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DEADLINE EXTENDED! UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Program Open

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 details on scholarship program.

Applications available:

Applications must be postmarked no later than December 10, 2018.  DEADLINE EXTENDED to December 28, 2018.

 

UFCW Local 700 Members Vote to Approve New Contract for South Bend 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 800 workers in nine stores in the South Bend 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; protection of quality, affordable health care; and contract language improvements.

The contract is effective upon approval; wage rates are effective November 11, 2018.

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

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Reach Tentative Agreement for South Bend 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 South Bend 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; protection of affordable, quality health care; investment in securing your pension; and contract language improvements.

Union Representatives and Bargaining Committee Members will be in stores on Tuesday, October 30, and Wednesday, October 31, to discuss details of the proposed contract and answer questions. Voting will take place on Thursday, November 1; locations and times are listed below.

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Hold First Meeting for South Bend Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Bargaining Committee met yesterday with representatives from the Kroger Co. We provided them with a comprehensive proposal modeled after the agreement members recently approved in Ft. Wayne; that contract includes guaranteed wage increases over the life of the contract and secures 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 our bargaining committee an overview including market share. Company representatives indicated they would spend time analyzing, costing, and considering our proposal in order to respond when we reconvene on October 25.

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger South Bend expires on October 27, 2018. The agreement covers about 800 workers in nine stores in the South Bend area.

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.

Union Prepares for Upcoming Contract Negotiations with Kroger in South Bend

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger South Bend expires on October 27, 2018. The agreement covers about 800 workers in nine stores in the South Bend area.

Our UFCW Local 700 Union Bargaining Committee is comprised of Union leaders and representatives, members who work in South Bend Kroger stores, and UFCW International staff. We met recently to review contract proposals.

During bargaining, we will 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 are scheduled to meet with the company on October 11, October 25, and October 26; our preference was to begin negotiations earlier, however, these dates were the earliest available. We are committed to reaching an agreement that raises wages, increases opportunity, and keeps members safe at work.

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

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

Effective, Professional Union Reps Win for Members

Union Representative Justin Patterson

UFCW Local 700 is proud to provide outstanding service and representation through professional Union Representatives. And we’re always proud when our members recognize the great work of our staff:

“I am a member of local 700 and would like to give a wonderful shout out or comment about Justin who just helped me tremendously.  I would love to brag about his compassion and kindness and understanding with my ordeal recently; he is an awesome Union Rep. He is proud to represent us without hesitation, he fixed matters within hours, and stood up for me. Justin made the company understand we are union strong and that united we are together. In 4 years, I’ve never had to use the union for a situation, but now I completely get why they say we are union strong.”

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.