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Congratulations 2017 UFCW 227 Foundation Scholarship Winners!

(Top left) Charlotte Mason, UFCW 227 Member at Kroger 758 (Mt. Washington), Murray State

(Top right) Angie Hilen, daughter of John and Sue Hilen (Kroger 359, Bryan Station Rd.), Transylvania University

(Bottom left) Antoria Jackson, UFCW 227 Member at Kroger 332 (3rd Street), Spelman College

(Bottom middle) Rebecca Price, UFCW 227 Member at Kroger 728 (Shepherdsville), Western Kentucky University

(Bottom right) Ashleigh Deno, daughter of Leigh Deno (Kroger 770, Owensboro), Murray State

President Bob Blair Kicks Off the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk

On Tuesday, May 16th, President Bob Blair kicked off the campaign to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Light the Night Walk! Since 1983, the 1.3 million members of our union family have raised over $80 million to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Over 25,000 of those hard working men and women are here in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Join Team UFCW 227 and walk with us in the Light the Night Walks in Lexington, September 17th and Louisville, September 23rd. As this year’s Volunteer Walk Chair President Bob Blair will be working hard to raise money for life saving cancer research and patient support in our community and our union family has his back!

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. They are the light that shines to eradicate not only leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, but many other cancers as well. In fact, of the 67 FDA-approved drugs to treat cancer, just about half were originally intended to treat blood cancers and many of those were advanced by LLS.

Cutting-edge research is only part of the complex equation of battling cancer. We must care for those who have been diagnosed, and LLS Patient Support delivers emotional, financial and informational resources to patients and their families – all completely free of charge.

Light the Night is unique because it takes place after dark and features one-of-a-kind glowing lanterns in gold, white and red. Gold lanterns are carried to remember loved ones lost to cancer, white lanterns are carried by survivors and red lanterns are carried by friends and family. Together, we literally bring light to the darkness of cancer.

We hope you will join our team and our mission to end cancer.

Thank You Stamp Out Hunger Volunteers!

Thank you to the 65 members of our union family who volunteered to help sort food and load it into trucks for our local food banks during this year’s for the 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In 2016, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected 80 million pounds of food across America – a world record! We joined together with the Letter Carrier’s union to make the world’s largest single day food drive a success!

“UFCW members like ours see the effects of hunger in America every day,” said UFCW Local 227 President Bob Blair. “Every time someone has to turn back and put something away in one of our checkout lanes because they don’t have money, we feel for them. This is a small, but important step, to fixing that problem for Kentucky and Indiana families.”

We Celebrated National Third Shift Day!

The second Wednesday of May is National Third Shift Workers Day – a day set aside to celebrate people who work the overnight, or third shift. About 15 million Americans do not work the typical 9 to 5 shift – and as you know, many of our UFCW 227 members are among them. While we celebrated National Third Shift Workers Day last week, please don’t wait another 365 days to thank the hardworking men and women in our union family, who work overnight, for all that they do!

President Bob Blair: Let’s not settle for ‘right to work for less’

What is a unionBy Bob Blair
Published online at the Courier Journal, December 9, 2016

Members of UFCW Local 227 are your neighbors and friends, and we’re committed to making Kentucky a better place to live. Our hard work is especially evident throughout the holiday season. From turkey and cranberry sauce to holiday hams and mashed potatoes – some of the best things to eat throughout this season are made and sold by members of UFCW Local 227. And chances are, those special holiday sweaters and outfits that people wear this time of year are sold by us too. Simply put: we make the holidays happen.

In addition to helping customers, we are committed improving the entire community. We’re proud to negotiate with Kroger, Meijer, Jim Beam and many others to create good jobs for hard-working men and women all across our state. Our negotiated contracts include great benefits like health care, retirement security and job security.

We’re also proud to provide members with a free college benefit that allows them to earn a degree and the skills they need to advance their careers at no cost to them. And when it comes to holidays like Christmas, if we do work, it includes extra pay. Membership in our union family can truly make a person’s job and life a lot better.

Unfortunately, too many hard-working families in our community, especially those in retail, endure low wages, schedules that make it impossible to go to school or take care of a family, and the risk that one sickness or injury will send them to financial ruin because of their lack of health care benefits.

Over the last 16 years, as inequality has grown and wages have stagnated, the wealthiest few have become wealthier and the middle class has become harder to reach. Now, more than ever, we need to create good jobs, like our union family helps provide, to grow the middle class. Which is why it is troubling to see that so many politicians would rather pursue unfair laws like right-to-work for less that has only proven that it will bring low-paying jobs with no benefits to our state.

