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									Heck
of a Ride
I
           believe that labor unions are      labor movement and with Local 400 in         true justice for working families.
           the greatest social institution    particular.                                     But as I think about my time with
           ever created because they exist       Since I went to work at A&P in 1966,      Local 400—really, my entire adult life—
           to help working men and            I’ve been a proud Local 400 member. For      what stands out is what hasn’t changed:
women raise their living standards, gain      34 years, I’ve been a proud Local 400        the people. Members who work hard, care
a voice in the workplace, create the          employee and officer. For the last 13        about their co-workers and customers,
opportunity for a better                                         years, I’ve had the       are pillars of their communities, and con-
future, and take control                                         honor of serving as       tribute to their union. A staff who recog-
of their destiny.                 What stands                    Local 400 president. I    nizes that working for Local 400 isn’t a
    Just think—without                                           wouldn’t trade any of     job—it’s a calling—and give of them-
the labor movement, we           out is what                     it—not for all the        selves 24/7. Something else has stayed
wouldn’t have a 40-hour
work week or paid              hasn’t changed:                   money in the world—
                                                                 because every minute
                                                                                           the same, too: the spirit of activism,
                                                                                           camaraderie and optimism that charac-
vacations, we wouldn’t
have health benefits or
                                the people.                      has been devoted to the
                                                                 cause of helping my
                                                                                           terizes our great union.
                                                                                              That’s what I’ll miss more than any-
pensions, and we would                                           brothers and sisters      thing when I retire in April. The members
be at the mercy of profit-hungry employ-      improve their lives. What could possibly     and the spirit of Local 400.
ers with no recourse if we were mistreat-     be better than that?                            I hope not to be a stranger. Through
ed or exploited.                                 From the late 1960s to the early          my service on several boards and organi-
    However, with unions, anyone can get      2010s, it’s amazing what has changed.        zations, I hope to play a role in lowering
a job as a meat cutter or cashier at a        We’ve gone from manual cash registers        health care costs and strengthening our
supermarket, an associate at a depart-        to computers with bar scanners, from         members’ benefits. I also plan to volun-
ment store, a nurse at a health care          mimeographed flyers to the Internet.         teer when I can. Like I said, this is a call-
provider, or any of a host of other profes-   Woodie’s and Hecht’s are gone, Macy’s        ing, not a job, and the calling continues
sions and be part of the great American       is here, Giant is owned by a Dutch corpo-    even when the job ends.
middle class, with a decent income,           ration and the days of local ownership          So consider this not a goodbye, but a
health and retirement security, and           are largely past. Sadly, employers are a     thank you for all that Local 400 members
respect in the workplace.                     lot more brazen about violating labor        have done for our union. It has been one
    That’s why I cannot imagine any           laws and a lot more likely to get away       heck of a ride serving with you.
greater privilege—or any better luck—         with it. Certainly, many more changes                 — C. James Lowthers, President
than to have spent my entire career in the    need to take place before we can achieve                    International Vice President


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        UNITED FOOD &
     COMMERCIAL WORKERS
          LOCAL 400
             C. James Lowthers
                  PRESIDENT
                        .
              Thomas P McNutt
              SECRETARY-TREASURER
                                                                                     March/April/May 2010
                 Sue Gonzalez
                   RECORDER
               EXECUTIVE BOARD
                   Mike Boyle
              Jacqueline Bradley                        F         E          A           T          U            R         E        S
                Gregory Burton
                  Terry Dixon


                                                             8 The Lowthers Legacy
                 Mark Federici
                 Lisa Gillespie
               Nelson T. Graham
               Joanne Grimaldi                                    Local 400’s President Leaves a Stronger Union as He Retires
                  Mikki Harris
                 James Hepner
                Michele Hepner
                Phyllis Jackson
               James M. Jarboe
                                                            11 Kaiser-Permanente Expands in Mid-Atlantic
                                                                  New Round of Bargaining Nears


                                                            14 Members Prepare for Kroger Bargaining
                  Mary Laflin
                Calvin McGuire
                   Tony Perez
                  Ken Pinkard                                     Richmond/Tidewater Contract Expiring
                   Odis Price


                                                            15 400UNITED!
                 Jerry Rexroad
              Thomas D. Rogers
              W. Christian Sauter
               Carolyn Shebora
                                                                  Mobilizing for New Members in Virginia and Tennessee
                Vivian Sigouin
                Larry Southern
                  Linda Sykes
                 D. Rex Trabue
                  Mary Vines
                                                            19 Victory for Chesapeake Shores Workers
                                                                  Vote Two-to-One to Keep Local 400 Representation
                  Russell Wise
                     EDITOR
              C. James Lowthers                         C    O           V       E       R           S       T       O          R   Y
              ASSOCIATE EDITOR
              Thomas P. McNutt



                                                            16 The Growing Menace
            CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER
                 Bill Burke
             DESIGN AND LAYOUT
                Evans Design
                                                                  Workers, Communities Get the Royal Ahold Treatment
            EDITORIAL CONSULTANT
               Bruce Kozarsky
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   Economic Stimulus is Working
                                 New Data Shows Millions of Jobs Saved and Created
      The economic stimulus package                my from falling into an abyss and provid-       efited working families and the economy
   enacted by Congress and signed by               ed a needed lifeline to tens of millions of     overall by:
   President Obama one year ago has saved          American families. Its food stamp                   Cutting taxes by $37 billion for 110 mil-
   or created approximately two million            increases and middle class tax cuts have            lion working families in 2009, creating
   jobs so far, according to several inde-         kept money moving through the economy,              an infusion of purchasing power to help
   pendent economic analyses. These stud-          while its assistance to state and local             compensate for reduced private sector
   ies document that the American                  governments and investments in our                  spending.
   Recovery and Reinvestment Act has suc-          infrastructure have created jobs for tens           Lending nearly $20 billion to more than
   ceeded in keeping the recession from            of thousands of people in our area who              42,000 small businesses, providing
   slipping into a Great Depression; pre-          would otherwise be unemployed.”                     them with resources to grow and create
   vented drastic cutbacks in schools,                Indeed, the economic stimulus has                jobs that otherwise would not have
   police, fire protection and other vital         saved or created 48,000 jobs in Virginia,           been available.
   state and local government services; and        36,000 jobs in Maryland and 10,000 jobs             Funding more than 12,500 job-creating
   spurred a needed new boom in repairing          in Washington, D.C., as well as 10,000              transportation construction projects
   and building roads, bridges and other           jobs in West Virginia, 79,000 in Ohio,              nationwide.
   key parts of our infrastructure.                27,000 in Kentucky and 40,000 in                    Providing urgently-needed relief for
      “Times are tough, but they would be a        Tennessee to date, according to the                 state governments, with more than $50
   whole lot worse if the majority in              Council of Economic Advisers. More jobs             billion to prevent cuts in Medicaid
   Congress had not responded to President         will be created over the next year as               programs and nearly $60 billion for
   Obama’s leadership and passed the               additional infrastructure projects funded           education—a move that governors say
   American Recovery and Reinvestment              through the legislation get underway.               created and saved over 300,000 educa-
   Act,” said Local 400 President Jim                 Over the last year, the American                 tion jobs in the last three months of
   Lowthers. “It has helped keep the econo-        Recovery and Reinvestment Act has ben-              2009.               Continued on page 27


                                           STIMULUS                         HYPOCRISY
        Members of Congress who voted against the American                     helped a telecommunications provider receive $16 million
     Recovery and Reinvestment Act are apparently counting on                  from the bill to promote broadband Internet access.
     the voters to have poor memories. That’s because their “no”               Rep. Shelly Capito Moore (R-W.Va.) voted against the
     votes haven’t prevented 114 lawmakers from taking credit                  stimulus, yet praised a $1.5 million grant to her district
     for the spending and jobs generated in their district as a                that only happened because she failed to stop the bill’s
     result of the bill’s passage, according to a study by the Center          passage.
     for American Progress Action Fund. Several of these “stimulus
                                                                                “When voters go to the polls in November, they should
     hypocrites” represent Local 400 members:
                                                                            remember that every single member of the U.S. House from
        House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) voted against the           the minority party voted against the economic stimulus,” said
        American Recovery and Reinvestment Act twice, yet recent-           Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt. “Had they pre-
        ly hailed a high-speed rail project in Virginia that only exists    vailed, our nation would be in far more dire straits than it is
        because of funding from the economic stimulus.                      today.
        Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) opposed the economic stimulus leg-             “Of course, that hasn’t stopped them from taking credit
        islation, yet last fall, he criticized then-Gov.Tim Kaine (D) for   when local projects are funded through the very program
        being too slow to spend the money generated by the bill.            they voted against,” McNutt said.
        Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) also voted against the                      “If hypocrisy was currency, these members of Congress
        American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, yet actively                would be richer than Bill Gates,” he added.


