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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 www.naacpmd.com

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

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