UFCW700 Updates


UFCW Local 700 Announces New Free College Program

Ready to take the next step in your education? You can now complete your Bachelor’s Degree for FREE!

The new free college program is a bachelor completion program, which means members will need 60 (or more) credit hours earned in order to be admitted. There are currently five degrees:
– Business Administration
– Criminal Justice
– Interdisciplinary Studies
– Education (K-5)
– Education (Intervention Specialist)

Eligibility rules are the same (union members and families) as the free college program for the 2-year degree. Courses are every 8 weeks, all online.

Learn more.

Kroger workers eligible for additional compensation

Grocery and food workers have been on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We won’t stop fighting for the health and safety resources you need. In addition to everyday health and safety like mask wearing, social distancing, and frequent handwashing, Kroger workers have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (when eligible to do so).

Kroger workers who receive the necessary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a one-time payment of $100. To get this payment, you must present the vaccination record after completing the appropriate number of doses to receive the payment. 

As of now, the payment will be provided to those who receive their final dose before the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. This timeframe may be extended based on vaccine availability and roll out progress.

Both the union and the company are continuing to advocate for Kroger workers to be included in the earliest eligibility phase possible for the vaccine.

For questions or more information, contact your Union Rep.

Kroger workers to receive additional pay

We’ll keep fighting for the resources and job protections you need. All hourly, frontline workers active as of January 29, 2021 will receive a $100 Thank You Credit on their loyalty card. This credit is not taxable. All Kroger workers active as of January 29, 2021 will also receive 1,000 fuel points. Both items will be applied to your loyalty card on Feb. 11.

The $100 store credit/gift card or fuel points are not subject to payroll tax withholdings. These items are to help cover / defray personal, family or living expenses as a result of the pandemic. They will not be treated as income.

The credit does need to be used in one transaction. If a purchase is made that is less than $100, the remaining balance will be applied to future purchases until the $100 is gone. (It will appear on your receipt as “thank you credit.” The credit cannot be used for alcohol, tobacco, fuel or pharmacy purchases.)

If more than one Kroger worker lives in the household, the $100 store credit is issued for each qualifying worker. All Kroger workers who are members of the household must have their loyalty cards linked in ExpressHR for the offers to automatically load.

Kroger workers who were on Leave of Absence (LOA) as of Jan. 29 are not eligible, with the exception of those on Emergency LOA.

UFCW Wins Additional Pay for Kroger Pharmacy Techs; Continues Fight for More Pay for all Kroger Workers

UFCW members are – and have been – on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. You’ve ensured people and families in our communities continue to have the food and supplies they need.

We won additional pay for Kroger Pharmacy Techs. But, we are going to keep pushing and fighting so that all Kroger workers have the resources you’ve earned and deserve and have what you need to stay safe at work.

Local Union leaders in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio recently sent another letter to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen reading in part:

“As long as our members continue to risk their health and their lives, they deserve hazard pay. It should have never been taken away, and now, more than ever it must be restored…

While we agree with the need to increase the Pharmacy Technician wages during this global pandemic, we maintain our position that every single store employee is at great risk of exposure to the virus and also deserves a temporary wage increase.”

UFCW Announces Scholarship Winners

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

Caitlin Chval, Kroger J-972

Brandon Foster, Kroger J-911

Jose Leyva, Maria Leyva, Maple Leaf

Sean Radford, Kroger J-869

Abdelmuezz Zeidan, Kroger J-928

Dheyanira Alarcon, Jose Alarcon, Tyson

Nadav Alkaslassy, Kroger J-998

Franklin Montero, Carmen Meija, Tyson

Alfredo Perez, Kroger J-424

Manuel Ramos, Ruth Ramos, Tyson

Abigail Sanchez Contreras, Rosa Sanchez, Tyson

Shawn Smith, Kroger J-928

Kirk D’Rosa, Genevieve D’Rosa, Kroger J-973

Max Sandefer, Kroger J-928

UFCW Union Scholarship Program Applications Now Available

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 available:

Applications must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2020.
UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Fund
c/o UFCW Local 700
3091 E. 98th St, Suite #150
Indianapolis, IN 46280

UFCW Continues Fight for Hazard Pay

UFCW Locals are continuing to fight for additional pay and resources for our members. You are – and you have been – on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, ensuring that people and families in our communities have the food and supplies they need. UFCW reached an agreement with another grocery company for it to pay retroactive hazard pay in recognition of the ongoing risk that workers take simply by coming to work. We’re going to keep pushing for you to have the resources you’ve earned and deserve, and to ensure you have what you need to keep you safe at work.

Presidents from UFCW Locals in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky, recently sent another letter to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen, which reads in part:

“Health experts recently projected that it’s likely that over 400,000 Americans will lose their lives to COVID-19 by the end of 2020. As more and more people get sick our members continue to show their dedication and make sacrifices for their customers, communities and The Kroger Company. Our members deserve hazard pay as long as the health and safety hazards of COVID-19 remain.

Hazard pay is not a handout. It’s an investment in the hard-working men and women driving Kroger’s unprecedented success. Letters, robocalls and billboards thanking your associates – our members – is not appreciation. It’s a slap in the face contributing to the low morale in your stores, especially as they see your competitors reinstating hazard pay. You need to do the right thing and pay them the hazard pay they have earned and deserve.”

See full letter here.

UFCW700 Announces Scholarship Winners

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

Blanca Leyva (Maria Leyva, Maple Leaf)

Barbara Otchere, Kroger J864

Manuel Ramos (Ruth Ramos, Tyson)

Olivia Staniszewski, Kroger J115

Mariela Velazquez (Neli Andrade, ConAgra)

Nadav Alkaslassy, Kroger J158

Isabella Bazan (Crystal Bazan, Kroger J804)

Ashley Black, Kroger J963

Guadalupe Camargo (Camilo Camargo, Maple Leaf)

Zoe Cunningham, Kroger J911

Kirk D’Rosa, Kroger J973

Brandon Foster, Kroger J911

Jackson Hamm, Kroger J990

Lydia Mendez, Kroger J158

Garcia Puga (Jose Puga, Tyson)

Alexys Shepherd (Mechelle Shepherd, Kroger J864)

Keyen Taulbee (Brandi Taulbee, Kroger J71)

UFCW Local 700 Leader to Serve Community as Poll Worker on Election Day

Vern Sowers

UFCW Local 700 Executive Board Member Vern Sowers is serving as a poll worker for the first time this November. A 17-year union leader and member, Vern decided to spend his time working the polls because, “This is a very important election. It’s our civic responsibility to make sure there are as many polling locations open as possible.” Vern will receive training from his local Board of Elections and encourages other union members to consider serving on Election Day.

We must keep in mind who is going to do the best for workers once they are elected. The people we elect have a huge impact on our daily lives, including what we can achieve at the bargaining table. Vern says if the officials we elect undermine our collective power and the rights of hardworking people, that we could lose many of the important things we’ve long fought for.

As Vern says, the biggest most important thing to remember is that, “If you care about the future of this country, you need to get out and vote.”