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  Perriello,Connolly StandUp for Working Families
                   Praised as Models for Representatives From Vulnerable Districts
      When Tom Perriello edged right-wing Rep. Virgil Goode (R) to        one who has the honor of representing them in Congress to be
  win Virginia’s fifth congressional district in central and southern     working at least that hard for them.”
  Virginia, it was considered one of the most shocking upsets of             In addition, Perriello has taken a leadership role on key
  the 2008 election. That same night in Northern Virginia, Gerry          issues. His legislation to repeal the anti-trust exemption for
  Connolly won the congressional seat that had been held by               health insurance companies passed the House by a 406-19 vote
  retiring Rep. Tom Davis (R), a result that was less surprising but      on February 24. He also sponsored a bill to ban political spend-
  still notable for having occurred in the 11th district, which had       ing by corporations with foreign shareholders—a key step to
  been designed to elect Republicans.                                     prevent unwarranted foreign influence in U.S. elections after the
      But what Reps. Perriello and Connolly most have in common           Supreme Court ruled that businesses could spend unlimited
  is their consistent, uncom-                                                                                    amounts in politics.
  promising record of support                                                                                        “Tom Perriello does
  for Virginia’s working fami-                                                                                   what’s right and doesn’t
  lies since taking office,                                                                                      back down,” said Local 400
  regardless of the risk to their                                                                                Secretary-Treasurer Tom
  reelection prospects.                                                                                          McNutt. “He’s guided not by
      “Tom Perriello and Gerry                                                                                   what pollsters say but by his
  Connolly are profiles in                                                                                       inner moral compass. That
  courage,” said Local 400                                                                                       alone makes him a rarity in
  President Jim Lowthers.                                                                                        Congress, but more than
  “Rather than running for the                                                                                   that, it means we must give
  hills or voting with the right-                                                                                him our strongest possible
  wing minority, as too many                                                                                     support in November.”
                                     Above, Rep. Gerry Connolly
  Democrats in Congress have (D-Va.) bags groceries at the                                            Like Perriello, Connolly cast a pivotal
  done, they are standing Safeway in Pan Am Shopping                                              vote for health care reform even though
  tough and fighting for us. In Center in Vienna, Va., as part                                    many of his Democratic colleagues from
  the process, they have of a fundraiser for breast                                               Republican-leaning districts opposed the
  shown they are leaders of cancer research.                                                      bill, and he was a strong supporter of leg-
  principle and character who have never forgotten why they                         Rep. Tom
                                                                                                  islation Congress enacted expanding the
  ran or the voters who elected them.                                               Perriello     State Children’s Health Insurance Program
      “That’s why it’s especially important that Local 400                             (D-Va.)    (SCHIP).
  members living in their districts work to help reelect these                                        Equally significant, Connolly is a
  two remarkable members of Congress this fall,” Lowthers said.           cosponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation that
  “They’ve proven they’ve got our backs—now we must have                  would empower workers who want union representation to
  their backs, too.”                                                      achieve it, despite Virginia’s status as a “Right-to-Work-for-Less”
      Called “the most courageous man in D.C.,” by longtime polit-        state.
  ical reporter Adam Clymer, Perriello voted for health care reform          “Local 400 developed a long and positive working relation-
  and for legislation to stop climate change. He was the only one         ship with Gerry Connolly during his years as chairman of the
  of 13 Democratic freshmen from districts won by Sen. John               Fairfax County Board of Supervisors,” McNutt said, “and it’s only
  McCain to vote for both bills.                                          grown stronger during his time in Congress. He’s a straight
      He also fights for his constituents who are suffering the most      shooter and he’s someone Local 400 members can count on to
  in the recession, voting for the economic stimulus package, an          be on our side.
  extension of unemployment benefits, and the jobs bill. “People             “Control of Congress will be at stake in this fall’s election,”
  in this district are busting their backs to find a job or two to sup-   McNutt said. “With these two races among others, Local 400
  port their families,” Perriello told Politics Daily. “They want some-   members will play a central role in deciding the outcome.”

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   Local 400 Backs Maryland In
   to Stop Corporate Tax Evasio
   Limit Corporate Influence on
      As the Maryland General Assembly           worst budget crises in decades,” said        pay them, no ifs, ands or buts. That’s all
   met for its 2010 legislative session, Local   Local 400 President Jim Lowthers.            this legislation does—restore tax fair-
   400 played a leadership role in several          “A company like Walmart avoids pay-       ness. To date, 22 states have adopted
   key battles on behalf of its members and      ing taxes by setting up a dummy Real         Combined Reporting. For the sake of the
   the state’s working families, strongly        Estate Investment Trust to own its prop-     families who will suffer the most from
   backing legislation to stop corporate tax     erties, then paying rent to itself and       state budget cuts, it’s long past time that
   evasion and solve the state’s budget cri-     deducting the rental payments from its       Maryland joined them.”
   sis, to limit corporate influence on state    taxes while the fake REIT’s profits go
   and local elections, and to strengthen        untaxed,” Lowthers explained. “It is sim-
                                                                                              Cleaning Up Elections
   worker protections.                           ply immoral for a corporation raking in         When five Supreme Court justices
                                                 $11 billion in annual profits to take our    ruled in the Citizens United case that cor-
   Stopping Walmart-Style                        money while refusing to pay its fair         porations are now free to spend unlimit-
   Tax Evasion                                   share in state taxes to support our          ed amounts on political campaigns,
       While Maryland, like all states, faces    schools, police, fire, health care and       Local 400 swiftly backed efforts to limit
   a budget crisis, corporate tax evasion        other vital services. We must bring this     the decision’s potentially devastating
   schemes are preventing the state from         tax inequity to an end. By enacting the      impact.
   collecting up to $170 million in urgently     Combined Reporting Act, we will.”               “The Supreme Court gave corpora-
   needed revenue.                                  In addition to ending the REIT            tions the green light to basically buy
       To help Maryland avoid draconian          scheme corporations like Walmart uses,       elections,” McNutt said. “They can liter-
   budget cuts that threaten public safety       the legislation will also end what is        ally throw billions of dollars into cam-
   and the well-being of residents, hold cor-    known as a “trademark holding compa-         paigns to defeat elected officials who
   porations accountable, and restore tax        ny scheme,” where a chain sets up a          stand up for working families. This is
   fairness, Local 400 has endorsed the          subsidiary based in a state that does not    nothing less than a threat to our democ-
   Combined Reporting Act.                       tax certain types of corporate income,       racy and we are fighting back with
       The legislation would end the growing     such as Delaware. The company pays           everything we have.”
   practice of corporations transferring         licensing fees to the subsidiary for            That’s why Local 400 is supporting
   profits to subsidiaries created for the       trademarks it uses and that money goes       legislation before the Maryland General
   purpose of evading state corporate            untaxed by any state, even though it ulti-   Assembly that would:
   income taxes by requiring businesses to       mately winds up profiting the parent            Require corporate CEOs who want to
   file a single state tax return combining      company.                                        make political campaign expenditures
   profits from all of their subsidiaries.          “Too many corporations feel entitled         in Maryland to first obtain a vote of
       “There is never an excuse for corpora-    to bend or break the rules in order to          the shareholders to approve the
   tions to evade taxes, but it is especially    maximize their profits,” said Local 400         expenditure.
   appalling when highly profitable busi-        Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt. “If             Prevent corruption by prohibiting cor-
   nesses do so at a time when Maryland          they’re making money in Maryland, they          porations with state contracts from
   and other states are suffering their          owe state taxes and they’re obligated to        spending money in state elections.

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itiatives                                      Fighting Anti-Worker
                                               Measures in Virginia
n,                                                 Elections have consequences—that          elected officials take pride in this fact




Elections
                                               was the message in Virginia as Gov.           is beyond me, and why they would try
                                               Bob McDonnell (R) took office and the         to enact laws creating an even more
                                               General Assembly met for its 2010 leg-        hostile environment for organizing is
                                               islative session.                             an outrage. The way to raise Virginians’
                                                   Both the new McDonnell Admin-             living standards is to ensure that all
                                               istration and certain state legislators       workers have a free and fair choice
    Require complete disclosure of all cor-
                                               have been trying to adopt anti-worker         about whether to join a union—not to
    porate campaign expenditures and
                                               policies that Local 400 and the Virginia      make it even harder.”
    contributions alongside statements by
                                               labor movement are fighting to stop.              Another major battle took place over
    CEOs that they “approve of this mes-
                                               Notably, one of McDonnell’s first             the budget. Like most states, Virginia is
    sage” in TV and radio ads.
                                               actions was to replace the head of the        facing a revenue shortfall due to the
    Institute “clean election” campaign        Virginia Department of Labor and              recession, but rather than try to balance
    financing in Maryland to reduce pri-       Industry, a move likely to result in          the budget in a way that is fair to all cit-
    vate-interest contributions and replace    weaker enforcement of workplace               izens, McDonnell proposed draconian
    them with clean public money.              safety and prevailing wage regulations.       cuts falling hardest on working and
    “Ultimately, we need a constitutional      Rumors have also abounded that                lower-income families. While limiting
 amendment to overturn the court’s mis-        McDonnell is considering eliminating          some of the damage the governor’s
 guided ruling,” McNutt said, “but in the      the entire department.                        plan would have inflicted, the budget
 meantime, legislation like this will pre-         In the General Assembly, a spate of       passed by the General Assembly never-
 vent the worst abuses and limit the           anti-worker bills were introduced,            theless makes major cuts in health care
 potential for corruption.”                    notably legislation sponsored by Del.         and education, while taking more than
                                               Dave Albo (R-Springfield) that would          $620 million out of the state employ-
 Guaranteeing Shift Breaks
                                               make it a Class I misdemeanor for any-        ees’ pension fund.
     For many years, Local 400 has been        one to “knowingly and intentionally               There was some good news out of
 fighting to pass state legislation that       [fail] to provide full and complete infor-    the legislature. Local 400 members
 would require employees in Maryland to        mation regarding the consequences of          working at Omega Protein won a
 receive shift breaks from their employers,    a signature or a vote” on whether to          major victory when bills that would
 but it has not yet been enacted due to        be represented by a union. The bill was       have transferred regulation of Virginia’s
 opposition from Big Business. This year,      written so vaguely and loosely that it        menhaden fishery from the General
 bills were introduced in the state House      was apparent its real purpose was to          Assembly to the Virginia Marine
 and Senate mandating that retail employ-      intimidate workers trying to organize a       Resources Commission were soundly
 ers with 50 or more workers provide a 15-     union by threatening them with legal          defeated. Instead, legislation was
 minute rest break if an employee works        prosecution. Fortunately, this and other      passed and sent to the governor that
 between four and six consecutive hours,       anti-worker bills failed to pass.             extends the annual menhaden harvest
 and a 30 minute rest break if any employ-         “Virginia workers get paid a whole        quota of 109,020 metric tons for the
 ee works more than six consecutive hours.     lot less than workers in most other           Virginia portion of the Chesapeake Bay
     “This is a simple common sense pro-       states precisely because the common-          for another three years. This will main-
 tection all workers should be entitled to,”   wealth’s ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less’ law         tain the members’ jobs fishing for men-
 said McNutt. “While Local 400’s con-          means that only 4.7 percent are union         haden, a small fish used commercially
 tracts provide for shift breaks, all corpo-   members,” said Local 400 President            for nutritional supplements, pet food,
 rations should be held to this minimum        Jim Lowthers. “Why so many Virginia           fish meal and other purposes.
 standard of decency.”

