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UFCW Local 400 Endorses Levar Stoney for Richmond Mayor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2016

CONTACT
Jonathan Williams, Communications Manager, jwilliams@local400.org

Union of food and grocery workers weighs in on mayoral race

RICHMOND, VA – Local 400 of the United Food & Commercial Workers union (UFCW) announced its endorsement today of Levar Stoney for mayor of Richmond.

“Mr. Stoney understands the challenges facing hard-working families today. He is committed to upholding and improving working standards, not undermining them. He knows the working people of Richmond need to be at the table, not on the chopping block. We believe Mr. Stoney will bring a fresh approach to city hall and we look forward to his much-needed leadership,” said Mark Federici, president of UFCW Local 400.

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Take Action Virginia Endorses LuAnn Bennett and Hillary Clinton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2016

 

WOODBRIDGE, VA – Take Action Virginia, an alliance of community and labor organizations focused on improving the lives of working and immigrant families, announced today its endorsement of LuAnn Bennett for Congress and Hillary Clinton for President, two candidates who vow to work toward a more progressive agenda in Virginia and nationwide.

In Virginia’s District 10, Take Action is supporting LuAnn Bennett in light of her unwavering support of comprehensive immigration reform. Bennett has said that if elected, she would be in favor of a comprehensive, bipartisan approach to immigration legislation.
 
We believe Bennett is the kind of fair candidate Virginia’s District 10 deserves.

A cosmopolitan, racially diverse district deserves a candidate who supports raising the minimum wage and investing in badly needed infrastructure and transportation projects, has supported a woman’s right to choose, and equal pay. As opposed to her opponent Rep. Barbara Comstock who has repeatedly sided with the far right-wing of Republicans in the House, Bennett has stood with working moms and favors access to quality health care.

Comstock has also refused to condemn Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump for this attack on Mexican immigrants, an American born judge of Latino descent, and a Muslim Gold Star family.

“Comstock has refused to condemn Donald Trump for his racist attacks, to us, not surprisingly given that Trump has hosted fundraisers to support her candidacy,” said CASA in Action President Gustavo Torres. “Comstock shares many of the beliefs Donald Trump shares and we think they both would be very dangerous for this country.”

Bennett has repeatedly stated she will work to end the partisan Washington gridlock that has stalled progress in such important issues as infrastructure repair and job creation.
 
Virginia’s 10th congressional district includes all of Clarke CountyFrederick County, and Loudoun County, and the cities of ManassasManassas Park, and Winchester, with portions of Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

Take Action is also endorsing Hillary Clinton for President. Clinton has promised she will make immigration reform one of her top priorities if she is elected. We are encouraged that she listed immigration reform as her number one task during her first 100 days in office.

“If Congress won’t act, I’ll defend President Obama’s executive actions and I’ll go even further to keep families together. I’ll end family detention centers, and help more people become naturalized.”

Clinton has fought for quality, affordable care for more than 25 years and has vowed to defend the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, she plans to crack down on drug companies that charge outrageous prices, slow the growth of out-of-pocket costs and provide new credit to those facing high health expenses.  She is a pro-choice candidate who has promised to protect Planned Parenthood.

“We believe that Hillary Clinton is the right choice for Virginia and the right choice for the United States,” said Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400.

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Take Action Virginia is an electoral collaboration of community and labor organizations that share concerns about issues impacting working families in Virginia.  Our members are SEIU 32BJ, SEIU Virginia 512, CASA in Action,LiUNA! Mid-Atlantic, NAKASEC Action Fund, UNITE HERE Local 23, UNITE HERE Local 25, and UFCW Local 400.

Aug 27: Votante Fiel Kick-off Event

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of a historic election season for Latino voters. Hear stories of trial and triumph as community members discuss how to motivate your Latino friends and family to vote. Find out how you can take action and be empowered at the polls.

Saturday, August 27, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Patric Henry Elementary School
701 S. Highland St.
Arlington, VA 22204

For more information, call Sara Benitez at (202) 499-4084 or email sbenitez@faithinpubliclife.org.

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20160827-Votante Fiel Kick-Off Event Flyer

2016 Election Labor Walks

Steve Meador (left), a Local 400 union rep, knocked on hundreds of doors to speak with fellow labor voters last year.

