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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)

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

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.)

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

Sep 29: TSoul Benefit Concert to Fight Sickle Cell Disease

TSoul, the popular finalist on Season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice” and son of Local 400 member and representative Kenny Pinkard, is hosting a charity event to raise money to fight Sickle Cell Anemia. The benefit concert will be held Saturday, September 29 at Kilmarnock Town Center Park in Kilmarnock, Va. to help raise money and awareness for the FACES of Our Children Charity.

TSoul and Friends Live: A Benefit Concert to Fight Sickle Cell Disease

September 29, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Kilmarnock Town Centre Park
201 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Purchase tickets online: https://sicklecellconcert.eventbrite.com

For more information regarding vendor spaces or sponsorships, contact Kenny Pinkard 1-804-580-0619 or AL.B 804-205-7651

For more than 15 years, the UFCW has worked with FACES OF OUR CHILDREN (FOOC) – an organization dedicated to raising awareness, support and funding for the fight against sickle cell disease.  UFCW has raised millions of dollars to support FOOC’s efforts to deliver educational programs and materials through the internet, traditional media, schools, and community-based organizations.  FOOC also works to advance public policy and increase government and corporate funding with the goal of bettering the lives of people who suffer from (and ultimately finding a cure for) this deadly disease.

What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle Cell is an inherited but not contagious, blood disorder where normal round shaped red blood cells change to a quater-moon (sickled) shape. Sickle shaped cells have difficulty passing through small blood vessels so they can jam up. When the cells jam up, the flow of blood and oxygen to body parts are blocked causing extreme pain. It also can cause damage to muscles, bones, and internal organs. Today, approximately 1 in 500 African American children are born with sickle cell disease making it the most common long term illness identified in this population.

In Virginia, 1 in 325 babies are born with sickle cell disease. It is estimated that over 4,000 persons in the Commonwealth of Virginia are potentially living with the disease.

Sep 27: DanChem Technologies Membership Meeting

On Thursday, September 27, we will be hosting a union meeting for members working at DanChem Technologies to prepare for upcoming negotiations on our new contract.

We need your help to shape our strategy and prioritize our goals for negotiations. Your input will help us put together proposals well in advance of the actual contract negotiations and help us fight hardest for the things you and your coworkers want most.

As a Local 400 union member, please make a plan to attend this important meeting.

DanChem Technologies Membership Meeting

September 27, 2018
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Courtyard Marriott
2136 Riverside Drive, Danville, VA 24540

September 11: Kroger Richmond-Tidewater Contract Meeting

Be There to Vote on Your Next Contract

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with Kroger that we are prepared to recommend for ratification. The offer provides better pay and maintains affordable healthcare.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2018, we will hold two membership meetings where we will review the offer in detail and answer any questions you may have. It is critical that you make every effort to attend one of these meetings and hear the details of your contract proposal. You only have to attend one of the meetings.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

8:00 a.m. Richmond
Four Points by Sheraton
4700 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231
Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

5:30 p.m. Norfolk
DoubleTree Norfolk Airport
1500 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502
Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.

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 meetings.

In the meantime, all of the protections and benefits of your current union contract remain in effect. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to your shop steward, union representative, or call our headquarters at 1-800-638-0800 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

Aug 18: “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!

Join us for “Labor Day” at Appalachian Power Park on Saturday, August 18. Free game tickets are available for union members and their families (four tickets per family).

2:00 p.m. Tailgate
Charleston Building & Construction Trades
600 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301

5:00 p.m. Gates Open

6:00 p.m. Game Time

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

Presented By:

Charleston Building & Construction Trades Council
West Virginia State Building & Construction Trades
West Virginia AFL-CIO
AFT-West Virginia
USW #12625
AFT – Putnam
Kanawha Valley Labor Council
UMWA International
WV CWA#2001
Reconnecting McDowell
UMWA #2286

June 12: Rally for a Better Kroger

Kroger members in Norfolk are at risk of losing their jobs, their healthcare, and their retirement benefits. We need your help to save their jobs!

We have gathered signatures on a petition from Kroger associates, customers and community supporters calling on Kroger to meet with us

On Tuesday, June 12th, we’re going to Kroger’s corporate office in Roanoke to deliver our petition straight to Jerry Clontz, President of the Kroger Mid-Atlantic Division.

Join us!

Rally for a #BetterKroger

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
First Wesleyan Church
3706 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA

Learn more at www.BetterKroger.org