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Letter from the Manager

Union Brothers and Sisters, Welcome to our first digital newsletter!  We want to provide access to our information and our stories in a more practical way, and we feel that distributing this out electronically will do just that.  We hope you like the new format. This year, as we all know, was quite possibly the […]

Union Staff at Work

The union staff and members are at at work, serving the union community as always. They take masking and social distancing rules seriously and surfaces are wiped down. Thank you for all you do!

From Protest in Rochester, NY

Workers United Upstate’s Gary Bonadonna Jr. and Monika Shelton. #DanielPrude #BlackLivesMatter #WhichSideAreYouOn

Members of Local 1947 Strike

Union members of Local 1947 on strike and picketing in front of Babbitt Bearings today. Rochester Regional Joint Board Business Agent, Eduaro Jofre, says that this strike is the result of years of deception and unfair treatment by management. “The workers gave-in to concessions to help the company when they were asked. The company is […]

Optical Department Now Taking Limited Appointments

In a small step to having members enter the building, the Optical Dept will be taking a very limited number of appointments starting today.   The appropriate safety protocals have been addressed to each member, and they have been instructed, and will be guided, to only proceed to Optical.  I will be escorting them out as well. […]

Deadline for the Chatman Scholarship Extended

The Abraham D. Chatman Scholarship for 2020 has been extended to May 31 from the original date of April 15. The Chatman scholarship is open to dependent children of currently employed union members (including those who are temporarily laid off) who: Are graduating high school seniors entering a two or four-year institution or Are currently […]

Union Workers Make Masks for Hospitals and Essential Workers

Recently, Xerox published a story (McCue, Matt, “How Xerox Turned Filters into Face Masks) describing how they worked together with another Rochester company to manufacture face masks aiming to protect health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. The story details the whole process from initial inspiration to the final product. What is especially significant is […]

Barista Magazine Spotlights SPoT Coffee Workers

“Under the new contract, SPoT employees have significant wage increases, paid sick time, fair staffing levels, and protections from unfair discipline and firings. “People are excited to go to work today. Their attitude and outlook towards working has improved dramatically. People are proud to work for SPoT now. We’ve had a lot of people that […]