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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).

Local 400 Board of Directors Passes Resolution Condemning White Supremacy

Today, the board of directors of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 400 passed an official resolution condemning white supremacy and the violent actions of bigots in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend.

“Now is a time to make it clear what we stand for,” said UFCW Local 400 President Mark Federici. “Unity and solidarity are core values of our union family. We embody the diversity that makes our country great. The hardworking men and women of Local 400 stand together for a better life for all Americans. Hatred simply has no place in our union or in our country.”

Local 400 has nearly 11,000 members who live and work in Virginia, including grocery workers at three Kroger stores and one Giant Food store in the city of Charlottesville. The resolution was approved by a unanimous vote of the board of directors at a regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday.

The resolution mourns the death of Heather Heyer and further expresses full support of all counter-protesters who demonstrated against the hateful white supremacists. In addition, the board resolution mourns the deaths of Virginia state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, who lost their lives in the line of duty while serving the Commonwealth.

The full text of the resolution is below:

WHEREAS, nearly 11,000 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 members live and work in the Commonwealth of Virginia;

WHEREAS, we are proud that our membership reflects the racial, ethnic, sexual identity, and religious diversity of the Commonwealth and our great nation;

WHEREAS, although racism is hardly a new phenomenon in the United States, the Southern Poverty Law Center has recorded a significant spike in hate crimes since Donald Trump’s election, as well as violent gatherings of white supremacists, including the deadly events in Charlottesville, VA last weekend;

WHEREAS, the wealthy and powerful have always used the politics of hate, division, and racism to divide the working class and weaken unions;

WHEREAS, by forging interracial solidarity, Lipton Tea workers in Suffolk, Virginia recently won a union contract that dramatically lowers healthcare premiums, raises wages and secures better working conditions for all;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that UFCW Local 400 condemns the racist, violent actions of Nazis, and white nationalists, and attendees of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville this weekend.

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that UFCW Local 400 rejects in the strongest possible terms the ideology of white supremacy.

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that UFCW Local 400 mourns the death of Heather Heyer and will fight like hell for the living in her name.

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that UFCW Local 400 is deeply saddened by the deaths of two Virginia state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, who lost their lives in the line of duty while serving the Commonwealth;

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that UFCW Local 400 fully supports all counter-protesters who demonstrated against the hateful white supremacists who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville and Local 400 extends our thoughts and prayers to all counter-protesters who were injured in the resulting violence.

LET IT FURTHER BE RESOLVED that UFCW Local 400 recommits ourselves to the struggle for racial and economic justice, gender equality, and human and civil rights for all, and stands in solidarity with anyone who is fighting for the same.