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A STRONGER UNION

THELOWTHE                                                                                                               BET
  A pivotal era in Local 400’s history comes to an end in April as President                   George Mason University, receiving his
  Jim Lowthers retires after 13 years in the union’s highest office and 34                     bachelor’s degree in business administra-
                                                                                               tion in 1976—expertise that would later
  years as an organizer and official.                                                          serve him well in bargaining with employ-
     During this time, Lowthers addressed       leader has to be how the members are           ers.
  dramatic transformations in the economy       doing,” Lowthers said. “How secure are             After graduation, Lowthers joined
  and the retail industry, while keeping the    their jobs? Are they maintaining or            Local 400 as an organizer. One of his early
  union one step ahead of change, beefing up    improving their standard of living? How        campaigns became a great Local 400 suc-
  organizing and member services,               good is their health and retirement securi-    cess story, with Lowthers serving as one
  strengthening Local 400 staffing, and         ty? Do they have a strong voice in their       of four coordinators in helping 5,000
  leading negotiations on a series of benefi-   workplace and are their working condi-         employees of the Woodward & Lothrop
  cial contracts.                               tions getting better? Are their rights being   department store chain gain union repre-
     “Since the time I became a member in       protected? How active are they in their        sentation. It was the largest organizing
  1966, Local 400 has been, in my opinion,      union?                                         victory in the history of the Retail Clerks
  one of the most dynamic, forward-thinking        “Every step of the way, I’ve asked these    International Union, which was in the
  Local Unions in the UFCW and throughout       questions and tried to make sure they got      process of merging with the Amalgamated
  North America,” Lowthers said. “When I        the right answer,” Lowthers said. “That        Meat Cutters to form the UFCW.
  became president, I was fortunate to          doesn’t mean we win every battle—there             “That was a model effort,” Lowthers
                                                are always developments beyond our con-        said. “We were singularly focused, the
                                                trol and, of course, none of us is perfect.    workers were energized, and it was a spir-
                                                But I’ve always tried as hard as I can to      ited, successful campaign—one that got
                                                help our members improve their lives.”         the UFCW off to a great start. I certainly
                                                   “Every Local 400 member owes Jim            tried to utilize the best elements of this
                                                Lowthers a debt of gratitude,” said Local      effort in organizing campaigns that fol-
                                                400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt. “I         lowed.”
                                                know I do. For more than three decades, he         Recognized for his leadership and
                                                has played a central role in building Local    strategic skill, Lowthers soon became spe-
                                                400 into the powerhouse we are today. He       cial assistant to the president and then
                                                leaves a remarkable legacy.”                   collective bargaining coordinator, serving
                                                                                               in these positions until his
                                                Organizing Success                             election as secre-
  Jim Lowthers explains the terms of the new       Lowthers joined Local 400 some 44           tary-treasurer
  Shoppers Food & Pharmacy contract in 2008.
                                                years ago, when he went to work at the         in 1988.
  inherit a strong union on the cutting edge    old A&P supermarket in McLean, Va. In
  of the labor movement, and my goal has        1968, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and
  always been to hand it off to my successor    served for four years on submarines. After
  in even better shape.                         leaving the military, Lowthers attended
     “The bottom line for me or any union       Northern Virginia Community College and

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ERSLEGACY
TER LIVES FOR MEMBERS
A Steady Hand in
Changing Times                                                                                       Jim Lowthers discusses
                                                                                                         the new Giant and
    Over the next nine years, Lowthers                                                                 Safeway contracts at
served in Local 400’s number two leader-                                                            the D.C. Armory in 2008.
ship position under the presidency of
Thomas R. McNutt, playing a key role in
strengthening the union’s financial stabil-
ity, overseeing organizing campaigns,
negotiating contracts, and reinvigorating


                                                                                                                        Jim Lowthers
                                                                                                                speaks at a 2003 rally
                                                                                                                    in support of the
                                                                                                                   striking California
                                                                                                                   Safeway workers.

                                              political, legislative and community
                                              outreach efforts.
                                                 In 1997, Lowthers was elected
                                              Local 400 president and a UFCW
                                              international vice president, while
                                              Thomas P. McNutt was elected sec-
                                              retary-treasurer. Local 400 was           During his tenure as president,
                                              growing and had become the largest     Lowthers had to deal with dramatic
                                              local union within the UFCW, as        changes in the industries employing Local
                                              Lowthers worked to take the            400 members. The locally-owned Giant
                                                union’s power to improve mem-        supermarket chain was sold to the Dutch-
                                                        bers’ lives to new levels.   based multinational Royal Ahold NV in
                                                                                     1998. Similarly, Shoppers Food Warehouse,
                                                                                     as it was then known, was bought by
                                                                                     Richfood Holdings in 1998, which was
                                                                                      then acquired by the national conglomer-
                                                                                          ate Supervalu in 1999.
                                                                                               The retail industry was under-
                                                                                             going similar upheaval. The May
                                                                                              Company-owned Hecht’s depart-
                                                                                               ment store chain had merged
                                                                                                        Continued on next page

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THELOWTHERS                                   lenge they present only grows
                                              through each round of negotia-
LEGACY
Continued from page 9
                                              tions,” Lowthers said.
                                                  “On the health care side, that is a
                                              function of our nation’s continuing
with Woodward & Lothrop in 1995. Ten          failure to reform a system which
years later, Federated Department Stores,     works for no one except the for-prof-
Inc., owner of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s,     it insurance and drug companies,”
acquired May and soon thereafter, convert-    Lowthers said. “Fortunately, we are
                                                                                        Jim Lowthers discusses
ed Hecht’s stores to Macy’s.                  now on the verge of passing               the Labor-Management
   Meanwhile, the booming economy of the      President Obama’s health care             Partnership in a meeting
late 1990s ended, leading to the recession    reform plan and if the legislation is     of Kaiser stewards in 2005.
of the early 2000s, a period of stagnant      enacted as it should, a giant road-
growth in mid-decade in which the middle      block will be removed from future negotia- CareFirst of Maryland and the Maryland
class continued to fall behind, and the       tions.                                           Citizens Health Initiative
financial meltdown of 2008 and 2009.              “On the pension side, the economic               “Health care is a special issue of con-
   Throughout these turbulent times,          downturn of the last several years has cern for me, since I’ve seen up close and
Lowthers led each round of bargaining,        posed problems for all funds,” Lowthers personal what a problem it is, both from my
which ranged from the highly contentious      explained, “and we’ve had to persuade our time at the bargaining table and my service
2003-2004 supermarket negotiations, when      employers to increase contributions in on the boards of our health and welfare
3,300 Kroger members in West Virginia,        order to maintain benefits.                      plans,” Lowthers said. “I hope that my
Kentucky and Ohio went on strike for nine         “Despite the growing scope of these experience and insight can be of some use
weeks to protect their health benefits, to    challenges, we have been able to meet in helping the labor community, employers,
the less acrimonious though still challeng-   them because of the advent of coordinat- policy makers, health care providers and
ing 2007-2008 round.                          ing bargaining in the 2007-2008 round,” others increase quality, access and afford-
   “Protecting our members’ health and        Lowthers said. “The entire UFCW was ability all at the same time.
retirement benefits has been the greatest     united, giving us the strength to match              “Despite the many challenges we con-
struggle in bargaining and the chal-          that of our employers. If one Local Union tinue to face, I see an incredibly bright
                                              anywhere hit a roadblock, all UFCW Local future for Local 400,” Lowthers said.
            During the 2003 Kroger strike,    Unions representing that employer’s “We’ve got very highly skilled officers and
            Jim Lowthers rallies Local 400    workers joined the fight. Local 400 helped staff, and, more importantly, an engaged,
            members in Charleston, W.Va.
                                              our brothers and sisters win good agree- informed and active membership. That’s
                                               ments and when it was our turn, they the key to the success of any union and
                                               stood by us, too. This is the kind of that’s why we are well-positioned for any-
                                               approach we must expand in the future— thing and everything that comes next.
                                               not only within the UFCW in North                   “Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt will
                                               America but internationally, too.”              succeed me and our union will be in great
                                                                                               hands,” Lowthers said. “I know that
                                                A Bright Future                                under Tom’s leadership, we will keep
                                                    While Lowthers is retiring from his moving forward, keep making progress,
                                                 “day job,” he will keep on fighting for and keep reaching new heights for our
                                                  Local 400 members in the future. He will members.
                                                  continue his service as a commissioner           “It has been a great ride for me person-
                                                    on the Maryland Health Services Cost ally,” Lowthers added. “Empowering
                                                       Review Commission, where he is workers to improve their lives is the cause
                                                          involved in efforts to lower of a lifetime and I’ve been very fortunate
                                                            health care costs. He will also to make this cause my career. It has been
                                                             remain on the boards of the a privilege to serve our members and I
                                                              International Foundation of hope I’ll be able to keep making contribu-
                                                               Employee Benefit Plans, tions toward this cause in the future.”
Kaiser
Kaiser Permanente Expands in Mid-Atlantic
    AsNew Roundof Bargaining Nears




                                                                                                                            Permanente
With new, state-of-the-art, comprehensive medical centers slated to open                           and Kaiser Mid-Atlantic for a local agree-
in the Washington, D.C., area in the near future, Kaiser Permanente is                             ment.
                                                                                                       Unlike traditional negotiations, the
redoubling its commitment to growth in the Mid-Atlantic region during a                            agreement will be hammered out using
pivotal period when a new round of bargaining is about to start.                                   “interest-based bargaining” in which each
    Powered by the work of Local 400            Kaiser to offer for the first time in the Mid-     side expresses its views in terms of their
health professionals, Kaiser has been a         Atlantic Region an outpatient procedure            common interest rather than a set of
huge success story, pioneering an exem-         suite, a Blood Bank, nuclear medicine,             demands, creating a less confrontational
plary Labor-Management Partnership              nephrology services with dialysis, and a           and more collegial atmosphere. Equally
and creating new approaches to health           Clinical Decision unit—an observation              significant, a majority of union bargainers
care focused on continuous improve-             area enabling many procedures to be done           are front-line employees, all of whom have
ments in quality, greater coordination,         without hospitalization. In addition, for          received training in this unique approach.
increased efficiency, lower costs and bet-      the first time in Washington, D.C., Kaiser         As with the current agreement, it is
ter health outcomes. Local 400 has              will offer hematology, oncology, allergy,          expected that much of the bargaining will
played a central role in these achieve-         gastroenterology, cardiology and physical          be focused on building a culture of contin-
ments, with members directly involved in        medicine services, as well as an Infusion          uous learning and improvement, increas-
the planning and development of the new         Center.                                            ing efficiency and raising the quality of
medical centers at every level.                     The new facility will include Kaiser’s         care to new heights while also ensuring
    “‘Partnership’ is the perfect description   Center For Total Health—a place where              that Kaiser health professionals receive
for our relationship with Kaiser,” said         people can use high-tech computerized              industry-leading wages, benefits, training
Local 400 President Jim Lowthers. “Our          systems to learn how to keep themselves            and working conditions.
members are decision-makers. Their input        in the best possible health. Located adja-             “Kaiser is a unique employer,” said
is sought and valued by management that         cent to Union Station, it will enable mem-         Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom
listens to the wisdom and experience of         bers of Congress to visit and see latest           McNutt. “It is always trying to improve
front-line health care providers. Together,     medical technologies in action.                    and always willing to break the mold in
we are building a promising new model               Above all, the Capitol Hill Center is          the process. But what’s most important is
for the health care of the future.              designed to be a showcase for the power of         that it recognizes that its health profes-
    “It is our hope that the upcoming           an integrated delivery system to achieve           sionals—our members—are its greatest
round of bargaining expands on what we          superior quality outcomes at lower cost            resource. Even as Kaiser adopts state-of-
have achieved to date, further strength-        than traditional fee-for-service medicine. It      the-art technology, such as its KP Connect
ens a fulfilling work environment for our       is also designed to help make Kaiser a mar-        electronic medical records system, it puts
health care professionals, and empowers         ket leader in the Washington, D.C., area.          its human assets first.
them even more to give their patients the                                                              “Naturally, we want to see the progress
best care in the world,” Lowthers said.         Upcoming Bargaining                                made over the last five years under the
                                                   While preparations are being made for           current contract continue into the future,”
State-of-the-Art Center                         the new medical centers, they are also             McNutt said. “Bargaining is never an easy
   The first medical center to open will be     underway for bargaining, with the cur-             process, but when all is said and done, I
located on Capitol Hill. It will have every     rent contract slated to expire in October          expect that is what we will achieve.
specialty in medicine and surgery under         2010. First, there will be negotiations                “It’s especially significant that at a
one roof, including all the expertise one       between Kaiser and the coalition of                time when the nation appears to be on the
would find in a hospital’s emergency            unions representing Kaiser employees               verge of achieving national health care
room, pharmacy and laboratory services,         over a national agreement, and then bar-           reform, Local 400 members working at
and full-service imaging. It will enable        gaining will take place between Local 400                                Continued on page 27

                                                                                                 MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 11
                                       Elliot
                                       Friedman
                                       Women’s Shoes
                                       Bloomingdale’s
                                       Chevy Chase,
                                       Md.




