News and Updates


Aug 27: Votante Fiel Kick-off Event

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of a historic election season for Latino voters. Hear stories of trial and triumph as community members discuss how to motivate your Latino friends and family to vote. Find out how you can take action and be empowered at the polls.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Patric Henry Elementary School
701 S. Highland St.
Arlington, VA 22204

For more information, call Sara Benitez at (202) 499-4084 or email

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2016 Election Labor Walks

Steve Meador (left), a Local 400 union rep, knocked on hundreds of doors to speak with fellow labor voters last year.

Steve Meador (left), a Local 400 union rep, knocked on hundreds of doors to speak with fellow labor voters last year.

Labor 2016 kicks in to high gear on Saturday, September 10th! Come out to walk and talk with fellow union members about what’s at stake in November’s election.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. on September 10th at one of the following locations:

In Annandale: NoVA Labor Offices – 4536 John Marr Drive

In Richmond: CWA Local 2201 Hall – 5809 Lakeside Ave.

In Norfolk: Ironworkers Local 79 Hall – 5307 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.

In Roanoke: Western Virginia Labor Federation – 2101 Dale Ave., SE

September 9-10: Labor Night at the Richmond Raceway


Join us September 9th & 10th for Labor Nights at the Richmond International Raceway!

Union members and friends enjoy exclusive discount tickets to the fall NASCAR races at RIR. Tickets for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Race on September 10th are only $40 (regular price is $75!) & tickets to the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Race on September 9th are $20 (regular price $35). Tickets can be purchased by visiting

October 1: Free Legal Clinic & Community Fair

PHOTO CREDIT: "The Scales of Justice" by James Cridland.

PHOTO CREDIT: “The Scales of Justice” by James Cridland.

The NOVA Restoration Initiative Presents: The 2016 Legal Clinic

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Shiloh Baptist Church
1401 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Program Overview

Legal Clinic:

Community Members are encouraged to come out and meet with attorneys from Legal Services NOVA, Lawyers Commitee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Arlington County Public Defenders Offices of Arlington and City of Falls Church & The Old Dominion Bar Association to discuss matters of: criminal record expungements, criminal law, child custody/visitation, child support, housing-landlord/tenant, consumer law-credit reports, debt collection and bankruptcy.

Restoration of Rights:

The Secretary of the Commonwealth Office will facilitate a workshop on Restoration of Rights.

Voter Registration:

New Virginia Majority will be doing voter registration.

Career Readiness Workshops:

  • Resume Building + Interviewing Skills
  • What’s In Your Parachute (Developing Your Career Path)
  • Building Your LinkedIn Presence (does not begin until 12/noon)
  • Complimentary headshots will be provided by two professional photographers.

Beauty & Makeover Workshop:

Ty Cobb, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Radio Personality, will facilitate a workshop on “Makeup/Beauty Best Practices.”

This event is free and open to the public, however, you must register to attend. Register here to attend.

Light refreshments will be served.

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West Virginia Labor Day Events


Live in West Virginia? Join us for one of these upcoming Labor Day Weekend celebrations!

Marion County Labor Council Annual Labor Day Celebration & Picnic

Sunday, September 4, 2016
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Hough Park, Mannington WV

Additional info contact Mark Dorsey:
(304) 777-7642

Workers United 863/LiUNA Annual Labor Day Celebration & Picnic

Sunday, September 4, 2016
11:00am – 6:00pm
Valley View Country Club – White Sulphur Springs, WV

Additional info contact Peter Bostic:
(304) 667-3863 /

United Mine Workers of America 78th Annual Labor Day Celebration & Picnic

Monday, September 5, 2016
11:30am – 4:30pm
John Slack Memorial Park, Racine WV

Additional info contact Ted Hapney:
(304) 552-4498 /

Marshall-Wetzel-Tyler Labor Council, AFL-CIO Paden City Labor Day Parade

Monday, September 5, 2016 / 1:00pm
(12:00 p.m. line up at the South End of Town)

“Free” 7:30pm Jimmy Fortune Concert
(A former member of the Statler Brothers)

Brought to you by the Unions of the Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler Labor Council, AFL-CIO and Gold Khourey & Turak – Attorneys At Law

Additional info contact BB Smith:
(304) 545-7781 /

Save the Date: Vote on the New Contract at Boar’s Head

The union bargaining committee was responsible for negotiating the latest contract with Boar's Head. This will be the first contract to cover both the Jarratt and Petersburg facilities.

The union bargaining committee was responsible for negotiating the latest contract with Boar’s Head. This will be the first contract to cover both the Jarratt and Petersburg facilities.

If you work at Boar’s Head in Jarratt or Petersburg, your collective bargaining team would like to invite you to vote on our next contract!

Please plan to attend one of these meetings listed below to discuss proposed changes to the terms and conditions of your current collective bargaining agreement.

