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           here are no guarantees in life.      friend who helped enact Big Box legisla-       class: Bills making it harder for workers
               You can work tirelessly, fight   tion when he chaired the Fairfax County        to gain union representation and stacking
           tenaciously, battle fiercely and     Board of Supervisors, narrowly won re-         the deck even more in favor of manage-
           still lose. We saw that national-    election in a district designed to be a safe   ment. Draconian cuts in unemployment
ly on Tuesday, November 2nd.                    Republican seat. And in the primaries, we      compensation, veterans’ benefits, student
    Actually, there is one                                       won a host of hotly com-      aid, food and nutrition programs, and a
guarantee—if you sit on                                          petitive races, including     host of other services working families
the sidelines, you’ll lose.           We face                    those of Washington, D.C.     need. Measures that reward corporations
Because your adver-                                              Mayor-elect Vincent Gray      for taking jobs overseas and driving down
saries will have the field         an assault                    and Prince George’s           wages and cutting benefits here at home.
to themselves. Especially
now that the Supreme               on working                    County Executive-elect
                                                                 Rushern Baker. We even
                                                                                               Not to mention efforts to repeal or under-
                                                                                               mine the health security provided by the
Court’s Citizens United
ruling allows corpora-
                                   families.                     helped oust four incum-
                                                                 bent Maryland state sena-
                                                                                               Affordable Care Act.
                                                                                                  So we must fight back. Hard. Even
tions to spend unlimited                                         tors who had voted            though most of these efforts will be
amounts of money to elect candidates            against working families, replacing them       stopped by a gridlocked Senate or
who serve at their beck and call.               with strong allies.                            President Obama’s veto pen, we must
    So I am extremely proud of all that             As a result, we will have many friends     recapture the narrative, expose the
Local 400 members did to help elect our         in public office locally. That’s especially    assault on working families that’s at the
recommended candidates—leaders who              important with our contracts at Kroger-        heart of the new House majority’s agen-
stand on the side of working families. We       West Virginia, Giant, Safeway, Shoppers        da, and explain why a growing union
gave it our all.                                and Kaiser expiring over the next two          membership is the only way to save the
    In fact, we won most of our top priority    years.                                         middle class from extinction.
races. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)            But nationally, we face a House of            This is our cause. We will keep on
easily won re-election over his predeces-       Representatives whose new majority was         fighting, no matter what setbacks hap-
sor, the anti-worker Bob Ehrlich (R). West      bought lock, stock and barrel for $167 mil-    pen, because nothing matters more than
Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) was elected       lion by Big Business—that’s the amount         our mission of helping working families
to the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s seat, helping    corporations and their front groups spent      improve their lives.
to keep the U.S. Senate in pro-working          on the election. With their lobbyists writ-       Best Wishes for the Holiday Season!
family hands. In Northern Virginia, Rep.        ing legislation and issuing orders, we can                         Tom McNutt, President
Gerry Connolly (D), a longtime Local 400        expect an all-out assault on the middle                       International Vice President

        UNITED FOOD &
          LOCAL 400
              Thomas P McNutt
               Mark P Federici
              SECRETARY-TREASURER                                      DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011
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               EXECUTIVE BOARD
                   Mike Boyle
              Jacqueline Bradley
                                                        F         E           A          T            U           R       E        S
                  Terry Dixon

                                                             4 Big Business Buys Control of U.S. House
                 Lisa Gillespie
                Nelson Graham
               Joanne Grimaldi
                  Mikki Harris                                    Most Local 400-Recommended Candidates Win, Buck Trend
                 James Hepner
                Michele Hepner
                Phyllis Jackson
                  Neil Jacobs
               James M. Jarboe
                                                             6 Health Care Reform Under Attack
                                                                  Cuccinelli, Others Do Bidding of Insurance Companies

                                                            10 European Companies Exploit
                  Mary Laflin
                Calvin McGuire
                   Tony Perez
                  Ken Pinkard                                  Weak U.S. Labor Laws
                   Odis Price                                     U.S. Ranks Below 41 Nations in Workers’ Rights
                 Jerry Rexroad

                                                            11 Coalition Demands Walmart Change
              W. Christian Sauter
               Carolyn Shebora
                Vivian Siguoin
                Larry Southern                                 or Stay out of D.C.
                  Linda Sykes
                                                                  Workers, Residents, Small Businesspeople Join Forces
                 D. Rex Trabue
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                Carol Wiszynski
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   BigBusiness Buys Control of
                    Most Local 400-Recommended Candidates Win, Buck National Trend
      The 2010 mid-term elections were a            “What’s remarkable is how well work- to raise the economic standing of the
   landslide for Republicans nationally, as     ing families did on a playing field so state’s working families. Throughout
   they gained more than 60 seats to take       heavily tilted against us,” McNutt said. Maryland, nearly all Local 400-recom-
   control of the U.S. House and picked up      “Local 400 and the labor movement over- mended candidates won. Longtime Sen.
   six Senate seats to reduce the Democrats’    all put in an all-out effort to                         Barbara Mikulski (D) was easi-
   majority. However, within Local 400’s        support candidates who stand                            ly re-elected. In addition,
   jurisdiction, Democrats held their own       with us. Our turnout efforts                            Democrats gained two seats in
   and our members helped propel most rec-      helped keep the U.S. Senate in                          the Maryland state Senate to
   ommended candidates to victory.              the hands of pro-working family                         hold a 35-12 seat margin and
      The election was marked by unprece-       forces and kept many of our                             lost just six seats in the House
   dented corporate spending to defeat pro-     allies from losing fiercely con-                        of Delegates, where they retain
   worker candidates. After the Supreme         tested elections in the House.                          a 98-43 seat margin.
   Court’s Citizens United ruling allowed       Local 400 members’ hard work                               In West Virginia, Gov. Joe
                                                                                  Maryland Governor
   corporations to spend unlimited amounts      helped most of our recommend- Martin O’Malley (D) Manchin (D) defeated multi-
   on political action, business-backed         ed candidates win. We should                            millionaire extremist John
   organizations laid down a whopping $167      be proud of what we accom-                              Raese (R) for the U.S. Senate
   million to influence the election outcome.   plished in this challenging year.                       seat previously held by the late
   Three of every four dollars spent on the         “We should also keep some                           Robert Byrd, winning a race in
   2010 elections came from corporations,       perspective,” McNutt said. “No                          which he once trailed by a com-
   according to Open Secrets. Yet the public    matter how hard you try, you                            manding 53 percent to 43 per-
   was in the dark about this because corpo-    can’t win every election, and in                        cent margin.
   rations funneled their political money       our lifelong mission of empow-                             In Virginia, Local 400 played
   through front groups and congressional       ering working families to                               a decisive role in helping Rep.
                                                                                      Senator Joe
   Republicans blocked legislation that         improve their lives, you’re going Manchin (D-W.Va.) Gerry Connolly (D) win re-elec-
   would have required public disclosure of     to suffer some setbacks along                           tion by a razor-thin 920-vote
   these contributions. Voters had no way to    the way. We just have to dust                           margin in a district whose
   know what businesses were behind the         ourselves off and get back on                           boundaries had been drawn by
   many attack ads that ran and what their      the battlefield, keeping in mind                        the GOP to elect Republicans.
   true motivations were. It was even possi-    that we still have allies in the                        However, Local 400-recom-
   ble that foreign corporations funneled       White House and much of the                             mended candidates Tom
   money into the elections through the U.S.    Senate, and that our task                               Perriello (D) and Rick Boucher
   Chamber of Commerce.                         remains the same: to fight hard-                        (D) narrowly lost their battles
      “What we saw on November 2nd was          er than ever to meet the needs                          for re-election.
   a hostile corporate takeover of the U.S.     of working families during          Representative         “Our members devoted count-
   House,” said Local 400 President Tom         these troubled economic times.”      Gerry Connolly     less hours to supporting our rec-
   McNutt. “Big business exploited voter                                                                ommended candidates,” McNutt
   anger over high unemployment, despite        Local Victories                               said, “and because of their tireless efforts,
   the fact that it was caused by Wall              In Maryland, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) we can count on strong allies in the
   Street’s greed and recklessness, in order    was expected to have a tough rematch Maryland governor’s mansion, our state
   to elect candidates who will do what it      with former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R), but legislatures, and many key positions in
   wants and defeat candidates who fight        won handily by a 56 percent to 42 percent Congress. While we will face many obsta-
   for working families. Corporate America      margin. O’Malley was strongly recom- cles over the next two years, we will start
   got the ‘best’ Congress money can buy.       mended by Local 400 because of his work from a position of relative strength.”

