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Contract Negotiations Update #2: October 7, 2016

This week, we met with representatives from Safeway and Giant for three days to negotiate our next contract. The meetings so far have focused on securing our retirement, but we also exchanged initial proposals and began discussing other issues we need addressed in order to secure fair wages, affordable healthcare, and adequate staffing.

We have yet to reach any agreements on our new contract. Our goal is to reach the best deal possible, not to rush to finish and end up with a bad agreement. We have a full week of bargaining scheduled for next week and we will continue to keep you updated every step of the way.

Together, we have already conclusively demonstrated that Safeway and Giant routinely violate our contract by not posting our schedules on time on Fridays. We will continue to file grievances on every scheduling violation and push for real penalties for violations in our next contract.

This weekend, we will be out in front of stores across the region to let customers know we are negotiating a new contract and to ask for their support. Please join us if you see us outside your store or contact your shop steward or union representative if you want to get more involved. We all need to stick together so we can get the fair contract we deserve.

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Widespread Scheduling Violations Reported at Giant & Safeway

Local 400 members reported scheduling violations at 46 Giant Food & Safeway stores in a single day.

Local 400 members reported scheduling violations at 46 Giant Food & Safeway stores in a single day.

We all know how hectic life can get. Between work, family, and other obligations, your time is precious. That’s why our union contract requires store managers to post the schedule by 1:00 p.m. every Friday – so you can have time to plan your life.

But all too often, store managers at Giant Food and Safeway supermarkets do not post the schedule on time, or they make changes to the schedule without informing every employee individually. This not only makes it harder for you to plan your week, but it is a serious violation of our union contract.

Last week, on Friday, September 23, we decided to find out how many store managers violate our union contract when creating a schedule for the week. Thanks to members like you calling our hotline, we discovered 46 stores with schedule violations in a single day.

We will be filing grievances to make sure every reported violation is addressed. In addition, as part of our ongoing contract negotiations, we are proposing real penalties when managers do not post the schedule on time.

Report Scheduling Violations: 301-577-2368

Please continue to report scheduling violations each week by calling our hotline at 301-577-2368.

Violations include:

  • schedule is not posted by 1:00 p.m. on Friday
  • the schedule is changed after posting without informing all affected employees individually (the manager leaving a note at the time clock or telling all employees to check the schedule for changes is not enough)

Know Your Contract

The following clause can be found in the Giant Food & Safeway union contracts regarding scheduling:

6.18 The schedule for all full time employees showing the starting and finishing time and regular days off shall not be altered after it is posted, except by mutual agreement. Each full time employee shall regularly receive the same day off each week. A seven (7) day written notice must be given in order for a full time employee’s regularly scheduled day off to be changed except for holiday weeks. In the week following the holiday week, the regular schedule shall apply pertaining to days off. In the Meat Department, the scheduling of nights (past 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday night for full time employees shall be done on a rotating basis as nearly equal as practical. The schedule for a part time employee may be changed by notification to the employee prior to store closing the previous day. A part time schedule shall be complete and reflect the anticipated basic need for the store’s requirements for that week.

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Growing List of Elected Officials Lend Support to Grocery Workers Threatened by Corporate Merger

Local elected officials show outpouring of support for hundreds of Giant Food employees in the region threatened by a corporate merger overseas

Prince George’s County Councilmember Mel Franklin sharing his support at the #SaveMyStore Town Hall in Accokeek, Maryland.

Prince George’s County Councilmember Mel Franklin sharing his support at the #SaveMyStore Town Hall in Accokeek, Maryland.

In March, employees at eight Giant Food grocery stores in the region were told their stores could be sold thanks to a corporate merger between Ahold and Delhaize, the European-based parent companies of Giant Food and Food Lion.

They weren’t told when this would happen or even what would happen to their jobs. Instead, they were told to keep it to themselves and get back to work. As one cashier recalled, “management told me, ‘don’t tell the customers, you might scare them away!’”

