The GOLD internship for 2015 came to a close last week. Participants met as a group at UFCW International in Washington, D.C. While there, interns discussed all they had accomplished this summer and made plans to continue making life better for workers back home at their local unions.
In Atlanta, interns teamed up with Project South and Jobs with Justice to help raise the standards for workers through collective action.
In Louisville and St. Louis, interns met with UFCW members to talk about the harmful effects of right to work. They implemented an innovative outreach strategy that included town halls and several letters to the editor in targeted publications.
In Los Angeles, they helped El Super and Walmart workers fight to have a voice on the job and workplace rights.
In Washington, D.C., interns reached out to local retail workers to garner support for the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a piece of legislation that would help to guarantee stable hours and work schedules. They also worked with OSHA to help advance workplace safety.
In San Francisco, interns helped to ensure implementation of the recently passed Retail Workers Bill of Rights was going smoothly and that workers all over the city were aware of and getting the fair schedules guaranteed by the legislation.
All of them are excited to return home to share everything they learned with their fellow members, start Active Ballot Club drives, and to start making a difference in the lives of workers.
To watch in-depth interviews with several GOLD interns, please check out our Instagram page: UFCW_INTERNATIONAL
Good work, Rachelle, Shannon, and all! Let’s continue to shine GOLD, such a new and promising program in the UFCW!