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Tele-Town Hall Recap (3.14)

770 MEMBERS: If you missed our Tele-Town Hall, we’ve got you covered. More here: Members Meeting Recap.

From President John Grant: Week 1 Contract Update

Brothers and sisters:

For the past two days, we’ve been at the negotiating table with Ralphs-Kroger Co. and Albertsons discussing the future of our Grocery contract. We just wrapped up our final meeting of the week, and I wanted to personally tap out this update to you before the sun sets on another day.

One thing is certain: this is going to be a tough negotiation. Every single person in this union is ready to go the distance, though, knowing that we’re fighting for you and your co-workers. You get the job done every day – with a smile on your face, too. We’re committed to getting the job done for you now.

Here’s what you need to know after Week 1:

1. We have two more negotiation dates scheduled: March 21 and 22.

2. Our union negotiators and contract experts are reviewing the initial contract proposals.

3. Management continues to slow-walk negotiations, only scheduling four negotiating dates this month.

Here’s what we know: higher pay does not squeeze profits. So, when a company like Ralphs-Kroger Co. rakes in $3 billion in profits, there is no excuse not to invest that profit back into the workers whose hard work made it possible. Week 1 is down, but we’re just getting started.

And now we go,

John Grant
President
UFCW 770

P.S. Want to get involved? Help achieve the fair contract you’ve earned: sign the Food Fight petition. Nearly 2,000 of your fellow grocery workers have shown their solidarity by signing. Let’s keep the momentum going to unite workers across Southern California so we show corporate grocery stores we mean business.

Sign the Food Fight petition.

Hermanas y hermanos:

En los dos últimos días, hemos estado en la mesa de negociaciones con Ralphs-Kroger Co. y Albertsons discutiendo el futuro de nuestro contrato de Supermercados. Acabamos de concluir nuestra reunión final de la semana y yo quería pasarte personalmente esta actualización antes de que pase otro día más.

Una cosa es segura: ésta va a ser una negociación difícil. Pero cada una de las personas en esta Unión estamos listas para caminar el trecho, sabiendo que estamos luchando por ti y tus compañeros de trabajo. Tú haces el trabajo todos los días – con una sonrisa en el rostro, también. Nosotros estamos comprometidos a hacer el trabajo por tí ahora.

Aquí está lo que necesitas saber después de la Semana 1:

1. Tenemos programadas otras dos fechas de negociaciones: 21 y 22 de Marzo.

2. Nuestros negociadores de la Unión y expertos en contratos están revisando las propuestas de contrato iniciales.

3. La gerencia continúa avanzando muy lento en las negociaciones, solamente programando cuatro fechas de negociaciones este mes.

Esto es lo que nosotros sabemos: un pago más alto no les quita ganancias. Entonces, cuando una compañía como Ralphs-Kroger Co. recoge $3 billones de dólares en ganancias, no hay excusas para no invertir esa utilidad en los trabajadores cuyo duro trabajo hace posible esas riquezas. La Semana 1 ha pasado, pero nosotros apenas estamos comenzando.

¡Y ahora vámonos recio!
John Grant

Presidente 
UFCW 770

P.D. ¿Quieres participar activamente? Ayuda a lograr el contrato justo que ya te has ganado: firma la petición de Food Fight. Cerca de 2,000 de tus compañeros trabajadores de supermercados han demostrado su solidaridad firmando la petición. Mantengamos el impulso para unir a los trabajadores de todo el Sur de California para que demostremos a las tiendas de supermercados corporativas que nosotros vamos en serio.

Firma la petición Food Fight petition.


Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – March 5, 2019

Negotiations began today with Kroger (parent company of Ralphs) and Albertsons (parent company of Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions).

Your union joined UFCW locals 8, 135, 324, 1167, 1428, and 1442 and sent our initial proposals across the table.

Your union negotiators presented plans to proactively deal with technology in the workplace, simplify work classifications, increase training, give you more notice and flexibility in scheduling.

Gelsons, Stater Brothers, and Super A management signed extension agreements. Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons contract protections remain in effect and will continue to protect you and be enforced.

We continue negotiations tomorrow (March 6th) and will update following the meeting.

For now, spread the word about Food Fight and sign the petition.

Hoy comenzaron las negociaciones con Kroger (empresa matriz de Ralphs) y Albertsons (compañía matriz de Albertsons, Vons y Pavilions).

Tu local sindical se unió a los locales 8, 135, 324, 1167, 1428 y 1442 de UFCW y enviamos nuestras propuestas iniciales a la mesa de negociaciones.

Los negociadores de tu Unión presentaron planes para tratar proactivamente con la tecnología en el trabajo, simplificar las clasificaciones de trabajo, aumentar la capacitación y darte más avisos con anticipación y flexibilidad en los horarios.

La gerencia de Gelsons, Stater Brothers y Super A, firmaron extensión de contratos. Las protecciones de contrato de Ralphs, Vons y Albertsons se mantienen vigentes y seguirán protegiéndote y seguirán siendo cumplidas.
Nosotros continuaremos negociaciones mañana (6 de Marzo) y daremos actualizaciones después de la sesión.

