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June 24-28: Take A Stand at Shoppers

A Shoppers store front in Herndon, Va.

For far too long, the future of Shoppers Food & Pharmacy has been in question. We don’t know when and we don’t know how, but one thing seems clear: thanks to a decision by the corporate office of Shoppers’ parent company, it’s only a matter of time before all Shoppers stores are sold or closed.

For more than 40 years, Shoppers has provided good union jobs with fair wages and health and retirement benefits, as well as affordable, fresh food in many lower-income communities that would otherwise be food deserts.

Now thousands of union jobs are at risk and entire communities could be left without access to fresh food. Just because some far-off corporate office decides to leave the retail business doesn’t mean our community can be cast aside and forgotten.

Join us for a rally on June 26 to call on Shoppers to ensure these locations remain grocery stores with strong union jobs!

Rally at Shoppers
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2626/2345
4801 Marlboro Pike, Coral Hills, MD

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We will be joined by Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy and other local leaders.

Can’t make it on Wednesday? We’re holding other actions throughout the week. Check out the full schedule below and join us at an event near you!

To be clear: Shoppers is not bankrupt or going out of business. Their parent company is simply determined to sell these stores, regardless of the fact that they are profitable.

For the last two years, Shoppers’ parent companies (first Supervalu and now UNFI) have hinted at plans to completely leave the retail business to focus on wholesale distribution. The implication has always been clear – the company plans to sell off all Shoppers locations.

Throughout this time, our union members – the store associates who are the backbone of the Shoppers stores – have been left to wonder what the future will hold. Our repeated requests for information have been met with silence from the company.

Well enough is enough. Join us for a week of action June 24-28 to call on Shoppers to preserve access to fresh food and quality jobs in our communities. Join us at an action near you!

Take A Stand at Shoppers: Week of Action Schedule

Monday, June 24

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2650/2366 (4720 Cherry Hill Rd, College Park, MD)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2656/2371 (2201 Randolph Rd, Wheaton, MD)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2635/2353 (806 Largo Center Drive, Landover, MD)

Tuesday, June 25

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2654/2370 (5110 Nicholson Lane, Rockville, MD)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2619/2340 (6881 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2634/2352 (7051 M L King Jr Hwy, Landover, MD)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2281 (8212 Liberty Road, Baltimore, MD 21244)

Wednesday, June 26

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2653/2369 (6111 Livingston Rd, Oxon Hill, MD)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Rally At Shoppers #2626/2345 (4801 Marlboro Pike, Coral Hills, MD)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2299 (2000 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21215)

Thursday, June 27

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2649/2365 (3801 Jefferson Davis Highway, Alexandria, VA)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2648/2364 (6360 Seven Corners Center, Falls Church, VA)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2615/2336 (9622 Main Street, Fairfax, VA)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2338 (264 Solomons Island Road, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Friday, June 28

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2628/2346 (7005 Manchester Lakes Blvd, Franconia, VA)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2641/2358 (7660 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA)

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Shoppers #2674/2381 (4174 Fortuna Center Plaza, Dumfries, VA)

2019 Giant Food & Safeway Union Contract Survey

What do you want in your next union contract?

In the coming weeks, we will begin negotiating our next union contracts with Safeway and Giant Food. Please help us put together our proposals for the upcoming negotiations by completing the survey below.

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.

Please complete the survey by no later than Friday, April 26, 2019. This will give the negotiators time to compile your information before the first proposal meeting.

*THE SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their input!*

Bernie Sanders Campaign Workers Join UFCW Local 400

* Updated 7:16 p.m. ET, March 15, 2019, with quotes from campaign staff. *

Jonathan Williams, Communications Director, UFCW Local 400, 301-577-6687

First U.S. Presidential Campaign in History to Be Organized

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15 — Workers on the Bernie Sanders Campaign today made themselves the first presidential campaign employees in history to win union representation, as a majority signed cards joining United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400.

This victory resulted from the Bernie 2020 Campaign’s decision to stay neutral in the employees’ organizing drive and its agreement to recognize UFCW Local 400 when a majority of workers signed union cards. As a result, all campaign employees below the rank of deputy director are now represented by UFCW Local 400 and negotiations for their first collective bargaining agreement will begin as soon as possible.

“Our union makes this campaign strong, and its workers even stronger,” said John Marzabadi, a current campaign staffer in the D.C. office and former UFCW Local 262 member. “I’m excited to be part of this historic, pro-worker campaign and encourage other campaigns to organize as well!”

“I come from working class family with a single mom. Union membership goes back to my great grandfather who worked on the Altoona railroad his entire life. He never finished high school, but because of the union, he was able to provide for his family. For myself to finally have the chance to be in a union is a true blessing,” said Julia Griffin, who works on the campaign’s communications and digital team. “It’s really beautiful to have such solidarity with folks from all different backgrounds and job roles. When workers organize we all benefit, and I can’t wait to see how the campaign benefits from this as well.”