 But with hundreds of their jobs at stake, they weren’t going to keep this quiet. Together with their union, UFCW Local 400, the employees launched the #SaveMyStore campaign to bring together Giant employees, union members, and the communities they serve to save these stores.

From the start, the campaign drew support from elected officials and political leaders in the area, and that momentum has only continued to grow.

Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw, who recently won re-election to a second term, was among the earliest to lend her support to the Giant employees and spoke at the campaign’s kickoff event in March. She was joined by former city councilmember, Rev. Hashmel Turner.

In neighboring Stafford County, Timothy J. Baroody, Deputy County Administrator of the Stafford County Department of Economic Development, wrote an open letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging them to allow the Giant stores to remain open.

“They, and the people they employ, are great contributors to our collective quality of life in Stafford County,” Baroody explained.

Scott Surovell, who represents District 36 in the Virginia state senate, has agreed to speak in support of the campaign at the upcoming #SaveMyStore rally on May 11, while at the federal level, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia and and Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland’s 5th congressional district also expressed their support for the workers’ efforts.

Over in Maryland, state and county leaders have been equally enthusiastic in their support.

At a campaign event in Accokeek, Maryland, Prince George’s County councilmember Mel Franklin shared wisdom from his years of experience at the Federal Trade Commission, the agency which must approve the merger before it can move forward.

“We have to get organized, get to the FTC and weigh in with them so they know our concerns,” Franklin said. “At the end of the day, we need to win.”

Delegate Edith Patterson from Maryland’s 28th district was similarly supportive. “You are more than workers, you are family,” she told attendees at a town hall in La Plata, Maryland, while holding up her Giant bonus card.

“I will be with you,” Patterson added when asked if she would attend the rally on May 11. Maryland SenatorAnthony Muse from district 26 has also pledged to attend, while Delegate Kris Valderrama also expressed support for the campaign.

Campaign representatives have also met with Governor Terry McAuliffe’s staff in Virginia, as well as the state’s attorney general, Mark Herring, in an effort to influence the outcome of the FTC process.

But with the company refusing to provide additional details on the store sales as the FTC process continues, union leaders and Giant employees will continue to reach out to every elected official in the region to gather support.

On May 11, the campaign plans to deliver thousands of signatures on a petition to the company directly to Giant Food headquarters in Landover, Maryland.

 

Four Facts You Should Know About the Potential Ahold/Delhaize Merger

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There has been a lot of confusion and misinformation about the potential sale of eight Giant Food stores as a result of the potential merger of Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of Giant Food and Food Lion. While the company has been less than clear about the future of these stores, we would like to get the facts straight.

  1. The merger of Ahold and Delhaize is not complete. It has been approved by shareholders of both companies, but in order for the merger to go forward, it must first be approved by federal regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC has not approved the merger yet.
  2. The stores being marketed for sale were chosen by Ahold/Delhaize – the Federal Trade Commission did not order the company to sell any of these particular stores. While reviewing a potential merger, the Federal Trade Commission does not issue public statements until the process is complete. The FTC did not tell Ahold, Giant, or Delhaize which stores should be sold.
  3. Giant Food has not met with UFCW Local 400 to share details about the merger. Union staff received notice regarding which stores could potentially be sold on the same day employees at all eight stores were informed. Since then, there has been some back and forth with Giant, including a request for additional information, but they have not shared further details, a list of potential buyers, the reasons for choosing to sell these stores, or even a timeline.
  4. Your collective bargaining agreement protects you in the event your store is sold. As your union, it is our position that the seniority rights guaranteed in your contract will be in effect in the event your store is sold. See Article 5 and the addendum “Seniority Rules of the Fredericksburg addendum.”

Questions?

If you have questions about your job and work at one of the eight Giant Food stores slated for sale in Maryland and Virginia, contact us! Your union is here to help.

Contact UFCW Local 400

By phone: 1-800-638-0800
Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

By email: ufcwlocal400@local400.org

Or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter.

