This is the latest update from President Harvey Whille as of Wednesday, May 30


In this day and age it is hard to believe that a “low-tech” approach is sometimes still the best way to communicate. In fact, a recent national survey of UFCW members somewhat surprisingly found that although many people rely on websites, texts and emails for information about their union, a majority said that the break room continues to be a place where they look for information on a regular basis.

With that in mind, Local 1262 developed a new Break Room Communication Program to help our members stay on top of the latest union news, Member-Only Programs, and other information of interest. The centerpiece of this new program is a Local 1262 Break Room “Billboard” that holds all Local 1262 information in one neat area and which can be updated whenever new programs or publications are available.

The new “billboards” will be installed over the course of the next month or so in all the nearly 250 stores represented by Local 1262 in New Jersey and New York.

Additionally, Local 1262 will soon launch a new “high-tech” program to supplement this “low-tech” outreach. This new initiative – the Local 1262 Text Messaging Program — was piloted earlier this year with some 800 members of Local 1262’s Communications Committee which is comprised of Shop Stewards and other long-time members in each store.  Now, thanks to the feedback from the Communications Committee, our Text Messaging Program will be ready for roll-out to our nearly 30,000 members early this summer.

Please check this web site – and check your break rooms – for information on the Text Messaging Program and how you can join.

As always I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve as your president.

Harvey Whille, Local 1262 President

PS: We welcome feedback from our members about these programs.  Please send your comments and suggestions to our Communications Director Cynthia McCarthy at


President Harvey Whille is pleased to announce a new FREE program for UFCW members who want to earn their high school diploma through the GED program. This new program is a partnership with Essential GED and allows members to take free classes to prepare them to pass the GED test. The classes are self-guided and members can log in on phones, tablets, or computers and take classes whenever they have time. The program will also connect members with local testing centers who administer the GED test.

To access this new benefit, members should visit and fill out the inquiry form. The UFCW will verify your membership and you will receive an email with log-in information that will get you on the road to your high school diploma.

We would also like to remind our members who have already graduated high school that they can earn an associate’s degree from an accredited college through the UFCW’s Free College Program. For more information on the Free College Program visit the Program’s site  The deadline to enroll in time for the summer session is Friday, May 25 however enrollment can be done year round.


On-the-job questions?  Call your union representative.

If you are calling from New Jersey, please dial 1-800-562-6913

Calling from other states please dial 1-800-526-7814      

Note:  This hotline is updated weekly and as needed for breaking news.  This hotline can also be accessed by calling 1-888-GET-1262.