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UFCW 700 Issues Statement on Ft. Wayne Store Shooting

FT. WAYNE – Thursday, multiple shots were reported at the East State Blvd. Kroger in Ft. Wayne. According to police reports, there were no injuries and one person is currently in custody.

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700 President Tracy Bartak and issued the following statement in response:

“Our hearts go out to all of our Kroger family who were affected by tonight’s shooting. Store 425 will be closed the rest of tonight and tomorrow. Beginning Friday, mental health counselors will be available free of charge for anyone in need both in person at the store as well as via phone or FaceTime. Please contact your local union representative for information on how to schedule virtual sessions.”

Indianapolis REI Workers Announce Rally for Fair Contract on Anniversary of Co-op’s Founding

Castleton REI Workers Join National Movement to Demand Management Bargain in Good Faith 

INDIANAPOLIS – Thursday, UFCW Local 700 which represents 12,000 workers in retail, grocery and other essential industries across Indiana, announced that unionized REI workers at the Castleton location in Indianapolis would rally in front of the store on Sat. May 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. to demand REI management bargain in good faith.

This rally is part of a larger national coordinated series of actions during the REI’s annual “A Sale,” an anniversary sales event intended to celebrate the company’s founding and “what it means to be a co-op.” Workers from all 10 unionized REI stores nationwide are taking action, calling on management to stop abandoning the founders’ progressive values and negotiate in good faith.

UFCW Local 700 President Tracy Bartak said the May 25 rally is a sign of growing frustration with REI management’s abandonment of the founding principles of REI Co-Op.

“REI Co-Op was founded to promote a love of the outdoors, not union-busting,” said Bartak. “The workers at REI want the same thing everyone else wants – a fair shake and a chance at the American dream. Unfortunately, REI has already indicated it plans to break federal law and withhold raises and bonuses from these workers next year. We at UFCW 700 are proud to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the nation and we will not rest until we win a fair contract for REI workers.”

The rally will take place in the REI parking lot at 8490 Castleton Corner Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46250 and feature speeches from workers, union leaders and elected officials such as Sen. Fady Qaddoura, Rep. Carey Hamilton and Indianapolis City Councilor Nick Roberts.

Sec.-Treas. Merrell Retires

Congratulations to Sec.-Treas. Mike Merrell on his retirement! We are grateful for Mike’s many years in service to the members of UFCW Local 700 and wish him the very best!

UFCW700 Statement on Waynedale Kroger Tragedy

“Our hearts are filled with sadness and grief over today’s horrific event. UFCW Local 700 will continue to work to so our members have the resources they need to cope with this trauma and so that they are safe at work.”

– UFCW Local 700 President Tracy Bartak

Union Representatives will provide more information to our members as it becomes available.

UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Program Opens

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.

Postmark or email applications by January 4, 2023. 

UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Fund
c/o UFCW Local 700
3091 E. 98th St, Suite #150
Indianapolis, IN 46280

OR

Email to cphelps@ufcw700.org

UFCW Local 700 Endorses Jennifer McCormick

UFCW Local 700 puts dinner on the table for Hoosier families with more than 13,000 members in supermarkets and food packing, processing, and manufacturing plants. 

We believe a better life comes from the power of standing together. So that’s what our union family fights for every day: Better wages, better benefits, schedules that give working people control over their lives, and safe and just workplaces. Together, we build a stronger community for everyone.

Our union supports worker and community leaders who fight for the needs and aspirations of working families; we want to strengthen our communities and need partners who will stand with us and by us.

UFCW Local 700 is proud to endorse Jennifer McCormick in the race for Indiana Governor.

As a lifelong educator and Indiana native, Jennifer McCormick understands how to build a state where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. She recognizes that true public service requires an approach of bringing all voices to the table, respecting others, and ensuring that no one is left behind.

It’s time to put Hoosiers first. We look forward to Jennifer McCormick’s common sense, bipartisan approach to governing. And we support her in standing up against out-of-touch policies that are destroying public education, stripping Hoosiers of their rights and freedoms, and leaving rural communities behind. 

We look forward to working together to create more opportunity and better lives for Hoosier families every day.

UFCW Local 700 Extends Scholarship Deadline

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.

Postmark or email applications by SEPTEMBER 1, 2023.

UFCW Local 700 Scholarship Fund
c/o UFCW Local 700
3091 E. 98th St, Suite #150
Indianapolis, IN 46280

OR

Email to jshay@ufcw700.org

UFCW Local 700 Announces Highlights of Proposed Contract with Southern Illinois Meat

UFCW Local 700 reached a tentative agreement with Kroger for a new, four-year Southern Illinois Meat Contract.

The proposed contract raises pay and protects your benefits:

  • Immediate increases of at least $1.00 for Meat Department Leads and Clerks
  • Higher starting rates for new hires
  • Raises night premium pay to $2.00 per hour
  • New pay scale to earn more raises faster
  • Protects affordable, quality health care with minimal increases that don’t begin until January 1, 2026
  • No plan design changes to dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability
  • Meat pension protected

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

Your Union Negotiating Committee, Officers, and Staff recommend a YES VOTE TO APPROVE the proposed contract.

Special thanks to our Negotiating Committee Members Les Cox (L-380) and  Harry Ray (L-687).

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Reach Tentative Agreement for Southern IL Meat Contract

UFCW Local 700 is proud to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with Kroger for a new Southern Illinois Meat Contract. The proposed contract raises pay, protects your benefits, and strengthens contract language.

Your Union Negotiating Committee recommends a yes vote to approve the proposed contract.

You can expect more details and a contract voting schedule later this week. Voting will take place in stores. Until a new contract is approved by members, your pay, benefits, and work rules will stay the same.

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