MONTREAL — The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union hopes to boost its membership to 3 million over the next decade — more than double the 1.3-million members it currently has — by going after "every non-union facility in our industries," Joe Hansen, president, said here last week. He said the union's growth effort will come from changing the political landscape, resetting the public policy debate and refocusing government action on working families — goals that could start with the election of Barack Obama as president, he declared. Hansen cited three key issues that he described as part of the union's "aggressive agenda": passing the Employee Free Choice Act; fixing the U.S. health care system; and reforming the nation's "broken immigration system." Hansen made his remarks at the UFCW's sixth conference, which it holds every five years. The meeting was held here in conjunction with UNI Global Union (Union Network International), of which Hansen is also president.
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