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May 10: Join Us for the Norfolk Kroger Jobs Town Hall

Kroger associates gathered to protest the rumored closure of their store Norfolk.

Norfolk Kroger Jobs Town Hall
6:00pm, Thursday, May 10
Wesley Grace United Methodist Church
288 E. Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA
At the I-64W exit ramp for E. Little Creek Road near Wards Corner

In March, Kroger announced plans to buy eight Farm Fresh stores in the Tidewater region in southern Virginia. The company plans to renovate the Farm Fresh locations and reopen them as Kroger stores.

But one of the locations Kroger purchased is directly across the street from an existing Kroger store at 205 East Little Creek Rd in Norfolk. Naturally, employees there want to know what will happen to their jobs when the new Kroger store opens up across the street. Kroger obviously doesn’t plan to operate two stores so close to each other, so associates are concerned that their store will close soon.

Employees have asked if they will be allowed to transfer to the new store across the street, but Kroger has refused to give them straight answers.

Last week, associates from the Norfolk Kroger store circulated a petition demanding to know if and when their store will be closed, and if they will have the opportunity to transfer across the street without losing the benefits they have earned. Nearly every single employee at the store signed the petition.

On Thursday, May 9, they delivered the petition to management, flanked by local TV camera crews and community supporters from Norfolk Branch NAACP, New Virginia Majority, and the Virginia AFL-CIO.

The event was widely publicized on local news and Kroger eventually responded with a public statement:

Our focus right now is on interviewing and onboarding former Farm Fresh associates to welcome them to our Kroger team.

We think it’s time for Kroger to focus on Kroger associates. We think Kroger employees deserve to know what will happen to their store and to their jobs. We think our members deserve to keep the pay, seniority and benefits they have earned and they should have the opportunity to transfer to the new store across the street when it opens.

Join us for a town hall with Kroger associates, customers, neighbors and elected officials to help us demand answers and preserve good jobs at Kroger!

Norfolk Kroger Jobs Town Hall
6:00pm, Thursday, May 10
Wesley Grace United Methodist Church
288 E. Little Creek Rd, Norfolk, VA
At the I-64W exit ramp for E. Little Creek Road near Wards Corner

 

 

May 8: Cast Your Vote in West Virginia Primary Election

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, West Virginians will vote in an important statewide primary election. 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, May 8, 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.

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

 

Candidates Endorsed by UFCW Local 400:

PARKERSBURG AREA

3rd SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
JAMES LEACH (D)

7TH  HOUSE DISTRICT:
LISSA LUCAS (D)

8TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
DAVID BLAND   (D)

9TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
JIM MARION (D)

10TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
ANDY DANIEL (D)
J.MORGAN LEACH (D)
HARRY DEITZLER (D)

12TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
MISSY MORRIS (D)

13TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
SCOTT BREWER (D)

14TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
BRIANNE SOLOMON (D)

 

BECKLEY AREA

6TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
CHARLES SAMMONS (D) 

10TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
STEPHEN BALDWIN (D)

26TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
ED EVANS (D)

27TH  HOUSE DISTRICT:
PHOEBE MEADOWS (D) 

28TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
JOSEPH ANDREW EVANS (D)
ANDRA LEE SHAW (D)

29TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
RICK MOYE (D)

30TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
MICK BATES (D) 

31ST HOUSE DISTRICT:
RICHARD SNUFFER (D)

32ND HOUSE DISTRICT:
MARGARET ANNE STAGGERS (D)
SELINA VICKERS (D)
LUKE LIVELY (D)

 

CLARKSBURG-MORGANTOWN-BUCKHANNON AREA

2ND SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
DENNY LONGWELL (D)

11TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
BILL HAMILTON (R)

12TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
MIKE ROMANO (D)

13TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
BOB BEACH   (D)

14TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
STEPHANIE ZUCKER (D)

5TH HOUSE  DISTRICT:
DAVE PETHTEL (D) 

6TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
T. CHRIS COMBS (D)

46TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
ROBERT STULTZ (D)

47TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
FRANK ED LARRY (D)

48TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
TIM MILEY (D)
RICHARD IAQUINTA (D)
ROBERT GARCIA (D)
DEREK MCINTYRE (D)

51ST HOUSE DISTRICT:
BARBARA FLEISCHAUER (D)
EVAN HANSON (D)
JOHN WILLIAMS (D)
DANIELLE WALKER (D)
RODNEY PYLES (D)

52ND HOUSE DISTRICT:
JUSTIN HOUGH(R)

53RD HOUSE DISTRICT:
CORY CHASE (D)

 

HUNTINGTON AREA

5TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
MIKE WOELFEL (D) 

6TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
CHARLES SAMMONS (D)    

7TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
RON STOLLINGS (D)

16TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
SEAN HORNBUCKLE (D)
MATT SPURLOCK (D)
VERA MILLER (R)

17TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
CHAD LOVEJOY(R)
MATTHEW ROHRBACH( D)

19TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
KEN HICKS (D)
ROBERT THOMPSON (D)

20TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
BARRY MARCUM (D)

21ST HOUSE DISTRICT:
PHYLIS WHITE (D)

22ND HOUSE DISTRICT:
GARY MCCALLISTER (D)
ZACK MAYNARD (R)

24TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
RALPH RODIGHIERO (D)
SUSAN PERRY (D)

 

CHARLESTON AREA

4TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
BRIAN PRIM (D)

8TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
MARK HUNT (D)

17TH SENATORIAL DISTRICT:
TERRELL ELLIS (D)

15TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
CASEY HORTON (D)

23RD HOUSE DISTRICT:
RODNEY MILLER (D)

33RD HOUSE DISTRICT:
DAVID A WALKER (D)

34TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
BRENT BOGG (D)

35TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
ANDREW BYRD (D)
RENATE PORE (D)
JAMES ROBINETTE (D)
DOUG SKAFF JR (D)

36TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
LARRY ROWE (D)
ANDREW ROBINSON (D)
AMANDA ESTEP-BURTON (D)

37TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
MIKE PUSHKINS (D)

38TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
TOM TULL (D)

39TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
DAVID “WOODY” HOLMES (D)

40TH HOUSE DISTRICT:
MELISSA HUFFMAN (D)

May 2: Tyson Foods Contract Meeting

We pulled together an outstanding team of Tyson Foods members to lead negotiations on our next contract, including Benita Jefferson, Mary Vines Smith, Alana Baylor, Andrew Adams, Tiffany Davenport, Aleta Johnson, Jean Turner, and Lucinda Sims.

On Wednesday, May 2, we will be hosting a contract meeting for members working at Tyson Foods.

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.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

12:00 p.m. Noon – 2:00 p.m.  or  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Clarion Hotel Central
3207 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230

April 10: UFCW OUTreach Meeting

Join us for our next OUTreach meeting in Northern Virginia:

6pm, Tuesday, April 10
Northern Virginia Central Labor Council
4536 John Marr Dr, Annandale, VA

UFCW OUTreach is a constituency group dedicated to building mutual support between our union’s International, regions, and locals and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and their allies in order to come together to organize for social and economic justice for all, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Together, we will ensure full equality for LGBT workers on their jobs and in their unions.

April 15: CVS Contract Meeting

Photo via Flickr

On Sunday, April 15, we will be hosting a contract meeting for members working at CVS. 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.

7:00 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2018

UFCW Local 400 Headquarters
8400 Corporate Drive, Landover, MD 20785
Please note: We’ll be meeting in the first floor meeting room. Please enter through the door at the rear of the building.

Forming a New Coalition of Unions to Negotiate with Kaiser Permanente

Local 400 shop stewards from Kaiser Permanente facilities in the mid-Atlantic region pose for a photo during a seminar in February.

To secure the best new contract possible as we head into negotiations, 21 local unions from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (CKPU) – including UFCW Local 400 – have decided to create a new coalition.

We are forming this new coalition because it is the best way to ensure that we enter negotiations from a position of strength. This move will help to guarantee that every dedicated member who works at Kaiser Permanente will see the better contract they deserve.

