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UFCW700 – Kroger Begin Negotiations for South Bend Contract

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger South Bend expires on October 6, 2022; it covers about 800 workers in 9 stores. We began negotiations today.

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Bargaining Committee is comprised of Union leaders and representatives, and a group of members working in South Bend stores. We will be negotiating pay and work rules (contract language). Your health care coverage is negotiated as part of the Indianapolis Kroger contract; that new contract protects affordable, quality health care for Kroger workers and your families. The agreement governing the pension for members in the Consolidated Fund was recently renewed through 2024. Meat Department members in the National Pension Fund are covered in an agreement through 2028.

We spoke mostly today about marketshare and noneconomic issues. As we continue in negotiations, we remain committed to raising pay, improving contract language, and creating more opportunity for you.

Should you have any questions or want further information, please contact your Union Representative.

UFCW Local 700 Members Approve New Ft. Wayne Kroger Contract

Members of UFCW Local 700 have approved a new three-year contract with Kroger; the proposed contract covers about 2,600 workers at 22 stores in the Ft. Wayne area. The contract was approved by 72% of those voting in favor.

The new contract includes:

  • Guaranteed pay raises and ratification bonuses
    • Pay raises are retroactive to August 7, 2022, and in addition to the $.30-$2.50 increases that took effect in October 2021
  • Affordable, quality health care for you and your families
    • Weekly co-premium will increase by only $1 per week in 2025
  • Retirement security through UFCW Consolidated Pension and VAPP plans
    • Defined benefit pension extended to a new group of workers
  • Language improvements include one additional personal day, greater flexibility for vacation, and additional non-discrimination language

Special thanks to the union members serving on the Negotiations Committee; we appreciate your time, efforts, and thoughtful consideration of contract issues and proposals throughout this process:

Randy Farler, Kroger 405 (Meat)
Mary Ann King, Kroger 929 (Floral)
Debrah Kroterfield, Kroger 990 (File Clerk)
Peggy Lee, Kroger 857 (Cashier)
Sherry Miner, Kroger 837 (Pick up/E-commerce)
Ron Tinney, Kroger 973 (DSD)
Carol Zigl, Kroger 414 (Cashier)

Should you have any questions or desire further information, please contact your Union Representative.

Union Announces Ft. Wayne Kroger Contract Vote Schedule

Union Representatives and Negotiating Committee Members will be in stores to discuss details of the proposed contract and answer questions. Voting will take place on Thurs., August 18, and Fri., August 19.


Union Officers, Staff, and Negotiating Committee recommend a YES VOTE TO APPROVE the proposed contract.

Only union members may vote on the contract. Members may vote in the time and location most convenient for you.

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Reach Tentative Agreement for Ft. Wayne Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Negotiating Committee is proud to announce that we’ve reached a tentative agreement with Kroger for a new, three-year contract. The proposed contract covers 2,600 workers at 22 stores in the Ft. Wayne Area.

YOUR UNION NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE, OFFICERS, AND STAFF RECOMMEND A YES VOTE TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED CONTRACT.

The new contract includes:

  • Guaranteed pay raises and ratification bonuses
    • Pay raises are retroactive to August 7, 2022, and in addition to the  $.30-$2.50 increases that took effect in October 2021
  • Affordable, quality health care for you and your families
    • Weekly co-premium will increase by only $1 per week in 2025
  • Retirement security through UFCW Consolidated Pension and VAPP plans
    • Defined benefit pension extended to a new group of workers
  • Language improvements include one additional personal day, greater flexibility for vacation, and additional non-discrimination language

Union Representatives and Negotiating Committee Members will be in stores to discuss details of the proposed contract and answer questions. Voting will take place on August 18 and 19.

A full schedule for voting will be available at www.ufcw700.org.

Ft. Wayne Contract Extended; Negotiations Begin August 9 

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger Ft. Wayne expires on August 6, 2022; it covers about 2,600 workers in 22 stores.

Negotiations will begin on August 9. The Union and the Company have agreed to extend the current contract through September 3. Under an extension, members will continue to work under the terms and conditions of the current union contract.