“Today, we made history and did what no other presidential campaign has done before. We are so proud to join Local 400 alongside our union brothers and sisters in the struggle for security, justice and dignity,” said Christian Bowe, a campaign staff member who works on digital communications. “Senator Sanders has been fighting for workers unlike anyone in American politics for his entire life and our campaign is committed to leading the effort to revitalize, grow and empower the labor movement like none other and that begins with our own workers. Together, we are building an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will not only defeat union busters like Donald Trump but transform this country to work for all of us.”

On February 26th, the Bernie 2020 Campaign and UFCW Local 400 signed a card check and neutrality agreement. By March 15th, a majority of the campaign’s 44 bargaining unit-eligible employees had signed union cards — counted and certified by Rabbi Elizabeth Richman, Deputy Director and Rabbi in Residence at Jews United for Justice, as designated by the agreement — triggering recognition and a countdown to the launch of negotiations. Over the course of the campaign, the bargaining unit could potentially grow to more than 1,000 members.

“First, I want to congratulate the Bernie 2020 campaign workers for making history and empowering themselves to improve their pay, benefits and working conditions with a strong voice in the workplace,” said UFCW Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “I also congratulate Senator Sanders for not only talking the talk but actually walking the walk when it comes to his commitment to uphold the right of every worker to bargain collectively.

“We expect this will mean pay parity and transparency on the campaign, with no gender bias or harassment, and equal treatment for every worker, whether they’re in Washington, D.C., Iowa, New Hampshire or anywhere else,” he said.

“I hope this breakthrough serves as a model for other presidential campaigns, as well as party committees and candidates for other offices,” Federici added. “While political campaigns aren’t the easiest work environment, every worker has the right to respect and dignity. And when candidates who claim to support the labor movement practice what they preach, that sends a powerful message that, if elected, they will deliver on their promises to strengthen union rights and level the playing field between workers and employers.”

While this is the first presidential campaign to organize, the 2018 candidacy of Randy Bryce (D) is believed to be the first federal electoral campaign to achieve union representation. Employees of the Vermont and Idaho Democratic parties are also unionized, among others.

While this is the first political campaign represented by UFCW Local 400, the union represents a wide variety of employees in a diverse array of fields, ranging from grocery store clerks to nurses, from retail and food processing workers to police officers. The Local’s reputation for effective, tenacious and professional representation, and its strategy of empowering members was cited by Sanders campaign workers as the reason why they chose to affiliate.


The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 represents 35,000 members working in the retail food, health care, retail department store, food processing, service and other industries in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

UFCW Local 400 & CASA in Action Call on Governor Northam to Resign Immediately

February 1, 2019

Jonathan Williams, Communications Director, UFCW Local 400 – – 202.316.0235

UFCW Local 400 & CASA in Action Call on Governor Northam to Resign Immediately

RICHMOND, VA (February 1, 2019) – After a photograph from Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook surfaced showing a man in a Ku Klux Klan robe and another man in blackface, two of Virginia’s largest membership organizations who had previously endorsed Mr. Northam have called on the governor to resign.

Mark Federici, President of Local 400 of the United Food & Commercial Workers union (UFCW), issued the following statement on behalf of the union:

“This racist, despicable behavior is reprehensible no matter who does it and no matter when it is done. There is simply no place for blackface or the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia, let alone in the governor’s mansion.

“Mr. Northam has much work to do to reconcile his relationship with our members, our community, and all citizens of the Commonwealth. Remaining in the governor’s office is simply incompatible with that undertaking.

“We hereby rescind our past endorsement of Gov. Northam and call on him to resign from office immediately.”

Luis Aguilar of CASA in Action, Virginia’s largest immigrant rights organization, issued the following statement:

“Our members – people on the frontlines of the battle for human rights – deserve representation that honors their fundamental dignity.  It is almost impossible to identify images more damaging to the soul than those in Ralph Northam’s yearbook. He has apologized and said he is a changed person. But it doesn’t mean he is an appropriate governor. In an era in which the White House is occupied by a white supremacist, we ask that Governor Northam heal this grave wound to the African-American community and more broadly all People of Color, by resigning.”


UFCW Local 400 represents thousands of members working in the retail food, health care, retail department store, food processing, service and other industries. In Virginia, the union represents primarily grocery clerks at Giant Food, Safeway, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, and Kroger grocery stores, as well as factory workers in food processing, Chesapeake Bay fisherman, and many others.

With 97,000+ lifetime members, CASA in Action is the largest electoral organization fighting for immigrant rights in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Local 400 Police Officers Support Special Olympics with Polar Bear Plunge

Last week, Local 400 members from the Annapolis Police and Takoma Park Police participated in the Police Plunge to support Special Olympics Maryland.

The officers joined nearly 800 participants in the event on Friday, January 25, as part of the Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge taking place last week.

The frigid dives into the Chesapeake Bay raised hundreds of thousands of dollars overall, while the Annapolis Police Department alone raised more than $12,000 in about 12 hours. All proceeds benefit athletes with Special Olympics Maryland.

UFCW Local 400 Union Officers Sworn In

On January 15, 2019, the newly elected leaders of the UFCW Local 400 Executive Board were sworn in to office by UFCW International Vice President and Region 2 Director Al Vincent.