Por ahora, corre la voz sobre Food Fight y firma la petición.


What Happens When Our Contract Expires?

The contract covering our Grocery stores expires on March 3, 2019. What happens next?


1. The protections of the contract stay in place.

Your hours, wages, benefits, and job protections will remain in force.

2. As long as we are still in bargaining the company must abide by the contract.

Our union will continue to enforce it and represent you in the workplace.

3. Our union negotiators are working hard to get management to the table.

Management is slow-walking negotiations to try and force a bad deal. Despite our union’s efforts, the companies refused to bargain before the expiration of our contract.

 

First bargaining session is on March 5th.

For news and information specific to 2019 Grocery Contract: 

Visit www.FoodFightUS.com or www.UFCW770.org.

Look to your union representative or steward.


¿Qué Pasa cuando Vence Nuestro Contrato?

El Contrato de supermercados que cubre nuestra tienda vence el 3 de Marzo, 2019. ¿Qué pasa el 4 de Marzo?

 

1. Las protecciones del contrato se mantienen.

Tus horas, sueldos, beneficios y protecciones en el trabajo se mantendrán vigentes.

2. Mientras estemos en negociaciones, la compañía debe cumplir.

Nuestra Unión continuará cuidando que el contrato se aplique y seguirá representándote en el lugar de trabajo.

3. Nuestros negociadores de la Unión están trabajando fuerte para hacer que la gerencia se siente en la mesa de negociaciones.

La administración de la empresa está yendo muy despacio en el proceso de las negociaciones para tratar de forzar un acuerdo malo. A pesar de los esfuerzos de nuestra Unión, las Compañías se han negado a negociar antes de que se venza nuestro contrato.

La primera sesión de negociaciones es el 5 de Marzo.

Para más información y noticias: 

Visita www.FoodFightUS.comwww.UFCW770.org.

Habla con tu representante sindical o delegado.


The Food Fight Is On

What is Food Fight?

Food Fight is a movement of union grocery workers and shoppers fighting for a better neighborhood grocery store. Despite making record profits, Ralphs-Kroger Co. and its peers are cutting wages and raising food prices. We are coming together to fight for a fair contract that makes sure we don’t have to work two or three jobs just to pay for housing or put food on the table.

Why fight?

Now is the time for a fair contract. That not only means fighting for better wages, more hours, work protections, and health and retirement security. It means fighting for the very values we stand for as workers, neighbors, and members of our union.

When we unite and fight, workers and employers win. Our contract gives us a say in our workplace and our community. By standing together through collective bargaining, we as UFCW 770 members have the power to protect each other and demand better from management. As a union workforce, we make Ralphs-Kroger Co. and other employers more valuable. The company made record profits ($3 billion) last year alone. We should have the voice and vote that we’ve earned.

Our Demands

Many full-time Ralphs-Kroger Co. workers have a second or third job to make ends meet. We want a fair contract that ensures one job is enough.

1. A Fair Wage and Hours

When union grocery stores like Ralphs-Kroger Co. make record profits ($3 billion last year alone), one job should be enough to make ends meet for grocery workers. We demand fair pay and hours to take care of our families, pay for housing, and put food on the table.

2. Fully-funded health care and retirement plans

We’ve worked hard to earn health and retirement plans that are rare in the grocery industry. Now our employers want to starve our health and retirement plans. We stand together to protect what’s ours.

3. A better shopping experience for everyone

We know our customers. We see them everyday, and know what they want better than anyone. We are fighting for more staff in every store to make shopping better for our neighbors.

Your contract expires 3/3/2019

Sign the petition to fight for something better:
Sign the Petition


Why we organize

Members,

You know firsthand: what we do is tough work, and we have to do it every day with a smile on our faces. So, we all need that special motivation to get up every morning and fight for a better life.

For me, that’s my kids. I want to teach them to hold their head up. When I look in their eyes, I see the future. They’re the next generation of workers who need to demand what they deserve. I’m here to show them how to walk the walk.

We all have people in our life who inspire us to organize. Join me and post a photo with the family member you’re ready to fight for today.

The upcoming Grocery contract is going to be a tough fight. Let’s show management that we’re not going anywhere, and we have every reason in the world to keep fighting.

Post Your Photo
We got this,

Lisa Marie, UFCW 770 Grocery Steward


This is a new era

Members,

You’re busy, so I won’t take up too much of your time. I’ve got a super quick request that’ll take one minute, but make a big difference.

You know by now: this is a new era for our union, and a new chance to get the benefits and rights we deserve. We’re fired up, and we’re ready. But we have to let management know we mean business.

Tag your co-worker or fellow member in the video above and ask them to step up to the challenge for next year’s contract push. 

Management may have the money, but we’ve got something special: people like you. Challenge your co-worker to step up and play a leading role in organizing next year. That way we can show companies that we won’t back down.

Tag Your Friend
We got this,

David Quezada, UFCW 770 Grocery Steward


 
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