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Bargaining Committee will be comprised of Union leaders and representatives, and a group of members working in Ft. Wayne Kroger stores. We will be negotiating pay and work rules (contract language). Your health care coverage is negotiated as part of the Indianapolis Kroger contract; that new contract protects affordable, quality health care for Kroger workers and your families. The agreement governing the pension for members in the Consolidated Fund was recently renewed through 2024. Meat Department members in the National Pension Fund are covered in an agreement through 2028.

We received excellent feedback from members on contract proposal questionnaires. As we continue to refine our proposals, we remain committed to raising pay, improving contract language, and creating more opportunity for you.

Should you have any questions or want further information, please contact your Union Representative.

UFCW700 Extends Union Scholarship Deadline

UFCW Local 700 proudly awards $22,000 per year in scholarships to members or dependents.

Applicants must be UFCW Local 700 members in good standing, or their legal dependents; have graduated or will graduate from high school or are currently enrolled in college or trade school; must have completed the SAT or ACT; and must be accepted to an accredited institution OR met the requirements and enrolled in a two-year community college, technical, or trade school.

Twice a year, we award $11,000 in scholarships: Five at $1,000 each and twelve at $500 each.

Get your scholarship application:

Postmark or email applications no later than August 24, 2022.

UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Fund
c/o UFCW Local 700
3091 E. 98th St, Suite #150
Indianapolis, IN 46280

or

jshay@ufcw700.org

UFCW Local 700 Members Approve New Indianapolis Kroger Contract

Members of UFCW Local 700 have approved a new three-year contract with Kroger; the proposed contract covers more than 8,000 workers at 68 stores in Central Indiana. The count was 1892 voting yes – 1243 voting no.

The new contract:

  • Guarantees pay raises over the life of the contract
  • Increases starting pay rates and premium pay
  • Provides lump-sum compensation for top-rated and grandfathered workers, and Department Heads
  • Protects quality, affordable health care for members and your families
  • Improves health care benefits
  • Secures and expands pension benefits
  • Strengthens contract language

Special thanks to the union members serving on the Negotiations Committee; we appreciate your time, efforts, and thoughtful consideration of contract issues and proposals throughout this process:

Carolynn Ball, J980, Front End  
Scott Blanton, J987, DSD Clerk  
Maria Brummett, J928, Cheese  
Mandy Davis, J735, Non-Foods  
Chad Dunville, J993, Meat  
Kristen Jackson, J989, Pharmacy  
Wilson Murkison, J894, Grocery
Phil Phillippo, J902, Meat
Rosie Ross, J957, Front End
Juan Ruffin, J804, Meat
Vern Sowers, J959, Front End
Delisa Watson, J869, Meat

Should you have any questions or desire further information, please contact your Union Representative.

Union Announces Indianapolis Kroger Contract Vote Schedule

Negotiating Committee Members and Union Representatives will be in stores to discuss details of the proposed contract and answer questions. Contract voting will take place from Wednesday, July 13, through Friday, July 15. 

Your Union Negotiating Committee, Officers, and Staff recommend a YES VOTE TO APPROVE the proposed contract.

Only union members may vote on the contract. You may vote in the time and location most convenient for you.

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Reach Tentative Agreement for Indianapolis Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Negotiating Committee is proud to announce that we’ve reached a tentative agreement with Kroger for a new, three-year contract; the proposed contract covers more than 8,000 workers at 68 stores  in Central Indiana.

YOUR UNION NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE, OFFICERS, AND STAFF RECOMMEND A YES VOTE TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED CONTRACT.

The new contract includes:

  • Guaranteed pay raises and ratification bonuses
    • Pay raises are retroactive to June 19, 2022, and in addition to the $.30-$2.50 increases that took effect in October 2021
  • Affordable, quality health care for you and your families
    • Weekly co-premium will increase by only $1 per week in 2025
  • Retirement security through UFCW Consolidated Pension and VAPP plans
    • Defined benefit pension extended to a new group of workers
  • Language improvements include better provisions for earning holidays and holiday pay, greater flexibility for vacation, and stronger non-discrimination language

Union Representatives and Negotiating Committee Members will be in stores to discuss details of the proposed contract and answer questions. Voting will take place from July 13 – July 15.

A full schedule for voting will be available on our website, Facebook and Twitter.