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U.S. House in 2010 Elections
  The National Scene                            House rejects these initiatives, we must       62 percent oppose privatizing Social
      With massive big business spending        fight as hard as we can for them so            Security, a move that many congres-
  at their backs, Republicans scored huge       American workers understand who is on          sional Republicans favor.
  wins in the U.S. House. Pending the out-      their side and who isn’t.                      At the same time, most voters support
  come of 10 races that were undecided at          “At the same time,” McNutt said, “Big specific proposals advanced by unions
  press time, the GOP will likely have 243      business lobbyists will be the ones writ- and progressive allies to solve the
  members to the Democrats’ 192. In the         ing the bills that come out of the nation’s economic problems. For example:
  Senate, Democrats will have 53 members        Republican House—
                                                                                                                89 percent of all
  to the Republicans’ 47, having held on to     their payback for all the
                                                                                                                voters support a
  several hotly contested seats due in part     money they threw into            “Voters want a                 major tax credit for
                                                the campaign. Most if
  to the extremism of tea party opponents
                                                not all of these bills will
                                                                              government that’s                 business to create
  who advocated the elimination of unem-                                                                        jobs in the United
  ployment benefits, the minimum wage,          reward corporate greed         on their side, not               States.
                                                at the expense of work-
  and even Social Security and Medicare.
                                                ing families. We must
                                                                                 one that’s only                77 percent support
      Republicans also gained nine gover-
  norships and are expected to control the      be out there exposing              out to enrich                creating jobs by
                                                                                                                rebuilding the
  executive branch of 30 states, to 19 for      these betrayals of the
                                                middle class if and
                                                                                  the corporate                 nation’s infra-
  the Democrats and one independent.
  Combined with GOP pickups in many             when they occur.”              benefactors of the               structure of roads,
                                                                                                                bridges, schools and
  state legislatures, Republicans will be
                                                No Mandate                     party in power.”                 energy systems.
  able to control much of the congressional
  redistricting process following this year’s      Surveys of voters               — Local 400 President        76 percent favor
  census, making it harder for Democrats        made clear that this                        Tom McNutt          job investment to
  to recapture the House in 2012.               election was about jobs                                         maintain American
      The likely outcome of this is gridlock,   and the economy, not an endorsement of         competitiveness with China, India and
  as the new House passes right-wing pri-       the extremist anti-government, anti-           Germany.
  orities such as tax cuts for millionaires     worker agenda of tea party Republicans.
                                                                                               65 percent want federal unemploy-
  and rejects Obama administration initia-         The AFL-CIO’s 2010 election night sur-      ment insurance benefits extended for
  tives to help get people back to work,        vey found that voters reject the central       those who have lost their jobs and are
  while the Senate fails to muster 60 votes     planks of the House Republicans’ agenda:       unable to find new ones.
  to overcome filibusters. It is even possi-      85 percent of all voters oppose undoing
  ble that we will see a repeat of the gov-       a centerpiece of the health care reform       “Voters want a government that’s on
  ernment shutdowns of 1995 as the House          law by allowing health insurance com-      their side, not one that’s only out to
  tries to cut off any funding for implemen-      panies to start denying coverage based     enrich the corporate benefactors of the
  tation of the health care reform law and        on pre-existing conditions again.          party in power,” McNutt said. “That’s a
  refuses to compromise with the president                                                   lesson the new House majority should
                                                  75 percent of voters oppose reducing
  on the budget (see page 6).                                                                take to heart if it wants to earn the voters’
                                                  or eliminating the minimum wage, a         trust.”
      “Our strategy is going to mix offense
                                                  key position held by Raese, the losing
  and defense,” McNutt said. “With 9.6 per-
                                                  West Virginia Senate candidate.            Labor at the Center
  cent unemployment, with the middle
  class shrinking and with the American           68 percent oppose raising the Social          Unions played a central role in limit-
  standard of living declining for most fam-      Security retirement age.                   ing the losses of pro-working family can-
  ilies, we must push boldly for government       63 percent oppose cutting taxes on those   didates and in spearheading many of the
  action to create good jobs with living          who make more than $250,000 a year—        key victories. Surveys showed that 64
  wages and strong benefits. Even if the          the Republicans’ number one priority.                           (Continued on page 7)

                                                                          DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 5

   Health Care Reform Unde   Cuccinelli, Others Do Bidding of Big Insurance Companies
       Politicians acting on behalf of the big     their insurer or going bankrupt if they get        On October 18, a hearing was held in
   for-profit health insurance companies are       sick. It will provide coverage to 32 million    federal court in Richmond on the
   escalating their efforts to undermine or        uninsured Americans in 2014. And it will        Cuccinelli suit. A decision is expected by
   repeal the Affordable Care Act, the his-        do all this while putting a lid on skyrocket-   the end of the year.
   toric national health care reform legisla-      ing health care costs and lowering the             “This lawsuit is a waste of Virginia
   tion passed by Congress and signed by           deficit. Why anyone would want to undo          taxpayer dollars at a time when the com-
   President Obama in March 2010.                  these landmark achievements for working         monwealth is making tough choices
       They are waging war on two fronts:          families is beyond me, unless they are sim-     about budget cuts,” McNutt said.
   through the courts by filing frivolous law-     ply doing what the big health insurance         “Cuccinelli is choosing his own political
   suits challenging the constitutionality of      companies tell them to do.”                     ambitions over the best interests of the
   certain provisions of the law and through                                                       people he represents by ingratiating him-
   Congress by trying to repeal part or all of     Frivolous Lawsuits                              self with the insurance industry and with
   the law and by trying to de-fund its                On the legal front, one of the most stri-   tea party extremists. The lawsuit is over-
   implementation.                                 dent grandstanders against the Affordable       whelmingly likely to fail and if it some-
       “The opponents of health care reform        Care Act is Virginia Attorney General Ken       how succeeded, the impact would be to
   lied about the bill long before it passed and   Cuccinelli (R), whose entire term in office     deny health care coverage to millions of
   they’ve kept repeating the same falsehoods      has been marked by extremist actions far        Americans, make medical care far less
   and misinformation ever since,” said Local      outside the mainstream. Along with other        affordable and send millions more into
   400 President Tom McNutt. “The fact is          right-wing attorneys general, Cuccinelli        bankruptcy.”
   this: Under the Affordable Care Act,            filed suit to overturn the law, using eso-         So far, judges in California, Maryland
   Americans will no longer have to worry          teric legal theories to argue that its mini-    and Michigan have rejected similar chal-
   about being denied coverage because of a        mum coverage requirement violates the           lenges to the Affordable Care Act, while a
   pre-existing condition, being dropped by        Constitution’s Commerce Clause.                 judge in Florida allowed another lawsuit

         Today, the Affordable Care Act:                                      Bans insurance companies from cancelling policies with-
         Guarantees that children with pre-existing conditions can            out proving fraud and bans denying payment for services
         no longer be denied health insurance.                                based on technical errors.
         Provides tax credits to small businesses that provide                Makes health care coverage available to people who have
         health care coverage for their workers.                              been uninsured for at least six months because of a pre-
                                                                              existing condition.
         Allows young adults up to age 26 to stay on their par-
                                                                              Requires all new plans to cover preventive services such as
         ents’ health insurance plans.
                                                                              mammograms and colonoscopies without charging a
         Sends $250 checks to senior citizens who fall into the               deductible, co-pay or co-insurance.
         Medicare prescription drug “donut hole,” with a 50 per-
                                                                              In addition, on January 1, 2011, insurance companies for
         cent discount going into effect on January 1, 2011.
                                                                           large employers will be required to spend 85 percent of all pre-
         Ends lifetime limits and restricts annual dollar limits on        mium dollars on health care services and quality improve-
         benefits.                                                         ments (80 percent for insurers serving individuals and small
         Empowers consumers to appeal claims denied by insurance           businesses). This will hold premium increases down and stop
         companies.                                                        price-gouging.

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r Attack
  to proceed further. The minimum coverage
  requirement in question is central to the
                                                Congressional Attacks
                                                   In the new Congress, efforts will be
                                                made to repeal the Affordable Care Act
                                                entirely or to substantially weaken it as
                                                newly elected representatives and sena-
                                                                                              people,” McNutt said. “If the Republican
                                                                                              extremists get their way, the insurance
                                                                                              companies will get a green light to start up
                                                                                              all their old abuses again, including deny-
                                                                                              ing coverage to those who most need it and
  new law’s ability to work successfully. It    tors who benefitted from massive cam-         cutting people off as soon as they become
  advances personal responsibility by           paign spending by the insurance industry      sick. They would be free to raise premiums
  requiring all Americans to have health        try to pay their benefactors back. While      as high as they want, to reimpose caps on
  insurance, similar to the requirement that    any legislation along these lines would be    benefits and to drive their own subscribers
  drivers have auto insurance. This will pre-   vetoed by President Obama, Republicans        into bankruptcy. Senior citizens would face
  vent people from abusing the system, ease     will try to eliminate funding for the         a new donut hole in their prescription drug
  the cost burden on those who have insur-      implementation of health care reform.         coverage. And the deficit would increase by
  ance, and make it affordable for those who    Some of them have said explicitly that        more than $1 trillion over the next 20 years.
  don’t because families earning up to          their goal is to force another government         “Instead of inflicting this disaster on
  $88,000 a year will receive assistance in     shutdown just like 1995, a move that          the American people, Congress should
  paying their premiums. Removing the min-      would have a devastating impact on the        fully implement the law and even
  imum coverage requirement would add 27        delivery of needed government services        strengthen it further,” McNutt said. “That
  percent to the cost of premiums because       as well as the region’s economy.              would be good for the health of working
  some people would delay getting insur-           “Let’s take a clear-eyed look at the       families, the health of the economy and
  ance until they become sick.                  choice facing Congress and the American       the health of the federal budget.”

