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Marc Elrich for Montgomery County Executive

Marc Elrich (right) poses for a photo with Safeway #1956 shop steward Sharon Glaser.

After years of leading many fights for working families—including passage of a $15/hour minimum wage—Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich more than earned Local 400’s enthusiastic recommendation in his campaign for Montgomery County Executive.

Local 400’s support in the June 26th primary helped Elrich win a narrow victory over a wealthy opponent who spent $5.4 million. Normally, the Democratic nominee is all but assured of victory in the general election in deep blue Montgomery County, but Elrich’s courage in championing workers earned the hostility of developers and other wealthy special interests. They have taken unprecedented action to try to stop him by convincing a pro-business county councilmember, Nancy Floreen, to enter the race as an independent. Elrich is abiding by the County’s public financing law, which prohibits corporations from donating to his campaign and requires him to raise small donations from county residents. Meanwhile, Floreen is using public financing in order to take advantage of all the special interest money flowing her way.  As a result, Elrich will be outspent. It will take people to put him over the top.

“On every issue that matters, from the $15 minimum wage to paid family and sick leave legislation, Marc Elrich has stood with us,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “Now, we must stand with him.

“Anti-worker special interest money is flooding into Montgomery County to try to elect a council member who didn’t have the guts to get into the primary, who voted against the $15 minimum wage the first time Marc put it before the Council, and who sponsored legislation undermining County employees’ collective bargaining rights,” Federici said. “We cannot let private profits trump the public good in this election, and that’s why I urge Local 400 members to volunteer and vote for Marc Elrich.”

As Elrich has noted, ​“Raising the minimum wage has already tangibly improved the lives of over 100,000 people and will continue to improve those lives and more in the years to come. An adequate minimum wage is life-altering for families and disproportionately benefits women and people of color. As a Montgomery County public school teacher for 17 years, I also know that the biggest barriers to students’ success are the inequalities that impact their lives, and that raising the minimum wage is thus particularly important for children.

“I have sponsored two successful minimum wage increases,” he added. “Several years ago, I helped convince lawmakers in Washington, D.C., Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County to join forces and push for higher minimum wages together. I then championed the cause of the workers behind the Fight For $15, and we succeeded last year in passing legislation that will gradually increase Montgomery County’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“My vision is a modern economy that encourages entrepreneurship, moves people and goods efficiently, develops today’s and tomorrow’s workforce, ensures regulations are sensible, and promotes opportunity for all,” Elrich said.

“The only way to have pro-worker progressive leadership in Montgomery County is to elect Marc Elrich as county executive,” Federici said. “All of our members living or working in Montgomery County have a lot at stake in ensuring that Marc wins.”

Election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Early voting takes place from October 25th through  November 1st.

West Virginia 2018 Voter Guide

 

West Virginia’s general election is on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. We must vote to change our current legislative leadership’s war on working families which has stifled workers’ voices, lowered wages, and made workplaces less safe.

It is vital that you vote in the election Tuesday,November 6, 2018. 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 to turn around the anti-worker, anti-union legislature in West Virginia.

Check your registration status!

The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office has purged more than 100,000 voters this year. Take a minute right now to check your voter registration status online at the following link: http://bit.ly/WVvoter

Don’t know where to vote?

You can look up your registration status and find your polling location by visiting  the WV Secretary of State website at this link: https://services.sos.wv.gov/Elections/Voter/FindMyPollingPlace

UFCW Local 400 West Virginia 2018 Voter Guide

U.S. Senate:

DEM. JOE MANCHIN

 

U.S. House Of Representatives:

1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
No Endorsement

2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
DEM. TALLEY SERGENT

3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
DEM. RICHARD OJEDA

 

State Senate:

2ND SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. DENNY LONGWELL

3RD SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
DEM. JAMES LEACH

4TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. BRIAN PRIM 

5TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. MIKE WOELFEL

6TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. CHARLES SAMMONS

7TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. RON STOLLINGS 

8TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. RICHARD LINDSAY

10TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. STEPHEN BALDWIN

11TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
REP. BILL HAMILTON

12TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. MIKE ROMANO

13TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. BOB BEACH

14TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. STEPHANIE ZUCKER 

17TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT
DEM. TERRELL ELLIS 

 

State House Of Delegates:

7TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. LISSA LUCAS

8TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. DAVID BLAND

9TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. JIM MARION

 10TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. ANDY DANIEL
DEM. J.MORGAN LEACH
DEM. HARRY DEITZLER 

12TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. MISSY MORRIS

13TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM SCOTT BREWER

14TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. BRIANNE SOLOMON

16TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. SEAN HORNBUCKLE
DEM. MATT SPURLOCK
REP. VERA MILLER

17TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. CHAD LOVEJOY
REP. MATTHEW ROHRBACH

18TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. KAREN NANCE

19TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. KEN HICKS
DEM. ROBERT THOMPSON

21ST HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. PHYLIS WHITE

22ND HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. GARY MCCALLISTER
REP. ZACK MAYNARD

23RD HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. RODNEY MILLER

24TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. RALPH RODIGHIERO
DEM. TIMOTHY TOMBLIN 

26TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. ED EVANS

29TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. RICK MOYE

31ST HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. RICHARD “RICK” SNUFFER ll

32ND HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS
DEM. MELL KESSLER
DEM. LUKE LIVELY

33RD HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. DAVID A WALKER

34TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. BRENT BOGGS

35TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. ANDREW BYRD
DEM. RENATE PORE
DEM. JAMES ROBINETTE
DEM. DOUG SKAFF JR.

36TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. LARRY ROWE
DEM. ANDREW ROBINSON
DEM. AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON

37TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. MIKE PUSHKIN

38TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. TOM TULL

39TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. DAVID “WOODY” HOLMES

40TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. MELISSA HUFFMAN

47TH HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. FRANK “ED” LARRY

51ST HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. BARBARA FLEISCHAUER
DEM. EVAN HANSON
DEM. RODNEY PYLES
DEM. DANIELLE WALKER
DEM. JOHN WILLIAMS

52ND HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. GARY KNOTTS

53RD HOUSE DISTRICT
DEM. CORY CHASE

Why We Support Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland

Local 400 Strongly Recommends Progressive Champion

Local 400 members living in Maryland would benefit greatly if they help elect Ben Jealous (D) their next governor, because he will fight for a $15 minimum wage, debt-free college tuition, bottom-up economic growth, universal health coverage, and a host of other pro-worker policies.

By contrast, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has repeatedly vetoed legislation our members need, like the Healthy Working Families Act. Fortunately, at Local 400’s urging, the General Assembly overrode Hogan’s veto and made paid sick leave state law.

That’s why Jealous, the former National President & CEO of the NAACP, received Local 400’s enthusiastic recommendation for his campaign to unseat Hogan.

“Ben has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to economic and social justice,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “Now more than ever, we need bold, visionary leaders like Ben to lead us on a new path to ensure every Marylander has the opportunity to earn a better life. We look forward to Ben bringing his much-needed fighting spirit to Annapolis.”

“I’m proud of the movement of working people we’ve put together over the past year,” Jealous said at a press conference announcing his endorsement by Local 400 and four other unions. “As a lifelong community organizer, I know that building a broader, more robust coalition than anyone thinks is possible is the only way to move forward on Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, and fully funding our schools.”

Jealous’ agenda for Maryland’s working families includes:

  • Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour and tying it to the state’s median wage, while also gradually eliminating the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers.
  • Implementing an economic policy that increases wage growth, supports small businesses, and expands prosperity across every sector and region of the state.
  • Ensuring that the more than 300,000 Marylanders who currently lack health care are covered through a Medicare-for-All system that delivers better care for less cost.
  • Making community college free for every Marylander and making all four-year public colleges debt-free for state residents.

