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Nov 16: DanChem Technologies Contract Meetings

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with DanChem Technologies that we are prepared to recommend for ratification. On Friday, November 16, 2018, we will be hosting two contract meetings for members to review the offer.

As a Local 400 union member, you have the opportunity to get answers to your questions and vote on your next contract. Please make a plan to attend one of these important contract meeting. (You only have to attend one meeting.)

DanChem Technologies Contract Meetings

Friday, November 16, 2018
7:30 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. (You only have to attend one meeting.)

Courtyard Marriott
2136 Riverside Dr. Danville, VA 24540

Most Local 400-Backed Candidates Win in 2018 Elections

Union Members Play Key Role in Recapturing House for Working Families

Led by Local 400-backed candidates, the critically important 2018 mid-term elections resulted in major victories for working families.

Pro-worker forces recaptured control of the U.S. House, with Virginia front and center. Three candidates recommended by Local 400 — Elaine Luria (2nd), Abigail Spanberger (7th) and Jennifer Wexton (10th) — all defeated anti-worker incumbents. These victories alone accounted for more than 10 percent of the seats won nationally to gain a majority.

Three senators backed by Local 400 were re-elected: Tim Kaine in Virginia, Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Ben Cardin in Maryland.

Local 400 won key local races, as well. In Washington, D.C., Councilmember Elissa Silverman was re-elected to her at-large seat despite facing a strong challenge from a corporate-backed candidate. And Marc Elrich won a landslide victory in his race for Montgomery County Executive over two opponents, one of whom was lavishly funded by developers.

In Maryland, while endorsed candidate Ben Jealous lost his race for governor, Democrats maintained veto-proof majorities in the state House and Senate, which means that pro-worker legislation can still become law even over the opposition of re-elected Gov. Larry Hogan.

In West Virginia, pro-worker forces gained seats in the state House and Senate, but not enough to win control of either body.

In total, of 165 candidates recommended by Local 400, 125 won, 36 lost and four are in races yet to be decided.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work put in by Local 400 members to elect candidates who will fight for us, and against billionaires and big business,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “By pounding the pavement, working the phone banks, and getting people out to the polls, our members played a central role in winning back the U.S. House and making gains at every other level of government. This will have important consequences over the next two years in passing legislation that benefits our members and blocking efforts to harm working families.

“I want to congratulate all of our recommended candidates, whether they won or lost, for having the courage to fight for what’s right and to stand up to the big money that’s poisoning our politics,” Federici said.

“This election showed the power of working people to fight back,” he added. “But it’s just the beginning. Now, we have to fight at the federal, state and local levels for policies that will raise workers’ living standards and protect our rights – and gear up for the massively important election of 2020.”

UFCW Local 400 2018 Voter Guide

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. This is one of the most important elections in recent history. Make sure your voice is heard and make a plan to vote!

Your vote is a personal decision. As your union, it is our job to recommend candidates who share our values and will fight to make a better life for our union family. We have endorsed the following candidates for office because we believe they will fight on behalf of our members and all working families.

Find Your Polling Place

Visit Vote.org to find your polling place and learn everything you need to vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

How Candidates Are  Recommended

Local 400 recommends candidates for office only after an exhaustive process of getting to know them, analyzing their records, and reviewing their positions on issues impacting our members’ lives. These issues include jobs, the economy, workers’ rights, health care, retirement security, workers’ compensation and education. We recommend those candidates judged to have your best interests in mind.

In order to decide on a candidate to endorse, we:

  1. Review the voting records of incumbents on labor issues.
  2. Participate in the AFL-CIO interview process and schedule one-on-one interviews between Local 400 and many of the candidates.
  3. Discuss with other union members and leaders the interviews and the written questionnaires candidates submit.
  4. Make recommendations to the executive boards of the relevant area labor councils.
  5. Participate in state AFL-CIO meetings, where delegates from Local 400 and other unions vote to give labor’s recommendation to a limited number of candidates.
  6. After acceptance, these recommendations are communicated to Local 400 members.

