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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.

Weekend Union Member Tickets to Kings Island are $25!

kingsislandTickets to Kings Island for union members and their families are only $25!

Parking passes are $10.

Tickets available: October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Tickets MUST be purchased 5 days in advance if ordering by phone. No advance purchase is necessary if you purchase online.  Discount will NOT be given at the gate.

How to Purchase Tickets 

 ONLINE: visitkingsisland.com/save and enter username: UFCW227 and password: BANSHEE (processing fees apply)

 CONTACT: Kristah Lavalle (ext. 609)

Regular Adult Admission: $65

Regular Parking: $20

Health Screenings End September 30th!

hs-reminderposterIf you are enrolled or eligible for the UFCW Union Local 227 & Employers Health & Welfare Plan…15 minutes could make you eligible for a better health program in 2017!

The deadline for annual Health Screenings is Friday, September 30th. Simply download the 2016 Medical Care Provider Health Screening Authorization Release Form and take it with you.

For your convenience, you can complete your health screening in three different ways:

Free at the Kroger Pharmacy: download your personal voucher at www.hwplan.org and schedule your appointment at krogerscreenings.com

Free at the Little Clinic: download your personal voucher at www.hwplan.org; no appointment necessary

Your personal medical provider: schedule an appointment with your doctor

On October 19th Have Some Fall Fun With Us at Evans Orchard and Cider Mill!

market-bldgUFCW 227 Fall Family Fun Day!

Evans Orchard & Cider Mill

198 Stone Road

Georgetown, Kentucky 40324

Wednesday, October 19th

3:30- 5:30 pm

$5 per person, children under 2 are free

Includes BBQ, a Hayride, the Play Yard and the Barn Yard

Play yard-

Jumbo Jumper

The Apple Cider Slider

Rat Racers Big Wheel Track

Corn Maze

Swings and Tire Climbs

Corn Bin Play Boxes

Hay Castle and MORE!

Barn Yard-They have calves, potbelly pigs, a miniature horse, bunnies and more!

Reserve your family’s spot today! Call or email Kristah Lavalle (502) 582-3508 ext. 609 or klavalle@ufcw227.org.

September 18th is UFCW 227 Family Day at Trunnell’s Farm!

mapSunday, September 18th, 2016
2:00- 5:00 PM

Trunell’s Farm
9255 US-431
Utica, KY

Enjoy the Fun Acre with 30+ activities, a Corn Maze, and BBQ for $5 each!
Children under 36” are free! 

Please make a reservation for your family! 

Call: (800) 443-5191 and dial “0” between 7:30am and 4:00pm (Central Time) 

Email: klavalle@ufcw227.org

President Bob Blair: Workers Have Earned a Better Future

BobBy UFCW 227 President Bob Blair and published in the Louisville Courier Journal on August 31st, 2016

While most Americans view Labor Day as the last long weekend of the summer and another day off work, this is the one day we should all stop for a minute and recognize the countless number of men and women across Kentucky and Southern Indiana who make our community work, even on Labor Day. We can look around and find many examples of our neighbors who are committed to creating a better life for themselves and their families.

Like Jolly Paw, a member of our UFCW 227 union family, who works at JBS in Butchertown. Jolly Paw fled Thailand in 1984 and lived in the Maelek Refugee Camp for 24 years before he, his wife and children were allowed to come to the United States in 2008. As the refugee camp leader, Jolly Paw made sure people were treated fairly and helped resolve differences among people.

He came to America and works hard every day to provide his family a better life. Jolly Paw doesn’t just look after his immediate family, but his union family also. As a Union steward he makes sure they are safe and treated fairly. On Labor Day, we celebrate our neighbors like Jolly Paw.

There are many stories like Jolly Paw, and they are rarely given the attention that an idiotic celebrity, athlete, or politician can attract with a single tweet. This Labor Day we have an opportunity to ignore anyone whose words and actions seek to divide us and acknowledge what this day is truly about. It’s about real people.

In fact, the history behind this national holiday was the result of one of the most intense and violent struggles for workers’ rights. In 1894, during a time of severe economic and social unrest, thousands of workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest the way George Pullman, founder and president of the company, treated his workers. To put down the strike, Pullman gained the support of President Grover Cleveland, who ordered federal troops to intervene — leading to a bloody confrontation and the deaths of more than 30 Pullman workers.

Soon afterward and amid growing criticism of the brutal response to the striking workers, President Cleveland established Labor Day as a national holiday.

It’s been 122 years since the Pullman strike, and still today, millions of hard-working Americans are struggling like never before in low-paying jobs with erratic schedules and little to no benefits. Families in Kentucky and Southern Indiana are no strangers to what happens when manufacturing jobs are shipped overseas and replaced with part-time jobs.

It is the sad reality that, in addition to flat wages and incomes, too many American workers face dangerous workplaces, exploitation, and mistreatment every single day. Many are also too afraid to reach for a better life because of threats from an irresponsible employer or they have been told to believe that they have not earned the opportunity for something more.

Here in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, hard-working men and women who choose to become part of a union family soon realize they don’t have to struggle alone. UFCW Local 227 represents workers at Kroger, Meijer, JBS and Tyson to name a few. In our union contracts, members have guaranteed pay raises and a process to make it right if they are treated unfairly among many other benefits.

Whether someone is a union member or not, the fact is that no one in America should have to struggle alone. Every hard-working person deserves a better life because they’ve earned it.

This Labor Day and in the days leading up to Election Day, we must speak out for each other and our communities. We can start by honoring the sacrifices of people here who have worked hard and made contributions to our shared prosperity in Kentucky, Indiana and this country.

Yet, if we are really going to change this country for the better, it must begin with all of us realizing that Labor Day is not about one last summer day. It’s about the day where we all realize the power we have to come together and define a better future for all hard-working families.

Bob Blair is the president of UFCW Local 227 in Kentucky and Southern Indiana representing more than 25,000 men and women. 

You can read this on the Louisville Courier Journal web site by clicking here.

Join Us on Labor Day to Celebrate a Better Life

IMG_1597-2Labor Day was created to pay tribute to America’s hard working men and women. This year, we invite you and your family to join with our union family at events where hard working people are coming together celebrate a better life. We hope to see you this Labor Day, Monday, September 5th!
Picnic at the Louisville Zoo
Tickets: $7.00 ($9.00 at the gate)
Tickets Include: Access to the zoo, free parking, food and drinks, car show and inflatible kids rides
Zoo Hours: 10am – 5pm
Food Served: 11am – 3pm
Picnic at Masterson Station Park in Lexington
Admission is free
Enjoy a car, motorcycle and tractor show, live music, food and a petting zoo
Hours: 11am – 4pm
March with UFCW 227 in the 130th Anniversary of the Booneville, IN (just outside of Evansville) Labor Day Celebration!
Free UFCW 227 shirt for all members who march
Line up: 8:15am
Parade Begins: 9am
Space is limited. Reserve your spot today by calling 800-443-5191 between 8:30am and 5pm. Dial “0”.