A Message from President Mark Federici—

Dear Fellow Members:

I’m inviting you to attend informational meetings on the state of Giant and Safeway contract negotiations tomorrow, November 13th, at the D.C. Armory. The meeting for Giant members will take place at 8:00 a.m., and for Safeway members at 2:00 p.m.

We have extended our previous collective bargaining agreement through December 20th. Both parties will continue discussions in the hope of reaching an acceptable contract.

Like virtually all negotiations taking place around the country today, the number one obstacle to reaching agreement is the impact of the Affordable Care Act on multiemployer Taft-Hartley funds, like the one that provides health coverage to you.

Between this and the pervasiveness of corporate greed, virtually all bargaining in our industry across the country has resulted in lengthy delays and extensions. For example, bargaining in the Seattle area between Safeway and other grocers and various UFCW Local Unions, affecting 30,000 members, took more than seven months to reach agreement. I don’t anticipate it will take us that long, but this is the environment in which our negotiations are taking place.

Please come tomorrow to learn more about where things are at and what you can do to secure a new collective bargaining agreement that provides you with the security, respect and dignity you have more than earned.

Thank you for your continued patience and solidarity.

Mark P. Federici


Date:     Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Time:    7:00 am Registration, 8:00 am Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Time: 1:00pm Registration, 2:00pm Meeting