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UFCW700 Members at ConAgra Dairy Approve New Four-Year Contract

UFCW Local 700 members at ConAgra Dairy in Indianapolis have overwhelmingly approved a new, four-year contract. The Union Bargaining Committee focused on protecting and increasing benefits and fair treatment for everyone working in the plant.

The new contract:

  • Raises wages, closes the 2-tier wage gap, and provides a lump sum payment
  • Increases pension benefits
  • Maintains Health and Welfare benefits for families
  • Protects crewing seniority and overtime
  • Gives more flexibility for use of vacation time

The contract is effective upon ratification.

Get the Most from Your Membership

Thank you for your hard work, as well as everything you do, every day, for our union family.

We want to start 2017 by making sure you save money. How? By learning more about the valueand benefits we negotiated for all our hard-working UFCW members.

As a member of our UFCW family, not only do you get a contract that provides important benefits, like job security and quality, affordable health care—you also can receive some great membership discounts.

These discounts can save you as much as $3,000 in 2017. That’s a lot of money.

What kinds of discounts can you and other members get?

Discounts on tickets to movie theaters and theme parks worth $45 a year

  • A discount on your AT&T Wireless bill worth $88.20 a year
  • Consumer credit and budget counseling worth $75 a year 
  • Savings on the purchase of Goodyear tires worth $23 a year
  • Discounts on legal consultations worth $188 a year
  • A reduced membership to Union Plus Motor Club worth $59.75 per year
  • A discount on a vacation tour worth $150 a year

And a whole lot more!

Please visit UFCW.org/value to learn more about these important benefits and discounts.

It’s easy to take these simple steps in order to save money and increase the value of your UFCW membership by up to $3,000 per year.

The truth is: You’ve earned these benefits, and we want you to use them.

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.

Kroger Members – Enroll for Health Care by Dec. 18

If you have completed 2017 Open Enrollment and have your confirmation number–FANTASTIC–you’re on the road to great medical benefits!
If you haven’t completed Open Enrollment, you have until MIDNIGHT on Sunday, December 18. Don’t be stuck wondering how you will get medical insurance for 2017–ENROLL NOW. Here’s how:
  1. Call 800.433.1204 and press 0
  2. Open a Member XG account and sign up online 24/7
  3. Check to see if your union representative will be at your location to help you enroll
  4. Enroll in person at the Fund office, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
  5. A few plans permit open enrollment through the mail (check your packet)

 

Holiday Season Brought to You by Members of UFCW

After a long and divisive election, it is time for all of us to celebrate the spirit of a holiday season that brings us all together.

UFCW700 President Joe Chorpenning with members at ConAgra

UFCW700 President Joe Chorpenning with members at ConAgra

As America’s food union, United Food and Commercial Workers members proudly prepare and make many of the foods that families all across the Hoosier state and this nation will see on their Thanksgiving table. At ConAgra, our members work hard to make the holidays happen by making and processing the food that so many all across our great community love, because they know how hard families work every single day.

Giving thanks to those who work hard and sacrifice on days like Thanksgiving and Christmas is not about being gracious, it is about whether we as a nation honor hard work with better wages and benefits. Because of good contracts negotiated with responsible union retailers like Kroger, our hard-working members are able to earn extra pay and other benefits when they work holidays. Smarter scheduling and a union contract also allow our members the opportunity to shape their schedules, such as deciding whether to work on holidays, without fear of losing their jobs.

These are good local jobs. Good American union jobs. Good union jobs that not only can’t be outsourced, but also provide real value to their employers, the community and the customers they serve.

Unfortunately, other hard-working retail workers, like those at Walmart or Marsh, are not as fortunate.

All across our community, men and women who work at these retailers will have little to no choice as to whether they work on holidays. Because they lack a contract that protects their rights, these retail workers have no real power to say “no” to working on a holiday, or any other day. Even worse, they must accept jobs that pay low wages with unpredictable schedules and little to no benefits or protection.

The truth is that America is better than this, and the power to change our community for the better is within all of us. Union workers’ wages are 27 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts, and union workers are more likely to have jobs that provide health insurance, paid vacation, fair scheduling, and holidays and sick leave. Every one of us can help send a message by choosing to value companies that value our families.

At UFCW Local 700, we sincerely believe that no one should have to struggle alone, whether it is on a holiday or any other day. And, by choosing to shop at responsible stores this holiday season, we as a community can help send a powerful message of thanks.