2018 UFCW Local 400 Voter Guide

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
Eleanor Holmes Norton

Mayor
Muriel Bowser

Attorney General
Karl Racine

City Council
At-Lg. Elissa Silverman
1st       Brianne Nadeau

 

MARYLAND

Governor/Lieutenant Governor
Ben Jealous/Susan Turnbull

Comptroller
Peter Franchot

Attorney General
Brian E. Frosh

U.S. Senate
Ben Cardin

U.S. House of Representatives

3rd      John Sarbanes

4th      Anthony Brown

5th      Steny H. Hoyer

8th      Jamie Raskin

State Senate

14th    Craig Zucker

15th    Brian Feldman

16th    Susan Lee

18th    Jeff Waldstreicher

19th    Ben Kramer

20th    Will Smith

21st     Jim Rosapepe

22nd   Paul Pinsky

23rd    Douglas J. J. Peters

24th    Joanne Benson

25th    Melony Griffith

26th    Obie Patterson

27th    Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.

28th    Arthur Ellis

39th    Nancy King

47th    Malcolm Augustine

House of Delegates

14th
Anne Kaiser
Eric Luedtke
Pamela Queen

15th
David Fraser-Hidalgo
Kathleen Dumais
Lily Qi

16th
Ariana Kelly
Marc Korman

17th
Jim Gilchrist
Julie Palakovich Carr
Kumar P. Barve

18th
Al Carr
Emily Shetty
Jared Solomon

19th
Bonnie Cullison
Charlotte Crutchfield
Vaughn Stewart

20th
David Moon
Jheanelle Wilkins
Lorig Charkoudian

21st
Joseline Peña-Melnyk
Ben Barnes
Mary Lehman

22nd
Alonzo Washington
Tawanna Gaines
Anne Healey

23A
Geraldine Valentino-Smith

23B
Ron Watson
Marvin E. Holmes, Jr.

24th
Jazz Lewis
Erek L. Barron
Andrea Fletcher Harrison

25th
Darryl Barnes
Dereck Davis
Nick Charles

26th
Kris Valderrama
Veronica Turner
Jay Walker

27A
Susie Proctor

27B
Michael Jackson

27C
Jason Fowler

28th
Debra Davis
Edith J. Patterson
CT Wilson

39th
Lesley J. Lopez
Gabriel Acevero
Kirill Reznik

40th
Melissa Wells

47A
Diana M. Fennell
Julian Ivey

47B
Wanika Fisher

Montgomery County Executive
Marc Elrich

Montgomery County Council
At-Lg.  Will Jawando
4th      Nancy Navarro
5th      Tom Hucker

Montgomery County State’s Attorney
John McCarthy

Prince George’s County Council
1st       Tom Dernoga
2nd     Deni Taveras
5th      Jolene Ivey
9th      Sydney Harrison

Prince George’s County States Attorney
Aisha Braveboy

 

VIRGINIA

U.S. Senate
Tim Kaine

U.S. House of Representatives
1st       Vangie Williams
2nd     Elaine Luria
4th      Donald McEachin
5th      Leslie Cockburn
7th      Abigail Spanberger
8th      Donald S. Beyer Jr.
10th    Jennifer T. Wexton
11th    Gerald Connolly

 

WEST VIRGINIA

U.S. Senate
Joe Manchin

U.S. House Of Representatives
1st       No Endorsement
2nd     Talley Sergent
3rd      Richard Ojeda

State Senate

2nd     Denny Longwell
3rd      James Leach
4th      Brian Prim
5th      Mike Woelfel
6th      Charles Sammons
7th      Ron Stollings
8th      Richard Lindsay
10th    Stephen Baldwin
11th    Bill Hamilton
12th    Mike Romano
13th    Bob Beach
14th    Stephanie Zucker
17th    Terrell Ellis

State House Of Delegates

7th
Lissa Lucas

8th
David Bland

9th
Jim Marion

10th
Andy Daniel
J.Morgan Leach
Harry Deitzler

12th
Missy Morris

13th
Dem Scott Brewer

14th
Brianne Solomon

16th
Sean Hornbuckle
Matt Spurlock
Vera Miller

17th
Chad Lovejoy
Matthew Rohrbach

18th
Karen Nance

19th
Ken Hicks
Robert Thompson

21st
Phylis White

22nd
Gary Mccallister
Zack Maynard

23rd
Rodney Miller

24th
Ralph Rodighiero
Timothy Tomblin

26th
Ed Evans

29th
Rick Moye

31st
Richard “Rick” Snuffer Ll

32nd
Margaret Anne Staggers
Mell Kessler
Luke Lively

33rd
David A Walker

34th
Brent Boggs

35th
Andrew Byrd
Renate Pore
James Robinette
Doug Skaff Jr.

