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UFCW700, Kroger Hold First Meeting for Indianapolis Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Bargaining Committee met today with representatives from the Kroger Co., and outlined our bargaining goals. We are focused on negotiating guaranteed wage increases over the life of the contract; protecting affordable, quality health care; and securing your retirement benefits for the future. The health care coverage negotiated as part of the Indianapolis Kroger contract will also apply to Kroger workers in Ft. Wayne and South Bend. Meat pensions are bargained separately in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, and South Bend; clerk pensions are covered by the nationally bargained UFCW Consolidated Pension Fund.

The company gave our bargaining committee an overview of its business including market share. Due to the Easter holiday, our next meeting is scheduled for April 23.

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger Indianapolis expires on May 12, 2019. The agreement covers more than 10,000 workers in over 70 stores in the Indianapolis area.

If you’d like bargaining updates, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or email us with subject Indy Kroger.

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

Bargaining Dates, Training Set for Upcoming Indy Kroger Contract Negotiations

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Bargaining Committee is preparing for negotiations for a new agreement with Indianapolis Kroger. On April 8, members of the Bargaining Committee will attend a training presented by our union and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), a government agency that often assists in contract negotiations and mediation.

Negotiations for the Indianapolis Kroger contract are scheduled to begin on April 11.We are committed to reaching an agreement that raises wages, increases opportunity, protects affordable, quality health care benefits, and keeps members safe at work.

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger Indianapolis expires on May 12, 2019. The agreement covers more than 10,000 workers in over 70 stores in the Indianapolis area.

If you’d like to receive updates throughout negotiations, please email bkelly@ufcw700.orgwith subject Indy Kroger.

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

Union Bargaining Committee Reaches Tentative Agreement for New Contract with Chartwells

UFCW Local 700 is pleased to announce that our Union Bargaining Committee and representatives from Chartwells reached a tentative agreement for a new contract. The current contract between UFCW Local 700 and Chartwells expires May 3, 2019.

CONTRACT VOTE

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Heritage Catering Room
11am – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm

Your Union Bargaining Committee recommends
a YES VOTE to APPROVE the proposed contract.

(Only Union Members may vote on the contract.)

We stuck together and won workplace improvements that help Chartwells workers and your families to have a better life:

Fairness and Security at Work

  • Protecting your job and hours by defining bargaining unit work
  • Advance notification for scheduling
  • Additional grievance resolution procedure
  • New respect and dignity clause
  • Additional steward in the evenings to better enforce the contract
  • Stronger overtime language
  • Work shoe allowance

Benefits to Build a Better Future

  • Guaranteed wage increases
  • New health care protection langage in case of a change in federal law
  • Time and ½ pay for working on holidays
  • Additional day of bereavement leave for immediate family members
  • Increased vacation accrual for workers with 5 or more years of service

Should you have any questions or desire further information, please contact your Union Representative, Juan Garcia at 317-752-3809 or Scott Barnett at 574-276-6526.

Union Prepares for Upcoming Indianapolis Kroger Contract Negotiations

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Kroger Indianapolis expires on May 12, 2019. The agreement covers more than 10,000 workers in over 100 stores in the Indianapolis area.

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Bargaining Committee will be comprised of Union leaders and representatives, and 15 members who work in Indianapolis Kroger stores, as well as UFCW International staff. Thanks for the many contract proposals we received from members. We are committed to reaching an agreement that raises wages, increases opportunity, protects affordable, quality health care benefits, and keeps members safe at work.

During bargaining, we will be negotiating wages, language, and the meat pension, plus health care coverage for Kroger workers in Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, and South Bend.

We have scheduled a number of dates in April and May leading up to the contract expiration.

If you’d like to receive updates throughout negotiations, please email with subject Indy Kroger or check us out on Facebook or Twitter.

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

Union Bargaining Committee Progresses in Negotiations with Chartwells

The contract between UFCW Local 700 and Chartwells expires May 3, 2019. We are committed to reaching an agreement that raises pay, increases opportunity, and keeps members safe at work.

In our first contract, we stuck together and were able to win workplace improvements that help Chartwells workers and your families to have a better life. For the second contract, we’ve made a lot of good progress on language and non-economic items in the past two days of negotiations.

We are scheduled to meet again the first week of March, when we will address issues like pay rates and health care benefits. Your Union Bargaining Committee is working hard to reach a strong agreement during our next meetings.

If you’d like to receive bargaining updates, please email bkelly@ufcw700.org with subject Chartwells Update, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@UFCW700).

Should you have any questions or desire further information, please contact your Union Representative, Juan Garcia at 317-752-3809.