Thank employers who do what is right, and workers who work hard for us all.

Happy Holidays.

New Free College Benefit for UFCW700 Members and Your Families

We are excited to announce a new benefit from UFCW 700 that is available to you and to your family:  you can earn an Associate degree from Eastern Gateway Community college for free!

Having a college degree is more important than ever for getting ahead these days, but tuition costs just keep getting higher and higher.  The UFCW Free College program can help you and your family succeed without piling on thousands of dollars in student debt.

An Associate Degree can be your pathway to new opportunities, great responsibility and higher wages.  That’s why half of all college graduates in the United States enroll in programs designed to meet the needs of busy working adults—you take classes online, on your schedule.

This is a unique opportunity- available only to UFCW members in good standing and their families.  Families are defined as spouses, children, stepchildren, grandchildren and dependents.

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You can find out more about the benefit and degree programs by calling us at 800-334-3619 or visiting www.UFCW700.org.

We work hard to make sure UFCW members get what they have earned – what they deserve – so that they can make a better life for themselves and their families.  This benefit is just another way to ensure that every family has the opportunity to succeed.

We hope you are excited about this program as we are.  Already, thousands of union brothers and sisters across the country are enrolling in Eastern Gateway Community College, for free, and taking advantage of this valuable benefit.

Spring classes begin January 20— call us now to get started!

 

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.

 

UFCW Local 700 Members at ConAgra Bakery Approve First Union Contract

Members of Union Bargaining Committee

Members of Union Bargaining Committee

In June, workers at ConAgra in Indianapolis chose to join the UFCW Local 700 union family; last week, members approved their first union contract!

Together, and thanks to the efforts of the Union Bargaining Committee and SubCommittee, we reached an agreement that provides a better life, a more secure future, and respect on the job for the hardworking men and women of ConAgra bakery, and their families.

The new, three-year contract includes:

  • Mutual agreement to evaluate hours of work to create a pathway for more stable hours and more full-time jobs
  • Seniority protection for layoff and recall, job bidding procedure preventing favoritism and disparate treatment
  • More flexible leave policies, including union and personal leave
  • Strong language protecting the rights of Immigrant workers
  • Preferential hire provisions for workers at ConAgra Bakery who choose to transfer to 62nd Street plant
  • Labor-Management committee to discuss workplace, and health and safety issues
  • Lump sum bonus and guaranteed wage increases during the contract
  • Weekly pay for workers at the plant
  • Protection of wage rates, including increases prior to ratification
  • Guaranteed call-in pay for either four-hours or four-hours of work
  • Health care coverage maintained over term of agreement; company may not change benefit levels

Labor Day Art Contest Opens!

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day to honor working people and all their contributions to our country and its middle class. The UFCW is made up of hard-working men and women who serve in our communities at retail and grocery stores, meatpacking and processing plants, and countless other facilities across multiple industries.

This year, the UFCW International is hosting its first ever Labor Day art contest, to celebrate working people with something made by working people!

UFCW members and their children are eligible to enter an original work of art to be in the running for a $500 Visa gift card AND have their artwork framed and displayed at the DC labor Fest in the fall! The winning piece will also be available for all UFCW locals and members at our online UFCW Store. Two runners up will receive $50 Visa gift cards, as well.

To enter, send us a high resolution photo image of your art at www.ufcw.org/contest. Your submission must have a Labor Day theme.

The deadline to submit is August 25th, and winners will be notified by August 29th.

This is your chance to showcase what you think Labor Day is all about while showing off your creative skills—we can’t wait to see what you can do!

In this election: What matters most to your family?

This election season, UFCW International President Marc Perrone wants to make sure the campaigns know what issues matter most to our union family, and how they plan to address them. To do this, UFCW is asking for your input on what issues are your priority for the next four years. We will then take those issues and draft letters to each of the campaigns so that Clinton and Trump can address your concerns directly.

We understand that we may not all share the same political beliefs or preferences for candidates – but that’s what makes us strong! We take pride in being a diverse union family and value it as a strength, not a weakness. This is your election, and whatever your political affiliation, you deserve to know how the candidates feel about your concerns.

To take action, visit www.ufcwaction.org/voice between August 1st and August 12th to send us your comments. We will use your input to draft a letter and send it to both Presidential Candidates on August 17th.

We will post the responses from the campaigns to you on the UFCW Action website. To receive an alert when it’s posted, don’t forget to submit your contact information with your comment.

Make your issues known in this election. Join our conversation.