                                       Elise
                                       Ventura
                                       Support
                                       Brooks
                                       Brothers
                                       Washington,
                                       D.C.




                                                        Quintin
                                                        Dubose
                                                        Produce
                                                        Safeway #2737
                                                        Washington, D.C.
12 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010
    William
     Kraus
       Assistant
        Produce
       Manager
    Kroger #509
  Richmond, Va.




Teresa
Di Franco
Seamstress
Syms #18
Rockville, Md.




      Anita
    Weakley
 Meat Manager
     Giant #786
 Charlottesville,
             Va.




                    MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 13
      Local 400 Members
Prepare for Richmond/Tidewater
      Kroger Bargaining
Amid a volatile grocery industry market in Virginia, nearly 2,500 Local 400                    tiators shared a few proposals already
members working at Kroger in the Richmond and Tidewater areas are pre-                         drafted to improve working conditions,
                                                                                               transfer rights, union security, health and
pared for bargaining a new contract and are engaged in an effort to mobi-                      safety, and to create joint labor-manage-
lize themselves, grow membership and stay united throughout the process.                       ment committees to address problems and
    Major focuses of the negotiations are       like Walmart and Ahold/Martin’s.               ideas of mutual concern.
likely to include expanding Kroger’s mar-          “Every rank-and-file member can play           “We want to expand the union share of
ket share in these markets to counter the       a role in growing our membership, build-       the grocery markets in Richmond and
growth of non-union chains, including           ing our union and protecting our jobs by       Tidewater, and we hope and expect that
Ahold/Martin’s, Harris Teeter and Weg-          expanding our market share,” Lowthers          Kroger has the same goal,” McNutt said.
mans, and to preserve the members’ health       added. “It’s the responsibility of all of us   “We’ve already seen how well this
and pension benefits. The current contract      to encourage membership among our co-          approach worked when Local 400 stepped
expires on March 27, with extensions likely     workers.”                                      in to offer Krogers’ locations for Girl
if no agreement is reached by then.                Members prepared for bargaining             Scout troops whose cookie-selling loca-
    “Unity means everything,” said Local        through a series of meetings in Richmond       tions were taken away from them when
400 President Jim Lowthers. “The more           and Norfolk with top union officers and        Ahold/Martin’s bought out Ukrop’s. We
we stand together, the more likely it is that   staff negotiators.                             should be taking more of these kinds of
bargaining will result in a positive out-          At these meetings, Local 400 Secretary-     positive initiatives in the future.
come for our members and for the compa-         Treasurer Tom McNutt presented results of         “At the same time,” McNutt added,
ny, as well.                                    a membership bargaining survey that            “members can rest assured that we will be
    “Protecting our jobs isn’t just about       allowed members to voice their sugges-         doing everything in our power to protect
bargaining,” Lowthers said. “A strong           tions for improving wages, benefits, vaca-     their health and retirement security, im-
membership base gives Local 400 the             tions, holidays and working conditions.        prove their standard of living, and ensure
resources to help defend Kroger’s market           Specific contract proposals are still       better working conditions.”
share—and our own job security—from             being formulated on major issues such as
the invasion of non-union retail predators      wages and health benefits, although nego-




                                                                                                                         Local 400 Secretary-
                                                                                                                       Treasurer Tom McNutt
                                                                                                                     answers questions from
                                                                                                                        members at a recent
                                                                                                                          Richmond meeting.
14 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010
Local 400 members working at                                                                    of the wide array of financial benefits,


                                            400UNITED
Kroger have launched a new                                                                      discounts and services provided by
                                                                                                Union Plus,” McNutt added. “From
campaign, 400UNITED, to reach                                                                   college scholarships and education
out to co-workers who have not
yet joined the union and explain            MOBILIZING                                          loans to credit and budget counseling,
                                                                                                from savings on credit cards to special



                                            FOR NEW
how much they will benefit from                                                                 deals on computers and cell phones,
                                                                                                there are thousands of dollars worth
membership.                                                                                     of reasons why joining the union is the


                                            MEMBERS
    Because Virginia is a “right-to-                                                            best investment you can make.”
work-for-less” state which allows                                                                  The 400UNITED campaign builds
employees of unionized companies to                                                             on the fact that all Local 400 contracts


                                            AT KROGER
not join their union yet still benefit                                                          at Kroger now have a provision requir-
from collective bargaining, it is impor-                                                        ing management to introduce new
                                                                                                workers to a shop steward their first

                                            INVIRGINIA
tant that all opportunities are taken to
expand membership at every store in                                                             week on the job. Kroger stewards are
the commonwealth where Local 400                                                                requiring management to abide by the


                                            &TENNESSEE
represents workers. The same is true of                                                         collective bargaining agreement, and
Tennessee.                                                                                      taking the time to inform their newly
    The need for more members is                                                                hired co-workers about all the union
especially urgent with the invasion of          “No Better Investment                           has to offer and how their member-
non-union retail predators such as
Walmart and Ahold/Martin’s (which
                                                   in Your Future”                              ship makes a powerful difference.
                                                                                                   Patricia Whitehurst, a Kroger shop
recently purchased the Ukrop’s chain                                                            steward in Virginia Beach, noted that,
in Richmond, Va.), because market share—the percentage of all       “New employees often don’t even know that a store is union-
workers in an industry who belong to unions—is the single           ized. The new-hire provision in the contract guarantees that
most powerful influence on the strength of each union contract.     new employees learn about the union and their contract right
    “Our members at Kroger can count on wages you can raise a       away.
family on, comprehensive health care coverage and pension              “We let them know that their wages and benefits come from
benefits all because of the power of collective bargaining,” said   collective bargaining,” Whitehurst said. “If they don’t sign up for
Local 400 President Jim Lowthers. “The more members we have         membership right away, I know they'll come looking for me
in each store, the stronger position we’re in when it’s time for    before long when they have a problem, and then they’ll usually
negotiations and the more our members will gain at the bar-         become a member.”
gaining table.                                                         Whitehurst and her two fellow stewards have tripled mem-
    “This is proven out by the fact that we’re able to win better   bership at their store in just three years through making it “our
contracts in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and the        mission” to sign up every new hire and also maintain close com-
District of Columbia, where all workers represented by Local 400    munications with all employees. “Our message is, a strong
are members,” Lowthers observed.                                    membership means fewer problems in the stores and a better
    “The reverse is also true,” Lowthers said. “If our membership   union contract,” she said.
was to stagnate or decline, there would be a race to the bottom,       With the Kroger Richmond and Tidewater contracts expiring
with the likes of Walmart and Ahold/Martin’s dictating wage and     on March 27, 2010, the 400UNITED campaign comes at an
benefit levels in Virginia.”                                        especially critical time.
    “Our members are impressing on all Kroger employees cov-           “There’s no such thing as a free ride,” Lowthers said. “If
ered by our contract that it more than pays to belong,” said        you’re benefiting from union representation without contribut-
Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt. “What you get back        ing your fair share, you’re undermining the source of your good
in income and benefits, in better working conditions, in a voice    fortune. But if you join and do your part, you’re giving yourself
in the workplace and in health and safety amounts to many           the power to shape your destiny in ways that non-union workers
times the cost of dues.                                             will never be able to have. With this message—the simple facts
    “Another reason why all Kroger employees in Virginia and        about what union membership does—Local 400 will keep on
Tennessee should join is that only members can take advantage       growing.”