     2010 Elections                              incoming chairman of the House
                                                 Education and Labor Committee, Rep.
                                                                                             workers’ rights or their economic
     Continued from page 5                       John Kline (R-Minn.), has sponsored             “In fact, if the new Congress wants
                                                 legislation that would prohibit employ-     to help get the American standard of
     percent of union members who went to        ers from recognizing a union if a major-    living rising again, the one sure-fire
     the polls voted for recommended candi-      ity of its workers sign union               way to succeed is to guarantee that all
     dates. Overall, 200,000 union members       authorization cards, and is widely          workers who want union representa-
     volunteered as part of labor’s election     expected to push hard for its passage in    tion can achieve it,” McNutt said.
     mobilization. They distributed 19.4 mil-    the next Congress.                              “Our economy is out of balance, and
     lion fliers, knocked on 8.5 million            “This is an assault on democracy,”       the way to make it more fair is to
     doors, made millions of phone calls,        McNutt said. “If a majority of workers      ensure that workers have more money
     and spoke one-on-one to countless num-      want union representation, their            in their pockets and a voice on the job,”
     bers of their fellow workers.               employer should be required to recog-       McNutt said. He pointed out that work-
        “We did our part,” McNutt said. “But     nize the union and bargain in good          ers in unions earn 14 percent higher
     to do more, we have to keep growing         faith on a new contract. Instead, many      wages than their non-union counter-
     our union and our movement. The more        House Republicans want to ban               parts, are 28 percent more likely to
     members we have, the more powerful          employers from recognizing the union        have health insurance, and are 54 per-
     we are not only at the bargaining table     a majority of their workers want and        cent more likely to have a pension.
     but the ballot box, too.”                   instead force representation to be              “Unions keep corporations in check
        Recognizing labor’s effectiveness on     decided through a drawn-out process         and they are the fastest path to rebuild-
     behalf of pro-working family candi-         that stacks the deck in favor of man-       ing the middle class,” McNutt said.
     dates, congressional Republicans plan       agement. This is yet another example        “That’s why the corporate Congress
     to wage an all-out assault on the right     of how the new House majority sees          hates us—and it’s why we’ve got to
     of workers to empower themselves            itself as doing the bidding of big busi-    fight harder than ever for working fam-
     through union representation. The           ness no matter what the damage is to        ilies over the next two years.”

                                                                          DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 7
                                                     Kaiser Prince
                                                     Medical Center
                                                     Hyattsville, Md.

                                                       Safeway #693

                                                     Giant #315         Pooja Lucas
                                                     Lanham, Md.        Business Manager
                                                                        Chevy Chase, Md.

 Seafood Lead
  Kroger #536
   Norfolk, Va.

Shoppers #2339
New Carrollton,

                  DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 9
Many European companies that
                                                                                                 The German-owned T-Mobile character-
have good labor relations in their                                                               ized employees’ “talking about rights”
                                                                                                 as a dangerous activity to be reported
home countries routinely undermine
workers’ rights in the United States,           Companies                                        immediately to management.
                                                                                                 The management at DHL, which is also
according to a groundbreaking
report recently issued by Human                   Exploit                                        German-owned, threatened and discrimi-
                                                                                                 nated against workers who tried to
Rights Watch.
   The international human rights advoca-
                                                Weak U.S.                                        organize.
                                                                                                 The British-owned Tesco tried to muzzle

                                                                                                 worker communication about unions at
cy organization charged a wide variety of
                                                                                                 their Fresh & Easy Neighborhood
European-based companies with violating
                                                                                                 Markets chain.
their stated commitment to human and
workers’ rights by engaging in “aggressive
campaigns to keep workers in the United
                                                   Laws                                          Sodexo, based in France, threatened,
                                                                                                 interrogated, and fired workers who tried
States from organizing and bargaining, U.S. Ranks Below 41 Nations                               to form a union.
violating international standards and,                 in Workers’ Rights                       The Dutch Gamma Holding company
often, U.S. labor laws.”                                                                        hired permanent replacements—
   Echoing these findings, another recent study by Freedom                violating international standards but not U.S. law—to take
House, an independent watchdog organization, ranked the U.S.              the jobs of striking workers.
below 41 countries, including all of Western Europe, Canada,              The array of anti-worker practices these and other compa-
Australia, and even some developing nations like Belize, Chile nies engage in would be scandalous if they occurred in Europe.
and Namibia, in its enforcement of workers’ rights.                    But in America, they mirror the behavior of the worst U.S.
   “We know from first-hand experience that European compa- union-busters.
nies often treat their workers fairly at home, but                                        “Even self-proclaimed ‘progressive’ compa-
come to the U.S. and treat our workers with con-                                       nies can and do take full advantage of weak U.S.
tempt,” said Local 400 President Tom McNutt.                    “Many                  laws to stifle freedom of association,” said
“Now, a well-respected international human               European CEOs Arvind Ganesan, director of the Business and
rights organization has documented how many                                            Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch.
European CEOs view the U.S. as a Third World
                                                           view the U.S.               “Unless the U.S. strengthens and enforces labor
country when it comes to exploiting cheap labor               as a Third               standards, it’s hard to see how workers in the
and avoiding unions.                                                                   U.S. will exercise their rights.”
   “We’ve seen this first-hand in the past with
                                                         World country.”                  Similarly, the Freedom House report, titled The
companies like the non-union, low-wage Food                          — Local 400       Global State of Workers’ Rights: Free Labor in a
Lion, based in Belgium,” McNutt said. “We also            President Tom McNutt         Hostile World, states, “The overall political envi-
see it in the double-breasting of the Dutch compa-                                     ronment in the U.S. is distinctly hostile to unions,
ny Royal Ahold, which owns Giant Landover, where our mem- collective bargaining, and labor protest and has encouraged
bers work, and the non-union Martin’s chain in Virginia, which growing resistance to unions by employers. Management has
is trying to take business away from our members’ Kroger used a variety of tactics to forestall unionization and has shown a
stores.                                                                willingness to violate labor law if it would result in the defeat of a
   “The Human Rights Watch report quite rightly takes compa- campaign to gain bargaining recognition for a union.”
nies like these to task for their hypocrisy and for violating inter-      “The United States was once a beacon of freedom and oppor-
national labor standards,” McNutt said. “But it also notes the tunity, a place where workers could empower themselves
pathetic state of U.S. labor law and documents many instances through union representation, lift themselves into the middle
when European companies violate these laws and get away class, and achieve financial, health and retirement security,”
with it. This makes the case, yet again, for why we must enact McNutt said. “No longer. Today, there are many other nations
the Employee Free Choice Act to give U.S. workers a free and where workers enjoy stronger rights and better earnings, while
fair choice about whether to join a union.”                            these countries’ companies come here to take advantage of
   Among many instances in which “the European Dr. Jekyll America’s lower standards. That is a disgrace. And we must
becomes an American Mr. Hyde,” the report cites the following:         change it.”

