Some of you may have heard that UFCW unions in California settled their contracts with several supermarkets employers, avoiding a strike in the southern part of the state. As our own negotiations continue in Las Vegas and elsewhere, many important issues are still on the table, including funding for our members’ retirement and health plans, and, of course, WAGES! We have told the employers that our members work hard in the stores and they deserve to share in the profits they make possible. Wages in the industry are not keeping up with the cost of living. Over the years we have seen major increases in rent, childcare, fuel, utilities and other everyday living expenses. So we want our members to continue to express their need for a substantial wage increase in the next contract, as well as other improvements. Keep in mind that Local 711 has developed strong ties with other labor Unions and community groups in Nevada and Utah, and with the support of UFCW nationwide we have a powerful Union alliance working on behalf of Local 711’s members, so we are not alone! Remember, stay strong in solidarity because solidarity works!