WELCOME PAUL LOWNEY
Hello Brothers and Sisters,
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
After 20 plus years serving the membership of FAIR as an Administrative Assistant and then Secretary-Treasurer and 36 plus years working for UFCW 8-Golden State, it is time for me to retire and pursue the next chapter in my life.
Organizing Union people sure sounds easy; they already work for a Union, understand Union principles, and preach to their own members how important it is to be Union. Well the fact is, there is nothing easy about organizing. However, the Teamsters International Organizers were ready for a fight when the International Brotherhood of Teamsters tried to deny them a Staff Union. Battle lines were drawn, charges were filed, and when the dust cleared, FAIR won the election.
Hats off to former FAIR Vice President AJ Morrissette who did all the heavy lifting on this campaign. AJ has done an outstanding job!
We will keep you informed as we continue to move towards bargaining a first contract.
FAIR would like to take this opportunity to an-nounce the appointment of Wes Young to the position of Vice President.
Paul Lowney is a third generation grocery clerk. He started in the grocery industry 18 years ago as a courtesy clerk at Raley’s. His journey has led him to be a Union Representative and a proud member of FAIR for the past seven years.
Paul got involved with FAIR during the first year of his employment at UFCW 8. He was on an organizing campaign in Arizona with fellow UFCW organizers from the biggest local in Southern California when FAIR was brought up. It was much to his surprise that these Union organizers were not represented themselves. Paul began to ask why they were not represented and heard the same reasons that they all had been hearing all day while trying to organize non-union grocery clerks. He was shocked to say the least, but mainly disappointed that there were Union representatives and organizers that were intimidated and fearful of being represented. Paul spoke with President Heise who shared that this is common throughout the nation. He offered his assistance to FAIR in anyway possible because of his Union values passed down from his grandfather and mother. Paul was glad to hear that President Heise and he shared the same values of believing workers in all industries, especially in our own industry, should be organized.
During Paul’s off time he enjoys traveling, helping others in his community, and spending time with his loved ones including his five year old boxer named Zeus.
Recent Site Updates
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- Linda Says Goodbye to FAIR
- PRESIDENT'S REPORT
- FAIR Welcomes Wes Young as Vice President
- A Warm Farewell From Nancy Wallace
- Ballots Counted, FAIR Dues Increase Passes
- PRESIDENT’S REPORT - March 2015
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