Steve Meador (left), a Local 400 union rep, knocked on hundreds of doors to speak with fellow labor voters last year.

Labor 2016 kicks in to high gear on Saturday, September 10th! Come out to walk and talk with fellow union members about what’s at stake in November’s election.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. on September 10th at one of the following locations:

In Annandale: NoVA Labor Offices – 4536 John Marr Drive

In Richmond: CWA Local 2201 Hall – 5809 Lakeside Ave.

In Norfolk: Ironworkers Local 79 Hall – 5307 E. Virginia Beach Blvd.

In Roanoke: Western Virginia Labor Federation – 2101 Dale Ave., SE

Election Day West Virginia: Vote Tuesday, May 10

Tuesday, May 10 is election day in West Virginia! Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

Together with the West Virginia AFL-CIO, UFCW Local 400 has endorsed the following candidates for office. Who you vote for is your individual choice, but we encourage you to consider voting for the candidates below. We strongly believe these are the best choices for our members and all working people in West Virginia.

Print the complete list (PDF)

Find your polling place:

Don’t know where to vote? You can look up your polling place online or contact your County Clerk if you have questions. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

PARKERSBURG AREA

House Districts 8, 9, & 10

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw

 State Auditor
Jason Pizatella 

Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

House of Delegates – 10th District
Andy Daniel
Bill Merriman
Stephen Ruble

RIPLEY AREA

House Districts 11, 12, 13, & 14

State Senate – State Senate – 4th District
Brian Prim (D)
Dustin Lewis (R)

House of Delegates – 12th District
Missy Morris

House of Delegates – 13th District
Scott Brewer

TEAYS VALLEY AREA

House District 15

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw

 State Auditor
Jason Pizatella

 Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

State Senate – 4th District
Brian Prim (D)
Dustin Lewis (R)

House of Delegates – 15th District
Terrence Turley

HUNTINGTON AREA

House Districts 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, & 21

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw

 State Auditor
Jason Pizatella

Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

State Senate – 6th District
Rocky Seay

State Senate – 7th District
Art Kirkendoll

House of Delegates – 16th District
Sean Hornbuckle
James Stacy

House of Delegates – 17th District
Chad Lovejoy
Matthew Rohrbach

House of Delegates – 18th District
Paul David Ross

House of Delegates – 19th District
Ken Hicks
Matthew McComas

House of Delegates – 20th District
Justin Marcum

House of Delegates – 21st District
Phyllis White 

BOONE, LINCOLN & LOGAN AREAS

House Districts 22, 23 & 24

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw 

State Auditor
Jason Pizatella 

Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

State Senate – 4th District
Brian Prim (D)
Dustin Lewis (R)

State Senate – 7th District
Art Kirkendoll

House of Delegates – 22nd District
Jeff Eldridge
Gary McCallister 

House of Delegates – 23rd District
Rodney Miller

House of Delegates – 24th District
Ralph Rodighiero

BECKLEY AREA

House Districts 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 & 32

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw 

State Auditor
Jason Pizatella

Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

State Senate – 6th District
Rocky Seay

House of Delegates – 26th District
Ed Evans

House of Delegates – 29th District
Ricky Moye

House of Delegates – 32nd District
Greg Crist
John Pino
Margaret Anne Staggers

CHARLESTON AREA

House Districts 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 & 40

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw 

State Auditor
Jason Pizatella 

Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

State Senate – 4th District
Brian Prim (D)
Dustin Lewis (R)

House of Delegates – 35th District
Ben Adams
Andrew Byrd
Shawn Little
Ben Sheridan

House of Delegates – 36th District
Nancy Guthrie
Andrew Robinson
Larry Rowe

House of Delegates – 37th District
Mike Pushkin

House of Delegates – 39th District
Shannon Hagerman

House of Delegates – 40th District
Melissa Riggs Huffman (D)
Ronald Shamblin (R)

LEWISBURG AREA

House Districts 41, 42, 43 & 44

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw 

State Auditor
Jason Pizatella 

Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

House of Delegates – 41st District
Adam Young

House of Delegates – 42nd District
Stephen Baldwin, Jr. (D)
Ray Canterbury (R)