            Coalition Demands Walmart
             Change or Stay out of D.C.
In a concerted effort to      This Safeway in Landover,                                               any development project
raise the standard of living  Md., closed after a Walmart                                             receiving a tax subsidy of
                              opened next door.                                                       $200,000 or more hire local
and keep small businesses                                                                             residents, train workers, and
alive in Washington, D.C., a                                                                          build the facility under a
broad coalition of workers,                                                                           Project Labor Agreement. They
community activists and                                                                               are also lobbying the Council
                                                                                                      to amend the FEED DC Act so
small business owners are                                                                             that retailers must abide by
joining forces to block                                                                               Washington, D.C.’s Living
plans by Walmart to locate four Healthy Communities has made clear that                    Wage Statute to be eligible for tax subsi-
stores in the city unless the com- it will only accept the presence of                     dies under the program, which is sup-
                                        Walmart if it agrees to a Covenant for             posed to expand the availability of
pany changes its practices.             Community Benefits, providing that it will:        healthy, affordable food in underserved
    The Coalition for Living Wages and          Provide full-time, living wage jobs with   neighborhoods.
Healthy Communities is calling for estab-       benefits.                                      “The people of Washington, D.C.,
lishment of a Covenant for Community            Ensure that a majority of its workers      need jobs and access to nutritious food,”
Benefits under which Walmart could only         are local residents.                       McNutt said, “but they must be jobs in
operate in the District of Columbia if it                                                  which workers are treated with dignity
                                                Fund a training program.
behaved responsibly.                                                                       and lifted out of poverty into the middle
    “Wherever Walmart locates, it acts as       Guarantee equal pay and promotional
                                                                                           class. Those aren’t the kind of jobs
a parasite in the community,” said Local        opportunities for women.
                                                                                           Walmart has created up to now, but they
400 President Tom McNutt. “It drives            Pay its fair share of taxes.               are what Giant, Safeway and Shoppers
locally-based businesses out of existence,      Take other measures to benefit the         provide. These are the kind of retailers
costing more jobs than it creates. Its low      community.                                 and employers we need more of.
wages drive down the community’s eco-           In addition, Local 400 and the                “We’ve already seen a Safeway close
nomic standing. New Walmarts also bur-       Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-          in Landover after a Walmart opened next
den taxpayers by pocketing subsidies and     CIO are urging the District of Columbia       door,” McNutt said. “We can’t let this
having Medicaid pay for their workers’       City Council to pass the Employment           happen in Washington, D.C., or anywhere
health care. Washington, D.C., needs a       Stimulus Act, which would require that        else.”
Walmart like it needs another pothole.”
    In November, Walmart announced
plans to open four 80,000 to 120,000                                    VICTORY IN LA PLATA
square foot stores in Washington, D.C.              Walmart has a store in La Plata, Md., but when the company wanted to move
Residents, workers and businesspeople           to a larger location, it ran into an unexpected roadblock: the people.
want a good neighbor, not a company                 After Local 400 members from the area led the charge, the La Plata Town
notorious for paying its workers sub-           Council voted four to one to deny Walmart permission to move and expand.
poverty wages and keeping them at part-         Council members were particularly outraged that Walmart intended to keep pos-
time status, providing few benefits, and        session of its current store to block competitors from occupying the location.
facing numerous lawsuits alleging dis-              “I commend the Council members for standing up to the world’s largest retail-
crimination and labor law violations. They      er in order to stand up for good jobs, local businesses and healthy competition,”
are especially outraged that Walmart may        said Local 400 President Tom McNutt. “Special thanks go to Charles County
seek local tax subsidies.                       Commissioner Reuben Collins for his strong support.”
    The Coalition for Living Wages and

                                                                       DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 11
  The holiday season is a time for giving. It’s also a time to support the causes
  closest to our hearts. By shopping union, you can do both at the same time.
     Local 400 represents employees at a wide               Bowie (Bowie Town Center), Gaithersburg
  variety of retailers capable of fulfilling your hol-      (Lakeforest Mall), Hyattsville (Prince George’s
  iday needs with the highest quality service and           Plaza), Laurel, Marlow Heights, Waldorf
  at affordable prices. By patronizing these                (Charles Towne Center) and Wheaton, Md.
  stores, you will help strengthen our union and            Bloomingdale’s Department Store in Chevy
  support your brothers and sisters.                        Chase, Md.
     “It’s a simple principle that should apply all
                                                            For holiday food — whether it’s catered par-
  year long: union members should buy union
                                                         ties, pre-prepared dishes or ingredients for
  whenever possible,” said Local 400 President
                                                         home-cooked feasts:
  Tom McNutt. “Our union must grow to have the
  greatest positive impact on our members’ lives            Giant in Maryland, Virginia and Washington,
  and on working families overall. For that to              D.C.
  happen, our employers must grow, too. The                 Kroger in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio,
  more we shop from them, the better they do and            Kentucky and Tennessee.
  the better our members do.                                Safeway in Maryland, Virginia and
     “During the holiday season, this principle is          Washington, D.C.
  more important than ever,” McNutt said.
  “Retailers need the business and our members              Shoppers Food & Pharmacy in Maryland,
  need the income during these critical weeks to            Virginia and Washington, D.C.
  ensure a good year. The economy needs spend-              Super Fresh in Maryland and Washington,
  ing that supports middle-class, living wage               D.C.
  jobs. When we all stick together and support              Magruders in Maryland and Virginia                Local 400 member Cohen
                                                                                                              Simpson has worked at
  one another, every one of us comes out ahead.”            Farmers Market in Washington, D.C.                Hecht’s and now Macy’s
     Local 400 members are encouraged to shop                                                                 for seven years. He said
  at these stores employing their sisters and               Bestway in Silver Spring, Md.
                                                                                                              you can’t do better than
  brothers:                                                 Bethesda Co-op in Bethesda, Md.                   buying shirts and ties for
                                                                                                              the holidays. “They’re
     For high-quality, name-brand clothing and              When at the supermarket, look for Tyson’s         always a good choice,” he
  other gift items:                                      Chicken and Boar’s Head meat products.               said. “Just come by and
     Syms in Rockville, Md., Falls Church, Va.,          Local 400 represents workers at these compa-         we’ll get them matched.”
                                                         ny’s facilities.                                     Simpson believes Local
     and Manassas, Va.                                                                                        400 members should shop
                                                            In addition, you can order your groceries
     Filene’s Basement in Washington, D.C.,                                                                   union, “because you’ve
                                                         online at Peapod.com and have them delivered         got the union backing you
     and Rockville, Md.
                                                         right to your home.                                  up. If you want to keep the
     Brooks Brothers in Washington, D.C.                    Where you spend your money matters. By            union, you have to support
     For holiday gifts of every kind:                                                                         the source that the union
                                                         shopping at any of these stores, you’ll be getting
     Macy’s Department Stores in Washington,             great value for your dollar while also lifting up
     D.C., and Bethesda (Montgomery Mall),               your fellow Local 400 members.

   A seven-year Local 400 member,
   Tsiegereda Yimer works in Shiseido
   Cosmetics at Macy’s in Bethesda, Md.
   She suggests that holiday shoppers
   consider gift sets or the wide array
   of skin treatments and make-up that
   she sells. Members should patronize
   union stores because, “When we
   have a union, we have confidence,”
   she said. “The union supports our
   concerns and our rights. We have
   someone to listen to us.”
                                          Sydney Temple has worked at Syms’ Rockville, Md., store for the past
                                          17 years, but he’s been a Local 400 member for 27 years, having
                                          worked at Raleigh’s before that. His store has a great selection of
                                          holiday gifts. “We have nice watches and a variety of gift packages,
                                          ranging from candies to small electronics like headphones,” he said.
                                          “If you’re shopping for a man, a nice sports jacket and pair of pants
                                          is always a good choice.” Local 400 members should shop union,
                                          “Because the workers are protected,” Temple said. “If you’re not
                                          union, management can do whatever they want with you.”

                                                                      Lisa Stemcosky is a Local 400 member who has
                                                                      worked at Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase, Md.,
                                                                      for the past three years. Her holiday shopping
                                                                      recommendations include Allclad cookware, which
                                                                      is union-made in Pennsylvania, and votive candle
                                                                      holders, “a good all-around gift for unexpected
                                                                      occasions,” she said. “It’s always important for
                                                                      union members to support one another in good
                                                                      times and bad times,” Stemcosky said. “In this
                                                                      economy, it’s nice to have each other to lean on.”

                                                  DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 13
Harris Honored by Virginia NAACP
Recognizing her extraordi-                                  Local 400’s LaVoris “Mikki” Harris is
                                                                                                   collaborative relationships with com-
nary contributions to                                       presented with the 2010 Leadership     munity leaders, activists and organi-
                                                            Award by Virginia State Conference     zations throughout our area,” said
workers’ rights and eco-                                         NAACP Executive Director King     Local 400 President Tom McNutt.
nomic justice, the 2010                                             Salim Khalfani (at podium).
                                                                                                   “She is a hard worker, a dedicated
Virginia State Conference                                                                          professional, an exceptional strate-
NAACP presented longtime                                                                           gist, and a devoted friend to our
                                                                                                   members and countless community
Local 400 staff member LaVoris                                                                     allies. She has more than earned this
“Mikki” Harris with its 2010                                                                       outstanding award.”
Leadership Award at its 75th                                                                           “Mikki Harris is always on the
Annual State Convention in                                                                         front line,” said King Salim Khalfani,
                                                                                                   executive director of the Virginia
Roanoke.                                                                                           State Conference NAACP. “She has
   Harris was cited for her close work                                                             integrity. She says what she means
with the Virginia NAACP in developing                                                              and means what she says. She fights
strategies to remove barriers to employ-                                                           without fear.”
ment, to win fair wages, and to improve working conditions at the        Harris served as Local 400’s director of community growth
Smithfield Packing Plant in North Carolina, the Ashland Nursing       strategies for many years. She recently left that position to become
and Rehabilitation Center, and other nursing homes in Virginia.       director of membership activism for Local 400. Longtime represen-
   “Mikki Harris is more responsible than anyone for our strong,      tative Diettra Lucas succeeds her.

