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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 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 Holds Annual Steward Seminar

UFCW Local 700 Kroger Stewards gathered this week for our annual educational Seminar. Our Stewards are the first line of defense and enforcement of our contracts. This year, special guests provided sessions on what’s happening in our region, health care benefits, growing our union throughout the country, and building a stronger path to power for our members. UFCW Local 700 Executive Board Member Juan Ruffin was also presented with a special award for his tireless advocacy and work in electing candidates who fight for hardworking families.

Check out the photos of our Steward Seminar!

UFCW Local 700 Announces Scholarship Program

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.

Get your scholarship application:

Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 30, 2023.

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


Email to jshay@ufcw700.org

UFCW Statement on Proposed Kroger-Albertsons Merger

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million workers in grocery stores, meatpacking plants, and other essential industries across North America, released the following statement on proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons, two of UFCW’s largest employers.

UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“The proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons has serious implications for hundreds of thousands of our UFCW members and America’s families who are more concerned than ever about inflation’s impact on the price of their food and groceries, prescription drugs, and gas. As America’s largest union of essential workers, protecting the livelihoods of this nation’s grocery workers, union and non-union, is our highest priority.

“Given the national impact such a merger would have, the UFCW and our Local Unions are discussing this and will stand together to prioritize the best interests of our members, their families, and the communities they proudly serve.

“To be clear, the UFCW will oppose any merger that threatens the jobs of America’s essential workers, union and non-union, and undermines our communities.” 


The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States. UFCW International represents 1.3 million professionals and their families in healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at ufcw.org.

UFCW Local 700 Members Approve New Contract with Kroger for South Bend Stores

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Negotiating Committee is proud to announce that members have approved a new, three-year contract with Kroger; the proposed contract covers about 800 workers at nine stores in the South Bend area.

The new contract includes:

  • Guaranteed pay raises and ratification bonuses
    • Pay raises are effective three weeks following ratification
  • Affordable, quality health care for you and your families
    • Weekly co-premium will increase by only $1 per week in 2025 
  • Retirement security through UFCW Consolidated Pension and VAPP plans
    • Defined benefit pension extended to a new group of workers 
  • Language improvements include better provisions for earning holidays and holiday pay, greater flexibility for vacation, and additional non- discrimination language

Special thanks to our members serving on the Union Negotiating Committee:
Mike Alvarez, Kroger 966
Katt Batman, Kroger 889
Lisa Bogue, Kroger 963
Julie Bolton, Kroger 915
Kyle Dooley, Kroger 886
Ninfa Garza, Kroger 903
Samantha Griffin, Kroger 879
Patrick Harlan, Kroger 901
Mariann Taft, Kroger 938

Joe Chorpenning Announces Retirement from UFCW Local 700

Dear Brothers and Sisters of UFCW Local 700: 

It has been an honor to spend my career serving the members of UFCW. For nearly 37 years, I have been privileged to work as an Organizer, Organizing Director, and Business Agent; as President of UFCW Local 700 since 2006; and as an International Vice President since 2012.

I’m proud of the work we’ve done at Local 700, because together we have created a better future for our members. We won strong contracts, lifted starting pay, expanded members-only benefits, added Stewards, and organized new members. We protected health care and pension benefits for thousands of members. The Heartland Health and Wellness Fund is one of the largest UFCW health care funds in the country. For members in plants, we ensured that members and their families have access to care. We were a founding local of the UFCW Consolidated Pension; Meat Department members approved an historic agreement to secure that pension. We work to be an industry leader in pension benefits for members in packing and processing facilities.

Our members do the hard work of serving our community every day, making and selling the food and essentials that ends up in households across the country. Our members deserve a big, strong union that can build upon what we have achieved in the past to meet the challenges of the future; with negotiating power to uplift their families and provide a good life; and that fights tirelessly every single day. 

I am grateful to have fought alongside you for nearly four decades but am taking the next step in my journey; I retired effective August 27, 2022. I’m looking forward to supporting you in all the ways that you’ll continue to build better lives for the members of UFCW Local 700.

In solidarity,

Joe Chorpenning

UFCW Local 700, Kroger Set New Dates to Negotiate Decatur Contract

Your UFCW Local 700 Union Negotiating Committee has been negotiating a new contract for the three Decatur-area stores; the contract covers about 300 workers.

After our prior meetings in July, we planned to reconvene on August 30 and August 31. Instead, we will meet on August 9 and August 10.

Your Union Negotiating Committee is working to reach an agreement that raises pay, protects seniority, and keeps you safe and healthy at work.

Should you have any questions or if you would like further information, please contact your Union Representative.