You only need to attend ONE of the meetings.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
12:00 p.m. Noon
Hampton Inn Emporia
898 Wiggins Road Emporia, VA 23847

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Hampton Inn Emporia
898 Wiggins Road Emporia, VA 23847

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
12:00 p.m. Noon
Holiday Inn Petersburg North-Ft Lee
401 East Roslyn Road
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Petersburg North-Ft Lee
401 East Roslyn Road
Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Questions? Drop us a line!

Call UFCW Local 400 toll-free at 1-800-638-0800, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free Labor Day Weekend at Appalachian Power Park

Night game at Appalachian Power Park vs. Lexington Legends, June 12, 2010. Photo by ChristopherLocke.

Night game at Appalachian Power Park vs. Lexington Legends, June 12, 2010. Photo by ChristopherLocke.

Free Game Tickets for Union Members & Their Families! 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Tailgate – 5:00 p.m.
Tailgate at Charleston Building & Construction Trades
600 Leon Sullivan Way – Free Food & Drinks

Gates Open – 6:00 p.m.

Gametime – 7:05 p.m.
West Virginia Power vs. Greenville Drive

Presented by:
Charleston Building & Construction Trades Council
AFT #4444
West Virginia AFL-CIO
Kanawha Valley Labor Council
UMWA District 17
CWA #2001
West Virginia State Building Trades
UMWA Local Union #2286
Reconnecting McDowell

Get Your Free Tickets

To get your free tickets, contact

Paul Breedlove, Charleston Building Trades 304-542-6952

Kris Mallory, Reconnecting McDowell 800-222-9838

Dena Fields, West Virginia AFL-CIO 304-344-3557

Thousands Gather in Richmond for Historic Fight for $15 March

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On Saturday, August 13, we made history in Richmond.

Thousands and thousands of us marched through the streets of Richmond to demand economic justice for the 64 million Americans working for less than $15 an hour. The march brought together people from across the country working too much for too little – from Kroger associates to fast food workers to childcare providers and even college professors.

The march culminated the first-ever national Fight for $15 convention, which brought together thousands of underpaid workers to strategize next steps for our growing movement.

The Fight for $15 movement shows us what we can accomplish when we stand together. It all started four years ago when fast food workers in New York went on strike. Since then, it has grown to thousands of cities across the world and has scored victory after victory for working people. Just last month, we passed legislation to raise the minimum wage in Washington, D.C. to $15 an hour by 2020. New York and California have already done the same thing. Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles have also gone to $15.

Marja Tippin, a teacher from Oakland, California, explained the importance of the movement to millions of hardworking men and women:

“We need to get a livable wage across the board, and possibly, hopefully, end poverty. We work really hard to provide, and can’t maintain, and that is not right. This is not the American dream, at least not the way I was taught.”

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, leader of North Carolina’s chapter of the NAACP who recently made headlines after delivering a speech at the Democratic National Convention, was a featured speaker at the convention. With his piercing moral perspective, the reverend put the crisis facing underpaid workers today in stark relief:

“Right now you’re helping to fight for a third Reconstruction in this country. Labor without livable wages is nothing but a pseudo-form of slavery. When you pay people more, it’s good for them, it’s good for the economy, it’s good for America.”

It’s time for an economy that works for us ALL. It’s time for $15 and union rights. We are thousands strong, and we are tired of struggling to get by no matter how hard we work. We deserve better. We know that by standing together, we’ll get the better lives we deserve.

Photos on Facebook

Check out photos from the march on Facebook.

Contract Survey for Giant & Safeway Union Members


What do you want in your next union contract?

In the coming weeks, we will begin negotiating our next union contract with Giant Food and Safeway. Please help us put together our proposals for the upcoming negotiations by completing our 2016 Contract Proposal Survey.  Your responses will help us put together proposals well in advance of the actual contract negotiations, and it will help us fight hardest for the things you and other members want most.

Click here to fill out our online survey. It only takes a few minutes!

Please complete the survey by no later than Noon, Monday, September 12, 2016.

Upcoming Contract Meetings

Please plan to attend any one of our upcoming contract meetings.  All meetings will run from 6pm to 8pm. You will get a card in the mail inviting you to the one closest to the store where you work, and we encourage you to attend that one, but if you cannot make it or another meeting is more convenient, you are welcome to attend any of them! We want to hear what YOU want to see in your upcoming contract, so make sure to be there!

We’ve already had several meetings and there are more coming up!

Fredericksburg Area
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Fredericksburg Library
1201 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Washington, DC Area
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Teamsters 639
3100 Ames Place, NE
Washington, DC 20018

Oxon Hill Area
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Oxon Hill Library
6200 Oxon Hill Rd
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Silver Spring/Wheaton Area
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Knights of Columbus
9707 Rosensteel Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Chantilly Area
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Chantilly Regional Library
4000 Stringfellow Road
Chantilly, VA 20151-2628

Silver Spring Area
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Mid County Comm. Rec Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

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As we negotiate our next union contract with Giant and Safeway, we’re committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. With so many ways to stay in the loop, don’t get left out of the conversation!
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