   Local 400 Member Wins Ashcraft Scholarship
      Dillon Gustafson, a Local 400 mem-                                                      and senior years, serving as a courtesy
   ber from Waldorf, Md., won the Lee C.                                                      clerk, bagger and then cashier.
   Ashcraft Memorial Scholarship for the                                                      “Juggling all my work was not easy at
   2010-2011 school year. The $5,000                                                          times,” Gustafson said, “but I didn’t try
   scholarship is provided by the law firm                                                    to do more than I could handle. My par-
   of Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, in memory of                                                     ents helped keep me focused on the
   the firm’s late founder, to help area                                                      important things and I was able to
   union members and their families with                                                      manage everything.”
   the high cost of education.                                                                   Today, Gustafson attends East
      Gustafson graduated from North                                                          Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.,
   Point High School last June, where he                                                      where he is considering majoring in
   was a member of the varsity soccer                                                         biology or criminal justice. He plans to
   and indoor track teams, the Key Club,                                                      commission in the Air Force as an officer
   Skills USA, and Law Enforcement                                                            after graduation.
   Explorers Post 1658. He won the            Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Mark                 “When I learned that I had received
   Criminal Justice Student of the Year       Federici (left) presents the Lee C. Ashcraft    the scholarship,” Gustafson said, “I was
   Award, was named a Minds in Motion         Memorial Scholarship to Local 400 member        very surprised and was not expecting it
                                              Dillon Gustafson.
   Scholar Athlete and made the                                                               because I knew it was hard to get!
   Principal’s Honor Roll.                    between 16 and 23 hours a week at               Once the shock settled, I was very excit-
      He did all of this while working        Giant #339 in La Plata, Md., his junior         ed and thankful that I got it.”

Lynda Williams Retires
“I’ll be happy to help, but I can only stay for two weeks.”                                      the same page, everyone got along.”
    With these words, 17-year-old Lynda Williams took a temporary job in                            Williams has been married for 33
                                                                                                 years to Carl Williams, a Local 400 mem-
Local 400’s Service Department right after graduating high school, with                          ber who works as a meat cutter at Giant.
plans to go to the beach with her friends two weeks later. Somehow, 14                           They have a daughter, Karlyn, who is
days turned into 40 years, and in 2010, she retired having served as                             keeping her family’s union tradition going
                                                                                                 as a Local 400 staff member. Lynda
administrative assistant to five presidents. “It’s funny how things happen                       Williams plans to do some traveling, and
in life,” she said.                                                                              enjoy life and her family in retirement.
    Planned or not, Williams was probably         “Lynda was invaluable because she                 “Local 400 has been a huge and won-
destined for service in the labor move-        always put our members first,” McNutt             derful part of my life,” Williams said.
ment. She was born into a union family.        said. “She was devoted to the core values         “When I look back, I can’t imagine how
Her father was a staff member for the          of the labor movement.                            my life would have turned out without
Retail Clerks International Union, prede-         “I miss her,” McNutt said, “but                the union. They were great to my family
cessor to the UFCW, and he believed in         because she mentored so many of our               and I was always treated like family. No
doing everything union. “When I was a          staff, we still feel her presence in the office   matter what your job is, everyone’s
kid, we drank Pepsi, not Coca Cola,” she       and we’re so much better off for it. No one       important. We all serve a vital purpose in
recalled, “because Pepsi was union and         worked harder and no one deserves a               serving the membership.
Coke wasn’t. We wouldn’t shop at Sears         happier, more fulfilling retirement.”                “Local 400 has a lot on its plate in
because they wouldn’t give a working              Williams was administrative assistant          these changing times, but as always, I
person a credit reference.”                    to past Local 400 Presidents Rex Clifford,        know the union will be successful,” she
    Williams brought this same attitude to     Ray Chilton, Thomas R. McNutt and Jim             said. “I am a lucky person to have worked
Local 400 and served as a mentor to            Lowthers, and worked briefly for Thomas           for such a great union. It’s been a won-
countless staff. “I always said we should      P. McNutt before her retirement. During           derful experi-
do things the union way,” Williams             her tenure, she saw transformative                ence.”
explained. “Back in the days when staff        changes in every area.
smoked in the office, you only saw union-         “We went from electric typewriters to
made cigarettes on people’s desks and          memory typewriters to computers,” she
you never saw a foreign car in the parking     noted. “When I started, we made five
lot. You support your brothers and sisters.”   carbon copies of every letter we wrote
    “I know the saying is that ‘no one is      and used mimeographs and stencils to
irreplaceable,’ but Lynda Williams is the      churn out flyers. Now we’ve got color
exception to that rule,” said Local 400        laser printers and we communicate
President Tom McNutt. “No matter who           through email and the Internet.”
served in the president’s office, their jobs      Williams saw the union’s membership
were made so much easier by her profes-        increase from 12,000 in 1970 to 38,000
sionalism, her calm, her organization and      today, supported the hugely successful
her dedication. She kept everything run-       organizing campaign at Woodward &
ning smoothly and she made sure things         Lothrop, and helped implement the his-
got done on time and in the best possi-        toric merger between the Retail Clerks
ble way. Even more important, she              and Amalgamated Meat Cutters that pro-
brought everyone together, kept morale         duced the UFCW. “Here at Local 400,
high and helped our staff function as a        everything about the merger was seam-
dynamic team.                                  less,” Williams said. “Everyone was on

                                                                           DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 15
                                      Paul Haymaker                     Jacqueline Edwards
                                      Head Grocery Clerk                RN, Inpatient Case Manager
                                                                        Kaiser Washington Hospital
Sharon Jackson                        Kroger #763, Charleston, W.Va.
                                                                        Center, Washington, D.C.
Food Clerk                            Years in Union: 37
Safeway #1759, Sterling, Va.
                                      Years as Steward: 2

                                      Family: Married with one child

                                      Enjoys Most about Job:
                                      Merchandising and customers

                                      Enjoys Most about Being a
                                      Steward: Helping and informing
                                      others                                                   es
                                                                             “ The union promotrity
      “ The union stops ting          Favorite Place on Earth: Beach         change and Solida .”
  management fromwtrnt and                                                    amongst employees
  you any way they ita it.”
     getting away w h
                                                                        Years in Union: 7

                                                                        Years as Steward: 1
Years in Union: 9
                                                                        Enjoys Most about Job:
Years as Steward: 6 months                                              Interaction with patients

Enjoys Most about Being a                                               Enjoys Most about Being a
Steward: Helping people                                                 Steward: Leadership potential
                                       “ The union provides us w
Hobbies: Shopping                                                 it
                                        benefits and job security.” h   Hobbies: Shopping, reading, going
                                                                        on cruises
Future Plans: To stay with Safeway
                                                                        Favorite Place on Earth: Cayman
Favorite Place on Earth: Las Vegas                                      Islands

Kevin Freeman                   Liz Engelman                          Gary Massie
Meat Cutter                     Cashier                               Grocery Clerk
Shoppers #2339,                 Giant #161, Rockville, Md.            Kroger #403, Waynesboro, Va.
New Carrollton, Md.
                                                                      Years in Union: 38
Years in Union: 23
                                                                      Years as Steward: 11
Years as Steward: 9 months
                                                                      Family: Married with one daughter
Family: Married
                                                                      Enjoys Most about Job: Meeting
Enjoys Most about Being a                                             other people
Steward: Helping people
                                                                      Hobbies: Fishing and hunting
Hobbies: Bowling                  “ The union maintains a
                                 TRUE living wage for                 Favorite Place on Earth: Pigeon

                                      middle class.” the
Favorite Place on Earth: Home                                         Forge, Tennessee

                                Years in Union: 19

                                Years as Steward: 4

                                Family: Married with three boys

                                Enjoys Most about Job: Being part
                                of a community—seeing our regular
                                customers every day
        “ The union cares                                                   “ The union giveserus
                                                                              bargaining pow
                                Enjoys Most about Being a
       for employees and        Steward: Introducing new mem-
        listens to them.”       bers to the benefits of union mem-             and benefits.”

