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Safeway Stocker Reinstated with Back Pay After Wrongful Suspension

“They threw me under the bus.”

Fortunately for Local 400 member Eric Jarrett, that wasn’t the end of the story.

Eric works as an overnight stocker at Safeway #1019 in Alexandria, Virginia. His store is one of the few locations that is supposed to be open 24 hours.

But one night, Eric was instructed to close the store when there was no cashier on duty. Even though he was following instructions, Eric’s manager suspended him and one of his coworkers.

“You have to have at least one checker in the store for it to stay open,” Eric said. “But the guy who normally does the job had hurt his shoulder and was home for two weeks. So the store had to be closed occasionally because we had no checker or because the floors had to be waxed. The store manager knew all about it. When customers started complaining, instead of accepting responsibility, they blamed it on J.P., another stocker, and me. But I am in no position to close the store. I wasn’t the one who decided to do it.”

Eric and J.P. didn’t take this sitting down. They worked with their union representative and immediately filed a grievance and pursued it aggressively.

“I was out of work for three and a half weeks,” Eric said. “Tom [Rogers, his Local 400 representative] spoke on my behalf and did a marvelous job of getting me reinstated as fast as he could. I was impatient and apprehensive, but Tom calmed me down. He knew what he was doing and reached a good settlement.”

Eric and J.P. were reinstated and Eric was awarded full back pay for the time of his suspension and justice was served.

“I’m good where I’m at right now, but as far as I’m concerned, Safeway owes J.P. and me an apology for throwing us under the bus,” Eric said. “Safeway used to be a good company, but they don’t care about their employees, only the bottom line. They’re making lots of money in my store, but they keep cutting back hours and running on a skeleton crew. This company can’t run by itself — they need us. I’m just thankful our union’s got our backs.”

Congratulations to ABC Drawing Winner, Ashley Owens

Local 400 member Ashley Owens from Safeway #4205 in Washington, DC is the most recent winner of our Active Ballot Club drawing! Congratulations, Ashley!

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!

Congratulations to ABC Drawing Winner, Andre Hickman

Active Ballot Club drawing winner, Andre Hickman (left), poses for a photo with his Local 400 union rep, Johnnie Perry.

Local 400 member Andre Hickman from Safeway #3250 in Alexandria, Va. is the most recent winner of our Active Ballot Club drawing! Congratulations, Andre!

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!

October 1: Free Legal Clinic & Community Fair

PHOTO CREDIT: "The Scales of Justice" by James Cridland.

PHOTO CREDIT: “The Scales of Justice” by James Cridland.

The NOVA Restoration Initiative Presents: The 2016 Legal Clinic

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

Shiloh Baptist Church
1401 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Program Overview

Legal Clinic:

Community Members are encouraged to come out and meet with attorneys from Legal Services NOVA, Lawyers Commitee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Arlington County Public Defenders Offices of Arlington and City of Falls Church & The Old Dominion Bar Association to discuss matters of: criminal record expungements, criminal law, child custody/visitation, child support, housing-landlord/tenant, consumer law-credit reports, debt collection and bankruptcy.

Restoration of Rights:

The Secretary of the Commonwealth Office will facilitate a workshop on Restoration of Rights.

Voter Registration:

New Virginia Majority will be doing voter registration.

Career Readiness Workshops:

  • Resume Building + Interviewing Skills
  • What’s In Your Parachute (Developing Your Career Path)
  • Building Your LinkedIn Presence (does not begin until 12/noon)
  • Complimentary headshots will be provided by two professional photographers.

Beauty & Makeover Workshop:

Ty Cobb, Celebrity Makeup Artist and Radio Personality, will facilitate a workshop on “Makeup/Beauty Best Practices.”

This event is free and open to the public, however, you must register to attend. Register here to attend.

Light refreshments will be served.

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