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Contract Meetings for Kroger Tidewater and Richmond

photo by Bill Burke.

photo by Bill Burke.

 

PLAN TO ATTEND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS:

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

MORNING MEETING

8:00 AM
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON RICHMOND AIRPORT
5501 Eubank Road, Sandston, VA 23150
804-226-6400
REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR ENTRANCE CARD WITH YOU
REGISTRATION BEGINS 7:00 a.m.

EVENING MEETING

5:30 PM
HOLIDAY INN NORFOLK AIRPORT
1570 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502
757-213-2231
REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR ENTRANCE CARD WITH YOU!!!
REGISTRATION BEGINS 4:30 p.m.

TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT REACHED


KrogerRVAbargainingcommitteeA Message From Your Bargaining Committee

After months of hard work, we have reached a tentative agreement with Kroger for a new contract. It took many hours at the negotiating table, wearing buttons and stickers, attending rallies, and getting support from our customers and community, but we feel we have gotten the best possible deal for all of us.

“It took us working past the original expiration date, but I’m proud of my coworkers, fellow bargaining committee members, and the leadership of our union, we fought hard and are proud of the agreement we have reached,” said Michael Holcomb, a committee member from store 512 in Richmond.

Be on the look out for information about contract meetings, which will be held before the end of the month. At these meetings you will have the opportunity to hear details of the tentative agreement, ask questions, and vote on the proposal. You have to be a member to attend and vote – so sign up now!

Join us! Sign up to fight back! Contact your shop steward or representative at:

Sterling: 301-459-3400 ext. 289       James: 301-459-3400 ext. 202

“Did You Know?!” tips for your workplace

“Did You Know!?” is a series originally dedicated to informing Kroger Richmond/Tidewater members of their rights at work, but many of these tips apply to all Local 400 members!

Tip #1: You Can Get More Hours

Did you know you can have your store manager fix the schedule to be based on seniority?!
According to Article 9.1 of your contract, “the hours and work for each employee shall be scheduled by the Employer with the most hours on the basis of seniority providing the employee is qualified to perform the work and is available.” If you did not receive the hours you deserve: Please see your shop steward or call your Local 400 staff representative.

Tip #2: Your Weingarten Rights
If called into a meeting with management that could in any way lead to you being disciplined or terminated, immediately and respectfully inform management that you request your Shop Steward or Union Representative arrives state to management that you choose not to participate in the meeting until your representation is present.

 Tip #3: You can stay your entire scheduled shift (no matter what your manager says!)
Did you know you do not have to clock out and leave in the middle of your scheduled shift even if your manager asks you to?! If you were scheduled to work, you are entitled to stay and get paid for all of the hours in your scheduled shift, regardless of how many hours worked so far that week.

 

Letter from President Federici: Kroger Richmond/Tidewater Meetings Postponed

Dear Kroger Local 400 Member:

By now I’m sure you are well aware that UFCW Local 400 has been in negotiations with Kroger management for a successor contract. Several major retail food contracts between UFCW Local Unions and Kroger have had to be extended past expiration due to complicated bargaining issues like medical/ hospitalization benefits, pension funding, and wage increases. In fact many Kroger negotiations across the country have continued beyond the contract’s expiration. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a similar situation in Kroger Richmond/Hampton Roads negotiations.

Our negotiations put us in a difficult position of having to bargain over health care benefits with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Because this legislation plays a significant role in the delivery of your medical hospitalization benefits it is imperative that we move forward on an informed basis as the decisions we make now will remain with us for the life of a new contract.

To allow time to make informed decisions on such important issues, your current contract has been extended for a short period of time and the contract meetings scheduled for August 28, 2014, in Richmond and Norfolk have been postponed.

The decision to extend the current contract and cancel the meetings was a difficult one, however as stated above, the issue of your medical/ hospitalization benefits is complicated and we cannot afford to make uninformed decisions on this issue. For this reason, an extension of our current contract would protect all of your current terms and conditions of employment while we continue to work protect your medical benefits, pension and wages for the life of a new contract.

