ABC Club

Join the Active Ballot Club!

Many of our members participate in Local 1994’s ABC (Active Ballot Club) program, the Political Action Committee (PAC) for our Union. Contributions to the ABC give our union a voice and power at the ballot box and the bargaining table. As campaigning for the midterm primary elections in June 2022 gets under way, the hard work of our PAC is just beginning.

2022 will be a watershed year for our local elections. Both Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties will elect new county executives and substantially new county councils as well. Montgomery County is adding two new Council seats that could impact our collective bargaining units and our contracts. The results of this election will have a significant impact on our ability to negotiate strong contracts and enact worker friendly legislation for years to come.

UFCW Local 1994 endorses candidates in city, county and statewide races that have an impact on our members and their families. Our endorsements can include any viable candidates, no matter their party, but the main criteria are that a candidate must support policies that support working families. It’s crucial that we get this right.

Join Local 1994’s Active Ballot Club so our voices are heard! Fill out the attached form and return it to the union’s offices to help us have an impact at the polls.

ABC Club Sign Up Card

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Local Link Online – January 2022

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New Year, New Leaders

Local 1994 started off the new year with the largest number of new leaders at the helm of the union. We welcomed Lisa Blackwell-Brown as our new Secretary-Treasurer and Lisa Titus as our new Recorder. Lisa Titus has also taken a leave of absence from the Sheriff’s Department to join the servicing staff as a field representative/organizer.
 
On our board, we welcomed Vice Presidents Noel Bassett and Kevin Smith from the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission unit and Thomas Coulter from Montgomery County.
 
John Kilker also joined the field staff as a field representative/organizer and Steve Valentich joins us part-time, servicing the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System members. 

 

Free Covid Test Kits

The federal government is making free covid test kits available to U.S. households through the USPS. Order at https://special.usps.com/testkits.

 

United Latinos New Citizen Grant

Local 1994 has teamed up with the United Latinos of the UFCW to offer a scholarship grant to new U.S. citizens. The Fund offers a grant of up to $600 to help cover the cost of becoming a U.S. Citizen. For more information, go to Local 1994’s website to download the flyer, or call Alejandro Miranda, International Rep., Region 2, UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO at 202-341-3455 with any questions.  
 
https://www.mcgeo.org/new-american-citizen-scholarship-fund/ 

 

Montgomery County Crisis Center Employees: Fill out a shift survey

Local 1994 is requesting that Montgomery County members working in the Crisis Centers fill out a survey on shift work. The Crisis Center temporarily selected a schedule for employees, but the union is negotiating an alternative schedule using Interest Based Bargaining. To fill out a survey and make your voice heard, go to https://www.mcgeo.org/ccsurvey.  
 
Any questions about the negotiations should go to Ryan Conlon at rconlon@mcgeo.org.

 

Save the Date – Member Meetings

Member meetings will take place on February 23, at 11am & 6pm via Zoom. All members are invited to attend. Look for details and a link to register to attend a few days before the meeting.

 

Montgomery County Members – Schedule a Retirement Checkup With Empower

Take a look at your account to make sure the amount you’re saving now is enough to reach the future you imagine. It’s easy to increase your savings rate, and saving just a little more now can really add up over time.

Schedule a meeting with the Montgomery County Retirement plan advisor today by visiting:
https://montgomerycountyunionemployees.empowermytime.com/#/
Or call Diana Pounds at 443-684-1295 to schedule a meeting.

 

Field Representatives/Organizers

Amy Millar AMillar@mcgeo.org 
Lisa Blackwell-Brown LWilsonia-Blackwell@mcgeo.org 
Ray Lee RLee@mcgeo.org 
Ryan Conlon RConlon@mcgeo.org 
Lisa Titus LTitus@mcgeo.org 

John Barry JBarry@mcgeo.org 
Rosa Ortiz ROrtiz@mcgeo.org 
Raven Wilkerson RWilkerson@mcgeo.org 
John Kilker jkilker@mcgeo.org
Steve Valentich svalentich@mcgeo.org 
 

Ring in 2022 with a resolution you can keep.  Get a life insurance plan that can help secure your family’s financial future with cash benefits that can be used for rent or mortgage, college savings, student loans and more if you were to pass away. Learn about a Union Plus-endorsed, affordable Term Life Insurance Plan today.
 
HELP SAFEGUARD YOUR FAMILY’S FINANCIAL WELL-BEING https://unionplus.deals/57t
 
Disclaimer:All benefits are subject to the terms and conditions of the policy. Policies underwritten by Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company detail exclusions, limitations and terms under which the policies may be continued in force or discontinued. Underwritten by Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, One Hartford Plaza, Hartford, CT 06155.  Life Form Series includes GBD-1000, GBD-1100, or state equivalent. This is an insurance advertisement.
 
 

 

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New American Citizen Scholarship Fund

A benefit for new Americans

Local 1994 and the United Latinos of the UFCW are teaming up to offer a grant up to $600 to help cover the cost of becoming a U.S. Citizen. 

The New American Citizenship Fund will be renewable every year pending a vote from the United Latinos Board.

WHO CAN APPLY?

The Award is for UFCW members who have recently become U.S. citizens and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to building a stronger voice for workers in their Union and in their community through active engagement in advancing social and economic justice. 

HOW TO APPLY?

Applicants must be UFCW members in good standing and commit to becoming an active participant in their Union and in their communities. Applicants must agree to provide a minimum of ten (10) volunteer hours to a project, program or campaign as designated by the sponsoring UFCW local union. 

UFCW members applying for the New American Citizenship Fund must provide a copy of their naturalization certificate, proof of payment to USCIS, a letter from their sponsoring Local Union President, a signed media release form (see reverse side), a photo of themselves and a statement answering one of the following: Why I applied to become a U.S. Citizen?, How will the New American Citizenship Scholarship help me in the process of becoming a citizen, or How has my local supported me in becoming a U.S. Citizen? 

APPLICANT CHECK LIST

❏ Letter from Sponsoring Local President❏ Copy of Applicant’s Proof of Payment to USCIS❏ Copy of Applicant’s Naturalization Certificate❏ Signed Media Release Form❏ Applicant’s Statement❏ Applicant’s Photo❏ Submit Application by 3/1/2022

NOT A U.S. CITIZEN BUT WANT TO APPLY TO BECOME ONE?

UFCW Local 1994 can assist you with filing the necessary paperwork to apply to become a U.S. Citizen.

NEED ASSISTANCE FILLING OUT THE FORMS?

Contact Alejandro Miranda, International Rep., Region 2, UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO at 202-341-3455 with any questions. 

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