By contrast, Hogan has continually opposed measures designed to improve the living standards and quality of life for Maryland workers. Specifically, he:

  • Vetoed the Healthy Working Families Act, which would have denied paid family leave to workers in the state had the General Assembly not overridden his veto.
  • Opposes a $15/hour minimum wage.
  • Let health insurance premiums in the state rise by a whopping 120 percent, while opposing efforts to lower prescription drug prices.
  • Rejected needed increases in school funding. He tried to cut $144 million from Maryland’s public schools in his first budget. In 2016, he pushed to cut $30 million in investments for after-school programs, college preparation, and teacher retention. And he has diverted $18 million from public schools to subsidize expensive private schools.
  • Allowed Maryland workers to fall behind their counterparts, taking home less than $1,000 in inflation-adjusted wage growth during his time as governor while workers nationwide took home more than $5,500 in wage growth, and Virginia workers gained an additional $8,000.

“Wage growth for Maryland’s families has fallen behind under Larry Hogan and we need new leadership to create an economy that is truly inclusive and meets the needs of our state,” Jealous said. “As a businessman and civil rights leader, I know how to build an economy that leaves no family behind, no worker behind, no young person behind, and no person behind who has paid their debt to society and deserves a second chance. With new leadership, we can increase wage growth, support our small businesses, retain more of our own start ups and expand prosperity across every sector and region of our state.”

Federici urged Local 400 members in Maryland not only to vote for Jealous but to work for his election. “The more our members volunteer to make calls, knock on doors, and take other steps to elect Ben our next governor, the greater our chances of getting a true ally, advocate and fighter for our interests in the governor’s mansion,” he said. “I encourage everyone to do their part.”

Members Overwhelmingly Elect Federici Slate

United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 members overwhelmingly re-elected President Mark Federici and the entire “Federici” slate to full terms as leaders of the 30,000-member union:

President: Mark Federici
Secretary Treasurer: Christopher Hoffmann
Recorder: Vivian Sigouin, Safeway Virginia
Vice President #1: Mike Wilson
Vice President #2: Yolanda Anwar
Vice President #3: Kevin Belle, Boars Head Provisions
Vice President #4: Bryan Bond
Vice President #5: Jaki Bradley, Kaiser Permanente
Vice President #6: Robert Brown
Vice President #7: Tami Faulknier, Kroger West Virginia
Vice President #8: Tiffany Flowers
Vice President #9: Kevin Freeman, Shoppers Food Maryland
Vice President #10: Lisa Gillespie, Kroger Virginia
Vice President #11: Alan Hanson
Vice President #12: Phyllis Jackson, Safeway Washington, DC
Vice President #13: Neil Jacobs
Vice President #14: Beverly McFarland, Giant Food Maryland
Vice President #15: Kim Mitchell, Macy’s Washington, DC
Vice President #16: David Payne, Giant Food Virginia
Vice President #17: Kenny Pinkard, Omega Protein
Vice President #18: Jerry Rexroad, Kroger West Virginia
Vice President #19: Paul Rickey, Safeway Virginia
Vice President #20: Tom Rogers
Vice President #21: Mary Smith, Tyson Foods
Vice President #22: Jane St. Louis, Safeway Maryland
Vice President #23: Linda Sykes, Boar’s Head
Vice President #24: Donna Waddell

This election saw a greater voter turnout over past years, with more overall votes cast, and more votes cast for the Federici slate, than the previous election in 2015.

“The members sent us a loud and clear message this election – we must keep the local moving forward,” said President Federici.

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.

Chris has been a member of Local 400 since 1988 when he started working for Giant Food. In 1999, Hoffmann became more active in his union and joined the Local 400 staff as an organizer and just a few years later he joined the service department as a representative before transitioning to negotiating contracts in 2013.