                                                                                         MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 15
TheGrowingMenace   Workers, Communities Get the Royal Ahold Treatment
Royal Ahold NV is a Netherlands-based multinational corporation. Local                      the temptation is always to shrink the
                                                                                            union side of the business while expanding
400 members working at Giant in Virginia, Maryland and Washington,
                                                                                            the non-union side. Moreover, Ahold/
D.C., know it well because Ahold bought the supermarket chain in 1998,                      Martin’s is in direct competition with the
and control shifted from local owners in Landover, Md., to Dutch execu-                     fully unionized Kroger chain, where Local
                                                                                            400 represents employees throughout
tives in Amsterdam.                                                                         Virginia and West Virginia.
   Ahold is fully unionized in its home     Giant Food Stores in Pennsylvania, and              “Though it is unionized in the
country and throughout Europe. Giant is a   under the name of Martin’s Food Markets         Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, it
union shop, as is the Ahold-owned Stop &    in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and        has become apparent that Ahold sees the
Shop chain in New England.                  western Pennsylvania. All but two of the        United States as a place where it can take
   Now, here’s where it gets confusing—     locations (Lewistown and Burnham,               advantage of weak U.S. labor laws to make
Ahold also owns Giant-Carlisle, a sub-      Penna.) are non-union.                          more money by paying American workers
sidiary that operates under the name of        Ahold is a classic “double-breasted” cor-    less,” said Local 400 President Jim
                                                             poration—one that has          Lowthers.
                                                                 both union and non-            “When Ahold acquired Giant, the power
                                                                  union arms. It is try-    of Local 400 made sure the workers’ union
                                                                   ing to have its cake     representation stayed intact and we have
                                                                   and eat it, too—cre-     been able to successfully negotiate a series
                                                                   ate the veneer of        of good contracts with management,”
                                                                   being a responsible,     Lowthers said. “But Ahold’s periodic
                                                                   unionized corpora-       attempts to skirt the boundaries of our col-
                                                                   tion while squeezing     lective bargaining agreements, combined
                                                                    out extra profits by    with aggressive moves by Martin’s, make
                                                                    exploiting the work-    clear the company’s long-term goal.”
                                                                    ers at its non-union        This menace recently grew larger when
                                                                    arm.                    Ahold/Martin’s purchased the locally-
                                                                       Over the long run,   owned, Richmond-based Ukrop’s chain. As
                                                                    this is a menace to     soon as the transfer of ownership took
                                                                    Local 400 members,      place, management began implementing a
                                                                              because       series of anti-worker policies in an effort
                                                                                                 avoid collective bargaining.
   Moreover, Ahold is not the only threat
to Local 400 members.                                         LOCAL 400 MEMBERS RESCUE GIRL
   “Ahold’s moves are only the tip of the                      SCOUTS FROM AHOLD/MARTIN’S
iceberg,” Lowthers explained. “Wegman’s                                 Purchase First 100 Boxes of Cookies
and Harris Teeter are moving aggressively             For many years, the
into Virginia, joining Walmart and Food            locally-owned Ukrop’s
Lion in trying to expand the non-union seg-        chain in Richmond wel-
ment of the grocery industry. Our members          comed Girl Scouts to sell
working for Giant in Northern Virginia and         cookies in front of their
Kroger elsewhere in the state must stay            stores.
united to defeat this menace and increase             But as soon as Ahold/
our market share, which in turn will give          Martin’s took control of
us greater bargaining power.”                      Ukrop’s, the Girl Scouts
Ukrop’s No More                                    learned that they were Girl Scouts Autumn Just, Suzanne Donaldson, and Nicole
                                                   no longer wanted. Girl Soiland proudly display the check they have just received
    Ukrop’s had long enjoyed a reputation
                                                   Scout troops had pur- from Local 400 for the purchase of the first 100 boxes of
in and around Richmond as a community-                                          cookies sold outside Kroger #515 in Mechanicsville, Va.
                                                   chased many boxes of
oriented store that treated its workers
                                                   cookies expecting to sell them at their placed troops to sell cookies in front of
and customers well, while providing sig-
                                                   local Ukrop’s and were suddenly left in Kroger stores, and to buy the first 100
nificant support to local charities. It was                                                    boxes sold.”
                                                   the lurch.
known for its own version of the Golden
                                                      However, Local 400 members                   “We’re proud to support the excel-
Rule: “treating customers, associates, and
                                                   employed at Kroger in Richmond and lent work of the Girl Scouts and all
suppliers as they personally want to be
                                                   throughout Virginia came to the rescue. they do to build girls of courage, confi-
treated.”
                                                   They invited Girl Scouts to sell cookies dence, and character,” said Local 400
    But when Ahold/Martin’s acquired
                                                   in front of Kroger’s Virginia stores and Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt. “I
Ukrop’s 25 stores, it did not take long to
                                                   pledged to purchase the first 100 boxes know that the former owners of
see just how different the directives from
                                                   of cookies from a displaced troop.          Ukrop’s felt the same way, and it’s a
the Netherlands would be. Within weeks,
                                                      Local 400 members fulfilled this real shame that the new owners of the
“no solicitation” signs were posted in
                                                   pledge on March 11, buying the first chain decided to give the Girl Scouts
front of all Ukrop’s stores and in the park-
                                                   100 boxes of cookies from Girl Scout the Royal Ahold treatment. I just hope
ing lot. “Picketing, wearing or carrying
                                                   troop #57 in front of Kroger #515 in that, in the wake of this controversy,
placards, handbilling, solicitation, demon-
                                                   Mechanicsville.                             Richmond-area Girl Scouts sell more
strating and loitering by non-employees
                                                       “Girl Scouts do so much good in our cookies and raise more funds than ever
are prohibited on the sidewalks, loading
                                                   communities,” said Local 400 President to support their efforts.
zones, parking lot, driveways and islands
                                                   Jim Lowthers. “Our members work to              “This really highlights the difference
of this shopping center,” read the signs.
                                                   make their communities better places between a community-oriented, family-
    The very first victims of this policy were
                                                   to live and many have daughters who owned business and a multinational
local Girl Scout troops who had sold their
                                                   are in the Girl Scouts, themselves. It corporation where foreign executives
cookies in front of Ukrop’s for many years
                                                   was only natural that our members call the shots with no knowledge of
(see the sidebar). This caused a public
relations disaster for Ahold/Martin’s. So          jumped at the chance to welcome dis- local traditions,” McNutt said.
why did they do it?
    The answer was obvious. When Ukrop’s         employees would empower themselves            are all getting the Royal Ahold treatment,”
was put on the market, a number of               through Local 400 representation that it      said Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom
Ukrop’s employees realized they had no one       was willing to incur the wrath of Girl        McNutt. “They are learning that Ahold
to protect them in the event of a sale—and       Scouts and their supporters in the com-       treats its workers and the communities
that their treatment by any new employer         munity, just so long as union handbillers     where it operates as sources of profits to be
would surely get worse. So they contacted        could be legally kept off the property.       exploited, not as good neighbors and fellow
Local 400 and sought to organize.                   “Ukrop’s employees, Richmond shop-         citizens. Ahold is sucking their money out
    Ahold was so fearful that its new            pers, Girl Scouts and community residents                           Continued on page 25

                                                                                             MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 17
          Donna Edwards Honored
          At Minority Coalition Ball          Benefits Faces of Our Children
Praising her as a fighter for economic and social justice, the UFCW                        received the Civic Organization of the
Minority Coalition recently honored Congresswoman Donna Edwards of                         Year honor.
                                                                                           As it does every year, proceeds from
Maryland’s Fourth District as legislator of the year at its annual gala ball,
                                                                                        the Minority Coalition Ball benefited
which raised funds for sickle cell research, treatment and prevention.                  Faces of Our Children, Inc., a charity ded-
   Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom            Max Bruny of UFCW Local 888, who        icated to raising awareness, support and
McNutt presented her with the award,            was presented with the Local Union of   funding for the fight against sickle cell
saying, “We need more members of                the Year award.                         disease worldwide in cooperation with
Congress with the courage and commit-           Glen Williams of the Laborers           the Howard University Center for Sickle
ment of Donna Edwards. She’s a leader           International Union, who was honored    Cell Disease. Faces of Our Children pro-
in battling for good jobs, for health care      as Labor Leader of the Year.            vides education on the risks of sickle cell
reform, for financial reform, for strong        Mackenzie Baris of D.C. Jobs with       disease and the need to get tested for the
civil rights protections, and for the well-     Justice, who received the Community     sickle cell trait, and it informs medical
being of all working families. The UFCW         Partnership Award,                      providers, schools and caregivers on how
is proud to count her as a strong ally and                                              to reduce pain for affected children. It
                                                Samuel Staten, Sr., of Laborers
Local 400 is proud to call her our friend.”                                             also engages in public advocacy to
                                                Local 332, who was presented with
   The UFCW Minority Coalition cited                                                    increase funding for research and better
                                                the Roland B. Scott Award.
Rep. Edwards’ support for the Jobs for                                                  treatment to improve the lives of families
Main Street Act which will save and cre-        Janice Mathis of Rainbow Push,          with sickle cell disease.
ate new jobs, for extending unemploy-           who received the Addie Wyatt Award,        Local 400 is a longtime supporter of
ment benefits, and for comprehensive            Rev. Nelson Johnson of Faith            Faces of Our Children, which was found-
health care reform. She is playing a key        Community Church, who was named         ed by Don Cash, Sr., the former executive
role in cracking down on financial abus-        Religious Leader of the Year.           assistant to the president of Local 400
es, inserting three provisions in the Wall      Rev. J. Rayfield Vines, Jr., of the     and current president of the UFCW
Street Reform and Consumer Protection           Hungary Road Baptist Church, who        Minority Coalition.
Act that would give state regulators the
tools they need to limit risky financial
transactions, prevent predatory lending,
and protect consumers, homeowners and
investors. She is also a longtime cospon-
sor of the Employee Free Choice Act and
a strong advocate for beefing up work-
place health and safety protections.
   In addition to Edwards, the UFCW
Minority Coalition honored other labor,
civil rights and religious leaders. They
include:                                          Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer
   Wendell W. Young, III, past president          Tom McNutt (center) presents the
   of UFCW Local 1776, who received the           Legislator of the Year Award to
                                                  U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.),
   Person of the Year award.
                                                  accompanied by former Local 400
                                                  official and current UFCW Minority
18 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010              Coalition President Don Cash, Sr.
          Chesapeake Shores Workers
            Vote Two-to-One
To Keep Local 400 Representation
                   Defeat 11-Year-Long Management Union-Busting Schemes
Local 400 members working at the Chesapeake Shores Care Center                                 and it took until November 2006 for the
(formerly known as Bayside) in Lexington Park, Md., dealt management a                         full NLRB to affirm that the company’s
                                                                                               withdrawal of recognition violated the law.
devastating defeat when they voted recently by a two-to-one margin to
                                                                                                   Chesapeake Shores then appealed to
continue union representation, culminating an 11-year battle to gain and                       the U.S. Court of Appeals. It took until
keep their right to collective bargaining.                                                     March 2008 for the court to uphold the
    From the time Local 400 was certified        the union have gone for naught, it’s long NLRB ruling. Yet it would still take 11
as the employees’ collective bargaining          past time for them to bargain in good faith months of bargaining before management
representative in October 1998, manage-          and come to swift agreement on a multi- agreed to a new contract—again, for just
ment has waged a relentless effort to            year contract.”                                                one year—which was rati-
delay and deny workers their democrati-              After winning union                                        fied in February 2009.
cally-chosen rights. This has included           representation, the em-               “This is yet                As the short length of
refusals to bargain in good faith, unlaw-        ployees endured three             another example              the agreement suggested,
fully withdrawing recognition from the           years of management
union, and various unfair labor practices        intransigence. Local 400
                                                                                                                management was
                                                                                    of why we need determined to break still             the
as affirmed by the National Labor                filed unfair labor practice         the Employee               union and soon launched
Relations Board (NLRB) and the courts.           charges that the company          Free Choice Act.” another effort to decertify
    “The experience of our members at            was bargaining in bad                                          Local 400. Last December,
                                                                                   — Local 400 President
Chesapeake Shores provides yet another           faith. In August 2001, the                                     this attempt was rebuffed
                                                                                            Jim Lowthers
example of why we need the Employee              NLRB ruled for the work-                                       as the employees over-
Free Choice Act,” said Local 400                 ers, finding that Chesa-                                       whelmingly voted to keep
President Jim Lowthers. “It is inexcusable       peake Shores was delaying proposals, their Local 400 representation.
and unacceptable that they have had to           withdrawing from tentative agreements             “Justice delayed is justice denied,” said
endure more than a decade of rampant             and making regressive offers. Four months Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom
lawbreaking by management to win                 later, under NLRB order, the company McNutt. “It’s an outrage to think of the
what should have been granted them in            agreed to a one-year contract.                number of our hardworking members
1998. By imposing binding arbitration on             Chesapeake Shores soon made clear it who won union representation in 1998
first contracts and toughening penalties         had not changed its colors. In September and never worked there long enough to
on unfair labor practice violations, the         2002, management sponsored an “anti- enjoy its full benefits.
Employee Free Choice Act would prevent           union” petition and one month later,              “Chesapeake Shores needs to put the
other workers from enduring what our             claimed it had secured enough signatures interests of its patients ahead of the com-
members have been through.                       to withdraw recognition from the union. pany’s greed for profits,” McNutt said.
    “Chesapeake Shores management                In response, Local 400 filed a new set of “That will happen when management
apparently thought they could break the          unfair labor practice charges against the agrees to a multi-year contract that
workers’ will and spirit, but they learned       company. Despite having the full weight empowers its employees to provide first-
that Local 400 members respond to adver-         of evidence on their side, it took two long class care by paying a living wage, provid-
sity by strengthening our Solidarity and         years for an NLRB administrative law ing a safe workplace, and improving
standing strong for our rights,” Lowthers        judge to find in favor of the workers. working conditions. The time for that is
said. “Now that all their efforts to decertify   Chesapeake Shores appealed the decision now.”