Additionally, this change will improve our partnership with Kaiser Permanente so that together we can continue to see a better workplace and better patient care.

Please know that the current National Agreement with Kaiser remains in full effect. And we will immediately be taking steps with our new coalition to ensure this agreement is enhanced through upcoming negotiations.

While we are departing the CKPU, we will continue to engage in current Labor-Management Partnership activities. Members should remain full participants of their Unit-Based Teams and Labor-Management Partnership Committees.

In the coming weeks, we will create governing documents for the new coalition and arrange for Kaiser Permanente to bargain with us as a group. This new coalition represents about 45,000 workers and the committed Local Unions who belong to it represent workers in all but two Kaiser Permanente regions. By forming it, we will truly be stronger together.

Thank you for your hard work and for being a member of the UFCW union family. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Congratulations to ABC Drawing Winner, Chelsea Thompson

Local 400 member Chelsea Thompson from Kroger #316 in Princeton, West Virginia is the most recent winner of our Active Ballot Club drawing! Congratulations, Chelsea!

All across the country, corporations and the ultra-wealthy are funneling unprecedented amounts of money into our political system. Their goal is to create an unbalanced and unfair economy where wages are as low as possible and profits replace respect for the workers that created them.

The UFCW Active Ballot Club (ABC) seeks to level the playing field. By bringing together thousands of workers, our political concerns can be amplified to a decibel that is impossible to ignore. ABC supports pro-worker candidates and incumbents from all political parties and is the prominent political action committee dedicated to the interests of UFCW members nationwide.

By joining ABC, active members are automatically entered to win a monthly drawing. Learn more about the UFCW Active Ballot Club and talk to your rep about signing up today!

March 1st: Macy’s Union Contract Meeting

What do you want in your next union contract at Macy’s?

As we prepare to negotiate a new union contract at Macy’s, 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.

Macy’s Contract Meeting

Thursday, March 1, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

UFCW Local 400 Headquarters
8400 Corporate Drive, Landover, MD 20785

 

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District’s Largest Retail Union Condemns Prosecution of Inauguration Protesters

On Tuesday, January 16th, the executive board of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 passed an official resolution condemning the “arbitrary, overbroad detention and arrest of hundreds of citizens exercising their right to free speech” during the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017.

During the presidential inauguration last year, more than 200 individuals – including journalists, street medics, legal observers, as well as demonstrators – were surrounded and trapped by police, arrested and charged with the same six felonies and two misdemeanors, with a maximum penalty of up to 60 years in prison.

Over the course of the year, defendants have slogged through months of court dates and legal procedures. In the opening trial against the first group of defendants, which included an independent journalist covering the events that day, prosecutors admitted to having no evidence against any of the individuals but proceeded with the case anyway. A jury found all six defendants not guilty on all charges last month.

Yesterday, prosecutors announced plans to dismiss all charges against 129 defendants, but 59 people are still being charged with a number of felonies and face up to 70 years in prison.

“Several of our members were participating in protests that day, and it is only a matter of happenstance that they were not rounded up, thrown in jail and charged with felonies along with hundreds of others – simply for being there,” explained UFCW Local 400 President Mark Federici. “While we are pleased that the Justice Department has chosen to dismiss charges against 159 of the defendants, the truth is, they should never have been arrested in the first place. Rounding up people and forcing them through months of legal headaches simply for being in the proximity of a protest is a clear violation of every citizen’s right to free speech.”

The resolution acknowledges the central role that protest and freedom of speech has held throughout the history of the labor movement. It further states that Local 400 “stands in solidarity with all protesters who face excessive and undue criminal charges.”

The resolution was approved by a majority vote of the executive board at a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday. Local 400 has more than 3,500 members who live and work in Washington, D.C., where the protests occurred.