In an election with greater turnout over past years, the Executive Board was overwhelmingly elected by a majority of members in September.

Chris Hoffman, who has served as Collective Bargaining Director since 2013, has moved into the Secretary-Treasurer role. “I’m looking forward to continuing my service to the members of Local 400 in a deeper capacity,” he said.

The Executive Board is as follows:

President: Mark Federici
Secretary-Treasurer: Christopher Hoffmann
Recorder: Vivian Sigouin, Safeway, Virginia
Vice President: Mike Wilson, Executive Assistant to the President
Vice President: Yolanda Anwar, Maryland & DC Regional Director
Vice President: Kevin Belle, Boar’s Head Provisions, Virginia
Vice President: Bryan Bond, West Virginia & Southwest Virginia Regional Director
Vice President: Robert Brown, Central & Southeast Virginia Regional Director
Vice President: Tami Faulknier, Kroger, West Virginia
Vice President: Tiffany Flowers, Organizing Director
Vice President: Kevin Freeman, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Maryland
Vice President: Lisa Gillespie, Kroger, Virginia
Vice President: Alan Hanson, Service & Mobilization Director
Vice President: Phyllis Jackson, Safeway, Washington, DC
Vice President: Neil Jacobs, Northern Virginia Regional Director
Vice President: Beverly McFarland, Giant Food, Maryland
Vice President: Kim Mitchell, Macy’s, Washington, DC
Vice President: David Payne, Giant Food, Virginia
Vice President: Kenny Pinkard, Omega Protein, Virginia
Vice President: Jerry Rexroad, Kroger, West Virginia
Vice President: Paul Rickey, Safeway, Virginia
Vice President: Tom Rogers, Northern Virginia Representative
Vice President: Jane St. Louis, Safeway, Maryland
Vice President: Linda Sykes, Boar’s Head Provisions, Virginia
Vice President: Mary Vines, Tyson Foods, Virginia
Vice President: Donna Waddell, Central & Southern Virginia Regional Director

January 8: Virginia Special Election for State Senate District 33

On January 8, a special election will be held in Virginia State Senate District 33 to fill the seat vacated by Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton.

Help make sure labor-endorsed candidate Jennifer Boysko is elected! We can trust her to solve problems for working families.

Jennifer Boysko has a 100% pro-labor voting record from her three years serving as a House Delegate. She believes in workers’ rights to organize and has stood side by side on picket lines with union members as we have fought for fair wages, benefits and important protections on the job. Her door will remain open to workers and our concerns.

As a House Delegate, Jennifer sponsored legislation to raise the minimum wage, expand broadband and make sure women receive equal pay for equal work. She carried bills that fought wage theft and worker misclassification which deny core wage and workplace protections. She knows the importance of investing in our transportation infrastructure and public education system.

Make a plan to vote! Your regular polling place will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Not sure where to vote? You can look up your polling place on the Virginia Department of Elections website here.

New $1.00 Night Premium for Kroger Roanoke Associates

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We are pleased to announce that UFCW Local 400 and Kroger have negotiated changes in your union contract to provide new incentives for associates working overnight under the Roanoke union contract – including night crew.

An hourly premium of $1.00 will be paid in addition to the base rate of pay for associates working overnight (including night crew) as well as full-time employees in the Meat Department working overnight. The new premiums took effect December 16, 2018 and extend through the life of the union contract.

The precise contract language is as follows:

Article 14.21 shall be changed to read, “A night premium of $1.00 per hour shall be paid for night work performed between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., including grocery night stock clerks. This is separate from and in addition to the employee’s straight time hourly rate. When a clerk is scheduled to work fifty percent (50%) or more of the scheduled work shift between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., the employee will receive the night premium for the entire shift.”

Article 14.22 shall be changed to read, “In the Meat Department, a night premium of one dollar ($1.00) per hour shall be paid for work performed by full-time employees between 9:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on a night shift, such shift not to begin before 9:30 p.m. (except that a night shift may be started at 9:00 p.m. or after on Sunday and holiday nights and the time and one-half (1- 1/2) will not apply). When a night shift employee is scheduled to work fifty percent (50%) or more of his scheduled work shift between 9:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., he will receive the night shift premium for his entire shift.

The established night premium will be in effect until the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement which expires on June 6, 2020.

Local 400 President Receives NAACP Labor Service Award

The Maryland State Conference NAACP recently honored Local 400 President Mark Federici with the Labor Service Award.

“I am deeply humbled by this award,” said Mark Federici. “Our union family is proud to stand with the NAACP and we are privileged to partner with many of its chapters throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Our partnership helps to build a stronger community to fight for a better life for working people.”

The recognition was presented at the organization’s 78th Annual Convention in October. To learn more about the Maryland State Conference NAACP, visit

Nov 29: Bestway Silver Spring Contract Vote

On Thursday, November 29, 2018, we will be holding a contract vote for Bestway members working at the location in Silver Spring.

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 vote. Voting will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bestway Silver Spring Contract Vote

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Voting is open from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

El Golfo Restaurant
8739 Flower Avenue, Silver Spring, MD