                                                                                             MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 19
      Spotlight
                                       Dawn McKenna                         Gary Burkhammer
                                       Urology/Pulmonary Lead RN            Receiver
Robert Quarles                         Kaiser #35, Fairfax, Va.             Shoppers #2335, Olney, Md.
Customer Service
                                       Years in Union: 21
Giant #233, Falls Church, Va.
                                       Years as Steward: 2

                                       Family: Married with two daughters
                                       and a stepdaughter

                                       Enjoys Most about Job: Getting a
                                       member’s problem solved

                                       Hobbies: Travel (beaches), tennis,        “ The union providites ns
                       u ve
                                       reading
                                                                               better working cond io
 “ The union meansoryoer hahen                                                       and benefits.”
 someone in your ce most.w
                    n                  Future Plans: Get my girls through


    you need it th       ”             college; retire in Longboat Key,
                                       Florida
                                                                            Years in Union: 10

                                                                            Years as Steward: 4
Years in Union: 2
                                                                            Family: Married with two children
Years as Steward: 2
                                                                            and two grandchildren
Family: Three children
                                                                            Enjoys Most about Job:
Enjoys Most about Being a                                                   Keeping busy and all the fun
Steward: Bring able to assist others                                        people I work with

Hobbies: Golf, fishing and bowling                                          Enjoys Most about Being a
                                                                            Steward: Doing what I can
Future Plans: To continue helping        “ The union makes sure w           to help associates
others whenever I can                  have a voice and that ever e
                                             is treated fairly.” yone
                                                                            Favorite Place on Earth:
                                                                            The beach




20 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010
Vivian Vernette                     Ronald Eakin                           Karen Wentz
Peterson                            File Maintenance Clerk                 Weigher/Wrapper
Head Cashier                        Kroger #210, Blacksburg, Va.           Safeway #1606, Burke, Va.
Shoppers #2371, Wheaton, Md.
                                                                           Years in Union: 13
Years in Union: 9
                                                                           Years as Steward: 11
Years as Steward: 1 1/2
                                                                           Family: Five children, three grand-
Enjoys Most about Job: Helping                                             children
customers
                                                                           Enjoys Most about Being a
Enjoys Most about Being a                                                  Steward: Helping people
Steward: Helping employees with      “ The union of fers strength
                                     numbers; without that, you’ in
                                                                           Hobbies: Spending time with my
their rights

                                    at the mercy of the compa re
                                                                           grandchildren
Hobbies: Reading
                                                               ny.”        Favorite Place on Earth: Home
Future Plans: Retire and enjoy my
                                    Years in Union: 17
grandchildren
                                    Years as Steward: 2

                                    Family: One son

                                    Enjoys Most about Being a
                                    Steward: Helping others with
                                    issues when they don’t know where
                                    to turn

                                    Hobbies: Coaching, playing golf,
                                                                                  “ The union gives us
     “ The union means
                                    softball, umpiring and officiating
                                                                                      job security.”
   I have someone fighting          Favorite Place on Earth: Lane
                                    Stadium on Thursday nights in the
       for my rights.”              Fall




                                                                         MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 21
     Planned Walmart Development
 Threatens Historic Civil War Battlefield
   In a move that has outraged neigh-           groups is trying to block construction.       joined the fight to stop Walmart. Its direc-
bors, Civil War buffs, conservationists             “Walmart’s like an elephant in a China    tor, Jonathan Jarvis, warned that if the
and many others, Walmart is trying to           shop,” said Local 400 President Jim           proposed Walmart is built, “Hills would
build a massive 238,000 square-foot             Lowthers. “Just like the company tram-        be leveled and roads widened so that the
development in Orange County, Virginia,         ples on workers’ rights, it smashes into      Piedmont landscape would be unrecog-
just a quarter of a mile from the location      neighbors, parks and small businesses         nizable.”
of the historic Battle of the Wilderness.       everywhere it goes, leaving a mess in its         “Slash and burn is no strategy for
Part of the Fredericksburg and                  wake. The last thing that belongs near a      running a giant retail operation,” said
Spotsylvania National Military Park, the        national park and a major historic site is    Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom
site is where Ulysses S. Grant and Robert       a giant Walmart big box. That is hardly a     McNutt. “Walmart has no respect for the
E. Lee met on the battlefield for the first     way to honor the tens of thousands of         communities it tries to bully its way into;
time in a bloody clash which left 26,000        courageous soldiers who lost their lives      it looks at a map and all it sees are con-
soldiers injured or killed in 1864.             in that pivotal battle.”                      sumers for cheap, foreign-made products.
   In August, the Orange County Board of            This is not the first time Walmart has    The idea of sacrificing U.S. history and
Supervisors gave formal approval for the        generated controversy with plans to build     an irreplaceable national landmark for a
Walmart development, but a coalition of         stores near national monuments. In the        store selling cheap imports is appalling.
landowners, the National Trust for              mid-1990s, the company tried but failed       This Walmart must be stopped.”
Historic Preservation, the Civil War            to open an outlet at George Washington’s          The challenge to the planned develop-
Preservation Trust, the National Parks          boyhood home near Fredericksburg.             ment is pending before Orange County
Conservation Association and other                  The U.S. National Park Service has        Circuit Court.


                    SAM’S CLUB CONTRIBUTES TO UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS
      Though Walmart claims its stores are      mart?” asked Local 400 President Jim         no apparent arrangements to have the
   benefiting from the recession because        Lowthers. “How is it that $12 billion in     laid-off workers hired by Shopper
   of their reputation for low prices and       annual profits is somehow too little for     Events.
   the company is still making profits of       the Walton family? Why do they feel             The layoffs were done in classic
   more than $12 billion a year, its sub-       compelled to keep squeezing their            Walmart style, according to many of
   sidiary, Sam’s Club, nevertheless laid off   workers through layoffs, and continued       the workers, who report that they
   more than 10,000 employees in                low pay and inadequate benefits?             were called into mass meetings and
   January.                                     When it comes to our struggling econ-        offered boxes of tissues as they were
      The laid-off workers’ jobs, which         omy, Walmart is quite obviously a huge       told their services would no longer be
   mostly involved handing out free prod-       part of the problem and not part of any      needed.
   uct samples in the stores, are being out-    solution.”                                      “This appears to have been a sys-
   sourced to an Arkansas-based company,           The Sam’s Club layoffs—many of            tematic attempt by Walmart to rid its
   Shopper Events. Based in a town next to      which involved part-time workers—            payroll of many employees who were
   Walmart’s Bentonville, Ark., headquar-       raised serious questions about whether       earning higher wages than their
   ters, this privately-owned company’s         they were designed to remove from the        younger counterparts,” Lowthers said.
   only clients are Walmart and Sam’s           payroll older and more senior employ-        “If so, that would be unethical and
   Club, raising suspicions that it may be      ees, because Walmart said it would only      probably unlawful. It’s time for all
   another arm of the world’s largest           pay severance to those workers who           Americans to just say no to Walmart’s
   retailer.                                    agreed not to pursue age discrimination      continued lowering of worker and com-
      “How much is enough for Wal-              claims. In addition, the company made        munity standards.”


22 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010
  Rev. Dr. Milton Reid,
  a confidant of Dr.
  Martin Luther King,
  Jr., addresses the
  Black History Month
  celebration.




Black History MonthCelebrated By
Local 400Membersin Northern Neck
For the 10th year in row, Local 400 members in the                  schoolchildren could ride to their school on the bus, too. Eight
Northern Neck of Virginia and the Northumberland                    years later, when he was 15, they got their school bus—and he
                                                                    was the driver!
County NAACP commemorated Black History Month                          Dr. Reid also talked about how when he was first licensed as
with a celebration involving talks by a hero of the civil           a preacher in Virginia, he had to sign a bond that he would not
rights movement and the presentation of awards to                   marry interracial couples, in noting just how far our society has
                                                                    come in his lifetime.
area residents for exemplary community service.                        Four area residents were honored for their service:
   This year’s celebration took place on February 28 at Shiloh         Leah Hudnall, a Reedville, Va., woman who each year just
Baptist Church in Burgess, Va., and featured Rev. Dr. Milton           before school starts holds a huge picnic to raise money for
Reid, a close confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who spent      school supplies for local students.
time in jail with him and founded the Virginia Chapter of the          Henry Page, 80, who has run the first black-owned garage in
Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the request of Dr.         the Northern Neck for more than 60 years and still repairs
King.                                                                  cars today.
   “Our members in the Northern Neck have established a great
                                                                       Dorothy Scott, a senior citizen and cancer survivor who will
tradition in honoring the proud history of African Americans in
                                                                       graduate from college this May with an associate of arts
our country and carrying on the legacy of struggle for civil
                                                                       degree.
rights and workers’ rights,” said Local 400 President Jim
Lowthers. “Their efforts are a prime example of how our union          Cecil Taylor, recipient of the Keeper of the Flame Award, who
is dedicated to community and part of the broader struggle for         travels around the country delivering Dr. King’s “I Have a
social justice and equal opportunity.”                                 Dream” speech to church congregations, schoolchildren, and
   At the celebration, Dr. Reid told a story about how he was          other audiences.
walking to school one day in Norfolk in 1937 and a school bus          “Local 400 is proud to support Black History Month,” said
carrying white children came along. Some of the students in the     Local 400 Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt, “not only because of
bus spit on him as they drove by. On that day, as a mere seven-     what it means to our members but because of the invaluable les-
year-old, he decided to do everything he could to see that black    sons it holds for the battles we still face today.”

