BACKGROUND UFCW Local 791 has over a 50-year history of representing workers throughout New England. From the Local’s beginning just after World War II to the present day, Local 791 has withstood the test of time to provide, through collective bargaining agreements, better wages, benefits and working conditions for all its members. As the times changed so did the Local. Local 791 has transitioned from a small independent union to an affiliate of one of the largest international unions in the United States. As economic conditions changed and new owners have come and gone, the Union has bargained some of the finest contracts in the retail food and distribution industry. In a Democratic Union, such as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 791, the membership is the union. From the President of the Local, to the most recently hired employee in any of its union facilities, each member has a voice. EXECUTIVE BOARD Every three years, elections are held to fill the offices of the Executive Board from within the union’s membership as outlined in the By-Laws of UFCW Local 791. These officers represent every segment of the workplace, from stores to warehouses, full -time and part time, including the meat room. The members that sit on the Executive Board negotiate and bargain our contracts and oversee all other operations of this Local. ADMINISTRATION To keep up with the ever-growing demands of effectively representing its members, Local 791 has a full-time staff and representatives to administer the every day business of the union, service its members, organize new members, watch over the pension and Health and Welfare Fund as well as coordinate political and legislative affairs. STAFF Too keep up with the ever-growing demands of effectively representing its members, Local 791 has a full-time staff and representatives to administer the every day business of the union, service its members, and organize new members. Local 791 is also very active in political and legislative action. On the legislative front, Local 791 has worked with other labor organizations and coalition groups on many pieces of legislation and issues that affect the lives of its members and their families. The union has also played a major role in the political campaigns of dozens of pro-labor candidates at the Federal, state and local levels in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine. UNION REPRESENTATIVES Union Representatives, sometimes referred to as Business Agents, are assigned a certain number of stores within a particular district. Their responsibilities are to assist the steward and alternate steward in any dealings a member may have regarding his or her rights under the contract with a store manager, assistant manager or market area director. STEWARDS The shop steward holds a special place in any union. At the worksite, the steward is the union — the link between union members and management. Shop stewards are members’ first line of defense, responsible for enforcing the contract and handling grievances, and for proactively ensuring worksite safety, mobilizing members for the union’s political campaigns, and orienting new members to the worksite and the union.
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