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Special Labor Night Performance of The Pajama Game

The DC LaborFest is sponsoring a special Labor Night performance during the upcoming run of The Pajama Game at Arena Stage. The December 13 show will include a post-show “Talk Back” session with the cast.

The classic labor musical deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where workers’ demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded, which resonates with the ongoing Fight for $15 and the federal wage freeze.

Click Here to Purchase Exclusive Tickets. Deadline November 20th by 12:00 p.m. Noon.

The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tiptop model of efficiency – so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard new superintendent Sid Sorokin has fallen for Babe Williams, the trouble-making head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers’ strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers like “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” the best way to ensure a good night’s rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game!

 

Take Action For A Fair Contract – Thursday, October 19th

Negotiations with Kroger on our next union contract have stalled. We’ve made it clear to Kroger that we are not going to allow them to continue to stall the process. In order to get them to move, we must show them that we are willing to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract.

Join us on Thursday, October 19 to take action for a fair contract! We’re hosting simultaneous actions at five stores throughout the region from 4pm to 6pm.

Take Action For A Fair Contract – Thursday, October 19th

All actions take place 4:00pm – 6:00pm at each of these stores:
Kroger #790                133 Beckley Crossing Shopping Ctr, Beckley, WV 25801 
Kroger #785                1100 Fledderjohn Rd, Charleston, WV 25314
Kroger #783                711 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Ashland, KY 41101
Kroger #799                1008 Washington Blvd, Belpre, OH 45714
Kroger #813                500 Suncrest Towne Centre Dr, Morgantown, WV 26505

Our past actions have gotten the company’s attention, but now it is time to show Kroger how serious we are. On October 19th, we need to be bigger and louder. We need to show Kroger that we won’t stop until we get a fair deal.

It is very important that you participate in every action you can. Let customers know how they can support us. Bring your coworkers, family members, and friends to the actions on the October 19th. We will not stop until we move Kroger to a fair deal.

 

Sign Up for Text Alerts

As we negotiate our next union contract with Kroger, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way. By signing up for text alerts, you’ll get the latest updates immediately!

To sign up, just text WV to 698-329.

Your wireless provider’s message and data rates may apply – you may opt out any time by texting STOP to 698329.

 

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Labor Day at Appalachian Power Park

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

Free Game Tickets for Union Members & Their Families! (4 tickets per family)
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Join us for a Tailgate at 3:00 PM at the Charleston Building & Construction Trades
600 Leon Sullivan Way — Free Food & Drinks

**Donations Sought To Aid Flood Victims**
We are asking for donations of canned goods and cleaning supplies; monetary donations can be made as well. Please drop items off at the tailgate!

Presented By:
Charleston Building & Construction Trades Council
AFT-WV
AFT – Kanawha
AFT – Putnam
West Virginia AFL-CIO
Kanawha Valley Labor Council
UMWA District 17
South Central Labor Council
CWA WV State Council
West Virginia State Building Trades
Reconnecting McDowell

To get your free tickets by contacting WVA AFL-CIO:
Paul Breedlove, Charleston Building Trades 304-542-6952
Kris Mallory, Reconnecting McDowell 800-222-9838
Dena Fields 304-344-3557

 

Gates open at 5:00 pm – Game time 6:05pm

May 13: Fill Your Bags for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Local 400 staff spent the morning volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. to kick off the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

We know better than anyone how hard UFCW members work to put food on the table for America’s families – and our union family also believes that no hardworking man or woman should struggle alone. Which is why we work hard for those in need, supporting our brothers and sisters at the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in their “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the food drive, and we want to make this a year for the history books. We hope to top last year’s Guinness World Record—80 million pounds of food collected for the largest single day food drive in world history. Together, we know we can do it, one bag at a time.

Here’s how:

  1. FILL A BAG with non-perishable food items. (See list below.)
  2. TAKE A PIC AND POST IT! Please Tweet it or put it on Facebook with the hashtag #StampOutHunger – and please tag @UFCW400 and @NALC.
  3. PUT OUT YOUR BAG on May 13th before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time.

That’s it! It’s so easy – please help us Stamp Out Hunger and put food on shelves in our local food banks.

What to Put in Your Bag

Fill your UFCW-provided Stamp Out Hunger paper bag with*:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Pasta or spaghetti sauce
  • Rice
  • Canned fruits and veggies
  • Canned meals (soup, chili, pasta)
  • 100% juice
  • Peanut butter
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned protein (chicken, tuna, turkey)
  • Beans
  • Oatmeal

*NOTE: DO NOT put in frozen food, homemade food, expired food, or home canned items – or anything in glass containers.

Original post by UFCW International

April 25 & 26: Lipton Union Membership Meetings

This week, we’re holding union membership meetings for all Lipton employees. These meetings are an opportunity to ask questions about the contract negotiations, bring new issues to our attention, and learn more about the union.

Join us for one of the meetings this week. You only have to attend one meeting. All meetings will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Suffolk.

Lipton Union Membership Meetings
Hilton Garden Inn, 100 E Constance Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
or
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
or
7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact any member of the bargaining committee, or call Kayla Mock at 571-435-1817.

May 13: DanChem & Ennis Solidarity Picnic

UFCW Local 400 cordially invites you and your family to our DanChem & Ennis employee Solidarity Day Picnic on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Good Year Park in Danville!

Solidarity Day Picnic

Saturday, May 13, 2017
12:30pm
Good Year Park
1901 Good Year Blvd, Danville, VA

The picnic is open to all DanChem and Ennis Local 400 members and their families. We’ll have a DJ and plenty of games for the kids. Please join us!

