during this devastating COVID 19 pandemic. To help you, your families, and coworkers, we have obtained 25,000 face shields for our members. We will begin distributing these shields beginning this Friday - April 10 - and through next week across the Local.
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      I am so proud of the women and men who are Local 1776 KS of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. While most Americans are sheltering at home, our members are keeping Pennsylvania fed, taking care of the elderly, and are confronting the dangers of COVID-19 every day at work to get the job done. And our members who are not working are paying an enormous economic price for the pandemic.
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      Today, thanks in part to pressure from UFCW 1776KS, the PA Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, signed an order that provides instruction for life-sustaining businesses to remain operating. In addition to maintaining pre-existing cleaning protocols, the order outlines these new protocols:
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      To All PLCB Members: I am writing to inform you that the Wolf administration has decided to furlough more than 9,000 state workers as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, including members at the PLCB and other agencies.    The state will stop paying PLCB workers as of April 10. The administration will continue to provide health care benefits for all affected workers.
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      UFCW Local 1776 KS strives to keep members up to date on all facets of their union. An open dialogue between officials, staff and membership makes us stronger. Help us meet our communication goals by filling out the form at the link below. Click here to update your contact information.
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      Mission Members: (03/29/2020) Late Saturday evening, we reached an agreement with your Employer to improve your health and safety during this very unprecedented time.  The Company has agreed to provide replacement pay in the event a member is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is required by the Company to self-quarantine due to exposure to someone or if required by a medical provider.
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      To Wheeling Island Casino Employee: When West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ordered the closure of the state’s casinos due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we contacted Wheeling Island to discuss the protocols of the layoff. Management’s offer was unacceptable.
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      To All Mission Food Members Local 1776 Keystone State wants you to know that we are working hard to ensure that you have a safe and healthy work environment, and that we are in active communication with the Company to ensure that there are procedures put in place to reduce any potential for exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Above all, we want to make sure that you remain healthy.
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      To All Wise Members I am pleased to inform our members at Wise will provide additional compensation in the form of a $2.00 per hour premium on all straight time hours worked. Details of the premium are outlined in a communication you will receive at the plant. This compensation is in recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
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      Your Job at JBS Souderton   I am writing to share some very good news with our members at JBS Souderton. The company has agreed to provide bonuses worth up to $600 to qualified members in appreciation of your dedication and hard work throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
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      To Cedarbrook Employees,   I am writing to inform you that Lehigh County has agreed to a temporary pay increase of $5.00 per hour for all hours worked for the current pay period of March 21, 2020 through April 3, 2020 and the next pay period of April 4, 2020 through April 17,2020.
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      UFCW President Wendell W. Young IV announced today that Kroger has openings at 11 stores in the Ohio Valley and the Local is partnering with the company to make sure our members who are currently out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis will receive strong consideration for these positions. Please, apply as soon as possible, as positions are filling up fast!
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      Dear UFCW 1776 KS Member,  We know that you are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis and that many of you are struggling with either a lack of or insufficient personal protective equipment (PPE).   We’re fighting to make sure you have the protection you need.
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      To All Giant Eagle Members: I am writing to provide some important updates regarding changes to the temporary bonus pay that the company has agreed to provide during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as updates on efforts to improve safety measure at worksites. The previously announced bonus of $1 per hour covered the period from Sunday, March 15 through yesterday, March 22.
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      To All Members: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our nation, in the midst of this crisis, I am writing to urge each of you to take a few minutes and catch your breath. It has been a very long and rough 10-14 days.
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      Dear UFCW Members, Our members at Caring Heights Community Care Nursing Home need your help! As you may know, there has been a shortage of face masks for healthcare workers. If you have masks you can donate, please mail them to:   234 Coraopolis Rd.
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      To All Fresh Grocer Members, I am writing to inform you that Fresh Grocer has agreed to provide all members a temporary bonus in appreciation of the incredible work you are all doing in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. I am extraordinarily proud of your dedication to the families and communities you are serving throughout incredibly difficult and challenging times.
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      To All Rite Aid Members, I am writing to inform you that Rite Aid has agreed to provide all members a temporary bonus in appreciation of the incredible work you are all doing in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. I am extraordinarily proud of your dedication to the families and communities you are serving throughout incredibly difficult and challenging times.
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      To All Rite Aid Members, I am writing to inform you that Rite Aid has agreed to provide all members a temporary bonus in appreciation of the incredible work you are all doing in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. I am extraordinarily proud of your dedication to the families and communities you are serving throughout incredibly difficult and challenging times.