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Four Facts Every Employee Should Know

New England Stop & Shop Workers Ratify New Contract

Original post by UFCW International

Local 400 member Kimberly Curtis poses for a photo to show her support for New England Stop & Shop workers. See more "solidarity selfies" on Facebook.

Local 400 member Kimberly Curtis poses for a photo to show her support for New England Stop & Shop workers. See more “solidarity selfies” on Facebook.

On April 20, the hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop in New England ratified a new contract with their employer by an overwhelming majority. The contract covers 35,000 union members represented by UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459.

The new contracts secure wage increases for all the men and women whose hard work has made Stop & Shop a successful and profitable company. In addition, the new contracts will help new full-time employees earn a family-supporting wage of $15 an hour more quickly. By negotiating together, the five local unions were able to secure a commitment from the company to increase the total number of full-time jobs by 480 over the next three years.

This contract demonstrates the ways that union members work in collaboration with management to solve problems in the workplace. This contract establishes the first Labor-Management Committees at Stop & Shop, giving employees and management a forum to come together to make Stop & Shop a better place to work and shop. The men and women of Stop & Shop were also able to work with the company to design a new scheduling system that will ensure working families have their schedules two weeks in advance.

The New England Council of the UFCW made the following statement after the contracts were ratified by membership:

“The UFCW has a long history of working in partnership with Stop & Shop to ensure that people who work hard in these stores can earn better wages and a better life. Today, by standing together, our members ratified a contract that will continue that tradition.

“This contract is a powerful measure of what our union family can truly achieve when hard-working men and women come together and stand together. This is also a victory for Stop & Shop customers, whose support throughout our negotiations sent a powerful message that they value employers and companies who treat their employees and their families right.

“Over these many long days and weeks, as we have worked hard to negotiate a better life for our members and their families, our New England bargaining committee has drawn real strength from the support of their customers, their communities, and our entire UFCW family who have stood with us. We will never forget what you have done for us, and we look forward to seeing you in our stores with an even bigger smile.”

MAY 11: #SaveMyStore Rally & March to Giant Food HQ

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Eight Giant Food grocery stores in the region are slated for potential sale as the result of a merger between Ahold and Delhaize, the European-based parent companies of Giant Food and Food Lion.

Hundreds of jobs and the future of our community is at stake. We can’t let a corporate merger in Europe take away good jobs and quality shopping options here at home. Join us for a rally and march to Giant Food Headquarters to preserve good jobs!

#SAVEMYSTORE RALLY

11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Rally at UFCW Local 400
8400 Corporate Dr, Landover, MD
RSVP on Facebook

Ample free parking available.

Buses Available: Reserve Your Seat Today!

We have arranged buses from Virginia and southern Maryland for anyone interested in attending the rally. All are welcome, so reserve your seat today!

Reserve Your Seat at SaveMyStore.org Today!

Fredericksburg/Stafford Bus:

Fredericksburg, VA
Giant #770, 1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA
Departs: 8:30 a.m.
Returns: 3:00pm

Stafford, VA
Giant #243, 317 Worth Ave, Stafford, VA 22554
Departs: 9:30am
Returns: 2:15pm

La Plata/Accokeek Bus:

La Plata, MD
Giant #339, 200 Rosewick Rd, La Plata, Md 20646
Departs: 9:00am
Returns: 2:30pm

Accokeek, MD
Giant #338, 7025 Berry Rd, Accokeek, Md 20607
Departs: 9:30am
Returns: 2:00pm

Since launching the #SaveMyStore campaign, our petition to Ahold/Delhaize has steadily gathered thousands of signatures. On May 11, we’ll deliver our petition directly to Giant Food headquarters.

We demand answers. So far, representatives of Ahold and Giant Food have refused to answer our questions. We’ve invited them to our town halls, but we’ve only been met with radio silence.