For more information, contact Donna Waddell at 202-674-7305.

April 29: March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

Learn more about the People’s Climate March at peoplesclimate.org

Join Local 400 for the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington, DC

Climate change is already causing major problems. We see it in record high temperatures, increasingly severe weather, and rising sea levels. And unless we take bold action now, it will only get worse, ultimately threatening human survival.

That alone is reason enough to combat the root causes of climate change. Unfortunately, too many elected leaders are ignoring the facts, and in many cases, they’re making matters worse.

At Local 400, we know we can’t ignore the facts. Our members will be directly impacted by effects of climate change. Across the globe, research suggests climate change will hurt working families the most. It will impose the greatest hardships on lower-income and working class communities because they are especially vulnerable to flooding, toxic air and water, and other environmental problems. And it will devastate our economy, causing massive job losses.

That’s why Local 400 is proudly joining many other labor unions in the April 29th People’s Climate March on Washington.

“It’s no accident that the Trump Administration and congressional extremists are undoing policies to fight climate change and undermining workers’ rights at the very same time,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “Their agenda is to enrich big business and the wealthiest Americans at the expense of working families. They’re putting everyone from Big Oil to union-busting employers first and the interests of hardworking Local 400 members last.

“So we must join together with every individual and organization committed to social, environmental and economic justice to resist Trump’s anti-worker agenda,” Federici said. “That’s what the People’s Climate March is all about. I encourage all our members to join us on April 29th.

The march’s agenda includes support for a $15 minimum wage, a demand for a “just transition” for workers negatively impacted by the shift to clean and renewable energy, and a call for bold investments in communities threatened by climate change.

Join us on April 29th in Washington, D.C. for the People’s Climate March. Learn more at peoplesclimate.org and help the spread the word with these helpful resources.

Free Workshop: How to Apply for U.S. Citizenship

On April 1, Local 400 will host a FREE workshop on how to apply for U.S. citizenship.

FREE Workshop: How to Apply for U.S. Citizenship
April 1, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Community Mennonite Church, 110 S High St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

An estimated 8.8 million permanent residents living in the United States are eligible for citizenship, but too many of these hardworking men and women don’t know how to apply or lack the resources to do so.

All across the country, UFCW Locals are leaders in efforts to register new voters and educate workers about their voting rights and the democratic process. We’re proud to help guide those eligible for citizenship through the process so they can become fully participating members in our democracy.

There are many benefits to citizenship. As a U.S. citizen, you can:

  • vote in all local, state and national elections
  • bring your spouse or minor children to the U.S. without delay, or bring adult children and siblings within 3 to 10 years
  • travel freely and visit family abroad
  • apply for certain federal jobs

To be eligible you must:

  • Have been a Legal Permanent Resident for 5 years, or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen.
  • Have NO problems with the law.
  • Speak, write and read Basic English.

What to bring to the free workshop on April 1:

  • Your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Drivers License or any other Photo ID
  • Social Security Card
  • List of home addresses for the past 5 years and the dates which you lived at that address
  • List of employer names and addresses for the past 5 years and the dates you worked for that employer
  • Dates you have been outside of the U.S. for the past 5 years, and the countries you traveled to
  • Bring your passport, itineraries, tickets, etc. for all trips made outside of the U.S.
  • Complete names, dates of birth, addresses and A#s (green cards) for all your children, and your most recent tax return
  • A money order for $725.00 payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”

If you are applying for citizenship based on marriage, please bring:

  • Marriage certificate and/or divorce decrees, if applicable
  • Evidence that your spouse has been a resident for at least 3 years, such as his/her birth certificate, passport or certificate of naturalization
  • Documents referring to you and your spouse: bank statements, leases, mortgages, IRS tax returns for the last 3 years
  • If you changed your name, the court decree that legally changed your name

If you think you may be eligible for a fee waiver, please bring your most recent tax returns and proof that you are receiving food stamps, public housing assistance, medical assistance, etc.

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Join Us to March Against Trump’s Anti-Worker Agenda (UPDATED)

The inauguration of the most unpopular President-elect in modern history is only a week away and union members will be joining with countless other organizations to say no to Donald Trump’s anti-worker agenda.

Labor union members, leaders and organizers will be participating in two marches to show our opposition to Trump’s proposed attacks on working men and women. Join us!

Friday, January 20, 2017 – Festival of Resistance: March Against Trump

12:00 p.m. Noon

Join the labor contingent on the east side of Columbus Circle, Washington, D.C.

DC-area labor union members, leaders, organizers, and staff are mobilizing for the Festival of Resistance, a march from Columbus Circle to McPherson Square, on January 20th. We’re calling on all union members – wherever you’re from – to join us!

Union members are encouraged to wear their union’s shirts/colors and to meet on the east side of Columbus Circle no later than 11:45 a.m. The march will kick off around 12:00pm (noon).

This march, part of DisruptJ20, will be fully permitted and fun! There will be families, marching bands, puppets, and other displays that show the diversity and power of the resistance to Trump.

It’s critical that organized labor participate forcefully in these early days of the resistance, as basic worker and union protections will be among the first to be attacked.

Interested in doing more? Want to take direct action on January 20th? We’re doing that, too. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/764142167083262/ for details.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – Women’s March on Washington

8:30 a.m.

UPDATED LOCATION: Join the labor contingent at Garfield Park (3rd St SE and G St SE) near Capitol South Metro.

Join thousands of women on January 21 to send a message to the new administration and to the world that we will do everything possible to defend and protect women’s rights to defend and protect women’s rights!

Those unable to attend the D.C. march, please click on the link below to find a march near you in both the U.S. and Canada.

https://www.womenmarch.org/