36th
Larry Rowe
Andrew Robinson
Amanda Estep-Burton

37th
Mike Pushkin

38th
Tom Tull

39th
David “Woody” Holmes

40th
Melissa Huffman

47th
Frank “Ed” Larry

51st
Barbara Fleischauer
Evan Hanson
Rodney Pyles
Danielle Walker
John Williams

52nd
Gary Knotts

53rd
Cory Chase

Nov 4: Macy’s Contract Meeting

The Macy’s Bargaining Committee – pictured left to right: Bianca Morris (Marlow Heights), Arleetta Hunter (Montgomery Mall), Mary Burns-O’Connor (Bowie), Kimberly Mitchell (Metro Center), Lewis Mattison (Montgomery Mall)

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, we will be hosting a contract meeting for members working at Macy’s.

As a Local 400 union member, you have the opportunity to get answers to your questions and vote on your next contract. Please make a plan to attend this important contract meeting.

Macy’s Contract Meeting

Sunday, November 4, 2018
8:00 a.m.

UFCW Local 400
First Floor Meeting Room
8400 Corporate Drive, Landover, MD 20785
(Please access meeting room at the rear of the building.)

We Support Elissa Silverman for D.C. Council At-Large

Local 400 is proud to endorse Elissa Silverman for D.C. Council At-Large. Silverman has served on the council since 2014 and chairs the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.

In that capacity, she championed the passage of the District’s monumental paid family leave law that provides guaranteed paid time off to workers to during critical life events, such as starting a family or taking care of a loved one.

Elissa has only taken money from individuals, refusing any money from corporations or PACs. She is beholden to voters – not to special interests with deep pockets.

Dyana Forester, UFCW Local 400 Director of Political & Community Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the endorsement:

“A vote for Elissa is a vote for someone who gets things done. As a councilmember, Elissa was a consistent and reliable champion for our members. On every issue that matters most to our members, her record is spotless. While others said it couldn’t be done, Elissa successfully championed the District’s groundbreaking paid family leave bill. And she has committed to bring that same grit and determination to tackle one of the most critical issues facing our members today: abusive scheduling.

“If you walk into any retailer in the District and ask the employees what issues effect their work the most, nine times out of ten they will talk about scheduling – not getting enough hours to make ends meet, chronic understaffing, and erratic schedules that constantly change. Elissa has heard our members loud and clear and she is committed to passing Just Hours  legislation to curb abusive scheduling practices in the retail industry.

“She is far and above the best councilmember to fight on behalf of our members. We look forward to her continued service.”

Election Day: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Find your polling place: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Find-Polling-Place

Early Voting: October 22 – November 5

Vote early! Early voting is open in the District of Columbia, October 22 – November 5.

Find your Early Voting Center: https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org/

How Candidates Are  Recommended

Local 400 recommends candidates for office only after an exhaustive process of getting to know them, analyzing their records, and reviewing their positions on issues impacting our members’ lives. These issues include jobs, the economy, workers’ rights, health care, retirement security, workers’ compensation and education. We recommend those candidates judged to have your best interests in mind.

In order to decide on a candidate to endorse, we:

  1. Review the voting records of incumbents on labor issues.
  2. Participate in the AFL-CIO interview process and schedule one-on-one interviews between Local 400 and many of the candidates.
  3. Discuss with other union members and leaders the interviews and the written questionnaires candidates submit.
  4. Make recommendations to the executive boards of the relevant area labor councils.
  5. Participate in state AFL-CIO meetings, where delegates from Local 400 and other unions vote to give labor’s recommendation to a limited number of candidates.
  6. After acceptance, these recommendations are communicated to Local 400 members.

