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UFCW Continues Fight for Hazard Pay at Kroger

Presidents of UFCW Locals in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky continue the work of securing additional compensation for Kroger workers. Kroger recently announced that its workers are again required to wear masks in-stores. Our Local Union leaders sent more correspondence to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen, calling on him for additional hourly compensation for Kroger workers. 

As the deadly Delta variant of COVID-19 surges across the United States, masks are once more a necessity and vaccine hesitancy means the virus will continue to mutate and spread. Our members – Kroger employees – continue to serve their customers at great risk of catching this deadly virus themselves and or bringing it home to their families. 

The courage and dedication our members have shown to their customers and their communities during this deadly pandemic has earned them hazard pay. Now, more than ever before, it is time for Kroger to do the right thing and pay them the hazard pay they deserve.

UFCW Local 700 Members Approve New Contract with Kroger for Decatur Stores

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Negotiating Committee is proud to announce that members have approved a new three-year contract covering the Decatur-area stores. Our new contract will create a better, more secure future for Kroger workers and your families.

We worked to reach an agreement that raises pay, protects seniority, and keeps you safe and healthy at work. The new contract includes increases for starting pay rates, for people moving through the brackets, and for top rate. It improves daily claiming rights and language for the grievance procedure. The contract protects quality, affordable health care for members and your families, and the retirement security you’ve earned. 

Special thanks to the union members serving on the Negotiating Committee. We appreciate your time, work, and thoughtful consideration of contract issues and proposals throughout this process:

Jody Burns, Kroger J-946

Karen Browning, Kroger J-922

Justi Houser, Kroger J-924

Christine Ramsey, Kroger J-946

Diane Ridgeway, Kroger J-924

For details on our contract wins, should you have any questions, or if you’d like further information, please contact your Union Representative.

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Reach Tentative Agreement for new Decatur Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Negotiating Committee is proud to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement for a new contract covering the three Decatur-area stores. 

We worked to reach an agreement that raises pay, protects seniority, and keeps you safe and healthy at work. Your Union Negotiating Committee recommends a yes vote to approve the new contract.

UFCW Local 700 Representatives and Negotiating Committee members will be in stores to share the proposed contract and answer your questions on Tuesday, August 17, and Wednesday, August 18. Contract voting will take place in stores on Thursday, August 19; a full schedule for voting is below.

UFCW Local 700-Kroger Decatur: CONTRACT VOTE SCHEDULE
Thursday, August 19, 2021

Kroger 922Kroger 924Kroger 946
12noon – 1pm10am – 11am8am – 9am
7pm – 8pm5pm – 6pm3pm – 4pm
You may vote in the time and location most convenient for you.

UFCW Local 700 Announces Union Scholarship Winners

UFCW Local 700 proudly awards $22,000 per year in scholarships to members and your dependents. Congratulations to the most recent winners!

Isabella Bazan (Crystal Bazan, Kroger J-965)

Ariel Douglas, Kroger J-944

Aaron Logsdon, Kroger J-902

Paola Nieves, Kroger J-837

Abdelmuezz Zeidan, Kroger J-928

Nadav Alkaslassy, Kroger J-998

Natalia Arreaza (Antonio Arreaza, ConAgra Bakery)

Janet Bartholomew, Kroger J-990

Avery Cunningham, Kroger J-911

Emalee Dehner, Kroger A-406

Anna Meng, Kroger J-115

Katelyn Monnier, Kroger J-972

Reid Schene, Kroger J-974

Alexys Shepherd (Mechelle Shepherd, Kroger J-894)

Keyen Taulbee (Brandi Taulbee, Kroger J-71)

Josephene Wolfe, Kroger J-990

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Set New Dates to Negotiate Decatur Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Negotiating Committee has been negotiating a new contract for the three Decatur-area stores; the contract covers about 300 workers.

After our prior meetings in July, we planned to reconvene on August 30 and August 31. Instead, we will meet on August 9 and August 10.

Your Union Negotiating Committee is working to reach an agreement that raises pay, protects seniority, and keeps you safe and healthy at work.

Should you have any questions or if you would like further information, please contact your Union Representative. 

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Begin Negotiations for New Decatur Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Negotiating Committee recently met with the Company to start negotiating a new contract for the three Decatur-area stores. The contract covers about 300 workers.

During the meetings on July 12 and July 13, the parties exchanged initial proposals. Additional negotiations are scheduled for August 30 and August 31.

Your Union Negotiating Committee is working to reach an agreement that raises pay, protects seniority, and keeps you safe and healthy at work.

Should you have any questions or if you would like further information, please contact your Union Representative. 

UFCW700 Union Scholarship Program Open

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.

Click here for more information.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than July 1, 2021.
UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Fund
c/o UFCW Local 700
3091 E. 98th St, Suite #150
Indianapolis, IN 46280


OR

Email to jchorpenning@ufcw700.org

Standing Up for Hoosier Teachers

Tomorrow SB 251 will be heard in the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions. This bill creates unnecessary obstacles for Hoosier educators who want to join a union. The bill unfairly targets teachers who pay their union dues through payroll deduction. Payroll deduction is a routine practice that has been available to employees for decades to pay for all sorts of things, like health insurance payments and charitable donations.

SB 251 is an unwarranted government intrusion into teachers’ paycheck decisions.

This is a sneaky bill written by anti-worker special interests who want to make it harder for teachers to join unions.

Teachers are counting on you to reach out to the House Committee and tell them to vote no. 

Click here to send an email to the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions.

OR

Call 866-803-8830 to be connected with the Indiana Legislature’s switchboard.
Ask to speak to one of the members of the House Committee on Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
The members are: 
Representative Randy Lyness
Representative David Abbott 
Representative Martin Carbaugh 
Representative Chuck Goodrich 
Representative Joanna King 
Representative Daniel Leonard 
Representative Jerry Torr 
Representative Cindy Ziemke 
Representative Ryan Hatfield 
Representative Mike Andrade 
Representative John Bartlett 
Representative Chuck Mosely

Our legislators should focus on addressing the real problems Hoosier educators face, like safe classrooms. Instead, they want to silence teachers by making it harder for them to have a collective voice. Our teachers deserve better.

UFCW700 Announces Free Foreign Language Program

Whether it’s for travel, for work, or just for fun, UFCW’s Free Foreign Language Program makes learning a new language easy. UFCW is now offering members an educational program to learn dozens of new languages – FOR FREE!

The online classes build on four conversational skills necessary to fully learn a new language: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar & culture. Seats in this program are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve quarterly basis.

Our foreign language program gives access to online classes to learn Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin & over 70 other different languages!

Sign up for the Spring quarter of UFCW’s Free Foreign Language Program! Applications open March 29 at 1pm EST and are given on a first come, first serve basis! 

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