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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

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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#SaveMyStore Rally Draws Crowd, Media Attention In Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Giant Food employees joined by local elected officials and community leaders to launch #SaveMyStore campaign

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Yesterday, nearly 100 Giant Food employees were joined by local elected officials and community leaders to launch a campaign to save six stores in the region Fredericksburg region (and two others in southern Maryland) from potential sale.

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 held 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.

Robyn Wheeler, who works at the store where the press conference was held, has 36 years with the company. Her father worked for Giant for nearly 38 years and her daughter and son-in-law also work there. “Together, we have 95 years of experience with this company. We just want to keep our jobs and our customers,” she said.

Because the merger has yet to be approved by federal regulators, there is very little definitive information at this point, but attendees were undaunted.

“I’ve got no more information about this situation than you do right now,” said Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400. “And that’s the hardest thing, is this whole circumstance is as clear as mud,” he said. “You’re looking for answers. You’re looking at things as to which way it’s going to go. What choices you’re going to have to make. Right now nobody can answer any of those questions.”

The workers were joined by several community leaders, including Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor of the City of Fredericksburg; Vernon Green Jr., Vice President of the Stafford Branch of the NAACP; Rev. Hashmel Turner, a former city councilman; and Luis Aguilar, Advocacy and Elections Specialist for CASA.

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Press Coverage

‘Save my store,’ Giant/Martin’s workers rally to keep jobs amid sale
by Alix Bryan & Shelby Brown
CBS 6 / WTVR-TV

Pending merger causing anxiety for local grocery store workers
by Jonathan Costen
ABC 8 News / WRIC-TV

Fredericksburg area Giant workers hope to keep jobs
by Cathy Jett
The Free Lance-Star

Local Giant Workers Rally for Their Jobs
by Susan Larson
Fredericksburg Today

Ahold USA Does Not Expect to Close Any Giant Food Stores After Merger
By Susan Larson
Fredericksburg Today

Fredericksburg area Giant workers hope to keep jobs
by Cathy Jett
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Giant workers in Fredericksburg area to speak out about possible sale
by Cathy Jett
The Free Lance-Star

Giant Rally-Fredericksburg
by Ted Schubel
WBQB/WFVA-Fredericksburg

Photos from the Rally

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 – 202-316-0235; 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,

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Mark P. Federici
President

 

Bertha McKiver: Helping Her Sisters and Brothers

20160307-Bertha-McKiverLong before she became a shop steward, Bertha McKiver was helping her Local 400 sisters and brothers. Currently the bakery manager at Giant #783 in Burke, Va., Bertha spent many of her 24 years at the company helping to solve her co-workers’ problems. Whether they had issues with their health care coverage or a conflict with a supervisor, Bertha had the answers to their questions and good advice to give.

So it was only natural—even inevitable—that she was asked to become a steward in 2007, a job she has been performing brilliantly ever since. In fact, she is so effective that Local 400 members from other stores often come to her with questions and seeking guidance.

“I love helping people,” Bertha said. “I believe strongly in making sure everybody’s treated fairly, and it’s very gratifying every time I can help achieve this goal. It gives me joy to see the smile on someone’s face when they get justice.”

Bertha also makes it a priority to sign up members at her store and others. “I tell new hires that their opinion counts every bit as much as anyone else’s,” she said. “But if they want their opinion to count, they need to become members and they need to be involved. They also get discounts, deals on cell phones, help buying a new car and other useful services.”

During the 2013 round of bargaining, Bertha participated in contract campaign actions, handing out flyers and talking to customers in front of her store and others. She hopes to be even more involved in the next round of bargaining, which will take place this fall. “I’m going to be out there telling people what’s going on and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to protect our health and pension benefits, increase wages, and reduce the high turnover among younger workers.”

Bertha is similarly active in other Local 400 activities. She has participated in actions at area Walmart stores, and rallies on issues ranging from food stamps to immigration.

A proud mother and grandmother who lives in Woodbridge, Va., Bertha has a special appreciation for what it’s like to be represented by a union. “I’ve worked at a franchise where there was no union,” she said. “The things management did could never have happened at Giant and there was no way for me to do anything about it. It was like night and day

“Being a Local 400 member has had such a big impact on me,” Bertha said. “It enables me to help people and that’s what I love doing.”