                                                                                        MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 23
  ULLICO Gift Cards
  Support Local 400
  This past holiday season, ULLICO—the labor-owned family of compa-                        cards went far beyond that. Members of
                                                                                           ULLICO’s senior management teams
  nies that offers quality insurance and investment products and services
                                                                                           donated their gift cards to So Others
  to the American labor movement—gave a gift that has kept on giving.                      Might Eat (SOME), an interfaith, com-
     To help ULLICO workers through            earned dollars, we should support our       munity-based charity helping homeless
  these tough economic times, company          brothers and sisters whenever possible. I   and extremely poor citizens in
  leadership presented each employee           am very pleased that ULLICO not only        Washington, D.C. In a letter acknowl-
  with a $75 gift card to Giant food stores.   adheres to the same philosophy but also     edging ULLICO’s donation of $2,000 and
  This was a not only a means of helping       puts it into action.”                       three large boxes of canned food, Father
  ULLICO families eat well and make ends          “ULLICO’s ‘Shop Union’ policy does so    John Adams, president of SOME,
  meet during the holidays—it was also a       much good for so many,” said Local 400      thanked the company’s employees for
  way to support Local 400 members             Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt. “We         their generosity and helping to “break
  working at Giant.                            are so appreciative of ULLICO’s support     the cycle of homelessness in our nation’s
     “We have always said to shop union        of our union and more importantly, the      capital.”
  during the holidays,” said Local 400         company’s ongoing commitment to help-          “This was a model effort,” McNutt
  President Jim Lowthers, “because union       ing union members and their families        said, “one I hope ULLICO and other
  shops provide better value and service       achieve financial security.”                organizations serving the labor move-
  and because when we spend our hard-             However, the benefits of the gift        ment follow in years to come.”




From left to right: Giant
Store Manager Ernest Vincent,
Shop Steward Evelyn Graham,
ULLICO President Ed Smith,
Shop Steward April Williams,
and Local 400 Secretary-
Treasurer Thomas P. McNutt
present the check to Giant for
ULLICO’s gift cards.


  24 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010
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TheGrowingMenace                           new campaign, 400UNITED (see page 15
                                           for more information), designed to help
                                                                                     Scout cookie catastrophe enable us to
                                                                                     show shoppers how patronizing Kroger
Continued from page 17                     members mobilize, increase membership     and our other stores is the best way to
of Richmond and across the Atlantic and    and expand the unionized portion of       get first-class customer service and sup-
in return, all Virginians are getting is   Virginia’s retail food sector.            port the community at the same time.
the back of their hands.”                     “Attempts by Ahold/Martin’s and the        “We can and must expand our market
   In addition to helping employees of     other non-union grocers to grow in        share.” McNutt added, “The more that we
the former Ukrop’s organize and reach-     Virginia are a clear threat to our mem-   do, the better contracts we’ll be able to
ing out to the community in Richmond       bers, but they’re also an opportunity,”   negotiate—and the more Ahold will have
and elsewhere, Local 400 has launched a    McNutt said. “Missteps like the Girl      to rethink its double-breasted strategy.”



                                                                                     MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 25
26 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010
Economic                                     jobs last fall. In late February, the Senate

Stimulus
                                             passed a smaller-scale jobs bill. At the time
                                             this article was written, the House and            Savings
Continued from page 4                        Senate still had to iron out the differences
                                             between their two bills before passing final
                                                                                                andSolidarity
                                                                                                 Special discounts on wireless
   Helping to keep police in their jobs      legislation and sending it to President             devices and save 10% on
   and on the streets with funding cover-    Obama for his signature.                            monthly service charges
   ing three years of salary and benefits       “Local 400 members should call their             through unionized AT&T.*
   for more than 4,600 law enforcement       representatives and senators at (202) 224-          3 Easy Ways to Save!
   officers in over 1,000 communities        3121 and urge them to pass the strongest            1. TAKE this ad to your local AT&T store. To
                                                                                                    find the store nearest you, visit att.com/
   through the COPS program.                 possible jobs bill immediately,” Local 400             find-a-store and show union identification
   As much as the stimulus has achieved,     Secretary-Treasurer Tom McNutt said.                   (Reference FAN# 00113662).
more must be done with unemployment still    “We’re not out of the woods yet and so long         2. ONLINE at UnionPlus.org/ATT Purchase
                                                                                                    services and find specials on phones.
hovering around the 10 percent mark. That    as the private sector is lagging in creating
                                                                                                 3. CALL 1-800-897-7046. Use Discount FAN#
is why the U.S. House passed legislation     good jobs, we need our government to help              00113662 when you speak to the customer
investing another $154 billion in creating   make up the difference.”                               service operator.
                                                                                                 *Credit approval and new two-year service agreement required. The
                                                                                                  non 3G iPhone, unlimited and unity plans, in addition to additional
                                                                                                  lined for family plans are not eligible for the discount. Current AT&T


Kaiser                                       ical costs,” McNutt said. “The new con-              customers can switch to the Union Plus AT&T Wireless discount pro-
                                                                                                  gram by having the FAN applied to their current account and signing
                                             tract, the new medical centers and what I            up for a two year agreement. Other conditions and restrictions apply.

Continued from page 11                       hope will be health care reform have the
Kaiser are forging an innovative model of    potential to converge and put our members
care based on doing what’s best for their    front and center in solving the nation’s           Visit UnionPlus.org/ATT
patients while lowering skyrocketing med-    health care crisis.”                                                                                                      UFCW




                                                                                             MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 27
                                               2010 A R E A M E E T I N G S S C H E D U L E *
           January                                Monday, May 3            Tuesday, May 11          Tuesday, Sept 14         Tuesday, October 5
         Fiscal Report                              BRISTOL
                                                     Holiday Inn
                                                                            HUNTINGTON
                                                                            Hampton Inn
                                                                                                      HUNTINGTON
                                                                                                  Hampton Inn
                                                                                                                                  BLUEFIELD
                                                                                                                                 Quality Hotel &
 1 BALANCE IN CASH ACCOUNT                             Exit 7 off       3442 US Route 60 East 3442 US Route 60 East            Conference Center
   AT BEGINNING OF MONTH           1,247,244       of Interstate 81       Barboursville, WV     Barboursville, WV               Route 460 Bypass
                                                   3005 Linden Dr.         (304) 733-5004        (304) 733-5004               3350 Big Laurel Hwy
 2 RECEIPTS (from all sources):                   Bristol, VA 24202       Tuesday, Sept. 7         Wednesday, Sept. 15            Bluefield, WV
   DUES                            1,399,540                                                                                          24701
                                                  Tuesday, May 4         CHARLOTTESVILLE                 DANVILLE
   MISCELLANEOUS                       2,921                                                                                     (304) 325-6170
                                                    BLUEFIELD                 Holiday Inn           Holiday Inn Express
 3 TOTAL RECEIPTS                  1,402,461
                                                   Quality Hotel &        1901 Emmett Street         2121 Riverside Dr            Wednesday,
                                                 Conference Center          Charlottesville,        Danville, VA 24540            October 6
 4 TOTAL OF LINES 1 AND 3          2,649,705      Route 460 Bypass             VA 22901               (434) 793-4000               BRISTOL
                                                3350 Big Laurel Hwy         (434) 977-7700          Monday, October 4              Holiday Inn
 5 DISBURSEMENTS                                Bluefield, WV 24701       Monday, Sept. 13           PARKERSBURG                   Exit 7 off of
   for current months              1,315,574                                                                                      Interstate 81
                                                 Thursday, May 6             BECKLEY                  Comfort Suites
                                                   DANVILLE                   Holiday Inn            167 Elizabeth Pike          3005 Linden Dr.
 6 CASH ACCOUNT BALANCE                                                                                                         Bristol, VA 24202
   at the end of current month     1,334,131
                                                 Holiday Inn Express       114 Dry Hill Road         Mineral Wells, WV
                                                  2121 Riverside Dr       Beckley, WV 25801                26150                 (276) 466-4100
 7 BALANCE AT END OF MONTH                       Danville, VA 24540         (304) 252-2250             (304) 489-9600      * All meetings are at 7 p.m.
   as shown on Bank Statement      1,397,895

 8 DEPOSIT IN TRANSIT                     0
                                               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 *
 9 TOTAL OF LINES 7 AND 8          1,397,895
                                                Wednesday, May 5          Monday, August 2          Monday, Sept. 13          Wednesday, Nov. 3
 10 LESS: Checks included                            ROANOKE               CHARLESTON                   ROANOKE                 RICHMOND
    in item 5 not returned                           Holiday Inn        Holiday Inn–Civic Center        Holiday Inn            Holiday Inn-Central
    with bank statement              63,764       450 Litchell Road         100 Civic Center         450 Litchell Road       3207 North Boulevard
                                                  Salem, VA 24153        Charleston, WV 25301        Salem, VA 24153          Richmond, VA 23230
 11 BALANCE                                        (540) 389-2424            (304) 345-0600           (540) 389-2424             (804) 359-9441
    (Should agree with Line 6)     1,334,131     Monday, May 10         Wednesday, Sept. 8    Tuesday, Sept. 21        Monday, Nov. 8
                                                  CHARLESTON                RICHMOND              LANDOVER             CHARLESTON
 12 PETTY CASH FUND                     750    Holiday Inn–Civic Center Holiday Inn–Central Local 400 Headquarters Holiday Inn–Civic Center
                                                   100 Civic Center     3207 North Boulevard 4301 Garden City Drive    100 Civic Center
 13 TOTAL OF ALL LOCAL UNION’S                  Charleston, WV 25301 Richmond, VA 23230       Landover, MD 20785 Charleston, WV 25301
    SAVINGS ACCOUNTS                                (304) 345-0600         (804) 359-9441        (301) 459-3400         (304) 345-0600
    at the end of month        2,118,478                                  Thursday, Sept. 9
                                                 Tuesday, June 15                                    Tuesday, Nov. 2          Wednesday, Dec. 1
                                                   LANDOVER                  NORFOLK                     NORFOLK                 ROANOKE
 14 DEPRECIATED VALUE OF                       Local 400 Headquarters       Norfolk Office                                        Holiday Inn
                                                                                                       Norfolk Office
    Real Estate, Furniture,                    4301 Garden City Drive    3620 Tidewater Drive                                  450 Litchell Road
                                                                                                    3620 Tidewater Drive
    Equipment, Automobiles, etc.    732,977     Landover, MD 20785        Norfolk, VA 23509                                    Salem, VA 24153
                                                                                                     Norfolk, VA 23509
                                                   (301) 459-3400                  * All meetings are at 7 p.m.                 (540) 389-2424
 15 OTHER ACCOUNTS
    OR INVESTMENTS
    (Bond, Stocks, Credit Union,
    Building Funds, etc.)           135,367
                                                                  A L L I N T H E FA M I LY
 16 LESS: LIABILITIES
    (other than Rent,                          Condolences                                         Family of Walter H Spivey, Safeway 1425
    Utilities, Withholding                     Linda Dawson, Shoppers Food 2355, Loss of           Family of James (Jimmy) Beall, A&P Company
    and Per Capita Tax)            1,157,397
                                                  Father                                           Joey Withers, Safeway 1428, Loss of Father
 17 TOTAL WORTH OF LOCAL UNION                 Ashley Dawson, Shoppers Food 2344, Loss of          Family of Yvonne Eppolito, Giant 770
    (Totals of lines 11, 12, 13,                 Grandfather                                       Lavoris "Mikki" Harris, Local 400 staff,
    14, and 15 minus line 16     3,164,306     Family of Edimae R Whyte, Giant 366                   Loss of son