I appreciate your patience, your understanding, and your commitment to see negotiations conclude successfully and encourage you to contact your Representatives if you have any further questions regarding the status of negotiations.

1-800-638-0800/301-459-3400

Sterling Ball extension #289                                  James Stancil extension #202
Thank you for your continued patience and solidarity,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sincerely,
Mark P. Federici
President

Kroger Contract Extended: Members say “Raises Over Roses”

nametagroseslogocollageWith the current contract remaining in full force until midnight, September 6th, members have become increasingly active throughout the stores and some are planning on taking advantage of the extra time.

“I’m using this extension as an opportunity to see how many people I can sign up before the new deadline,” said bargaining committee member, Cheryl Brown.

Members have been doing a great job inside the stores rallying their coworkers to be #KrogerStrong, but it’s time to take the messaging up a notch.

RAISES OVER ROSES! The message is simple: “You deserve more than just a rose merit sticker for your excellent customer service—you deserve a raise!”

Solidarity = Power at the bargaining table! Wear your buttons and stickers everyday!!!

It’s time to prove to Kroger management that we’re serious! Show them how serious, by wearing this dollar sign sticker over roses on your nametags. See your shop steward to join the fight!

During Kroger Shareholder Meeting, Members Gain Customer Support Online and Off!

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Kroger store 401 in Roanoke, VA is standing in solidarity with their coworkers in Richmond!

In the lead up to negotiations on the Richmond/Hampton Roads contract, Local 400 has been bridging the gap between online strategy and store side strategy to make sure members and customers voices are heard!

Last Thursday during Kroger’s annual shareholders meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, Local 400 Kroger members, customers, community and labor allies shared their message with Kroger: Allow workers to have a voice at work, free from company interference and coercion and end the anti-worker campaign Kroger has been implementing at the Eastern Virginia region “Marketplace” stores.

In the days leading up to Kroger’s shareholder meeting, Kroger members nationwide, customers and allies signed an online petition, which has over 500 signers, supported a digital Thunderclap that saturated social networks by pushing out over 200 tweets and Facebook posts generating a total reach of 110,000 people, all hearing our message loud and clear. But Local 400 wasn’t done yet.

Deb from UFCW Local 23 is talking to a customer outside her store in Ohio!

Deb from UFCW Local 23 is talking to a customer outside her store in Ohio!

During the shareholder meeting, Kroger members and customers took to Kroger’s Facebook page in real time, sharing messages of support like one UFCW Local 23 member who posted, “I worked at Kroger in the past and it was a good company! It is sad to see the path it is taking. Walmart models of business are NO GOOD for America!” Followed by another supporter who wrote, “Kroger please stop treating your employees as an expense and start treating them like the great investment they are.” A loyal Kroger customer then added, “I have always supported the Kroger company and encourage many of my friends to do their shopping there. I hope that Kroger will rethink what they are doing to their employees who have come to know me by name.”

Simultaneously, these digital actions were met with storefront actions throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio garnering support from loyal customers, who where asked to stand with workers by signing a support card and turning it in to the manager on duty.

Garnering support from nearby businesses is essential to gaining power at the bargaining table! Thank you Bellgrade in Midlothian, VA for standing #KrogerStrong!

Garnering support from nearby businesses is essential to gaining power at the bargaining table! Thank you Bellgrade in Midlothian, VA for standing #KrogerStrong!

For years these Kroger employees have had a voice on the job, working together with management to make Kroger a high road employer. But recently, with the opening of some new stores where they are denying their employees the right to a voice, following the lead of anti-worker companies like Walmart and Harris Teeter (now owned by Kroger), we have to take the lead in informing our customers about preserving good, community sustaining jobs!

Sign the petition to protect good American jobs and allow workers to have a voice! 

 

Local 400 and Local 23 “Bring the Heat” to Kroger!

We are #KrogerStrong

We are #KrogerStrong! Follow the hashtag on twitter and facebook to follow our fight! Photo by Karlyn Wiliams.

