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UFCW 700 Issues Statement on Ft. Wayne Store Shooting

FT. WAYNE – Thursday, multiple shots were reported at the East State Blvd. Kroger in Ft. Wayne. According to police reports, there were no injuries and one person is currently in custody.

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700 President Tracy Bartak and issued the following statement in response:

“Our hearts go out to all of our Kroger family who were affected by tonight’s shooting. Store 425 will be closed the rest of tonight and tomorrow. Beginning Friday, mental health counselors will be available free of charge for anyone in need both in person at the store as well as via phone or FaceTime. Please contact your local union representative for information on how to schedule virtual sessions.”

Indianapolis REI Workers Announce Rally for Fair Contract on Anniversary of Co-op’s Founding

Castleton REI Workers Join National Movement to Demand Management Bargain in Good Faith 

INDIANAPOLIS – Thursday, UFCW Local 700 which represents 12,000 workers in retail, grocery and other essential industries across Indiana, announced that unionized REI workers at the Castleton location in Indianapolis would rally in front of the store on Sat. May 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. to demand REI management bargain in good faith.

This rally is part of a larger national coordinated series of actions during the REI’s annual “A Sale,” an anniversary sales event intended to celebrate the company’s founding and “what it means to be a co-op.” Workers from all 10 unionized REI stores nationwide are taking action, calling on management to stop abandoning the founders’ progressive values and negotiate in good faith.

UFCW Local 700 President Tracy Bartak said the May 25 rally is a sign of growing frustration with REI management’s abandonment of the founding principles of REI Co-Op.

“REI Co-Op was founded to promote a love of the outdoors, not union-busting,” said Bartak. “The workers at REI want the same thing everyone else wants – a fair shake and a chance at the American dream. Unfortunately, REI has already indicated it plans to break federal law and withhold raises and bonuses from these workers next year. We at UFCW 700 are proud to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the nation and we will not rest until we win a fair contract for REI workers.”

The rally will take place in the REI parking lot at 8490 Castleton Corner Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46250 and feature speeches from workers, union leaders and elected officials such as Sen. Fady Qaddoura, Rep. Carey Hamilton and Indianapolis City Councilor Nick Roberts.

Sec.-Treas. Merrell Retires

Congratulations to Sec.-Treas. Mike Merrell on his retirement! We are grateful for Mike’s many years in service to the members of UFCW Local 700 and wish him the very best!

UFCW700 Statement on Waynedale Kroger Tragedy

“Our hearts are filled with sadness and grief over today’s horrific event. UFCW Local 700 will continue to work to so our members have the resources they need to cope with this trauma and so that they are safe at work.”

– UFCW Local 700 President Tracy Bartak

Union Representatives will provide more information to our members as it becomes available.

UFCW Local 700 Endorses Jennifer McCormick

UFCW Local 700 puts dinner on the table for Hoosier families with more than 13,000 members in supermarkets and food packing, processing, and manufacturing plants. 

We believe a better life comes from the power of standing together. So that’s what our union family fights for every day: Better wages, better benefits, schedules that give working people control over their lives, and safe and just workplaces. Together, we build a stronger community for everyone.

Our union supports worker and community leaders who fight for the needs and aspirations of working families; we want to strengthen our communities and need partners who will stand with us and by us.

UFCW Local 700 is proud to endorse Jennifer McCormick in the race for Indiana Governor.

As a lifelong educator and Indiana native, Jennifer McCormick understands how to build a state where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. She recognizes that true public service requires an approach of bringing all voices to the table, respecting others, and ensuring that no one is left behind.

It’s time to put Hoosiers first. We look forward to Jennifer McCormick’s common sense, bipartisan approach to governing. And we support her in standing up against out-of-touch policies that are destroying public education, stripping Hoosiers of their rights and freedoms, and leaving rural communities behind. 

We look forward to working together to create more opportunity and better lives for Hoosier families every day.

UFCW Local 700 Extends 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.

Postmark or email applications by SEPTEMBER 1, 2023.

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

OR

Email to jshay@ufcw700.org

UFCW Leaders Call on Kroger for Additional Hourly Compensation

Presidents of UFCW Locals in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky sent additional correspondence to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen, calling on him for additional hourly compensation for Kroger workers. The letter is as follows:

Across the country, COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing and putting frontline workers more at risk than ever before – including Kroger workers. Throughout the ongoing coronavirus crisis, access to food has been essential, and it is made possible because of the serious risks that our members – Kroger workers – are willing to take in order to keep stores stocked and open.  They are continuing to show up for our communities in the face of this growing danger they face with cases continuing to increase, and more of our friends, neighbors, and family getting exposed or sick every day.And, as you know, among the frontline workers who face the gravest of risks are grocery and food workers who often interact with thousands of customers every single day.

Kroger says its “most urgent priority” is “meeting our societal obligation to provide open stores, e-commerce solutions and an efficiently operating supply chain so that our communities have access to fresh, affordable food and essentials.” Accomplishing this is impossible without our members, the Kroger workers, who are continuing to serve the public amidst a raging health crisis. 

We cannot wish or ignore away a global pandemic. The reality is that grocery workers continue to get sick and die from COVID-19. A new Harvard study found that 1 in 5 grocery workers had COVID-19, with most workers showing no symptoms. Additionally, a new report confirms there have already been over 130 grocery worker deaths and thousands of grocery workers infected or exposed to the virus.

Throughout a pandemic, during the holidays, and all year long, members of UFCW work to ensure that people in our communities have the food and supplies they need at Kroger stores all across our region. These workers have earned additional compensation for the hazards that still very much exist. While fuel points and gift cards are a step in the right direction, Kroger workers deserve the extra money in their pay checks for continuing to work during the worst pandemic in a century.

Instead of continuing to invest in your shareholders and corporate employees (many of whom can and are working from home, away from stores or crowded offices), invest in your frontline workers. As this pandemic rages on and the risks workers face grow, America’s food retail companies, including Kroger, continue to authorize billions in stock buybacks for wealthy shareholders. Meanwhile, profits are up, by 90% according to one recent study, while you seemingly ignore the danger employees are facing on the frontlines of this pandemic.

We will only get through this crisis together, and that begins with Kroger putting workers first, not the corporate bottom line. Please do what is right and compensate our members – Kroger workers – with the additional hourly pay they so deserve.

UFCW Local 700 Union Scholarship Applications Available

UFCW Local 700 is proud to award $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 3, 2019.

 

Deadline Extended for UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Program

UFCW Local 700 is proud to award $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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Applications must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2018 July 29, 2018.

Click here for details on scholarship program.

Applications available: