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I don't know if that means the UFCW Local 1000 is actually putting up a fight and is determined to not let Kroger screw us out of a decent pay increase (last summer, word was the union was going to fight for $10.00 an hour in light of Walmart, Target, heck even McDonald's, and pretty much everyone else raising wages for their employees) or if Kroger and the union is just trying to make it all "look good" by dragging it out this long so that the union can claim a hard-fought victory (even if it's not actually a victory for the employees). We really need a significant pay increase though because most Kroger employees here start out at $7.65 an hour with pitiful raises afterward. That has to change. If Kroger can continue to build all these nice, new fancy stores in the Southwest Division, Kroger can start paying us more an hour. The union had better deliver, or I've already heard talks of a mass exodus of employees at my store - from both Kroger and the union. Kroger may not care, but the union sure as heck will (less money in the form of union dues)!

At this point though, I don't know if I want an agreement to be reached before or after September, because that's when my next raise (under the old but currently extended) contract. Who knows how long this thing might get dragged out for...



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I don't know if that means the UFCW Local 1000 is actually putting up a fight and is determined to not let Kroger screw us out of a decent pay increase (last summer, word was the union was going to fight for $10.00 an hour in light of Walmart, Target, heck even McDonald's, and pretty much everyone else raising wages for their employees) or if Kroger and the union is just trying to make it all "look good" by dragging it out this long so that the union can claim a hard-fought victory (even if it's not actually a victory for the employees). We really need a significant pay increase though because most Kroger employees here start out at $7.65 an hour with pitiful raises afterward. That has to change. If Kroger can continue to build all these nice, new fancy stores in the Southwest Division, Kroger can start paying us more an hour. The union had better deliver, or I've already heard talks of a mass exodus of employees at my store - from both Kroger and the union. Kroger may not care, but the union sure as heck will (less money in the form of union dues)!

At this point though, I don't know if I want an agreement to be reached before or after September, because that's when my next raise (under the old but currently extended) contract. Who knows how long this thing might get dragged out for...


 I hear ya, I dont care what new employees are making though, cuz I'm not new, I am about to top out and i think the top out rate is too low. That is what should be fixed. The employees who have stuck with their jobs despite hardship and have stayed for years. Besides kroger hires lowlifes no matter what the pay rate. And i hope it doesnt mess up my raise either. But if they are truly fighting for something great then i appreciate that, but thoughts ofbleaving has crossed my mind. Ufcw 1000 needs to get a backbone.

 



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You have to think about the whole picture when your talking about wages. While Kroger might want to increase the pay of new hires the Union would have an issue with Current Associate wages! Kroger always uses the Union Contract as an excuse when it comes to Associate Pay. If Kroger offered to pay $1.00 more across the board......the Union would say..... OK. The issue arises when new hires are making the same amount as someone that has been with the company for 1-5 years! I'm thinking going forward, "Productivity" will be in every contract where an associate will have to work until their finger bleed and their legs are broken.

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"The Union" is ours.  Let's reclaim it by forcing it to be responsive, or . . . let's replace it.

For starters, vote for Anthony Kennedy for Vice President.  He is the only candidate who hasn't been on the board for years, rubber stamping whatever Mr. Burris wants to do with "his" union . . . which includes employing his wife and his brother to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries paid by the saps making $7.75 an hour.

I'm more pro-union than James Hoffa, but getting ignored by the folks we're paying chaps my backside.



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kroagrr wrote:

 

"The Union" is ours.  Let's reclaim it by forcing it to be responsive, or . . . let's replace it.

For starters, vote for Anthony Kennedy for Vice President.  He is the only candidate who hasn't been on the board for years, rubber stamping whatever Mr. Burris wants to do with "his" union . . . which includes employing his wife and his brother to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars in salaries paid by the saps making $7.75 an hour.

I'm more pro-union than James Hoffa, but getting ignored by the folks we're paying chaps my backside.


 Yep, this is the problem, they ignore us, but they don't ignore our checks and they take their dues out no matter how small the check is.  I have no problem paying dues, but when it's time for them to work for me, they better do it. I am currently considering leaving. Ufcw 1000



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EUID_Unknown wrote:

You have to think about the whole picture when your talking about wages. While Kroger might want to increase the pay of new hires the Union would have an issue with Current Associate wages! Kroger always uses the Union Contract as an excuse when it comes to Associate Pay. If Kroger offered to pay $1.00 more across the board......the Union would say..... OK. The issue arises when new hires are making the same amount as someone that has been with the company for 1-5 years! I'm thinking going forward, "Productivity" will be in every contract where an associate will have to work until their finger bleed and their legs are broken.


