Scholarship Opportunities for Local 1994 Members and Family

THE MARTIN E. GEREL MEMORIAL UNION SCHOLARSHIP 2017
The law firm of ASHCRAFT & GEREL, LLP, has always valued their connection with the Washington, DC union movement. In recognition of this special relationship, the firm established a Union Scholarship Program more than 30 years ago. We are pleased to honor this commitment by providing a scholarship in memory of Martin E. Gerel.
The law firm of ASHCRAFT & GEREL, LLP offers this scholarship to numerous Washington, DC, metropolitan area union members and their families to help with the high cost of education. Each year we award a one-time grant of $5,000.00 to an eligible student for education expenses.
If you, your spouse, or child plan to pursue education or training full-time, you can apply now. Applicants must be enrolled for their post-high school education or training by Fall of 2017 to be eligible for this year’s award.
A committee of union volunteers screens the applications and a finalist is chosen by an independent party. No one at ASHCRAFT & GEREL, LLP participates in the selection process. This is an equal opportunity program, conducted without regard to race, gender, religion, age, or disability.
April 21, 2017, is the deadline to submit your application. Download your scholarship application today, 

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We are not powerless

Americans, ALL Americans – Democrats and Republicans alike – let’s not let the republic crumble. We need to pick up the pieces and fight like hell to maintain the progress we’ve made.
We can’t let them dismantle Social Security. We can’t let them roll back women’s rights. We can’t let them roll back LGBT rights. Medicare and Medicaid, healthcare, in general: Let’s strengthen it. We must fight like hell to maintain our collective bargaining rights. We must pour every ounce of effort into our local politics to make sure that bigotry, hatred, and misogyny don’t continue to win and won’t permeate our nation. We must continue our fight for $15. We must continue our fight for progress and equality! We must roll up our sleeves and get to work.
We are bound by our nation’s history and our constitution to defend and protect our most vulnerable citizens – and that’s what we will do.
Now is not the time to continue with the vitriolic rhetoric we’ve seen in this election but to understand that half of this nation believes there are different ways to move our nation forward, whether or not we agree with them. We have to convince them – as we have failed to do up until this point – that rolling back the progress we’ve already made will not work to improve anyone’s lot in life. We need to rid ourselves of hubris and remember that grassroots activism works. Our nation is greater than one man and one office, we are a collective voice and as long as we use our power together, we will not be powerless.
In Solidarity,
Gino Renne

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Robertson Group Workers Vote to Join Local 1994

On Thursday, September 1, 2016, an election was held for a unit of 34 warehouse workers employed by The Robertson Group, a contractor with the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control. These employees have no benefits, are only allowed a lunch break two times a week (even though they work five days a week), and irrespective of tenure, still receive the same hourly wage as a new hire. In working alongside our existing membership at the Department of Liquor Control warehouse, the employees knew firsthand the benefits of
In working alongside our existing membership at the Department of Liquor Control warehouse, the employees knew firsthand the benefits of an unionized workplace. Therefore, “It was an easy choice to join the Union,” said Ryan Simpson, a Truck Loader employed by The Robertson Group. After the votes were counted, the results were 20 votes in favor of the Union and 11 for the Employer. We are excited to welcome these workers to the UFCW
After the votes were counted, the results were 20 votes in favor of the Union and 11 for the Employer. We are excited to welcome these workers to the UFCW family and are looking forward to getting these workers the dignity and respect they deserve in their workplace.
A number of Local 1994 employees and staff from the International assisted in the organizing campaign:
Ray Lee – Associate Coordinator Organizing
Rosa Ortiz – MCGEO organizer
Donald Minor – International Rep.
Alejandro Miranda – International Rep.
Milton Pascual – International Rep.
Jazmin Agubretu – International Rep.

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