This month, Americans everywhere salute the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), Dr. King's legacy has special meaning. We take special pride that, in 1968, the RWDSU was the first union anywhere to negotiate a contract guaranteeing Dr. King's birthday as a paid holiday. The RWDSU was among the earliest supporters of Dr. King's grassroots drive to challenge racial injustice in the South. In Chicago during the 1960s, RWDSU provided an important forum for Dr. King to speak out against poverty in America's cities. Later, thousands of RWDSU members stood shoulder to shoulder with other Civil Rights Activists during the historic 1963 March on Washington. Dr. King saw the Civil Rights struggle and the labor movement as closely linked. He was a constant ally of Union Activists and most have forgotten that Dr. King was in Tennessee to support a Living Wage for Sanitation Strikers on that terrible April day in 1968 when he was slain at the age of 39. Dr. King spoke about the importance of the labor movement on many occasions, some of which you can read about below. In reflecting on the life and work of Dr. King, the RWDSU recognizes the fight he began is not over until equality for all is a reality, and it is up to our generation of RWDSU members to complete his mission. Below is our 2021 commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Click to enlarge)
SEASON’S GREETINGS! The Year 2020 has been challenging for millions of American unionized workers. We have faced many obstacles due to COVID-19 Coronavirus and because it is not recommended to gather in groups, there will not be a Local 3 RWDSU Holiday Open House held this year. We will start the Year 2021 with Knowledge, Understanding and Hard Lessons Learned. May the Year 2021 be filled with New Beginnings, Opportunities and Hope. LET US ALL PAUSE – Remember our Blessings – Family – Employment – Good Health – The Protections of Union Membership – Good Friends. We wish You and your Families a Peaceful, Healthy and Happy New Year! Please stay – Safe – stay -Healthy – stay Strong! In Union Solidarity, WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER President, Cassandra A. Berrocal Secretary-Treasurer, Shaun Kavanagh Recorder, Costello Dash
The Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and Other Federal Labor and Employment Laws Protecting Workers’ Rights
The Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and Other Federal Labor and Employment Laws Protecting Workers’ Rights Keeping members informed about their rights and the resources our union provides is essential to protecting them on the job. As part of this effort, you can learn more about the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which only protects those workers who are union members, and other federal labor and employment laws, which generally protect all workers, by downloading the Department of Labor notices below (NOTE: click to download all notices, see page two for Spanish Language "Union Members - Know Your Rights"):
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RWDSU Local 3 salutes and appreciates the hard working men and women of our union and across the country. Happy Labor Day Weekend! In Solidarity, The Officers, Executive Board and Staff at Local 3 RWDSU United Storeworkers Cassandra A. BerrocalPresident
The Local 3 RWDSU United Storeworkers family is here for our hard-working union members throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Our officers, staff and union representatives are here for you. If you have any questions regarding our contract, medical or other benefits please call us at (212) 371-6230. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will answering all your questions during this unprecedented time. No need is too small, please reach out, we are here for you.
Happy Birthday America!
. Happy Father's Day to all Local 3 RWDSU members and working families everywhere! In Solidarity, The Officers, Executive Board and Staff at Local 3 RWDSU United Storeworkers Cassandra A. BerrocalPresident
Dear Local 3 RWDSU-UFCW Members, A letter of understanding was negotiated between Bloomingdale's/Macy's Inc. and RWDSU Local 3 United Storeworkers. Every effort was made to make reopening the store as safe and as secure as possible. As always, our primary concern is our membership. Letter of Understanding between Local 3 RWDSU United Storeworkers and Bloomingdale's Following the closure of all locations as a result of the COVID-19 situation, Bloomingdale's will be implementing the following reopening guidelines for the 59th Street location. With the reduced number of colleagues and reduced operating hours all colleagues will need to continue to elevate their global mindset and be prepared to assist customers as needed. A tentative reopening date for 59th Street has been set for, on or about June 22nd, 2020; reopening dates will be determined based on state/local government guidance and the Union will be notified at least 10 days in advance of opening or as soon as reasonably practicable if the date changes. Continue reading