Workers and families in Kentucky deserve better than that.

So as you sit down with your loved ones this season, and no doubt enjoy meals brought to you by the hands of UFCW Local 227 union members, we urge you to remember that economic inequality, mistreatment, injustice, discrimination, and exploitation take no holiday. Every hard-working man and woman deserves a better life, and the opportunity to join a union family to achieve it.

Because if there is one thing we must all agree on, especially during the holidays, it is that no one in Kentucky or America should have to struggle alone.

Bob Blair is the President of UFCW Local 227 in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Read Bob’s column online at the Courier Journal.

Dec. 7th Free Pictures with Santa in Louisville!

167412_462702430434417_237020435_nAvoid the long lines and save yourself some money! Each year our union family comes together to celebrate the holidays with food, crafts and pictures with Santa. On Wednesday, December 7th join us at our Louisville Union Hall between 5:30pm and 8pm. Tickets are $2. Please contact 502-582-3508 ext. 0 to reserve your spot today!

Dec. 5th Tour the Versailles Castle!

12316305_926324280738894_6708360586303861696_n-2Last year our union family began a new tradition for the holidays! Monday, December 5th is UFCW 227 Member Night to Tour the Versailles Castle. We will meet at Kings Way Church (4175 Lexington Rd., Versailles) at 5:15pm for our tour. Tickets are $10. Space is limited so call Kristah Lavalle at 502-582-3508 ext. 609 to reserve your spot today! All money raised from ticket sales benefit the Salvation Army which supports veterans, the elderly and children in our community. UFCW 227 matches all money raised to support this great cause. We hope you’ll come together with us this year to support those who need it most in our community!

President Bob Blair Announces Free College Benefit for UFCW 227 Members and Their Families

ufcw_freecollege_buttonBy Bob Blair

I had a scholarship to play basketball at Valdosta State University in Georgia when I graduated high school. That year my Dad had a massive heart attack. The decision to stay in Louisville to care for him and my mom was an easy one. I also had a half scholarship to Bellarmine University, but even with that aid, tuition was still too expensive.

I went to work for Kroger in 1977 and thanks to this union I was able to support my family. The economy is very different today and the importance of a college degree has increased dramatically since I graduated high school. By 2018 nearly half of all jobs in Kentucky will require a college degree.

As a parent I have worked hard to provide a better life for my kids, just like we all do. I’m proud that my son is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and my daughter, a high school junior, will soon be looking at schools. However, since my son graduated, tuition at the University of Kentucky has increased by 59.5%. Too many people either can’t afford to go to college or they are struggling with crushing student loan debt.

Our union works hard every day to make life better for thousands of families. It’s because we believe that your hard work has earned you something better. We fight for more than just what’s in your union contract. The modern workforce has modern problems that need 21st century solutions. Unions have done more for the middle class than any other group throughout American history and now it’s time to focus on a better future.

This is why I’m excited to announce a Free College Benefit we have created for our union members and their families. We’ve partnered with Eastern Gateway College to provide you, your spouse, children, dependents and grandchildren with a way to earn an Associates Degree online with no out of pocket cost to you.

Eastern Gateway Community College is an accredited college that is part of the University of Ohio system. They are currently offering online programs in Criminal Justice, Business Management, Early Childhood Education and the Associate of Arts degree. Programs in Labor Studies, Health Information and IT are in the process of being added.

If you’re interested:

  • Call our union office at (502) 582-3508 or (800) 443-5191 and dial ‘0’ or click here to begin the process of verifying your union membership
  • An admissions officer from Eastern Gateway Community College will contact you to get you enrolled
  • Apply for Federal Financial Aid and apply any grants to your tuition (grants only, not loans)
  • Submit your High School Transcript (or GED equivalent)
  • Apply for any tuition assistance from your employer
  • Classes begin January 17th, 2017!

By working together we can overcome the challenges we all face together. We will continue to work hard so that you can provide your family with the better life they deserve. After all you’ve earned it.

Click here to start the process of verifying your union membership and apply for free college through your union!

Are you brave enough? Visit one of the scariest places on earth with your union family!

waverly_hills_ghost_photo_mary_leeUFCW 227 Union Day at Waverly Hills Sanatorium is Tuesday, October 25th.

Gates open exclusively for UFCW 227 Members and their guests at 6:00pm and close at 9:00pm.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium Hospital
4400 Paralee Ln. Louisville, KY 40272

Cost: $10.00 per ticket (normally a $20 value)

Due to limited space you must reserve your spot by contacting Kristah Lavalle (502) 582-3508 ext. 609 or klavalle@ufcw227.org.