UFCW Local 700 Endorses Bloomington Mayor Hamilton for Re-Election

United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 700 announced the endorsement for Mayor John Hamilton’s re-election today.

UFCW Local 700 represents nearly 14,000 workers in supermarkets and food packing, processing, and manufacturing plants and is part of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

“UFCW Local 700 is proud to call Mayor John Hamilton a colleague and friend,” said President Chorpenning. “Our members work here in this community; we feel heard and valued by Mayor Hamilton and his support for local business. Mayor Hamilton stands with us in trying to create more opportunity for our members. We stand Mayor Hamilton and look forward to his continued leadership in Bloomington.”

“I am honored to have the support of the hardworking women and men of UFCW Local 700,” Hamilton said. “Bloomington is a strong community, and our unions have been and are a pillar of our success. I was proud to support the UFCW organizing efforts at Bloomingfoods and the unionization of the co-op makes me even more glad to be a member and frequent customer.  I look forward to continue working with the UFCW to promote strategic growth for Bloomington’s workforce.”

Mayor John Hamilton is the 26th mayor of Bloomington. During his time in office, Mayor Hamilton has dedicated himself to increasing the number of good jobs in Bloomington, promoting sustainability, increasing affordable housing, supporting public education, and making a high quality of life available to all our residents. Under Mayor Hamilton, Bloomington proudly became the first Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Friendly City, bringing in new investment for minority-owned businesses, community facilities, and affordable housing.

Mayor Hamilton is committed to ensuring that Bloomington’s future is bright. Throughout his first term, Mayor Hamilton made Bloomington’s children a priority by making $200,000 first-time investments in Pre-K, introducing Youth Participatory Budgeting, and standing up against “lunch shaming.”

Mayor Hamilton announced his candidacy for re-election in December of 2018.

Congratulations to UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Winners

UFCW Local 700 proudly awards $22,000 per year in scholarships to members and your dependents.

Congratulations to our most recent winners:

Ricardo Carmargo 
Camilo Carmargo, Maple Leaf

Brynelle D’Rosa 
Genevieve D’Rosa, Kroger J973

Leah Heidema
Bloomingfoods

Anthony Lem
Kroger J339

Angel Hernandez
Carolina Medina de Hernandez, Tyson

Yoana Hernandez
Carolina Medina de Hernandez, Tyson

Derek Huffman
Kroger J974

Chrissa Johnson
Kroger J900

Jammie Kearns
Kroger J938

Craig Miner
Sherry Miner, Kroger J837

Michael Ogle
Terry Ogle, Kroger J970

Manuel Ramos
Ruth Ramos, Tyson

Shawn Smith
Kroger J928

Keyen Taulbee
Brandi Taulbee, Kroger J71

Samantha Tinney
Ron Tinney, Kroger J973

 

UFCW Local 700 endorses Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett for re-election

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700 announced their endorsement for Mayor Joe Hogsett’s re-election today. Local 700 President Joe Chorpenning named Hogsett’s unwavering support for working men and women in the endorsement.

“The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700 has long been proud to call Mayor Joe Hogsett a true friend,” said President Chorpenning. “UFCW has always been able to count on Mayor Hogsett’s unwavering support of our members, which include everything from food processing to retail workers. We stand behind Mayor Hogsett and we look forward to another four years of strong leadership in our city.”

The UFCW Local 700 represents over 13,500 supermarkets and food packing, processing, and manufacturing plants and is part of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

“I am honored to have the support of the hardworking men and women of UFCW Local 700,” Hogsett said. “A strong Indianapolis is one that has a strong workforce, and I have been proud to work with UFCW Local 700 and its members over the past three years to ensure that our workforce remains strong. Thank you for your support – I look forward to continuing to build a better future for our working men and women.”

Mayor Joe Hogsett is the 49th mayor of the City of Indianapolis. During his time in office, Mayor Hogsett has made significant investments in public safety, lifted the city’s 35-year moratorium on new streetlights, and launched a comprehensive criminal justice reform effort. This year, with the unanimous support of the City-County Council, Mayor Hogsett laid out an infrastructure plan that will spend more than 500 million dollars on roads, streets, and sidewalks over the next four years, making much-needed investments in Indianapolis neighborhoods.

Mayor Hogsett is committed to creating a city where prosperity and opportunity are attainable for all. That’s why, earlier this year, he launched Indy Achieves, an education program that will provide millions in scholarships and grants to low-income students attending Ivy Tech and IUPUI, helping to increase the number of Marion County residents qualified for the jobs of the 21st century.

Mayor Hogsett announced his candidacy for re-election in December of 2018.

 

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.