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UFCW700 Union Scholarship Program Open

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.

Click here for more information.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than July 1, 2021.
UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Fund
c/o UFCW Local 700
3091 E. 98th St, Suite #150
Indianapolis, IN 46280


OR

Email to jchorpenning@ufcw700.org

Standing Up for Hoosier Teachers

Tomorrow SB 251 will be heard in the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions. This bill creates unnecessary obstacles for Hoosier educators who want to join a union. The bill unfairly targets teachers who pay their union dues through payroll deduction. Payroll deduction is a routine practice that has been available to employees for decades to pay for all sorts of things, like health insurance payments and charitable donations.

SB 251 is an unwarranted government intrusion into teachers’ paycheck decisions.

This is a sneaky bill written by anti-worker special interests who want to make it harder for teachers to join unions.

Teachers are counting on you to reach out to the House Committee and tell them to vote no. 

Click here to send an email to the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions.

OR

Call 866-803-8830 to be connected with the Indiana Legislature’s switchboard.
Ask to speak to one of the members of the House Committee on Employment, Labor, and Pensions.
The members are: 
Representative Randy Lyness
Representative David Abbott 
Representative Martin Carbaugh 
Representative Chuck Goodrich 
Representative Joanna King 
Representative Daniel Leonard 
Representative Jerry Torr 
Representative Cindy Ziemke 
Representative Ryan Hatfield 
Representative Mike Andrade 
Representative John Bartlett 
Representative Chuck Mosely

Our legislators should focus on addressing the real problems Hoosier educators face, like safe classrooms. Instead, they want to silence teachers by making it harder for them to have a collective voice. Our teachers deserve better.

UFCW700 Announces Free Foreign Language Program

Whether it’s for travel, for work, or just for fun, UFCW’s Free Foreign Language Program makes learning a new language easy. UFCW is now offering members an educational program to learn dozens of new languages – FOR FREE!

The online classes build on four conversational skills necessary to fully learn a new language: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar & culture. Seats in this program are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve quarterly basis.

Our foreign language program gives access to online classes to learn Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin & over 70 other different languages!

Sign up for the Spring quarter of UFCW’s Free Foreign Language Program! Applications open March 29 at 1pm EST and are given on a first come, first serve basis! 

Learn more:

UFCW Local 700 Announces New Free College Program

Ready to take the next step in your education? You can now complete your Bachelor’s Degree for FREE!

The new free college program is a bachelor completion program, which means members will need 60 (or more) credit hours earned in order to be admitted. There are currently five degrees:
– Business Administration
– Criminal Justice
– Interdisciplinary Studies
– Education (K-5)
– Education (Intervention Specialist)

Eligibility rules are the same (union members and families) as the free college program for the 2-year degree. Courses are every 8 weeks, all online.

Learn more.

Kroger workers eligible for additional compensation

Grocery and food workers have been on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We won’t stop fighting for the health and safety resources you need. In addition to everyday health and safety like mask wearing, social distancing, and frequent handwashing, Kroger workers have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (when eligible to do so).

Kroger workers who receive the necessary doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will receive a one-time payment of $100. To get this payment, you must present the vaccination record after completing the appropriate number of doses to receive the payment. 

As of now, the payment will be provided to those who receive their final dose before the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. This timeframe may be extended based on vaccine availability and roll out progress.

Both the union and the company are continuing to advocate for Kroger workers to be included in the earliest eligibility phase possible for the vaccine.

For questions or more information, contact your Union Rep.

Kroger workers to receive additional pay

We’ll keep fighting for the resources and job protections you need. All hourly, frontline workers active as of January 29, 2021 will receive a $100 Thank You Credit on their loyalty card. This credit is not taxable. All Kroger workers active as of January 29, 2021 will also receive 1,000 fuel points. Both items will be applied to your loyalty card on Feb. 11.

The $100 store credit/gift card or fuel points are not subject to payroll tax withholdings. These items are to help cover / defray personal, family or living expenses as a result of the pandemic. They will not be treated as income.

The credit does need to be used in one transaction. If a purchase is made that is less than $100, the remaining balance will be applied to future purchases until the $100 is gone. (It will appear on your receipt as “thank you credit.” The credit cannot be used for alcohol, tobacco, fuel or pharmacy purchases.)

If more than one Kroger worker lives in the household, the $100 store credit is issued for each qualifying worker. All Kroger workers who are members of the household must have their loyalty cards linked in ExpressHR for the offers to automatically load.

Kroger workers who were on Leave of Absence (LOA) as of Jan. 29 are not eligible, with the exception of those on Emergency LOA.

UFCW Wins Additional Pay for Kroger Pharmacy Techs; Continues Fight for More Pay for all Kroger Workers

UFCW members are – and have been – on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. You’ve ensured people and families in our communities continue to have the food and supplies they need.

We won additional pay for Kroger Pharmacy Techs. But, we are going to keep pushing and fighting so that all Kroger workers have the resources you’ve earned and deserve and have what you need to stay safe at work.

Local Union leaders in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio recently sent another letter to Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen reading in part:

“As long as our members continue to risk their health and their lives, they deserve hazard pay. It should have never been taken away, and now, more than ever it must be restored…

While we agree with the need to increase the Pharmacy Technician wages during this global pandemic, we maintain our position that every single store employee is at great risk of exposure to the virus and also deserves a temporary wage increase.”

UFCW Announces Scholarship Winners

UFCW Local 700 proudly awards $22,000 per year in scholarships to members and your dependents. Congratulations to the most recent winners:

Caitlin Chval, Kroger J-972

Brandon Foster, Kroger J-911

Jose Leyva, Maria Leyva, Maple Leaf

Sean Radford, Kroger J-869

Abdelmuezz Zeidan, Kroger J-928

Dheyanira Alarcon, Jose Alarcon, Tyson

Nadav Alkaslassy, Kroger J-998

Franklin Montero, Carmen Meija, Tyson

Alfredo Perez, Kroger J-424

Manuel Ramos, Ruth Ramos, Tyson

Abigail Sanchez Contreras, Rosa Sanchez, Tyson

Shawn Smith, Kroger J-928

Kirk D’Rosa, Genevieve D’Rosa, Kroger J-973

Max Sandefer, Kroger J-928

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 Union Scholarship Program Applications Now Available

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.

Click here for more information.

Applications available:

Applications must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2020.
UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Fund
c/o UFCW Local 700
3091 E. 98th St, Suite #150
Indianapolis, IN 46280