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Kroger Richmond/Tidewater Bargaining Update: Do You Need More Hours?

 

As bargaining for our new contract continues, we are working hard at the negotiating table on the three things we know we deserve and have earned: better pay, affordable health care, and respect for our union. At the same time, we know that in order to take care of ourselves and our families we need to have access to the hours we need to take advantage of fair wages, become eligible for affordable health care, and get the respect we deserve.

 

Over the past several days, we have been out in the stores collecting interest letters from members who want more hours and full-time jobs. Article 11.4 of our current contract outlines the process for making your desire for a full-time job known, and we want to make sure everyone who is interested in more hours has the opportunity to fill out a letter and let Kroger know that we have earned more full-time job opportunities.

 

If you have not had the opportunity to fill out a letter yet, please contact your shop steward or call your representative now so we can make sure you have the opportunity to fill one out as soon as possible. We know that Kroger has been successful and growing over the last four years of our current contract and in order to share in that growth and success we need access to more hours and more full-time jobs.

 

We are going to continue to work at the table, and we need you to continue to stand up in the stores. Sign an interest letter, make sure new employees at your store are joining the union, and if you haven’t yet, sign up for text message alerts so you are the first to get updates by texting “Richmond” to 698-329.

 

We work hard every day and have made Kroger successful in a very competitive market. They have been able to make a profit, open new stores, and buy other chains. We have earned the right to share in that success and are ready to do what it takes to get our fair share and, as always, we will continue to keep you updated every step of the way.

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Save 25% on Flowers With This Union Plus Discount

 

Valentine’s Day is on the way!

As a member of UFCW Local 400, you can save up to 25% on flowers for that special someone with your Union Plus discount – available exclusively to union members.

Click here to shop for bouquets from Teleflora and enter this special promo code to unlock your 25% discount: UPUFCW25

You can always support your union brothers and sisters by shopping at your favorite union grocery store. Pick up flowers, union-made wine, and chocolates to go with that made-with-love dinner at your local Kroger, Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, Giant Food, or Safeway.

Local 400 President Mark Federici Elected to UFCW International Executive Board

Local 400 President Mark Federici (first row, second from left), poses for a photo with the Giant & Safeway Contract Action Team at a union meeting in November 2016.

This week, the Executive Board of the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) elected Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400, as International Vice President. Mr. Federici will now serve on the union’s executive board, the highest governing body of the international union. He released the following statement:

“I have dedicated my entire life to the labor movement because I truly believe in the power of ordinary people to make extraordinary things happen. I have always taken it as my personal responsibility to do whatever I can to grow our union into the strong, effective institution it must become in order to make a difference in the lives of hard-working men and women. For the last 26 years, it has been my greatest privilege to represent the 35,000 members of UFCW Local 400 in the Mid-Atlantic, and now I am honored to expand this responsibility to the 1.3 million members of UFCW across the United States and Canada.”

Eight Local Giant Stores Will Not Be Sold Preserving Hundreds of Good Jobs in the Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 14, 2016

CONTACT
Michael Wilson, UFCW Local 400, mwilson@local400.org, 202-255-7974

 

Eight Local Giant Stores Will Not Be Sold Preserving Hundreds of Good Jobs in the Region

After months of uncertainty and a fight that united Giant employees, customers, and community leaders, to preserve good jobs and shopping options, Giant announced they will do the right thing

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – After four months of speculation, uncertainty, and fear, Giant employees, customers, and community supporters won a huge victory yesterday, saving their local stores.

It took dozens of rallies, community meetings, and marches, but employees at eight area Giant stores, six in the Fredericksburg area and two in Southern Maryland, were told yesterday that their stores would remain Giant. In March Giant had told employees at those locations that their stores would be put up for sale as part of the merger between Giant’s Netherlands based parent company Ahold and Belgium based Delhaize, the parent company of Food Lion.

“We stood strong as a union with our community and our customers to let Giant know that selling our stores and leaving the Fredericksburg area was unacceptable,” said Robyn Wheeler, who has worked at the Giant in Fredericksburg City for 37 years. “I’m glad that Giant did the right thing in the end and I’m proud to be a part of a union and a community that would not give up the good jobs and grocery options Giant brings to this area.”

