Tagged as Giant


Congratulations to ABC Drawing Winner, Amadou Diallo

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

Local 400 member Amadou Diallo from Giant #780 in Falls Church, Va. is the most recent winner of our Active Ballot Club drawing! Congratulations, Amadou!

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!

Member Spotlight: Taralyn Pike Brings Happiness to the Workplace

Taralyn Pike (right) poses for a photo with fellow contract action team member, John Ruiz (left), after speaking at a Fight For $15 rally in Richmond in November.

In her five years working at Giant, Taralyn Pike loved what her union did for her, but grew frustrated by what she saw as “a great deal of unhappiness at my store.” So she decided to do something about it.

Approximately five months ago, she stepped up to become a shop steward at Giant #748, where she works as a clerk. And she went beyond that, becoming an activist who played a central role in mobilizing members around the recent round of contract negotiations with Giant, and in fighting for a higher minimum wage in Virginia.

“I wanted to put myself in a position to bring some happiness into the workplace,” Taralyn said. “Who wants to work in a place where it seems everyone’s out to get you and you don’t feel secure? But now, I feel like my store is a place where we can be happy. The manager and I work together to make sure everyone is on the same page. My team members know they have a shoulder to lean on as well as to cry on.

“As a steward,” she added, “I now have a better understanding about employee rights and how things work. And I’m a better listener than I was before.”

Taralyn attended Local 400 trainings for shop stewards and activists, and soon joined the Contract Action Team around the Giant and Safeway negotiations.

“The whole experience was great,” she said. “I got to see a totally different side of Giant—the side where we come together as a group to be our brothers’ and sisters’ support system. We went around to different stores, sat down with every employee, listened to their concerns, fixed some issues, and explained how we ARE the union. We came together as a whole and showed everyone that we were here and we weren’t going to budge until Giant and Safeway workers got what we deserve.”

Taralyn and the other Contract Action Team members petitioned outside stores, got employees and customers to sign, and gained community support. Then, when Giant refused to budge in bargaining, they picketed. And the end result was a strong collective bargaining agreement.

“I feel like it turned out great,” Taralyn said. “Solidarity did the job. We got a great contract. It wasn’t perfect, but we didn’t lose anything and we gained something.

“There’s still more work to be done,” she said. “and now we’re working toward what we need to do to get the change we need in the future.”

Recently, Taralyn also traveled to Richmond to join the fight for a $15 minimum wage in Virginia. She met with other Local 400 members and unorganized workers in the fast food and retail industries, and spoke on a panel about why all workers should be paid enough to live above the poverty level. “It was very informative,” she said. “I was honored to be able to tell my story and encourage everyone to stay united in solidarity.”

Looking to the future, Taralyn said, “I want each and every union worker to go throughout their career and job feeling appreciated for the hard work that they do. I want to educate and advocate as much as I can. Wherever God takes me at this point, I’m on board.”

A resident of Arlington and the mother of nine- and 12-year old boys, Taralyn said, “Being a union member means so much. It means we are not alone. There are always people to help you; always someone you can call. And there are ways to get involved outside the store. I can testify that stepping up is always worth it.”

Giant Employees Announce Press Conference in Response to Potential Sale of Fredericksburg Stores

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Jonathan Williams, UFCW Local 400 – jwilliams@local400.org

Union of grocery employees to be joined by elected officials and local leaders to call on company to preserve good jobs and quality shopping


Last week, following shareholder approval of the merger of Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of local grocery chains Giant Food, Food Lion, and Martin’s, employees at several area stores were informed that their stores may be sold as a result of the merger.

With the future of so many jobs at stake, workers at Giant Food stores in Fredericksburg are hosting a press conference to tell Ahold/Delhaize and any potential buyers that they will do whatever it takes to preserve their collective bargaining agreement – regardless of who owns the stores or what brand they are operated under.