“With the election behind us, we look forward to continuing our work serving our members,” explained President Federici. “I want to personally thank each and every member who took the time to vote and participate in their union through the election process and for the support they have continued to demonstrate for me and my entire team.”

Click here to view the full results of the election (PDF).

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

Kroger Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Contract in Richmond/Tidewater

Kroger members working at 22 stores in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new union contract today.

Congratulations on your new contract! Some highlights include:

  • Accelerated wage scales with guaranteed pay increases twice a year
  • Annual bonuses for most experienced associates
  • Premium pay for select positions in the store
  • Maintaining affordable healthcare and retirement benefits

Thanks to every member who came out to vote today. This wouldn’t have been possible without your hard work. Our union membership has grown significantly and this new and improved contract reflects our greater strength. As we continue to grow stronger, our contracts will continue to get better.

Your new contract takes effect immediately and extends through August 7, 2021. To get a review copy of the new contract, talk to your shop steward or union representative, or call our headquarters at  1-800-638-0800 (Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

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.).

Kroger Tentative Agreement Reached

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

We are arranging membership meetings to vote on the proposal, at which time we will review the offer in detail and answer any questions you may have. As a member of Local 400, it is critical that you make every effort to attend one of these meetings and cast your vote on your next contract. We will announce the meeting information as soon as possible.

In the meantime, all of the protections and benefits of your current union contract remain in effect.

As always, we will continue to keep you informed every step of the way. 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.).

Ten Safeway Employees Awarded $11,000 in Back Pay

Alex Falsinotti was awarded more than $1,000 in back pay after Safeway was caught violating the scheduling provisions of his union contract. Nine other Safeway workers were awarded back pay totaling $11,000.

Alex Falsinotti has been working at Safeway #1365 in Fairfax, Virginia for almost two years. Officially he works in the Seafood Department, but on most days whoever is scheduled to work the Meat Department leaves around 2 or 3 p.m., and Alex is forced to man both departments until they officially close at 8:00 p.m.

“I’m expected to clean the counter and help customers and close down the department by myself,” he says. “I try not to get frustrated, but doing this for ten months you get overwhelmed.

Under our union contracts at Safeway and Giant Food, the companies are required to staff the Meat Department from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day. Furthermore, one person cannot be required to close both the Meat and Seafood departments at the same time.

Alex didn’t know this was a violation of his union contract, but he knew it wasn’t right. “I didn’t want to be rude to the manager but I came to him more than once and said, ‘The meat cutter left, is someone else coming?’ And he said, ‘No.’”

Management told him that they were short-staffed and didn’t have anyone that they could schedule to help him out.

This problem came to the attention of his union representative, Bertha McKiver, last October. After visiting several Safeway stores throughout Virginia, including Alex’s store in Fairfax, Bertha noticed a pattern – in store after store where meat departments were supposed to be open and fully staffed, the lights were off and the areas were cleaned up.

Bertha filed grievances at five stores throughout Virginia (#1298, #1331, #4002, #1606 and #1365). As a result of the grievances, Alex and nine other Safeway employees were awarded back pay totaling $11,000 for the hours they should have been scheduled to work. One individual had lost so many hours he was awarded $1,300 in back pay after taxes.

Since Bertha’s success with the grievances against Safeway, several people have called her from other stores with similar complaints. If you work in the Meat or Seafood department at Safeway or Giant Food, report scheduling violations using the form below. You could be entitled to back pay if your manager violated the scheduling provisions of your union contract.

Report Scheduling Violations in Meat & Seafood Departments at Giant & Safeway

Under our union contracts at Safeway and Giant Food,

  1. 1. The Meat Department must be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day.
  2. 2. One person cannot be required to close both the Meat and Seafood departments.
  3. 3. The Meat Department can only be closed by a Meat Department employee.

Fill out the form below to report scheduling violations in the Meat and Seafood departments at Giant Food and Safeway. A union representative will follow up with you shortly.

  • Please enter your store number or location.
  • Please check all that apply.
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