Leadership Reports

President’s Report

What’s your union story?

June 26, 2017
Everyone loves a good story. Sometimes, even the most complicated message can be delivered simply and effectively by sharing a personal experience. This is especially true when we talk to our co-workers about the importance of belonging to our union. UFCW Local 99 does so much for all of us that a newcomer could be overwhelmed by the scope of services and protections we provide. To help, we have upgraded our website, ufcw99.com, and published an attractive new guidebook called Know Your Union. Nevertheless, there are times when a personal story says it best. Here’s an example from my own experiences: I was 17 years old when I first walked into my local union office to sign up as a member. As the son of a trade unionist, I never had any doubt in my mind that this was the right thing to do. But I was not prepared for everything I learned that day. As I learned about

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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

New trends are sending retailers reeling

June 26, 2017
These are tough times for the retail industry. You can find plenty of evidence of this at your nearest mall or retail “power center.” Chances are you’ll see at least one vacant shell where a familiar retailer used to operate. A recent article by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic reports there have been nine major retail bankruptcies so far in 2017 — as many as we experienced in all of 2016. Sports Authority and Sport Chalet have struck out and are out of the game. Payless ShoeSource is down on its  heels with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. RadioShack is sending out an SOS after closing more than a hundred stores. Stock prices are tanking at such apparel mainstays as Lululemon, Urban Outfitters and American Eagle, and Sears and Macy’s are following a similar path with massive store closures of their own. What’s going on? We can’t blame the overall economy, which has b

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