Safeway In Store Members of Local 24

As you may have heard Safeway Inc. has announced a merger with Albertsons Inc. This proposed merger will be effective in the fourth quarter of 2014. BCTGM Local 24 has a valid labor contract representing all of you thru 2017. The Local does not expect any significant changes for our members because of this merger. We will keep you informed as we learn of any other information.

New Officers Installed at Local 24

On Tuesday February 11, 2014 the new Officers and Executive Board of Bakers Local 24 were given the Oath of Office by retired Secretary Treasurer Felisa Castillo. After the ceremony current Secretary Treasurer Joe Biringer unveiled a plaque designating the Conference Room in Local 24's new offices as the Felisa Castillo Conference Room in honor of her forty five years of service to the membership.


Safeway In-store Members

The new contracts have been printed and are currently being distributed by the Business Agents. Please be patient as we have over 100 stores to visit.


KELLOGG'S MEMPHIS TENNESSEE LOCK OUT


BCTGM Local 252G members who work at the Kellogg's cereal plant in Memphis have been locked out of the jobs since October 22, 2013. The Company wants to have the right to replace our hard working members with "casual workers" who would earn $6.00 less an hour. I you wish to make a donation to support our members who are out of job with no money or medical benefits during this holiday season you can send donations or letters of support to the following address:

Local 252G Hardship

c/o BCTGM Local 252G

3035 Directors Row

Building A, #1310

Memphis, TN  38131-0417

For more updated information and video's on the Kellogg Lock Out and corporate greed at its worst click on the following link

http://www.kellogggreed.com




To read more on a possible organizing effort at your workplace click on the Organizing tab on the left.


There are over 30 Panera Bread Cafe’s in Local 24 area in California. The Company has not recognized their employees NLRB Election victory in Michigan Panera Bread Café’s for over a year. They are simply ignoring the legal election and refusing to negotiate a first contract. You can help put national pressure on Panera to finally do the right thing, sit down and negotiate with BCTGM Panera Bread Cafe members

Again, if you know anyone who works at or knows someone who works at a Panera Bread Café and would like to talk to someone at Local 24, we are available to met anywhere with them. All meetings will be kept confidential.

We are also encouraging all Local 24 members and families to take a picture of themselves in front of a Panera Bread Café holding a sign saying '"We support the BCTGM Panera Bakers" or something along those lines.  Then post it to their own YouTube account or to their twitter account with one of the many hash-tags leading to Panera for example #PaneraUnionYes.  


Pictured are Bakers Local 24 Executive Board members left to right: Business Agent Oscar Hernandez, Board Member Bartolo Rodriquez, Trustee José Anguiano. Board member Miguel Alfaro, Trustee Edwin Chen, Business Agent Juan Mejorado and Treasurer Joe Bringer in the back row.


WAGE THEFT

                                   
The phrase “wage theft” generally refers to employees being denied full compensation for their work under the law. Often, low-wage and immigrant workers are victims of wage theft and are denied meal breaks, overtime pay and minimum wage and are forced to work off the clock without pay. It is illegal to not pay or to underpay workers their wages.

Wage theft is getting more attention as it is a growing problem. Wage theft can occur when workers are not paid, underpaid or misclassified as independent contractors.

You deserve to be paid fairly for your work, including overtime hours.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employees, unless specifically exempted—such as managers, certain sales employees and professionals—must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week. The overtime rate must be one-and-one-half times your normal rate of pay after 40 hours of work in a workweek. Normally, overtime pay earned in a particular workweek must be paid on the regular pay day for the pay period in which the wages were earned.


The FLSA also prohibits the overtime requirement from being waived, even by agreement of the employer and employee. It is illegal for your boss to force or intimidate you into giving up your overtime pay, although a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision limited this condition for government employees. However, the law does not set any limits on the number of hours workers older than 16 years can work during a week.


The overtime law is enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Your employer can be criminally charged for violating the overtime provisions of the FLSA, and it also is illegal for your employer to fire or discriminate against you for filing a complaint about an FLSA overtime violation.

There is a two-year statute of limitations on recovering back pay, unless the FLSA violation was deliberate and willful, in which case the statute of limitations is three years.

If you think you have been denied overtime pay, you can file a complaint with the nearest office of the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department. The complaint may be filed in person, by letter or by telephone, but it also must be made in writing. For information about various wage-and-hour and other workplace problems, visit the Interstate Labor Standards Association website.

It shouldn't hurt to go to work. In 2008, more than 4.6 million workers across all industries, including state and local government, suffered work-related injuries and illnesses that were reported by employers, with 3.7 million injuries and illnesses reported in private industry. Due to limitations in the injury reporting system and underreporting of workplace injuries, this number understates the problem. The true toll is estimated to be two to three times greater—or 9 million to 14 million injuries and illnesses a year. The health and safety of America's workers is detailed in the AFL-CIO Death on the Job report.

Experts agree that if you are injured on the job, you should:

Notify your supervisor, the personnel department and your union steward.
Get the medical treatment you need. You may be required to see a doctor selected by your employer. If you are injured on the job, your employer's insurance company is obligated to pay for reasonable and necessary medical treatment.
If your employer has written an "incident report," get a copy of it. Your union steward and the employer should obtain the names of workers who witnessed your injury or assisted you afterward, as you may need this information if you seek workers' compensation benefits.

You also may be entitled to temporary or permanent disability benefits or vocational rehabilitation benefits. If you file a claim for benefits and it is rejected, you may appeal the ruling, even to the courts. Experts recommend seeking legal advice.




(Pictured are Local 24 Safeway In-store members circa 2014)



CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF TOP QUALITY PASTRIES

Baker’s Local 24 is proud to celebrate with Dianda’s Italian American Pastry in their fiftieth year of business providing top quality Union Made pastry goods in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For great food founded on terrific ingredients, wonderful recipes and no shortage of love for our craft, come to Dianda’s Italian American Pastry. You’ll love what we do!

Wedding Cakes, Almond Torte, St. Honore Tres, Leche Cakes, Pastries, Cookies, Panettone, Candies and More!

Mission District – on Mission, Between 24th and 25th
2883 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-5469

San Mateo
117 Crystal Springs Shopping Center, San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 570-6260

Both Locations Open Seven Days a Week

http://www.diandasbakery.com



ANDRE BOUDIN BAKERIES AND CAFE'S

The Local represents bakers and delivery drivers at the Boudin Bakery facilities in the Bay Area. The flagship location located on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco features a glass view front window where you can observe our bakers at work and a Bakery Museum that features the history of the baking industry in San Francisco over the last century. They have cafe's which feature Union made bread all over Northern California. Take the time to visit a Boudin SF near you and support your Union bakers.

www.boudinbakery.com




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Welcome to Bakers Local 24! The Officers and Office Staff are here to serve you the membership. Please call with questions or issues you are expierencing at your worksite. we will try our best to help you.

Joe, Oscar, Juan or Veronica

You can reach us at 650-364-0990