1:00pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Giant, 1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Giant Food employees

Grocery store customers

Local elected officials, including Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Mayor, City of Fredericksburg

Community leaders, including Vernon Green Jr., VP of the Stafford Branch of the NAACP

Mark Federici, President, UFCW Local 400

and others


Potential Sale of Some Giant Stores as Result of Ahold/Delhaize Merger


An important message from President Mark Federici:

By now many of you may have heard about the potential sale of some Giant stores as a result of the Ahold/Delhaize merger. The stores that will be offered for potential sale are:

Giant 338, 7025 Berry Rd, Accokeek, MD 20607
Giant 339, 200 Rosewick Rd, La Plata, MD 20646
Giant 234, 550 Celebrate Virginia Parkway, Stafford, VA 22406
Giant 235, 5701 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Giant 243, 317 Worth Ave, Stafford, VA 22554
Giant 256, 10346 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Giant 770 1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Giant 789, 35 Town and Country Rd, Falmouth, VA 22405

It is in situations like this that being a Union member is most important. Our Union will do everything possible to make sure any potential buyer preserves the jobs of all current members and all the terms of our current contract.

Many of you remember that Giant has changed hands several times over the last 30 years, but Giant employees, members of our Union, have always maintained their contract and no members lost their jobs.

I have already written to Giant’s representatives (you can read the letter here) to remind them of their obligations to you as employees with a strong, binding collective bargaining agreement that you have fought hard for. We will continue to monitor the situation, and the staff, attorneys, and other professionals who work for our union are prepared to do whatever we can to preserve your jobs and our contract.

In the meantime, we will keep you informed through our stewards, staff representatives, our website, Facebook, Twitter, and other means of communication, of any developments as we learn of them. We need to stand strong together as Union members and be willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what we have.

 And remember – without our Union, employees would be nothing but an afterthought in this potential sale. With our Union and our solidarity, we are an important and strong player and have the means to preserve our wages, benefits, and our jobs.

Let’s work together over the coming weeks and months to make sure we stand strong and stand together.

Very truly yours,


Mark P. Federici


Bertha McKiver: Helping Her Sisters and Brothers

20160307-Bertha-McKiverLong before she became a shop steward, Bertha McKiver was helping her Local 400 sisters and brothers. Currently the bakery manager at Giant #783 in Burke, Va., Bertha spent many of her 24 years at the company helping to solve her co-workers’ problems. Whether they had issues with their health care coverage or a conflict with a supervisor, Bertha had the answers to their questions and good advice to give.

So it was only natural—even inevitable—that she was asked to become a steward in 2007, a job she has been performing brilliantly ever since. In fact, she is so effective that Local 400 members from other stores often come to her with questions and seeking guidance.

“I love helping people,” Bertha said. “I believe strongly in making sure everybody’s treated fairly, and it’s very gratifying every time I can help achieve this goal. It gives me joy to see the smile on someone’s face when they get justice.”

Bertha also makes it a priority to sign up members at her store and others. “I tell new hires that their opinion counts every bit as much as anyone else’s,” she said. “But if they want their opinion to count, they need to become members and they need to be involved. They also get discounts, deals on cell phones, help buying a new car and other useful services.”

During the 2013 round of bargaining, Bertha participated in contract campaign actions, handing out flyers and talking to customers in front of her store and others. She hopes to be even more involved in the next round of bargaining, which will take place this fall. “I’m going to be out there telling people what’s going on and I’m ready to do whatever it takes to protect our health and pension benefits, increase wages, and reduce the high turnover among younger workers.”

Bertha is similarly active in other Local 400 activities. She has participated in actions at area Walmart stores, and rallies on issues ranging from food stamps to immigration.

A proud mother and grandmother who lives in Woodbridge, Va., Bertha has a special appreciation for what it’s like to be represented by a union. “I’ve worked at a franchise where there was no union,” she said. “The things management did could never have happened at Giant and there was no way for me to do anything about it. It was like night and day

“Being a Local 400 member has had such a big impact on me,” Bertha said. “It enables me to help people and that’s what I love doing.”