Richmond/Tidewater Shop Stewards Say Kroger: “End Anti-Worker and Anti-Union Messages to New Marketplace Store Employees”

Tuesday May 13, 2014 Richmond/Tidewater Kroger Shop Stewards held a seminar to learn more about strengthening the power of our union through new member sign up,  engaging members in the upcoming collective bargaining negotiations this summer, and the importance of organizing the new employees at the Kroger Marketplace stores by taking direct action at a Richmond area Kroger Marketplace.

“The power of the union is in you all, its members,” said Local 400 President Mark Federici. “The power only arrives when you all stick together and show the number one food retailer that you deserve to share in their successes.”

wideangleKroger519actionDespite the afternoon’s steamy temperatures, two bus loads of Kroger shop stewards from both Local 400 and Local 23 in Pittsburgh, Penn., alongside faith leaders, community allies, and other supporters headed to Kroger Marketplace store #519 in Henrico, Va. to show solidarity, talk with customers, and deliver a letter to management. The letter demanded an end to the anti-worker and anti-union messages the management is circulating on behalf of Kroger. It brought home the point that joining our union is a decision the employees should be allowed to make together in an influence-free and intimidation-free work environment.

The group of about 150 activists sporting “Solidarity with Virginia Kroger Worker” t-shirts and buttons, marched and chanted, “we are Kroger strong, we are union strong” and “we are the union, the mighty mighty union!” to the beat of Local 23’s drum line in front of the store.

Local 400 President Mark Federici along side Local 23 President Tony Hefler hand deliver a letter to Kroger management demanding the anti-worker, anti-union messaging stop circulating to the employees in the new Marketplace stores. Photo by Heather Thomas.

Local 400 President Mark Federici along side Local 23 President Tony Helfer hand-deliver a letter to Kroger management demanding the anti-worker, anti-union messaging stop circulating to the employees in the new Marketplace stores. Photo by Heather Thomas.

At the same time, a delegation of Local 400 President Mark Federici, Local 23 President Tony Helfer, Kroger stewards and Richmond area faith leaders went into the store to hand-deliver the letter and talk to employees.
“For my first action as a new steward I had a lot of fun and I definitely think Kroger heard us loud and clear!” said Jennifer Quint, Shop Steward from Kroger 503.
Check out all the photos from yesterday’s event and stay tuned for a video from this very successful action!

This action is part of a series of events leading up to Kroger Richmond/Tidewater contract negotiations this summer.
Grand Opening: Last month, Kroger members along with President Mark Federici attended the grand opening event for Kroger 519. Just like store 540 in Virginia Beach, Va. Kroger is attempting to deny its workforce the benefits of a union contract.
Solidarity Buttons: Kroger workers from Richmond, Tidewater, Roanoke areas in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania have been flexing their solidarity muscles in their stores to share with customers that Kroger has been denying some of their employees the benefits of a union contract. More Locals will be joining this solidarity movement in the coming months–look out for more photos on our Facebook page (be sure to “like” it)
Community Action: Kroger 511Last week a community contingent distributed Solidarity buttons to the membership in Kroger #511 to educate them about upcoming contract negotiations as well as stress the importance of being united with the workforce at the new Marketplace stores. Thank you to
**Raise Up for $15, **VCU Living Wage Campaign, **SCLC,** VA Peoples Assembly, **Wayside Learning Center, **Food not Bombs, **IBEW, **AFLCIO and **VA Organizing for standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us!

#KrogerStrong is Union Strong

kroger511A diverse Richmond community coalition lead by UFCW Local 400 Southern Virginia Director, Donna Waddell and UFCW Local 400 Vice President Kenny Pinkard flexed their #KrogerStrong muscle Wednesday. They distributed Solidarity buttons to the membership in Kroger #511 to educate them about upcoming contract negotiations this summer as well as stress the importance of being united with the workforce at the new Marketplace stores. The workforce in these Marketplace stores are being denied the benefits of a union contract that their fellow Kroger employees enjoy.  Thank you to
**Raise Up for $15, **VCU Living Wage Campaign, **SCLC,** VA Peoples Assembly, **Wayside Learning Center, **Food not Bombs, **IBEW, **AFLCIO and **VA Organizing for standing shoulder-to-shoulder with us!