28 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010
                                              LOCAL 400 RETIREES
  Giant                                              Jerry W Hall, Springfield, Va., 41 years         Pamela S Haines, Purcellville, Va., 37 years
  Noor Ahmad, Manassas, Va., 11 years                Thai D Hong, Burke, Va., 9 years                 Robert C Toney, Oxon Hill, Md., 41 years
  Jean A Alexander, Falls Church, Va., 32 years      Mary A Lightkep, Leesburg, Va., 31 years         Meladean C Coon, Laurel, Md., 22 years
  Joseph M Casamento, Lorton, Va., 31 years          Windell L Mullins, Culpeper, Va., 32 years       Cheryl A Dearie, Waldorf, Md., 32 years
  Carroll E Forbes, Capitol Heights, Md.,            Rosie M Roe, Temple Hills, Md., 45 years         Michael G Ford, College Park, Md.,
     30 years                                        Richard A Tandski, Harpers Ferry, W. Va.,          44 years
  Norma J Granville, Myrtle Beach, S.C.,               27 years                                       Brian L Gammon, Glen Burnie, Md., 31
     31 years                                        Sybil Willis, Bowie, Md., 39 years                 years
  Charles L Jakola, Edinburg, Va., 30 years                                                           Steven P Kemp, Fredericksburg, Va., 37
  Curtis W McFarland, Sterling, Va., 30 years        Kroger                                             years
  Glenn L Muck Jr, Gaithersburg, Md., 44             Patsy C Goffins, Rustburg, Va., 24 years         Daniel M Scott, Laurel, Md., 40 years
     years                                           Dana A Lester, Christiansburg, Va., 38 years     Laura J Slater, Bryantown, Md., 35 years
  George E Nichols, Alexandria, Va., 33 years        Melvin H Martin, Lynchburg, Va., 28 years        Barbara Wright, Stephens City, Va., 28 years
  Vera T Perkins, Stockbridge, Ga., 9 years          Gerald D Minter, Ridgeway, Va., 38 years         Shoppers
  Norma Santiago, Woodbridge, Va., 28 years          Wanda R Thomas, Radford, Va., 35 years
                                                                                                      Deborah K Fulcher, Dumfries, Va., 22 years
  Florence M Speiss, Alexandria, Va., 22             Nancy R Williby, Princeton, W. Va., 33 years
                                                                                                      Audrey L Oliver, Washington, D.C., 24 years
     years                                           Owen D Craig, Roanoke, Va., 43 years             Patsy J Rigney, Arlington, Va., 37 years
  Ignacia D Talbert, Stafford, Va., 25 years         Clyde F Nichols, Wytheville, Va., 37 years       Marion L Dohawk, District Heights, Md.,
  Lillian V Taylor, Washington, D.C., 22 years       Joyce A Oaks, Kingsport, Tenn., 32 years           19 years
  Martin C Taylor Sr., Herndon, Va., 40 years        Kenneth L Sawyers Jr, Bluefield, Va., 38         Patricia A Wilson, Fort Washington, Md.,
  Khang D. Bui, Falls Church, Va., 12 years            years                                            23 years
  George T Finnell III, Front Royal, Va., 22         Robert W Scruggs, Roanoke, Va., 36 years         Wesley A Clem III, Hyattsville, Md.,
     years                                           Harrison P Younce, Bristol, Tenn., 31 years        39 years
  Richard L Jones, Falls Church, Va., 39 years                                                        Lawrence C Evans, Eldersburg, Md.,
  Maria Laourakis, Vienna, Va., 24 years             Safeway                                            15 years
  Tang T Le, Falls Church, Va., 16 years             Linda A Conley, Rockville, Md., 34 years         Victor Bustos, Silver Spring, Md., 7 years
  Charles W Wertz, Port Republic, Md., 9 years       Ronald Harrison, Oxon Hill, Md., 44 years        Patsy A Dye, Alexandria, Va., 18 years
  Betty J Allen, Bowie, Md., 21 years                Agnes G Mitchell, Centreville, Va., 8 years      Cheryl L Hein, Leesburg, Va., 29 years
  Dennis J Carter, Rockville, Md., 41 years          Jonathan E Sanders, Lanham, Md., 40 years        Marlene J Sweeney, Woodbridge, Va.,
  Helen W Christian, Gaithersburg, Md., 17           Patsy A Stauffer, Valley Lee, Md., 34 years        19 years
     years                                           Paula P Sutphin, Centreville, Va., 30 years
                                                                                                      Syms
  Kenneth A Day, Severn, Md., 31 years               Frank H Bell, Arlington, Va., 9 years
                                                                                                      Otis M Belk, Alexandria, Va., 12 years
  Karen F Dean, New Market, Md., 33 years            Nancy M Gimmi, Dale City, Va., 10 years
  Thomas R Gunner, Gaithersburg, Md.,                Hector J Gomez, Silver Spring, Md., 24           Magruders
     21 years                                          years                                          Stanley B Green, Alexandria, Va., 33 years




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30 UNION LEADER MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010
A Clear
& Present
Danger
F
          or Local 400 members and all          Ukrop’s will be sent across the Atlantic to      not just Ahold. The rapid growth of the
          union members, market share           Amsterdam.                                       non-union, anti-worker Harris Teeter and
          matters. The greater the per-             How can Ahold do this? By operating in       Wegman’s chains in Virginia add to the
          centage of workers in an indus-       a “double-breasted” fashion, walling off         threat, along with the continuing presence
try who belong to unions, the stronger our      its unionized operations from its growing        of Walmart. If these stalwarts of corporate
bargaining power becomes. The reverse is        non-union sector, like the Carlisle, Penna.-     greed can grow through a race to the bot-
also true—if union market share shrinks,        based Ahold subsidiary that has been             tom, then our union employers will try to
downward pressure is                                              flooding Virginia with         do the same and bargaining will become
placed on wages and                                               its Martin’s Super-            more adversarial and problematic.
benefits.                             We must                     markets—and that now              The question is, what do we do in
   This is the challenge
Local 400 and our                 build on our                    has swept up Ukrop’s 25
                                                                  stores.
                                                                                                 response? Here, the answer is crystal
                                                                                                 clear: By strengthening our Solidarity and
Kroger members in
Richmond face in the
                                  market share                       For Ukrop’s employ-
                                                                  ees, this is a nightmare.
                                                                                                 by building our union through organizing.
                                                                                                 We need you to take every opportunity to
aftermath of Dutch                   through                      Ukrop’s long maintained        explain to your co-workers in Virginia why
mega-conglomerate                                                 a paternal relationship        union membership is the best investment
Royal Ahold’s purchase            organizing.                     with its workers and           they can make, and to engage workers at
of the family-owned                                               took pride in its local        Ahold/Martin’s, Harris Teeter, Wegman’s
Ukrop’s grocery chain.                          roots, supporting many community service         and other non-union markets in a discus-
   On the surface, this might not seem a        projects over the years. Employees, cus-         sion about how much they will benefit
threat. After all, Ahold owns the Giant         tomers and the community have already            from collective bargaining. We also need
chain in the Washington, D.C., area where       seen a far different attitude from a multi-      you to be ambassadors in your community,
thousands of Local 400 members work             national corporation whose executives            to make the case why a well-paid, fully-
empowered by a strong collective bargain-       command an empire of more than 6,000             empowered union workforce improves
ing agreement.                                  supermarkets worldwide from their head-          your neighborhoods and the local economy.
   But Ahold is going into Richmond with        quarters in the Netherlands.                        With our market share and our mem-
the same predatory aim as Walmart—to                For Kroger workers in Richmond and           bers’ futures on the line, we’re gearing up
squeeze every last cent of profit out of non-   around the region—and for all of us—the          for the fight of our lives. Through unity and
union American workers. Only instead of         Ahold/Martin’s incursion is a clear and          resolve, this is a fight I know we can win.
flowing into Arkansas, the hard-earned          present danger, placing union jobs and                                             Tom McNutt
money of Richmond residents shopping at         working conditions in jeopardy. And it’s                                   Secretary-Treasurer


                                                                                               MARCH/APRIL/MAY 2010 UNION LEADER 31
United Food and Commercial                                                                            Nonprofit Org.
Workers Local 400                                                                                      U.S. Postage
4301 Garden City Drive                                                                                     PAID
Landover, MD 20785                                                                                    Hyattsville, MD
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                         BARGAINING UPDATE BY W. CHRISTIAN SAUTER
           Annapolis Police                             Healthcare Services Group
           85 employees; expires 6/30/10;               (Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor)
           Negotiations in progress                     20 employees; contract expires 6/15/10

           Associated Administrators                    Kaiser Permanente
           12 employees; expired 10/29/09;              (National Agreement)
           Ratified 4 year agreement                     984 employees; contract expires 12/11/12

           Bestway                                      Kroger (Richmond/Tidewater)
           45 employees; contract expires 6/30/10       2600 employees; contract expires 3/27/10;
                                                        Negotiations in progress
           Brooks Brothers
           25 employees; expires 3/31/10;
           Negotiations in progress                     Smithsonian
                                                        185 employees; contract expired 12/31/09;
           Chesapeake Shores                            Ratified 1 year agreement
           85 employees; expired 2/20/10;
           Negotiations in progress/contract extended   Sunbridge Nursing Home
                                                        45 employees; contract expires 4/14/10
           DanChem
           82 employees; expired 12/31/09;              Syms Corporation
           Ratified 3 year agreement                     80 employees; expired 4/30/09;
                                                        Negotiations in progress/contract extended
           Elizabeth Adam Crump Manor
           89 employees; contract expires 5/2/10        Todd Enterprises
                                                        20 employees; contract expired 2/14/10;
           Gino Morena Enterprises                      Negotiations in progress/contract extended
           (Aberdeen Proving Ground);
           12 employees; contract expires 6/4/10
           (Ft. Meade Barber)
           6 employees; contract expired 2/16/09;
           Negotiations in progress/contract extended

								
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