We demand to know the future of our stores, our jobs, and our communities. Join us on May 11 to make our voices heard!

About the #SaveMyStore campaign:

On Tuesday, March 15, employees at eight area Giant Food stores were informed that their stores may be sold due to a corporate merger. Less than a week after hearing the news, welaunched the #SaveMyStore campaign to bring together Giant employees, union members, and the communities we serve to save these stores.

In a matter of weeks, we have already collected thousands of signatures on a petition to preserve the quality shopping, good jobs, and excellent customer service that we have come to expect from our local Giant grocery stores.

We’ve also hosted a series of town hall meetings to bring together Giant Food employees, elected officials, community leaders, customers, friends and neighbors. With so many jobs at stake, together we will do whatever it takes to keep our communities intact.

SAVE THE DATE: #SaveMyStore Campaign Announces Series of Town Hall Meetings

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On Tuesday, March 15, employees at eight area Giant Food stores were informed that their stores may be sold due to a corporate merger. Less than a week after hearing the news, we launched the #SaveMyStore campaign to bring together Giant employees, union members, and the communities we serve to save these stores. We can’t let a corporate merger in Europe take away good jobs and quality shopping options here at home.

In a matter of days, we have already collected more than 1,200 signatures on a petition to preserve the quality shopping, good jobs, and excellent customer service that we have come to expect from our local Giant grocery stores.

Today, we’re announcing a series of town hall meetings to discuss next steps. Giant Food employees, union members, customers, friends and neighbors are all invited to join us. With so many jobs at stake, together we will do whatever it takes to keep our communities intact.

RSVP for the Town Hall nearest you on Facebook. In the coming days, we’ll share more details about each town hall.

Save the Date: #SaveMyStore Town Halls

Fredericksburg #SaveMyStore Town Hall
Tuesday, April 12 at 6 pm
Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington, 1241 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA  22401
RSVP on Facebook

Accokeek #SaveMyStore Town Hall
Wednesday, April 13 at 6 pm
Hilton Garden Inn Waldorf, 10385 O’Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD  20603
RSVP on Facebook

La Plata #SaveMyStore Town Hall
Tuesday, April 19 at 6 pm
Holiday Inn Express La Plata, 6860 Crain Highway, La Plata, MD 20646
RSVP on Facebook

Stafford #SaveMyStore Town Hall
Wednesday, April 20 at 6 pm
Hampton Inn – Stafford, 2925 Jefferson Davis Highway, Stafford, VA  22554
RSVP on Facebook

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Giant Employees Announce Press Conference in Response to Potential Sale of Fredericksburg Stores

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

CONTACT
Jonathan Williams, UFCW Local 400 – jwilliams@local400.org

Union of grocery employees to be joined by elected officials and local leaders to call on company to preserve good jobs and quality shopping

WHAT:

Last week, following shareholder approval of the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of local grocery chains Giant Food, Food Lion, and Martin’s, employees at several area stores were informed that their stores may be sold as a result of the merger.

With the future of so many jobs at stake, workers at Giant Food stores in Fredericksburg are hosting a press conference to tell Ahold/Delhaize and any potential buyers that they will do whatever it takes to preserve their collective bargaining agreement – regardless of who owns the stores or what brand they are operated under.

WHEN:

1:00pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WHERE:

Giant, 1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

WHO:

Giant Food employees

Grocery store customers

Local elected officials, including Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor, City of Fredericksburg

Community leaders, including Vernon Green Jr., VP of the Stafford Branch of the NAACP

Mark Federici, President, UFCW Local 400

and others

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Potential Sale of Some Giant Stores as Result of Ahold/Delhaize Merger

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An important message from President Mark Federici:

By now many of you may have heard about the potential sale of some Giant stores as a result of the Ahold/Delhaize merger. The stores that will be offered for potential sale are:

Giant 338, 7025 Berry Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607
Giant 339, 200 Rosewick Rd, La Plata, MD 20646
Giant 234, 550 Celebrate Virginia Parkway, Stafford, VA 22406
Giant 235, 5701 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Giant 243, 317 Worth Ave, Stafford, VA 22554
Giant 256, 10346 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Giant 770 1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Giant 789, 35 Town and Country Rd, Falmouth, VA 22405

It is in situations like this that being a Union member is most important. Our Union will do everything possible to make sure any potential buyer preserves the jobs of all current members and all the terms of our current contract.

