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UFCW Local 700 Members Vote to Approve New Contract for Ft. Wayne Kroger Stores

Your Union Bargaining Committee is proud to announce that members have voted to approve a new contract with Kroger for a new one-year contract covering about 3,000 workers in 24 stores in the Ft. Wayne area.

The new contract helps create a more secure future for Kroger workers and your families through regular, guaranteed wage increases; investment in securing your pension; and contract language improvements.

The contract is effective upon approval; wage rates are retroactive to August 5, 2018.

Should you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative.

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

Your Union Bargaining Committee is proud to announce that we’ve reached a tentative agreement with Kroger for a new one-year contract covering Ft. Wayne stores.

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

The proposed agreement helps create a more secure future for Kroger workers and our families through regular, guaranteed wage increases; investment in securing your pension; and contract language improvements.

Union Representatives and Bargaining Committee Members will be in stores on Monday, August 6, and Tuesday, August 7, to discuss details of the proposed contract and answer questions.

Download Contract Update Flyer with Voting Locations

FT. WAYNE KROGER CONTRACT VOTE SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2018


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

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Continue Bargaining for Ft. Wayne Contract

This week, your Union Bargaining Committee met with representatives from the Kroger Co. to continue negotiations for the Ft. Wayne Kroger contract. The union provided the company with a comprehensive proposal including language improvements and regular, guaranteed wage increases over the life of the agreement. Most of our discussion centered around language regarding work rules.

Our next negotiations are scheduled for July 31 and August 1.

If you’d like bargaining updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or email bkelly@ufcw700.org with subject Ft. Wayne Kroger.

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

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Hold First Meeting for Ft. Wayne Contract

This week, your Union Bargaining Committee provided representatives from the Kroger Co. with a list of our bargaining goals including guaranteed wage increases over the life of the contract and securing the meat pension. Health care coverage and retirement benefits for clerks are negotiated as part of the Indianapolis Kroger agreement that expires in May of 2019.

The company gave the bargaining committee an overview including marketshare, ratio of full time jobs, and changing technology including Clicklist. We are proud that our members make Kroger the market leader in this community.

The parties will reconvene for negotiations next month; the schedule is not yet final.

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger Ft. Wayne expires on August 4, 2018. The agreement covers almost 2500 workers in 24 stores in the Ft. Wayne area.

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

Union Prepares for Upcoming Contract Negotiations with Kroger in Ft. Wayne

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger Ft. Wayne expires on August 4, 2018. The agreement covers almost 2500 workers in 24 stores in the Ft. Wayne area.

UFCW Local 700 recently formed our Union Bargaining Committee, comprised of Union leaders and representatives, ten members who work in Ft. Wayne Kroger stores, and UFCW International staff. A Federal Mediator conducted training for the Committee.

During bargaining, we will only be negotiating wages, language, and the meat pension; health care coverage and retirement benefits for clerks are negotiated as part of the Indianapolis Kroger agreement that expires in May of 2019. We have requested to reopen the Ft. Wayne contract several times since members in Indianapolis approved a higher wage scale in November 2015; we are committed to reaching an agreement that raises wages, increases opportunity, and keeps members safe at work.

The Union Bargaining Committee will reconvene later this month to review contract proposals. Our first negotiation session is scheduled for June 28.

If you’d like to receive bargaining updates, please email bkelly@ufcw700.org with subject Ft. Wayne Kroger.

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

Tyson Workers to Receive Bonus Pay

Last year, your Union Bargaining Committee worked tirelessly to reach a new contract that improved wages, protected benefits, and improved safety on the job. Through ongoing effort and collaboration
between the Union and Company, we are pleased to announce that Tyson workers shall also receive a one-time bonus.

Full-time workers will receive $1,000; part-time workers will receive $500. Bonus checks will be paid in about three weeks; taxes will be appropriately deducted. To be eligible for a bonus, an employee must have completed his or her probationary period as of February 7, 2018.

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

Bay Valley Foods Announces Plant Closure; Union to Bargain Over Effects

Bay Valley Foods recently announced it would close the operation in Plymouth, Indiana at the end of 2017; about one hundred members of UFCW Local 700 make pickles at the plant. During contract negotiations earlier this year, the company did not indicate an intention to close the plant and agreed to contract improvements, not concessions, that were approved by members.

UFCW Local 700 will negotiate with the company over the effects of the plant closure and possible opportunities for employees to transfer to other Bay Valley facilities. We expect the process to begin later this summer.

In addition, we are committed to working with local agencies to help employees find the resources you need during this time of transition.

Should you have any questions, please contact your Union Representative, Karen Salzer or Juan Garcia, at (800) 334-3619.

UFCW700 Members at Tyson Approve New Contract

Members of UFCW Local 700 have overwhelmingly approved a new, five-year contract with Tyson Foods in Logansport, IN; the new agreement helps create a more secure future for workers and our families. Thank you to everyone who participated in negotiations by submitting contract proposals, updating your co-workers on the process, and voting on the contract. New contract books will be available as soon as possible.

Our new union contract:
✓ Increases wages substantially to meet industry standards
✓ Adds a week of vacation upon ten years of service (from three weeks to four weeks)
✓ Adds a summer floating holiday
✓ Improves funeral leave policy for employees working shifts longer than eight hours
✓ Increases provided gear for cold weather items and creates new boot allowance
✓ Offers greater protection for the rights of immigrant workers
✓ Upgrades classifications for several jobs
✓ Provides for health care review to ensure affordable, quality care is protected for members and our families

Should you have any questions or if you’d like further information, please contact your Union Stewards or Union Representatives.

UFCW700 Adds New Staff Position to Better Enforce Contracts

Jason Morey has joined the staff of UFCW Local 700.

UFCW Local 700 members work together to build a better life for our members and all middle class families. Members recently approved a dues restructure to build a bigger, stronger union, and to give us more resources and power at the bargaining table, in organizing new members, and in strengthening our communities.

This week, Jason Morey joined the UFCW Local 700 team. A member of UFCW for eleven years, Jason worked at Kroger, served as a Union Steward, and worked on special projects with the Indiana AFL-CIO. Jason’s job will be to lead audits to ensure that members are being paid appropriately by the company, monitor full-time and part-time positions, update classification and contact information, and other projects. The information provided by the internal audits will be invaluable for grievance management, bargaining, and communication.

Jason has hit the ground running and Is looking forward to his role to better enforce our contract language and ensuring the most accurate and up-to-date information for our members.

Sec.-Treas. Mike Merrell and Jason Morey review a membership audit.

UFCW700 Members at ConAgra Dairy Approve New Four-Year Contract

UFCW Local 700 members at ConAgra Dairy in Indianapolis have overwhelmingly approved a new, four-year contract. The Union Bargaining Committee focused on protecting and increasing benefits and fair treatment for everyone working in the plant.

The new contract:

  • Raises wages, closes the 2-tier wage gap, and provides a lump sum payment
  • Increases pension benefits
  • Maintains Health and Welfare benefits for families
  • Protects crewing seniority and overtime
  • Gives more flexibility for use of vacation time

The contract is effective upon ratification.