Here’s How You Can Help New England Stop & Shop Workers

Photo: Stop & Shop Grocery Store by Flickr user JeepersMedia licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Photo: Stop & Shop Grocery Store by Flickr user JeepersMedia licensed under CC BY 2.0.

A message to all our Giant Food members & their families, from three UFCW locals

Right now, more than 35,000 UFCW members in New England – represented by five locals – are engaged in contract negotiations with the Stop & Shop, a subsidiary of Giant’s parent company, Ahold. From the very beginning, these Locals have negotiated in good faith, and all we’ve asked of Ahold is to do what is right by our members and their families.

The simple truth is that Ahold is a success because of you and all our members who work at Ahold’s stores – whether that store goes under the Giant Foods banner or the Stop & Shop banner. It is because of your dedication and commitment to serving our customers and the communities we love, that Ahold succeeds.

Instead of doing what is right, Ahold presented contract proposals that were nothing short of a slap in the face to these men and women – people just like you.

Not only is Ahold refusing to respect the hard work of our New England members, they are proposing dramatic changes to these contracts.

Ahold’s actions are wrong.

While your contract may not be involved, what the company is proposing is a threat to every member of our union family.

Make no mistake, Ahold’s actions in New England – if unstopped – will set a lower standard that the company will use when YOUR contract is up for negotiation. This is an issue that MUST matter to all of us.

Join with us, and stand with our brothers and sisters in New England. Help them, and help all of us, fight for the better life and good contract we all earn through our hard work.

Call Stop & Shop Customer Service: 1 (800) 767-7772

First, call the Stop & Shop Customer Service Number at 1 (800) 767-7772, and tell them to stop threatening our New England members and their families. Tell them that you and your local stand with our New England union family. Tell them to do what is right.

Second, please tell your family and friends to do the same. Every call will send a clear message that we are a proud union family.

We stand together. We fight for each other – no matter where we call home.

Thank you for all that you do, and for the privilege of serving you.

Tony Helfer
President, UFCW Local 23

George Murphy, Jr.
President, UFCW Local 27

Mark P. Federici
President, UFCW Local 400

UFCW Scholarship Opportunity

ufcw_logoThe preliminary application for the UFCW Scholarship must be postmarked by December 31, 2015. Scholarships are available to help a number of eligible participants and their dependents who will be attending college or a university as a full-time student in the fall of 2014. Giant and Safeway  members can click here for the preliminary application, Shoppers members can click here. Again: all preliminary applications must be received in the Fund office postmarked no later than December 31, 2015.

And the Winner of our Nominate a Fellow Union Member Contest is…

Congratulations to Violeta Cid from Giant #161 in Derwood, Md. (right) for winning a $100 gift card! Thank you to her fellow member and co-shop steward Liz Engleman (left) for nominating her with high regards!  Photo by Johnie Perry.

Congratulations to Violeta Cid (pictured right) from Giant #161 in Derwood, Md.  for winning a $100 gift card! Thank you to her fellow member and co-shop steward Liz Engleman (pictured left) for nominating her with high regards! Photo by Johnie Perry.

We were so humbled and proud to have so many responses to our Nominate a Fellow Union Member Contest! We have decided on a winner, congratulations to Violeta Cid from Giant #161 in Derwood, Md. for winning a $100 gift card! Thank you to her fellow member and co-shop steward Liz Engleman for nominating her with such high regards! Violeta is a full time employee with Giant Food but for as long as Engleman has known her (24 years) she has been a single mom and has also held a second job all while taking care of her elderly parents as well as babysitting many of her grandchildren.

“She somehow delicately balances these family commitments with both of her jobs,” wrote Engleman.

Despite her hectic home life that she balances with grace, in the workplace she’s a team player and is often called upon her store to get things done.

On a more personal note, “she is always the first person to start passing around a card when a co-worker is sick, first to step up and organize a co-workers retirement party and first to step up and start a collection for a co-worker who is out due to long-term illness or loss of family member,” wrote Engleman.

Congratulations Violeta and thank you for your service and dedication to those in your life both inside the store and out!