 You make a good point. It is not fun working with a brand new employee who is making more than you, when you have been with the company for years. It has happened to me, but I will blame Kroger for that because they pick and choose who they want to give higher wages to,  and they abuse things like experience pay, to give to their favorites,  or certain people.  There should be a set guideline and standard about how things like that are given out. It does bother me to see someone with less knowledge and less work ethic, even less experience making several dollars more for the same position. 



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I have no problem paying dues, but when it's time for them to work for me, they better do it. I am currently considering leaving. Ufcw 1000

 

You and I feel this strongly.  Bet there are many others.

If John Gardner and Evans Burris (business agents) can't be bothered to return contacts from members, maybe Teamsters Local 767 will.

There you go.

 



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kroagrr wrote:

I have no problem paying dues, but when it's time for them to work for me, they better do it. I am currently considering leaving. Ufcw 1000

 

You and I feel this strongly.  Bet there are many others.

If John Gardner and Evans Burris (business agents) can't be bothered to return contacts from members, maybe Teamsters Local 767 will.

There you go.

 


Problem is, Kroger's turn-over rate is so high that new employees don't stick around long enough to make a stand for a better union and Kroger's long-term employees ("lifers") generally don't want to rock the boat too much because they're reaping the benefits from the older (better!) contracts. What you have then is what is essentially a minority of employees that actually care about a better union contract (and by extension, a better union), and a minority isn't enough to make a difference in this case. 

... and here it is August 16th now, and still no word on a new contract beyond the canned responses of "we're continuing to negotiate with Kroger to get the best possible deal" and "we won't be rushed into a deal that's less than you deserve." Well if that's the case then, someone like me that's been with Kroger for 5+ years now better, and I repeat better, not be making only a dollar more (or less!) an hour than what new hires might up getting!



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Email received this morning:

UFCW Members Called to Emergency Meeting
Dear [redacted],

We have reached an important point in negotiations with Kroger over your union contract.

We have relentlessly pursued a strong union contract for you that improves your wages while protecting your healthcare and pension.

Kroger has not yet agreed to the contract that I believe you deserve.

I am hosting an emergency membership meeting for UFCW members to discuss negotiations and what is at stake for your future.

Tuesday, August 29th 2017
11am and 7pm
Westin Hotel
4545 W. John Carpenter Fwy
Irving TX 75063

Please make every effort to attend.

RSVP by email back to me or to your business agents at 817-421-1003.

Fraternally,

Ricky Burris
President
UFCW Local 1000

P.S. It is mandatory for store shop stewards to attend.

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ProduceDumbass wrote:

Email received this morning:

UFCW Members Called to Emergency Meeting
Dear [redacted],

We have reached an important point in negotiations with Kroger over your union contract.

We have relentlessly pursued a strong union contract for you that improves your wages while protecting your healthcare and pension.

Kroger has not yet agreed to the contract that I believe you deserve.

I am hosting an emergency membership meeting for UFCW members to discuss negotiations and what is at stake for your future.

Tuesday, August 29th 2017
11am and 7pm
Westin Hotel
4545 W. John Carpenter Fwy
Irving TX 75063

Please make every effort to attend.

RSVP by email back to me or to your business agents at 817-421-1003.

Fraternally,

Ricky Burris
President
UFCW Local 1000

P.S. It is mandatory for store shop stewards to attend.


 Can any union members attend ?I would like to go



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Either the union is putting on a darn good show or... could it be, actually... *gasp* fighting for a decent contract?

It doesn't surprise me one bit that Kroger doesn't want to pay its people what they are worth. Kroger has plenty of money to build fancy, massive Marketplaces and nice Signature stores, and the company has money to blow on stupid red t-shirts that scream "How 'bout those low prices!" and stuff like that, but when it comes to the employees? Screw 'em.

Hopefully the union doesn't back down... and if it doesn't, then I'll definitely have more respect and appreciation for it than I have in the past.



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