HealthWorks October Newsletter

HMCHealthWorks is a program designed specifically with your well-being in mind. Made available to participants of our Health & Welfare Fund, this benefit is provided to improve our quality of life. All of our members can benefit from this monthly newsletter.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Click Here to learn more on how to protect our kids from abuse, tips on fall season exercise, and much more…

PRESS RELEASE: Union Families Help Flood Victims

cropped-UFCW-Local-1996-LOGO1-COLOR.jpgAs the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since hurricane Sandy four years ago, the flooding that ravaged Louisiana has affected thousands of people.  Steve Lomax, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1996, released the following statement:

“Whenever tragedy strikes, our Union members react quickly to help each other. The thousands of victims in Louisiana are not only workers; they are part of our union family… [READ MORE]

This is What America Looks Like

GebreAfter escaping Ethiopia as a child, Gebre came to the US. In his role at the AFL-CIO he has traveled across the country sharing his experience. In addition to discussing racial and economic justice, Gebre helped lead the union’s effort to naturalize immigrants across the nation so.

Click here to view his powerful testimony in which Gebre describes what our America is all about; an America that belongs to us all…

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PRESS RELEASE- Federal Court Victory for Working Families

cropped-UFCW-Local-1996-LOGO1-COLOR.jpgU.S. District Court declares sections of HB 361 unenforceable

Suwanee, GA – As the legal battle over a controversial bill attacking hard-working Georgia families comes to an end, Steve Lomax, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1996 released the following statement:

“Judge William C. O’Kelley granted a victory for Georgia families and invalidated sections of a Georgia law that illegally regulated labor issues. These matters are governed exclusively by federal law,” said Lomax.  “In granting summary judgment for the plaintiffs, Judge O’Kelley overturned clearly unconstitutional state legislation.”

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May 2016 Newsletter

Final website cover pageIn this edition of Local 1996’s News, read Steve’s message on our political climate.

Meet Esther Lopez; our newly elected International Union Secretary-Treasurer.

Find information about our proud partnership on this year’s NALC Stamp Out Hunger Drive.  Learn how you can help feed America’s working families!

And much more…

Click here for the May 2016 Newsletter.



DSC_6044Every year Local 1996 stewards visit the Georgia Capital. They meet with and discuss issues with their elected officials. In partnership with Georgia’s American Federation of Labor, we made our presence known at the dome! This year’s Lobby Day was comprised of over a dozen Labor Unions from all across the state. Keeping politicians honest and interested in what working families deserve does not stop at the ballot box.Together, we must be diligent in keeping blue collar issues on the front line.

We need you! Please speak with your Union Representative to learn how you can assist.  Help us keep families’ issues and interest alive. Get involved!



Rick BrownThe United Food and Commercial Workers Union is North America’s largest and strongest private sector union. The UFCW is made up of 1.3 million members–people working together to improve their lives and their future. UFCW members are employed in many different industries, but concentrated in retail food, meatpacking, poultry, and other food processing industries.

Whenever American families sit down to share a meal, chances are most of what they’ll eat has passed through the hands of the more than one million UFCW members who work in these industries. Thousands of other UFCW members work in the health care industry, for insurance companies, in department stores, and in the garment manufacturing, distillery and winery, chemical, and textile trades.

The UFCW is run by its members, who elect their local union officers, help negotiate contracts and resolve grievances, organize other workers in UFCW represented trades, and work to improve their communities.



Local 1996 members at CapitalOur members work in a variety of industries; these include retail grocery stores, meat packing houses, food processing and packaging plants, garment plants, poultry processing plants, healthcare facilities, nursing home facilities, and military bases.