                                Future Plans: Using my teaching
                                degree to work in environmental

                                                      DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 17
                                               2010 A R E A M E E T I N G S S C H E D U L E *
          September                              Thursday, February 3             Tuesday, March 1                     Monday, April 4
         Fiscal Report                            CHARLOTTESVILLE
                                                       Holiday Inn
                                                                                        Holiday Inn
                                                                                                                           Holiday Inn
 1 BALANCE IN CASH ACCOUNT                         1901 Emmett Street           Exit 7 off of Interstate 81           1901 Emmett Street
   AT BEGINNING OF MONTH           1,553,598    Charlottesville, VA 22901             3005 Linden Dr.               Charlottesville, VA 22901
                                                     (434) 977-7700                  Bristol, VA 24202                   (434) 977-7700
 2 RECEIPTS (from all sources):                                                       (276) 466-4100
   DUES                            1,547,703    Wednesday, February 23                                                Monday, April 11
   MISCELLANEOUS                       3,925        PARKERSBURG                   Thursday, March 3                        BECKLEY
                                                     Comfort Suites                    DANVILLE                            Holiday Inn
 3 TOTAL RECEIPTS                  1,551,627        167 Elizabeth Pike             Holiday Inn Express                  114 Dry Hill Road
                                                 Mineral Wells, WV 26150            2121 Riverside Dr                  Beckley, WV 25801
 4 TOTAL OF LINES 1 AND 3          3,105,226          (304) 489-9600               Danville, VA 24540                    (304) 252-2250
                                                                                     (434) 793-4000
 5 DISBURSEMENTS                                 Monday, February 28
   for current months              1,624,176           BLUEFIELD                 Monday, March 21
                                                       Quality Hotel                CLARKSBURG
 6 CASH ACCOUNT BALANCE                            & Conference Center                 Holiday Inn
   at the end of current month     1,481,050        Route 460 Bypass              100 Lodgeville Road
                                                   3350 Big Laurel Hwy           Bridgeport, WV 26330
 7 BALANCE AT END OF MONTH                         Bluefield, WV 24701               (304) 842-5411
   as shown on Bank Statement      1,551,312
                                                      (304) 325-6170                                                   * All meetings are at 6 p.m.
 8 DEPOSIT IN TRANSIT                     0

 9 TOTAL OF LINES 7 AND 8          1,551,312
                                               2010 Q U A R T E R LY M E E T I N G S S C H E D U L E *
 10 LESS: Checks included                           Tuesday, Feb. 1             Tuesday, February 22                   Tuesday, April 5
    in item 5 not returned                            NORFOLK                        CHARLESTON                           RICHMOND
    with bank statement              70,262          Norfolk Office             Holiday Inn – Civic Center             Holiday Inn-Central
                                                  3620 Tidewater Drive               100 Civic Center                3207 North Boulevard
                                                   Norfolk, VA 23509             Charleston, WV 25301                 Richmond, VA 23230
    (Should agree with Line 6)     1,481,050
                                                                                      (304) 345-0600                     (804) 359-9441
                                                Wednesday, February 2
 12 PETTY CASH FUND                     750            RICHMOND                 Wednesday, March 2                   Wednesday, April 6
                                                    Holiday Inn-Central                ROANOKE                            NORFOLK
                                                  3207 North Boulevard                 Holiday Inn                       Norfolk Office
    at the end of month        2,371,876           Richmond, VA 23230               450 Litchell Road                 3620 Tidewater Drive
                                                      (804) 359-9441                Salem, VA 24153                    Norfolk, VA 23509
 14 DEPRECIATED VALUE OF                                                             (540) 389-2424
    Real Estate, Furniture,
                                                                                  Tuesday, March 15
    Equipment, Automobiles, etc.    655,388
 15 OTHER ACCOUNTS                                                               Local 400 Headquarters
    OR INVESTMENTS                                                               4301 Garden City Drive
    (Bond, Stocks, Credit Union,                                                  Landover, MD 20785
    Building Funds, etc.)           326,762                                          (301) 459-3400                     * All meetings are at 6 p.m.

    (other than Rent,
    Utilities, Withholding
    and Per Capita Tax)            1,293,204                    A L L I N T H E FA M I LY
    (Totals of lines 11, 12, 13,
                                                             Get Well                                         Condolences
    14, and 15 minus line 16     3,542,621         John Brown, UFCW Local 400 retiree            Heith Fenner, Local 400 Staff, loss of cousin.

                                                             Attention: Employees of Giant,
                                                             Safeway & Super*Fresh

   2011 Annual
Scholarship Awards
               If you are working for one of the companies listed above, under the provisions of your con-
                tract, you and your dependents may be eligible for the FELRA and UFCW Health and
               Welfare Fund Scholarship Program.

               Entry Deadline: December 31, 2010
                  Just fill out the preliminary application below and mail it to the Fund office postmarked by
               December 31, 2010. In January of 2011, eligible applicants will be sent additional information
               from the Fund.

                                                                                                                             Cut and mail

                                                              Employee Information
                                                              Name ________________________________________________________________________

                                                              Social Security Number ___________________________________________________________
                                                              Employer _____________________________________________________________________

                                                              Home Address __________________________________________________________________
     he FELRA and UFCW Health and Welfare Fund
                                                              City, State, Zip Code _____________________________________________________________
     expects to be awarding scholarships to a select
                                                              Home Phone Number_____________________________________________________________
number of eligible participants and their dependents
                                                              E-Mail Address _______________________________________________________
who will be attending college or a university as full-time
students in the fall of 2011. Participants and their          Applicant’s Information
dependents are eligible to apply for a scholarship award      Name ________________________________________________________________________
if the participant completes at least one year of Service     Social Security Number ___________________________________________________________
as of December 31, 2010, and is actively employed as of       Date of Birth ___________________________________________________________________
that date. In addition, dependent applicants must be          (If Dependent of Employee)

under the age of 24 on December 31, 2010.                                                           Mail applications to:
Applicants who submit preliminary applications and                 APPLICATIONS                     UFCW & FELRA
meet the initial scholarship award requirements will be        MUST BE POSTMARKED                   Scholarship Program
mailed the full application form in early January of           BY DECEMBER 31, 2010.                911 Ridgebrook Rd.
2011.                                                                                               Sparks, Md. 21152-9451