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      UFCW 1776KS Announces Temporary Bonus, Safety Measures for ShopRite Members PLYMOUTH MEETING (MARCH 21, 2020) – UFCW 1776KS President Wendell W. Young IV announced that ShopRite has agreed to a temporary bonus for members.
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      UFCW 1776KS Announces Temporary Bonus, Safety Measures for Giant Eagle Members PLYMOUTH MEETING (MARCH 21, 2020) – UFCW 1776KS President Wendell W. Young IV announced that Giant Eagle has agreed to a temporary bonus for members.
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      UFCW 1776 Keystone State Announces Temporary Wage “Premium” for Acme Members PLYMOUTH MEETING (MARCH 20, 2020) – UFCW 1776KS President Wendell W. Young IV announced that the Local has negotiated a temporary wage “premium” for members who work at Acme Markets.
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      Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article in which the reporter misquoted me, parsed comments, took a few things out of context, and just got some things wrong. I am sorry for the confusion this may have caused.
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      UFCW LOCAL 1776 Keystone State Launches COVID–19 Resource Center for Members & Families PLYMOUTH MEETING (March 16, 2020) UFCW 1776 Keystone State President Wendell W. Young IV today announced the launch of a COVID-19 Resource Center for the Local’s 35,000 members and their families.
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      On March 2 and 3, more than 315 Local 1776KS shop stewards converged in “Happy Valley” – State College, PA – for a two-day educational conference at the Teamster-represented Penn Stater Hotel.
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      Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 Budget BRINGS GOOD NEWS FOR UFCW 1776KS MEMBERS https://files.constantcontact.com/825f4aa0301/da03747a-42dc-4f27-944c-c18906b8381e.
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      As you all know by now, the Union has hired a reputable bankruptcy firm, Elliott Greenleaf, P.C., to handle your claims and they are fully engaged with the Debtors to finalize your claims and have it approved by the Bankruptcy Court. We know that you received information from the Debtors, which is confusing, and I want to explain the information sent to you by the Debtors.
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      Amid Devastating Pandemic, Trump Administration Puts Food Processing Workers at Greater Risk  By Wendell W. Young IV Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of essential workers have continued to ‘suit up and show up’ to process chicken, meat and countless other foods that keep us fed.
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      Dear Local 1776 Tops Markets Member: Late this morning, Local 1776 was notified Tops Markets intends to merge with Price Chopper Supermarkets/Market 32. This merger would result in a combined company with nearly 300 stores that stretch from Erie, Pennsylvania, through Western/Central New York and into the New England states of Vermont and New Hampshire.
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      9602788.1 ATTENTION:  FORMER A&P, WALDBAUM, PATHMARK, AND FOOD EMPORIUM EMPLOYEES WHO WORKED AFTER THE A&P BANKRUPTCY FILING IN 2015 A&P filed a Motion with the Bankruptcy Court on March 19, 2021 (docket entry 4726[1]) which was mailed out around March 24.
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      “Governor Wolf’s 2021-2022 budget address demonstrates the need to move Pennsylvania forward in a way that unites us behind the important decisions facing the Legislature. We are pleased with the Governor’s focus on improving the lives of the everyday working people and ensuring that we get through this pandemic and begin to rebuild our communities and livelihoods.
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      Dear RiteAid Union Stewards, By now you may have heard that we have reached a tentative agreement with RiteAid on a new union contract. While we are working on the details of presenting this for a vote by the members we wanted to let you know that the message copied below will be going to all RiteAid members later this morning.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 members at Mission Foods,   Next week, Local 1776 will continue with our preparations to begin negotiations for your next Union contract.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 members at Mission Foods, This has been a very challenging year for so many reasons. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed so much about the way we work and live.
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      Dear Local 1776 members at Cargill,   I’m pleased to inform you that Cargill will be providing you each with a  $1000 appreciation payment for your continued work to keep the world nourished.  I also wanted to update you, on your union’s effort pushing to open your contract early for negotiations.
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      Dear UFCW Local 1776 members at Mission Foods, I am pleased to announce that the Union has scheduled bargaining sessions with the company, February 17th& 18th. Thank you to everyone who submitted a contract proposal survey, we really appreciate your thoughts and ideas for your next contract. If you haven’t filled out a survey, go to www.ufcw1776.
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