House of Delegates – 43rd District
Bill Hartman

CLARKSBURG AREA

House Districts 45, 46, 47, 48 & 49

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw 

State Auditor
Jason Pizatella 

Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

State Senate – 13th District
Roman Prezioso 

House of Delegates – 45th District
Bill Hamilton (R)

House of Delegates – 48th District
Richard Iaquinta
Derek McIntyre
Tim Miley
Wayne Worth

FAIRMONT AREA

House District 50

Supreme Court of Appeals
Darrell McGraw 

State Auditor
Jason Pizatella 

Secretary of State
Natalie Tennant

State Senate – 13th District
Roman Prezioso

House of Delegates – 50th District
Mike Caputo
Linda Longstreth
Tim Manchin

Local 400 Endorses Glenn Ivey for Congress in Maryland’s Fourth District

Photo courtesy of @Glenn_Ivey Twitter page.

Photo courtesy of @Glenn_Ivey Twitter page.

LANDOVER, MD – Today, Local 400 of the United Food & Commercial Workers officially endorsed Glenn Ivey for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.

Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400, issued the following statement regarding the endorsement:

“Glenn Ivey has, and always will be, a friend to working families. In a time when Congress just isn’t working for our families, we know Glenn Ivey is the champion we need to raise wages, create jobs and expand vital middle class programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare.”

Local 400 has more than 2,500 members in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District and an additional 10,000 members throughout the state working in the retail food, health care, retail department store, food processing, service and other industries.

“So proud to have the support of the hard-working families of UFCW Local 400,” said Ivey. “I pledge to work hard everyday to get results for them like I did when I was State’s Attorney. In Congress, I will fight to preserve the accomplishments of President Obama against extremist Republican attacks in order to strengthen our families.”

Earlier this year, Local 400 endorsed Senator Jamie Raskin for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District and Congresswoman Donna Edwards for Senate.

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This Special Election Could Change the Future of Kentucky

A special election in northeastern Kentucky could impact countless working families throughout the state

Kentucky's House District 98

Kentucky’s House District 98

On March 8, Kentucky is holding a special election for the state’s House District 98, located in the northeastern part of the state.

Lew Nicholls (right), seen here with Kroger shop steward DJ Rhymer, is running for office in Kentucky House District 98 and strongly opposes "right to work" legislation.

Lew Nicholls (right), seen here with Kroger shop steward DJ Rhymer, is running for office in Kentucky House District 98 and strongly opposes “right to work” legislation.

The district includes Ashland and Russell, home to two Kroger stores where several hundred of our members live and work. The results of the election could have a major impact on our members and all hardworking families in Kentucky.

With a Republican governor in office, if the GOP is able to take control of the House, the state could be at risk of passing “right to work” legislation that could devastate our members and all hardworking families in Kentucky.

That’s why we’re calling on our members to support former judge and democratic candidate, Lew Nicholls, who is running for the seat against Republican candidate Tony Quillen.  Nicholls is an outspoken opponent of so-called “right to work” legislation, the anti-worker bill backed by the infamous Koch brothers.

The seat was previously held by Representative Tonya Pullin, who resigned after accepting a position as administrative law judge in December.  The vacancy has thrust the district into the forefront of a battle between parties for control of the state legislature.

While Republican candidate Tony Quillen has claimed he opposes “right to work,” there is a strong risk that his party could push through the bill even without his support.

Get Registered. Make A Plan. Vote On March 8.

We encourage all of our members in northeastern Kentucky to vote in this critical election.

Find your polling place from the Kentucky State Board of Elections and make a plan to vote on Tuesday, March 8.

Not registered to vote? You can learn how to register on the Kentucky State Board of Elections website.

Local 400 Election Day: Find Your Polling Location

Original image via Wikimedia  is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 fr

Original image via Wikimedia is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 fr

Election Day is Friday, August 28, 2015

On Friday, August 28, UFCW Local 400 will hold local leader elections. As a democratic union, UFCW Local 400 members choose our leadership.

Polls are open Friday, August 28, from 9:00am to 1:00pm and 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the following polling locations. Scroll down to see a complete list of all polling locations.

To find the polling location nearest to you, enter your address in the search box.

Please note: At two sites, as indicated, only members who are employees at those companies may vote at those polling locations.

View UFCW Local 400 Polling Locations in a full screen map