                                                                        DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 19
                                              LOCAL 400 RETIREES
  Giant                                              Edward Brown, Upper Marlboro, Md., 39 years         Allen L Gibbins, Rockville, Md., 41 years
  Betty T Bailey, Alexandria, Va., 40 years          Leroy C Brown, Washington, D.C., 39 years           Jo P Goff, LaPlata, Md., 31 years
  David D Cologne, Gainesville, Va., 30 years        Lewis A Bullock, Capitol Heights, Md., 33 years     Vertice J Gore II, Rockville, Md., 33 years
  Albert J Gonzalez, Culpeper, Va., 39 years         Michelle L Bunch-Grizzle, Royston, Ga.,             Patricia A Gorrell, Dunkirk, Md., 33 years
  Ronald W Henrion, Hughesville, Md., 30 years          31 years                                         Anna Gorski, Bowie, Md., 27 years
  Allen L Jones Jr, Stafford, Va., 30 years          Gregory Cabbagestalk, Lanham, Md., 32 years         George E Grant Jr, White Post, Va., 38 years
  Nora L Jones, Capitol Heights, Md., 40 years       Joseph W Callaway, Fredericksburg, Va.,             Adra A Gray, Flemington, W.Va., 12 years
                                                        32 years                                         Charlene L Greene, Solomons, Md., 31 years
  James B Proctor, Alexandria, Va., 23 years
                                                     Ellis Campbell, Alexandria, Va., 44 years           Lawrence A Gross, Capitol Heights, Md.,
  Ysabel M Savov, Arlington, Va., 22 years
                                                     John W Carroll, Bowie, Md., 43 years                   40 years
  Margie E Shifflett, Alexandria, Va., 25 years
                                                     Matthew P Carroll Jr, Manassas, Va., 41 years       James A Gunn, Temple Hills, Md., 38 years
  Raymond K Simkin, Alexandria, Va., 14 years
                                                     Charles D Carter, McLean, Va., 33 years             Richard T Harrell Jr, Lanham, Md., 36 years
  Michael L Simms, Lusby, Md., 20 years
                                                     Louis C Carter, Alexandria, Va., 33 years           Raymond L Hartzell, Germantown, Md., 40
  Brian K Smith, Upper Marlboro, Md., 32 years
                                                     Bertin M Cassou Jr, Silver Spring, Md., 33             years
  Wendell Tuckson Jr, Gaithersburg, Md., 8 years
                                                        years                                            Charles L Haun, Fredericksburg, Md., 41 years
  Andrew P Velasco, Sterling, Va., 38 years
                                                     Earle S Chaplin, Berwyn Heights, Md., 40 years      John A Haybok, Mount Airy, 42 years
  Billy J Warner, Owings, Md., 30 years
                                                     Walter V Cherry, Centreville, Va., 33 years         Sharon E Higgs, Edgewater, Md., 41 years
  Kroger                                             Janice F Childers, Burke, Va., 30 years             Kenneth Hilliard, Ft. Washington, Md., 44 years
  Vivian P Greene, Evington, Va., 5 years            Queen E Claiborne, Washington, D.C., 29 years       Vincent J Hilliard Jr, Fredericksburg, Va.,
                                                     Stanley E Clausen Jr, Spotsylvania, Va., 40 years      30 years
  Safeway                                            Glenn R Clawson, Falls Church, Va., 31 years        Cynthia L Holder, Waldorf, Md., 30 years
  Abilio J Acosta, Woodbridge, Va., 40 years         Linda Cole, Middletown, Md., 16 years               Kitty L Hoyle, Germantown, Md., 39 years
  Tyrone L Adams, Fredericksburg, Va., 33 years      Charles E Coles, Manassas, Va., 38 years            Joseph A Hungerford, Hollywood, Md., 40 years
  Vincent E Adams Sr, Glenn Dale, Md., 32 years      Linda A Conley, Rockville, Md., 35 years            Vernell E Jackson, Ruther Glen, Va., 39 years
  Ronald W Alexander, Waldorf, Md., 39 years         Wayne L Conley, Ranson, W.Va., 40 years             Wayne P Jenkins, King George, Va., 32 years
  Ray E Andrews, Strasburg, Va., 38 years            James E Cornwell, Annandale, Va., 37 years          Marsha A Jinnette, Lusby, Md., 35 years
  Stanley A Anstead, Upper Marlboro, Md.,            Patricia E Cox, Forestville, Md., 32 years          Cynthia R Johnson, Cheltenham, Md., 32 years
    31 years
                                                     Edward L Cunningham, Washington, D.C.,              Thelma E Johnson, Mechanicsville, Md., 35 years
  Michael J Ashley, Gaithersburg, Md., 33 years         31 years                                         Emma T Jones, Landover, Md., 41 years
  Martha A Atkins, Orange, Va., 30 years             Ralph M Custer, Manassas, Va., 37 years             Timothy T Kapinos, Ellicott City, Md., 36 years
  Wildman D Austin, Lovettsville, Va., 44 years      Rickie M Davis, Manassas, Va., 39 years             Robert B Kittredge, East Berlin, Pa., 44 years
  Edna M Ball, Advance, N.C., 32 years               Timothy T Day, Bethesda, Md., 33 years              Pamela S Lafon, Mechanicsville, Md., 33 years
  Judy K Ball, Burke, Va., 29 years                  Anna D Dean, Falls Church, Va., 3 years             John C Lambert, Gaithersburg, Md., 38 years
  Archie G Barker, Woodbridge, Va., 44 years         Michael C Dephillip, Great Mills, Md., 37 years     Paul E Lanham Sr, Upper Marlboro, Md., 44 years
  Chiquita M Benson, Clinton, Md., 37 years          Juanita Dickens, Takoma Park, Md., 38 years         Wilmer M Lansdowne, Gainesville, Va., 42 years
  Williams G Betzler, Herndon, Va., 33 years         Susan K Dudding, Annandale, Va., 25 years           Tracy A Layaou, Monrovia, Md., 32 years
  Roscoe E Birckett, Temple Hills, Md., 29 years     Gilbert T Duck, Laurel, Md., 41 years               Patsy L Leake, Springfield, Va., 36 years
  James Bland, Winchester, Va., 37 years             Linda M Dyer, Lusby, Md., 40 years                  Maybelle Lee, Silver Spring, Md., 35 years
  Willie A Boothes, Hyattsville, Md., 42 years       Arvie L Earp, Harwood, Md., 41 years                Robert M Lee, Waldorf, Md., 46 years
  George E Boswell Jr, California, Md., 40 years     David W Ernest Sr, New Windsor, Md., 38 years       Theo B Lee, Clarksburg, Md., 39 years
  Patrick D Bowen, Prince Frederick, Md., 37 years   Philip A Estep, Strasburg, Va., 39 years            Gary A Lewis Sr, Bel Alton, Md., 43 years
  Hayes E Bowling Jr, Colmar Manor, Md., 36 years    Catherine M Facchina, Ijamsville, Md., 30 years     Marilyn Z Lewis, Glen Burnie, Md., 22 years
  Valentino Bozzelli, Brinklow, Md., 40 years        Vincent S Ferrara, Lusby, Md., 38 years             Sharon D Lewis, Upper Marlboro, Md., 27 years
  Michael J Bramhall, Adelphi, Md., 35 years         Harvey W Flynn, Purcellville, Va., 33 years         Barbara L Lineweaver, Woodstock, Va., 24 years
  David R Braziel, Temple Hills, Md., 39 years       Ronnie L Fouche Sr, Eldersburg, Md., 39 years       Michael F Lineweaver, Woodstock, Va., 35 years
  Geoffrey D Brooks, Greenbelt, Md., 30 years        Sherman L Fox, Waldorf, Md., 12 years               Michael E Looney, Waldorf, Md., 35 years
  Carrie L Brown, Forestville, Md., 33 years         Jerry M Frazier, Manassas, Va., 33 years            Louise G Lucase, Frederick, Md., 40 years
  Claudia M Brown, Upper Marlboro, Md., 38 years     Jose Garcia, North Potomac, Md., 38 years                                      ( Continued on page 22)

                                                          Attention: Employees of
                                                          Shoppers Food & Pharmacy

   2011 Annual
Scholarship Awards
              I f you work for the company listed above, under the provisions of your contract, you and
                your dependents may be eligible for the Scholarship Fund Program.

              Entry Deadline: December 31, 2010
              Just fill out the preliminary application below and mail it to the Fund office postmarked by
              December 31, 2010. In January of 2011, eligible applicants will be sent additional
              information from the Fund.

                                                                                                                          Cut and mail

                                                           Employee Information
                                                           Name ________________________________________________________________________

                                                           Social Security Number ___________________________________________________________
                                                           Employer _____________________________________________________________________
                                                           Home Address __________________________________________________________________

T   he Scholarship Fund expects to be awarding schol-
    arships to a select number of eligible participants
and their dependents who will be attending college or a
                                                           City, State, Zip Code _____________________________________________________________
                                                           Home Phone Number_____________________________________________________________
                                                           E-Mail Address _______________________________________________________
university as full-time students in the fall of 2011.
Participants and their dependents are eligible to apply    Applicant’s Information
for a scholarship award if the participant completes at    Name ________________________________________________________________________

least one year of Service as of December 31, 2010, and     Social Security Number ___________________________________________________________
is actively employed as of that date. In addition,         Date of Birth ___________________________________________________________________
                                                           (If Dependent of Employee)
dependent applicants must be under the age of 24 on
December 31, 2010.                                                                               Mail applications to:
  Applicants who submit preliminary applications and            APPLICATIONS                     Fund Office
meet the initial scholarship award requirements will be     MUST BE POSTMARKED                   Scholarship Program
mailed the full application form in early January of        BY DECEMBER 31, 2010.                911 Ridgebrook Rd.
2011.                                                                                            Sparks, Md. 21152-9451

                                                                     DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 21
                                              LOCAL 400 RETIREES
                                                                  Continued from page 20