Many of you remember that Giant has changed hands several times over the last 30 years, but Giant employees, members of our Union, have always maintained their contract and no members lost their jobs.

I have already written to Giant’s representatives (you can read the letter here) to remind them of their obligations to you as employees with a strong, binding collective bargaining agreement that you have fought hard for. We will continue to monitor the situation, and the staff, attorneys, and other professionals who work for our union are prepared to do whatever we can to preserve your jobs and our contract.

In the meantime, we will keep you informed through our stewards, staff representatives, our website, Facebook, Twitter, and other means of communication, of any developments as we learn of them. We need to stand strong together as Union members and be willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what we have.

 And remember – without our Union, employees would be nothing but an afterthought in this potential sale. With our Union and our solidarity, we are an important and strong player and have the means to preserve our wages, benefits, and our jobs.

Let’s work together over the coming weeks and months to make sure we stand strong and stand together.

Very truly yours,

Mark-Federici-Signature

Mark P. Federici
President

 

Stop & Shop Workers Announce New Actions in Campaign for Fair Contract

Fight for a fair deal at Stop & Shop intensifies as profitable company demands cuts to grocery workers’ benefits

With negotiations continuing to drag on, 35,000 hardworking men and women at Stop & Shop stores in New England have been working under an expired contract since late February.

Today, the New England Council of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union announced a series of rallies in the campaign for a fair contract for 35,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England.

Last week, Stop & Shop workers held a rally at a store in Braintree, MA, where they were joined by hundreds of customers, elected officials, and community supporters, including Local 400 organizers. Following last week’s event, five more rallies have been scheduled throughout the region:

Wednesday, March 16th, 4-6 P.M.
Quincy Stop & Shop
65 Newport Ave., Quincy, MA

Thursday, March 17th, 4-6 P.M.
Dorchester Stop & Shop
1100 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester, MA

Tuesday, March 22nd, 4-6 P.M.
Norwalk Stop & Shop
380 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT

Wednesday, March 23rd, 4-6 P.M.
East Hartford Stop & Shop
940 Silver Ln, East Hartford, CT

Thursday, March 24th, 4-6 P.M.
Holyoke Stop & Shop
28 Lincoln St, Holyoke, MA

Stop & Shop’s parent company, Netherlands-based grocery giant Ahold (which also owns Giant Foods), recently announced operating profits for last year in excess of $1.4 billion. Today, Ahold and Delhaize shareholders approved the merger of their companies, which will be completed later this year. Prior to closing of the merger, Ahold shareholders received a payout of more than $1 billion.

While paying out dividends to foreign shareholders, the company is demanding that workers accept cuts to longstanding benefits, decreasing take-home pay and cutting future retirement benefits despite a fully-funded and secure pension fund. The company is further demanding that future workers be given second-rate benefits and pay, transforming Stop & Shop’s once middle-class jobs into low-wage jobs.

“Unions like the UFCW built America’s middle class,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren in a letter of support for the workers. She went on to call it “critically important” that Stop & Shop workers achieve a contract that “provides strong wages, comprehensive benefits, and retirement security.”

“Stop & Shop’s proposals show that the company has strayed from its core values,” said Tim Melia, president of UFCW Local 328. “This used to be a company that took pride in offering the best wages and benefits in the region, and attracting the best workers. Our members are only asking for their fair share of the success their hard work has built.”

To show your support for a fair deal at Stop & Shop, call the company’s service line at 1-800-767-7772 and tell them to stop threatening our New England members and their families.