The full text of the resolution is below:

UFCW Local 400 Resolution in Support of Inauguration Protesters

WHEREAS, more than 3,500 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 members live and work in the District of Columbia;

WHEREAS, we are proud that our membership reflects the broad diversity of political ideas and opinions of the nation’s capital and our great nation;

WHEREAS, the United States was founded by the courageous actions of political dissidents;

WHEREAS, the right to free speech and free expression of ideas is enshrined in the first amendment of the Constitution;

WHEREAS, the darkest periods of American history are characterized by the persecution of political dissidents by the wealthy and powerful;

WHEREAS, the labor movement was formed by workers bravely exercising their constitutionally protected right to free speech;

WHEREAS, members of UFCW Local 400 at times participate in protests and other exercises of their right to free speech, including at the presidential inauguration;

WHEREAS, on January 20, 2017, when tens of thousands of citizens gathered in our nation’s capital to exercise their first amendment right to protest the inauguration of President Trump, a crowd of more than 200 individuals – including journalists, medics, and bystanders – were rounded up without warning and mass arrested without individuated probable cause;

WHEREAS, 190 of those arrested are now facing outrageously inappropriate and draconian multiple felony charges and up to 61 years of prison time for exercising their first amendment rights, and such reprisals constitute a dangerous chilling effect on the right to speak out and all forms of free expression;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that UFCW Local 400 wholeheartedly condemns the arbitrary, overbroad detention and arrest of hundreds of citizens exercising their right to free speech while protesting the Presidential Inauguration;

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED, that UFCW Local 400 stands in solidarity with all protesters who face excessive and undue criminal charges, and calls for the dismissal and/or reduction of all charges brought against them by federal prosecutors.

Maryland Paid Sick Days Law Takes Effect February 11

A team of five Local 400 members played a pivotal role in winning passage of the Healthy Working Families Act in Maryland.

In a resounding victory for Maryland’s working families, the House of Delegates and Senate voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act, making it the law of the state.

As a result, workers at Maryland employers with 15 or more employees will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to five full days per year. Workers will begin accruing sick leave on Sunday, February 11, once the new law takes effect 30 days after the veto override vote.

“This is a huge win for Local 400 and all Maryland working families,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “No one should have to choose between a paycheck and their health or the well-being of a family member. Thanks to every state senator and delegate who voted to override the governor’s misguided veto, paid leave is now a right in Maryland.

“Local 400 members and activists—including five who lobbied full-time—deserve the lion’s share of credit for this great advance in workers’ rights, along with our allies in the Working Matters coalition.” Federici said.  “This shows the power of collective action to make a profound difference in the lives of hardworking Marylanders.”

The House voted to override the veto by an 88-52 margin on January 11th and the Senate voted 30-17 the following day. The Healthy Working Families Act had been passed by the General Assembly in the 2017 legislative session, but Hogan vetoed the bill after the legislative session ended last year. The override votes were among the very first acts of the 2018 legislative session.

In addition to guaranteeing paid time and providing greater income stability for Maryland workers, the new law will:

  • Enable the thousands of working Marylanders who are underemployed and piecing together part-time jobs to receive earned sick days.
  • Allow victims of domestic violence or abuse to earn “safe time” in order to obtain medical attention, victims services, counseling, relocation or legal services that will keep their families safe.
  • Support healthy workplace policies for Maryland businesses and enable employers with existing earned sick leave standards to maintain those policies as long as they comply with the minimum regulations of the law.

This advance follows Local 400’s success in winning paid leave laws in Montgomery County, Md., and the District of Columbia.

The Next Battle: $15 Minimum Wage

The next big battle for Local 400, the Maryland labor movement and our community allies is to pass a $15/hour statewide minimum wage bill in this current legislative session. As with paid leave, Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. have passed $15/hour minimum wage laws, and the goal is to extend this needed rise in living standards to all Marylanders.

“We’ve seen in recent negotiations how higher minimum wage laws have helped us gain contracts with needed pay increases,” Federici said. “Putting the entire state of Maryland on a path to a $15/hour minimum wage will further increase our power at the bargaining table in future negotiations.

“In a high-cost state like Maryland, an hourly wage below $15 just isn’t good enough,” he added. “Anyone who works full-time should be able to earn a living you can raise a family on. That’s why I urge our Maryland members to contact their state delegates and senators and demand that they pass a $15 statewide minimum wage this year.”

To contact your Maryland state legislators, please call the General Assembly’s toll-free number at (800) 492-7122.