  Daisy M Luther, Washington, D.C., 33 years         Derrick A Raikes, Baltimore, Md., 31 years         Steven Thomas, Upper Marlboro, Md., 31 years
  John J Lycette, Silver Spring, Md., 26 years       James W Ray, Washington, DC, 34 years              Royce R Tivnan, Waldorf, Md., 38 years
  Roberta D Lyon, Warrenton, Va., 33 years           Mary J Reese, Stafford, Va., 30 years              Earl L Tomblin Jr, Berryville, Va., 32 years
  Karen M Mallinoff, Bowie, Md., 31 years            Lonnie N Richardson, Lanham-Seabrook, Md.,         Aloysius Van Tongeren, Arlington, Va., 37 years
  Karen B Mason, Washington, D.C., 33 years             29 years                                        Nick Triantos, Bethesda, Md., 35 years
  Veronica S McFarland, Alexandria, Va., 23 years    Adrian S Robinson, Bowie, Md., 40 years            Gary A Trussell, Winchester, Va., 40 years
  Barbara Z McIntyre, Oxon Hill, Md., 31 years       Lurean M Robinson, Woodbridge, Va., 28 years       Mabel W Twentey, Damascus, Md., 36 years
  Dorothy A McKinley, Laurel, Md., 34 years          Willie L Samuels, Lanham, Md., 41 years            Daniel B Umbaugh Jr, Purcellville, Va., 36 years
  Macieo T Melton Jr, Clinton, Md., 42 years         Mark S Scaglione, New Market, Md., 36 years        Carol J Updike, Alexandria, Va., 33 years
  Michael P Merriam, Rockville, Md., 30 years        Debra D Schools, Annapolis, Md., 34 years          Terence M Walsh, Silver Spring, Md., 37 years
  Michael W Miller, Martinsburg, W.Va., 40 years     Michael W Sears, Centreville, Va., 37 years        Michael C Wampler, Fairfax Station, Va.,
  Roberta M Miller, Woodbridge, Va., 28 years        Sharon L Sharpe, Woodbine, Md., 30 years              37 years
  Eugene E Mills, Leesburg, Va., 32 years            Janet E Shipp, Spotsylvania, Va., 37 years         Flozell Washington, District Heights, Md.,
                                                     Essie M Simpkins, Silver Spring, Md., 29 years        37 years
  Jaime Molinares, Alexandria, Va., 38 years
                                                     Bruce G Skinnard, Ft. Washington, Md., 29 years    Hattie L Washington, Fredericksburg, Va.,
  Lynette T Monsegue, Silver Spring, Md.,
                                                                                                           33 years
     37 years                                        Ruth M Slaght, Annandale, Va., 38 years
                                                                                                        Robert E Weaver, Alexandria, Va., 40 years
  Margaret R Monroe, Fredericksburg, Va.,            Coleman A Smith Jr, Springfield, Va., 32 years
     35 years                                                                                           Vida F Weeks, Culpeper, Va., 32 years
                                                     Victor E Smith, Gaithersburg, Md., 40 years
  Robert P Morris, Bethany Beach, Del., 34 years                                                        William M Willard, Myersville, Md., 40 years
                                                     David M Snyder, Chesapeake Beach, Md.,
  Raymond Motley, Oxon Hill, Md., 42 years              32 years                                        Frederick R Williams, Hagerstown, Md., 36 years
  Robert P Nardini, Alexandria, Va., 33 years        Nancy L Soave, Stafford, Va., 47 years             Maury A Williams Jr, Culpeper, Va., 30 years
  Oliver B Nedab, Washington, DC, 37 years           Timothy A Sponaugle, Accokeek, Md., 34 years       John E Wilson, Winchester, Va., 34 years
  Lydia B Padilla, Rockville, Md., 11 years          Diane Stephens, Arlington, Va., 33 years           James E Wilson, Ft. Washington, Md., 42 years
  Byung K Park, Alexandria, Va., 35 years            Beverly V Stewart, Temple Hills, Md., 39 years     Belmont V Worman, Midland, Va., 41 years
  Leon H Pedone, Rockville, Md., 47 years            Linda Stone, Dayton, Md., 34 years                 Debra K Wright, Ruther Glen, Va., 31 years
                                                                                                        Ethel B Young, Woodbridge, Va., 35 years
  Carroll B Pegues, Alexandria, Va., 41 years        Ralph E Strauss, Laurel, Md., 39 years
  Mary A Pendleton, Suitland, Md., 34 years          Bruce N Strickland, Great Mills, Md., 46 years     Shoppers
  Chester T Percosky Jr, White Plains, Md., 45       Cheryl R Swann, California, Md., 31 years          Ruth A Bogie, Linden, Va., 24 years
     years                                           Soo Wah Tang, Chevy Chase, Md., 36 years           Bernard S Broderson, Bethesda, Md., 15 years
  Robert J Perrino, Arlington, Va., 44 years         Jacqueline D Taylor, Upper Marlboro, Md., 37       Laocai Chen, Herndon, Va., 9 years
  William H Pierce, Forestville, Md., 34 years          years                                           Joann Clements, La Plata, Md., 30 years
  Tyrone E Porter, Bladensburg, Md., 32 years        Daniel T Tehaan, New Market, Md., 40 years         Leonard Shuler, Suitland, Md., 43 years

     Have You Moved? Then Let Us Know!                                              ¿Se ha mudado? ¡Entonces déjenos saber!
               Please fill in the information below.                                        Por favor llene la información a continuación.

  NAME _______________________________________________________________            NOMBRE_____________________________________________________________

  NEW ADDRESS _________________________________________________________           NUEVA DIRECCIÓN _____________________________________________________

  CITY_________________________________________________________________           CIUDAD _____________________________________________________________

  STATE ____________________________________________ ZIP ______________           ESTADO ___________________________________________ZIP________________

  PHONE NO. ___________________________ COMPANY & STORE NO. ____________          TELÉPHONO NO._______________________ COMPAÑIA Y TIENDA NO._____________

  Mail this information to: UFCW Local 400, 4301 Garden City Drive,               Envíe esta información a: UFCW Local 400, 4301 Garden City Drive,
  Landover, Md. 20785.                                                            Landover, Md. 20785.

The Enemy
           he greatest threat to our          kets that employ our UFCW sisters and         can empower themselves to improve their
           employers comes from…our           brothers.                                     lives and raise their economic standing,
           employers.                            Ahold, Supervalu and Safeway want          the more likely it is that they will choose
              As Local 400 works tena-        to have their cake and eat it, too. They’re   union representation. Step by step, store
ciously to increase the union market share    trying to have it both ways—the benefits      by store, we can expand the union sector
of the retail food industry, we are finding   that come from the unmatched productiv-       and shrink the unorganized sector.
our greatest opposition comes from the        ity of their unionized subsidiaries’ work-        Second, every single UFCW Local
non-union divisions of our very own           ers, while also generating windfall           Union representing workers at Ahold,
employers.                                    profits from the low wages and benefits       Supervalu and Safeway must stand unit-
   Consider this: Giant-Landover is owned     of workers at their non-union operations.     ed in telling management that double-
by the Dutch multina-                                                 The longer these      breasting is unacceptable and that they
tional firm Royal                                                  companies get to oper-   will pay a terrible price for trying to drive
Ahold NV. Another                 We must                          ate in a “double-        the retail sector workforce out of the mid-
Ahold subsidiar y,
Giant-Carlisle, gener-       keep organizing                       breasted” way, the
                                                                   more likely it is
                                                                                            dle class. The unions representing these
                                                                                            companies’ workers in other countries,
ally operates on a non-
union basis. It owns
                              tenaciously.                         that they will shift
                                                                   resources away from
                                                                                            especially those at Ahold, must join us in
                                                                                            this effort. Unions still represent the
Martin’s, the non-                                                 the union side into      majority of these employers’ workers. We
union chain that is a major threat to         their non-union subsidiaries. In essence,     have leverage. If we act together to maxi-
Kroger stores employing our members in        the profits our members generate would        mize it as part of a comprehensive, long-
central and southern Virginia.                subsidize the growth of the non-union         term growth strategy, we will succeed.
   Similarly, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy        part of their business. This strategy             What’s not acceptable is to permit the
is owned by Supervalu, which also owns        would make us our own worst enemy.            status quo to continue. That would be
the non-union Farm Fresh chain that              But we’re not going to let them get        sowing the seeds of our own destruction.
competes against our Kroger stores in         away with it.                                 The only way we survive—and thrive—
the Tidewater area of Virginia.                  Here’s what we have to do: First, we       is to grow our market share, because that
   They’re even joined by Safeway. One of     must keep organizing tenaciously. The         will expand our members’ power at the
its subsidiaries is Genuardi’s, a non-        more our volunteer activists talk with        bargaining table, the ballot box and
union chain with stores in New Jersey,        workers at Martin’s, Farm Fresh and           everywhere we operate.
Pennsylvania and Delaware that is trying      other non-union groceries about how col-                                  Mark P. Federici
to take business away from supermar-          lective bargaining is the only way workers                           Secretary-Treasurer

                                                                        DECEMBER 2010-JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 UNION LEADER 23
United Food and Commercial                                                                                         Nonprofit Org.
Workers Local 400                                                                                                   U.S. Postage
4301 Garden City Drive                                                                                                  PAID
Landover, MD 20785                                                                                                 Hyattsville, MD
                                                                                                                  Permit No. 4084

Change Service Requested

          Ashland Nursing & Rehab                                    Innovative Business Interiors
          70 employees; New Employer                                 New Employer; Negotiations in Progress

          Bestway                                                    Management System Services
          45 employees; contract expired 6/30/10;                    New Employer; Negotiations in progress
          Negotiations in progress/contract extended
          Boar’s Head Jarratt                                        32 employees; contract expires 12/5/10
          431 employees; contract expires 2/22/11
                                                                     Omega Protein
          Commodore                                                  90 employees; contract expires 4/17/2011;
          97 employees; contract expires 1/31/11                     Negotiations in Progress

          Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor                                 Randy Wright Printing
          89 employees; contract expired 5/2/10;                     5 employees; contract expired 7/31/10
          Negotiations in progress/contract extended
          E.M.D. Sales                                               2 employees; contract expires 12/21/10;
          New Employer; Negotiations in Progress                     Negotiations in Progress

          Gino Morena Enterprises                                    Syms Corporation
          (Aberdeen Proving Ground)                                  80 employees; expired 4/30/09;
          12 employees; contract expired 6/4/10; Contract extended   Negotiations in progress/contract extended

          (Ft. Meade Barber)                                         Todd Enterprises
          6 employees; contract expired 2/16/09;                     20 employees; contract expired 2/14/10;
          Negotiations in progress/contract extended                 Negotiations in progress/contract extended

          Healthcare Services Group                                  Tyson Foods
          (Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor)                               750 employees; contract expired 11/6/10;
          20 employees; contract expired 6/15/10;                    Ratified 3 year agreement
          Negotiations in progress/contract extended

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