“When Giant told us in March that our stores would be put up for sale as part of a merger deal in Europe, we knew we had to act fast. Because of the bond we have built with our customers over the years, they were coming to us asking how they could help,” said Thad Hutchison, who works at Giant in Spotsylvania County. “The way our customers and community stood with us to save our stores shows how much Giant and its employees mean to this region.”

The merger, and the sale of 86 stores, including a number of Food Lions in the area, still needs to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission, but Delhaize and Ahold both said they expect that approval before the end of the month.

The only Giant store to be sold as part of the pending merger is in Salisbury, Maryland. It will be sold to ACME, a division of Albertsons, and employees there will have the option to stay in their jobs and preserve their union.

“We will be watching closely to see what the FTC does at the end of the month, but we are breathing a huge sigh of relief today knowing we won our fight to save our store,” said Nene Patton who works at Giant in Accokeek, Maryland.

Employees at all eight of the Giant stores that have been saved are members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400. Union members not only pressured Giant to do the right thing by preserving good union jobs, but also contacted the Federal Trade Commission and their local elected officials to express concerns about the impact on wages, benefits, and competition if the Giant stores were sold.

“Because we have a strong union we had a voice in this process,” said Treesa Shipp, a Giant employee in Stafford. “They could not ignore us, the employees who built this company and make it successful.”

Giant Stores Saved:

Giant #338, Accokeek, MD
Giant #339, La Plata, MD
Giant #234, Stafford, VA
Giant #235, Fredericksburg, VA
Giant #243, Stafford, VA
Giant #256, Spotsylvania, VA
Giant #770, Fredericksburg, VA
Giant #789, Falmouth, VA

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The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 represents 35,000 members working in the retail food, health care, retail department store, food processing, service and other industries in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee

UFCW Local 400 Anthem Lyrics

Hook (X3)

This side say: UFCW!

That Side you say: 400!

Verse 1:

We all want The American Dream

An honest Day’s pay working on a Good Team

Respect for the Time that we give

Dignity and Pride in the Way that We Live

Whether You lace Boots up or Slip on Dress shoes

On the Clock, the Job shouldn’t Stress You

Remember who will come to the Rescue – LABOR!

This understanding is what we need to get to!

Back in the Day before Labor Laws

We used suffer at the Hands of the The Boss

They made the Rules, Used us like Mules

Tried to play us like Fools while they wore the Jewels

Until we Organized; Through the Struggle Realized

Together as ONE we all could Rise!

Many lost their Lives on the Picket Front Line

You overworked and Tired? Then maybe it’s time to Join!

Hook (X4):

UFCW!

400!

Verse 2:

United Food and Commercial Workers

Arms locked on the job so the Boss can’t Hurt us

United we Stand; Divided we don’t stand a chance

Welcome aboard, we can help with your circumstance.

When Over worked under paid is the Norm

In every work place a Union should Form

We have the knowledge and are ready to assist you

To get the boss to the table on the Issues

Collective Bargaining: Power to the People

We want to Company to simply treat us all Equal

Fair Pay plus Health Benefits

The right to enjoy from our Labor’s Profits

Job Security in a safe workspace

The way it really should be in the First Place.

You on the Job and they trying do you Wrong?

Give us a Call! Get your game on.

Chorus:

Come on and Fight for the Side that Right

Workers Unite: JOIN US!

We’re in the Struggle Don’t take it Light

Workers Unite: JOIN US!

Fight for the Side that’s Right

Grocery Workers Unite: JOIN US!

Fight for the Side that’s Right

US Labor Unite: JOIN US!

Hook (X4):

UFCW!

400!

Safety on Your Side: Film Wrapping Machine

After completing numerous spot safety checks in grocery stores located in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, one thing stands out more than the rest. The safety covers on the film wrapping machines that are used in several departments throughout the store are often cut, cracked or covered in residue. The safety cover is often mistaken to protect the user’s hands from the heat when the film is melted down, but in reality it is there to prevent the user when sealing a package from breathing in the fumes from the burning film. In a time weighted average prolonged exposure to these fumes could cause cancer. So be sure to protect yourself and your coworkers. When you notice a safety cover that is worn let your manager know so they can put in an order. Why take the chance? Click here to view what a film wrapping pad should NOT look like.

For more safety tips visit our Safety on Your Side page