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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.

Safety on the Job Should be a Core American Value

On April 28—Workers’ Memorial Day—UFCW Local 700will once again join workers in Indiana to remember those who
have been injured or have lost their lives in the workplace here in the U.S. and around the world. It is a day to renew the fight for strong safety and health protections.

While decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant workplace safety laws, including the passage of the mine safety law and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, too many workers in the U.S. and around the world are still suffering or dying on the job. Here in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 5,000 workers lost their lives on the job in 2016 alone, which is a 7 percent increase from recorded fatalities in the workplace in 2015. Millions of America’s workers continue to suffer from injuries and illnesses at work, and women, older workers, and temporary and foreign-born workers are especially at-risk.

At a time when workplace fatalities are rising, our leaders should be focused on doing everything they can to keep workers safe. But the current Presidential administration is instead working to repeal worker safety regulations, including rolling back a rule that required employers to keep accurate records of workplace injuries and illnesses, and considering a proposal to allow companies to increase line speeds in pork and poultry processing plants. The proposal to trim the federal budget has also resulted in the decrease of federal workplace safety inspectors at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, undermining the ability of the agency to protect the health and safety of American workers.

UFCW Local 700 and our union employers have joined together to keep our members safe at work, and to address safety and ergonomics in plants. Millions of Americans eat foods that we pack and process – we want them to be safe, too.

The focus on worker and consumer safety doesn’t always exist in non-union packing and processing plants. Our Local Union Representatives and Stewards met with UFCW International Staff and Senior Tyson Management. We worked together to lead in worker engagement and safety.  At Tyson, we stop product lines when product builds up; that’s different than anywhere else in our industry.

Protecting the hard-working women and men who have made our country great should be a core American value.If our leaders are sincere about putting America’s workers first, then they will disavow any and all efforts to weaken and eliminate workplace safety and health protections.

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.

UFCW Local 700 Makes Statement on Marsh Bankruptcy Filing

Today, UFCW Local 700, who represents more than 13,000 grocery and packing-processing workers in Indiana, released the following statement in response to reports that Marsh Supermarkets has filed for bankruptcy, affecting thousands of employees.

“The decision to file bankruptcy leaves thousands of workers at Marsh Supermarkets uncertain about their futures and how they will provide for their families. Marsh must do right by them and publicly promise that they will get severance if the stores close. These hard-working men and women have provided an invaluable service to our community for decades and deserve to be treated fairly and with respect.”

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.

Members of UFCW Local 700 Vote to Build a Bigger, Stronger Union

UFCW Local 700 proudly represents over 13,500 members in grocery stores, and packing and processing plants in Indiana. We work together to build a better life for our members and all middle class families. This week, members voted to build a bigger, stronger union and approved the proposed $1 per week dues increase restructure. The increase restructure will give us more resources and more power at the bargaining table, in organizing new members, and in strengthening our communities. 

Over the last decade, we’ve stuck together through challenging times, but together, we’ve won some of the strongest contracts in our industry, lifted starting wages in many of our work locations, expanded members-only programs and benefits (including free college!), added Stewards to enforce our contracts in the workplace every day, and built our union through organizing new members.

We want to protect the gains we’ve made and provide more opportunity for our members to create better lives for you and your family. With a restructure, we will:

  • Better enforce our contracts by reducing the territory size of our Union Representatives and hiring more staff
  • Increase our ability to organize new members through a bigger organizing department
  • Offer more training for Union Stewards
  • Provide more members-only programs and benefits
  • Continue to negotiate strong contracts with better wages and affordable, quality health care.

The dues restructure increase is effective April 1, 2017.

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

UFCW President Perrone Makes Statement on Amazon Go

Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, made the following statement about Amazon Go:

“Amazon believes that America’s hard-working men and women are irrelevant to customers – they couldn’t be more wrong. The amazing people who work inside grocery stores are more than neighbors and friends, they provide an invaluable and vital service.

“Those who work in our local grocery stores do a lot more than just ring people up at the register. They are professionals who advise customers about the right cut of meat, help them find the products they need, create expertly prepared meals and most importantly, can be trusted to ensure that everything bought in their stores is safe to consume.

“Amazon is masking its blind greed as progress. This is not about improving customer experience: It is about destroying good jobs, with no regard to the families and communities impacted. This is not the America that hard-working families want and deserve.”

The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

Labor Day: Celebrating Hardworking Men and Women in Our Community

While most Americans view Labor Day as the last long weekend of the summer and another day off work, this is one day we should all stop for a minute and recognize the countless number of Hoosiers who make our community work. From workers at Kroger to ConAgra, these amazing people are dedicated and passionate, sacrifice for the good of others, and are committed to creating a better life for themselves and their families. 

While their stories may not be new, they are rarely given the media attention that a vacuous celebrity, lying athlete, or misbegotten politician can attract with a single tweet. While that may speak to a failure in our culture, we have opportunity on Labor Day to remember and acknowledge what this day is truly about. It’s about workers. It’s about real people. In fact, the the history behind this misunderstood holiday was actually a result of one of the most intense and violent struggles for workers’ rights.

In 1894, during a time of severe economic and social unrest, thousands of workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest the way George Pullman, founder and president of the company, treated his workers. To put down the strike, Pullman gained the support of President Grover Cleveland, who ordered federal troops to intervene—leading to a bloody confrontation and the deaths of more than 30 Pullman workers. Soon afterwards and amid growing criticism of the brutal response to the striking workers, President Cleveland established Labor Day as a national holiday in an effort to appease organized labor.

It’s been 122 years since the Pullman Strike, and our country is still grappling with economic divisions and social unrest.

Today, millions of hard-working Americans are struggling like never before in low-paying jobs with erratic schedules and little to no benefits. There are too many people forced to juggle multiple jobs, make impossible choices about whether to go to work sick or sacrifice a day’s pay, or fear telling their supervisor about a workplace injury.

It is the sad reality that, in addition to stagnant wages and incomes, too many of America’s workers face dangerous workplaces, exploitation, and mistreatment every single day. Many are also too afraid to reach for a better life because of threats from an irresponsible employer or they are conditioned to believe that they have not earned the opportunity for something more.

Here in our community, hard-working men and women who choose to become part of a union family soon realize they need not struggle alone. UFCW Local 700 represents workers mostly in grocery stores and packing and processing plants. Our members have a pathway to better lives through guaranteed wages and benefits, a secure retirement, stable schedules, and established work rules.

Whether someone is a union member or not, the fact is that no one in America should have to struggle alone. Every hard-working person deserves a better life because they’ve earned it.

This Labor Day and in the days leading up to Election Day, we have a responsibility to speak out for each other and our communities. We can start by honoring the sacrifices of working people here have made to shared prosperity in our state and our country.

Yet, if we are really going to change this nation for the better, it must begin with all of us realizing that Labor Day is not about one last summery day. Rather, it’s about the day where we all realize the power we have to come together and define a better future for all hard-working families.