Nov 1: Smithfield Foods Newport News Contract Meeting

The team negotiating a new contract on behalf of the union included Maurice Browder, Dennis Hughes, Ronny Parsons, and Anthony Randolph, as well as Local 400 Bargaining Director Chris Hoffmann, Bargaining Representative John Lee, Regional Director Donna Waddell, and Representative Lavern Wrenn.

On Thursday, November 1, 2018, we will be hosting two contract meetings for members working at Smithfield Foods Newport News.

As a Local 400 union member, you have the opportunity to get answers to your questions and vote on your next contract. Please make a plan to attend one of these important contract meeting. (Please note: you only have to attend one meeting.)

Smithfield Foods Contract Meeting

Thursday, November 1, 2018
8:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m. (you only have to attend one meeting)

Residence Inn
531 St Johns Rd, Newport News, VA 23602

UFCW Local 400 Endorses Sydney Harrison for Prince George’s County Council

United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 has endorsed Sydney Harrison for Prince George’s County Council representing District 9. President Mark Federici issued the following statement regarding the endorsement:

“Syndney Harrison shares our commitment to raising the minimum wage to $15 for all hard-working families in Prince George’s County. We are proud to lend our support to Mr. Harrison and we look forward to his leadership on the council.”

Dyana Forester, UFCW Local 400 Political & Community Affairs Director, added the following:

“It has come to our attention that another candidate, Tamara Davis Brown,  mistakenly included our logo on some of her campaign materials, but to be clear, Local 400 did not make any endorsement in the primary.”

UFCW Local 400 is one of the largest private sector labor unions in the region. In Prince George’s County, the union has approximately 4,800 active members predominantly working in Safeway and Giant Food grocery stores.

Headquarters Closed for Maintenance October 13, 2018

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m., the power at our headquarters will be shut down for mandatory preventative maintenance. Our phone lines and email will be down during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our office will reopen as usual at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive

Marc Elrich (right) poses for a photo with Safeway #1956 shop steward Sharon Glaser.

After years of leading many fights for working families—including passage of a $15/hour minimum wage—Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich more than earned Local 400’s enthusiastic recommendation in his campaign for Montgomery County Executive.

Local 400’s support in the June 26th primary helped Elrich win a narrow victory over a wealthy opponent who spent $5.4 million. Normally, the Democratic nominee is all but assured of victory in the general election in deep blue Montgomery County, but Elrich’s courage in championing workers earned the hostility of developers and other wealthy special interests. They have taken unprecedented action to try to stop him by convincing a pro-business county councilmember, Nancy Floreen, to enter the race as an independent. Elrich is abiding by the County’s public financing law, which prohibits corporations from donating to his campaign and requires him to raise small donations from county residents. Meanwhile, Floreen is using public financing in order to take advantage of all the special interest money flowing her way.  As a result, Elrich will be outspent. It will take people to put him over the top.

“On every issue that matters, from the $15 minimum wage to paid family and sick leave legislation, Marc Elrich has stood with us,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “Now, we must stand with him.

“Anti-worker special interest money is flooding into Montgomery County to try to elect a council member who didn’t have the guts to get into the primary, who voted against the $15 minimum wage the first time Marc put it before the Council, and who sponsored legislation undermining County employees’ collective bargaining rights,” Federici said. “We cannot let private profits trump the public good in this election, and that’s why I urge Local 400 members to volunteer and vote for Marc Elrich.”

As Elrich has noted, ​“Raising the minimum wage has already tangibly improved the lives of over 100,000 people and will continue to improve those lives and more in the years to come. An adequate minimum wage is life-altering for families and disproportionately benefits women and people of color. As a Montgomery County public school teacher for 17 years, I also know that the biggest barriers to students’ success are the inequalities that impact their lives, and that raising the minimum wage is thus particularly important for children.

“I have sponsored two successful minimum wage increases,” he added. “Several years ago, I helped convince lawmakers in Washington, D.C., Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County to join forces and push for higher minimum wages together. I then championed the cause of the workers behind the Fight For $15, and we succeeded last year in passing legislation that will gradually increase Montgomery County’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“My vision is a modern economy that encourages entrepreneurship, moves people and goods efficiently, develops today’s and tomorrow’s workforce, ensures regulations are sensible, and promotes opportunity for all,” Elrich said.

“The only way to have pro-worker progressive leadership in Montgomery County is to elect Marc Elrich as county executive,” Federici said. “All of our members living or working in Montgomery County have a lot at stake in ensuring that Marc wins.”

Election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting takes place from October 25th through  November 1st.

West Virginia 2018 Voter Guide

 

West Virginia’s general election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. We must vote to change our current legislative leadership’s war on working families which has stifled workers’ voices, lowered wages, and made workplaces less safe.

It is vital that you vote in the election Tuesday,November 6, 2018. Your vote is a personal decision. As your union, it is our job to recommend candidates who share our values and will fight to make a better life for our union family. We have endorsed the following candidates for office because we believe they will fight to turn around the anti-worker, anti-union legislature in West Virginia.

Check your registration status!

The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office has purged more than 100,000 voters this year. Take a minute right now to check your voter registration status online at the following link: http://bit.ly/WVvoter

Don’t know where to vote?

You can look up your registration status and find your polling location by visiting  the WV Secretary of State website at this link: https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/FindMyPollingPlace

UFCW Local 400 West Virginia 2018 Voter Guide

U.S. Senate:

DEM. JOE MANCHIN

 

U.S. House Of Representatives:

1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
No Endorsement

2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
DEM. TALLEY SERGENT

3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
DEM. RICHARD OJEDA

 

State Senate:

2ND SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. DENNY LONGWELL

3RD SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
DEM. JAMES LEACH

4TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. BRIAN PRIM 

5TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. MIKE WOELFEL

6TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. CHARLES SAMMONS

7TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. RON STOLLINGS 

8TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. RICHARD LINDSAY

10TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. STEPHEN BALDWIN

11TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
REP. BILL HAMILTON

12TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. MIKE ROMANO

13TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. BOB BEACH

14TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. STEPHANIE ZUCKER 

17TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. TERRELL ELLIS 

 

State House Of Delegates:

7TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. LISSA LUCAS

8TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. DAVID BLAND

9TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. JIM MARION

 10TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. ANDY DANIEL
DEM. J.MORGAN LEACH
DEM. HARRY DEITZLER 

12TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. MISSY MORRIS

13TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM SCOTT BREWER

14TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. BRIANNE SOLOMON

16TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. SEAN HORNBUCKLE
DEM. MATT SPURLOCK
REP. VERA MILLER

17TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. CHAD LOVEJOY
REP. MATTHEW ROHRBACH

18TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. KAREN NANCE

19TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. KEN HICKS
DEM. ROBERT THOMPSON

21ST HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. PHYLIS WHITE

22ND HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. GARY MCCALLISTER
REP. ZACK MAYNARD

23RD HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. RODNEY MILLER

24TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. RALPH RODIGHIERO
DEM. TIMOTHY TOMBLIN 

26TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. ED EVANS

29TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. RICK MOYE

31ST HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. RICHARD “RICK” SNUFFER ll

32ND HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS
DEM. MELL KESSLER
DEM. LUKE LIVELY

33RD HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. DAVID A WALKER

34TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. BRENT BOGGS

35TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. ANDREW BYRD
DEM. RENATE PORE
DEM. JAMES ROBINETTE
DEM. DOUG SKAFF JR.

36TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. LARRY ROWE
DEM. ANDREW ROBINSON
DEM. AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON

37TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. MIKE PUSHKIN

38TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. TOM TULL

39TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. DAVID “WOODY” HOLMES

40TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. MELISSA HUFFMAN

47TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. FRANK “ED” LARRY

51ST HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. BARBARA FLEISCHAUER
DEM. EVAN HANSON
DEM. RODNEY PYLES
DEM. DANIELLE WALKER
DEM. JOHN WILLIAMS

52ND HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. GARY KNOTTS

53RD HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. CORY CHASE