1. Walmart Workers Protest Retaliation (Hyattsville, Md)

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    As calls to rebuild the economy with better jobs reverberate across the country, Walmart workers and their supporters today announced the largest mobilization since Black Friday, set for Thursday, September 5. The announcement comes as Walmart has failed to meet a Labor Day deadline to reinstate illegally fired and disciplined workers, publicly commit to improve jobs and end the company’s aggressive violations of workers’ rights. Thousands of workers and their supporters plan to protest on Thursday in over a dozen cities across the country. “Walmart, we cannot wait any longer for you to do the right thing for American workers. Our jobs should not be at risk when we speak out about improvements that would help our families and Walmart customers,” said a Cindy Murray a Walmart worker who was recently arrested for protesting at Walmart’s Washington, DC offices. (LINK) Murray has worked at Walmart for 13 years. “Walmart employees like me are not making enough to support our families even though we work at the country’s largest company.” Among the 15 cities nationwide participating in this protest, Hyattsville, Md. where hundreds of Walmart workers and supporters joined outside of the Walmart store in the Capital Plaza shopping center today to call on the company to reinstate illegally fired and disciplined workers, improve jobs and end the company’s aggressive violations of their rights. Refusing to leave intersection of Annapolis Road and 65th Avenue without a meaningful response from Walmart, three workers and three community allies, were arrested. #walmartstrikers

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    • Giant Food, Martin's Workers Command Ahold Annual Shareholder Meeting in Amsterdam

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      Ahold Chairman Receives Push Back from Ahold Shareholders on Lack of Respect for US Visitors. Three Ahold workers from Virginia visited Amsterdam to share their stores at the Dutch company's annual general meeting Tuesday April 17, 2012. They alerted shareholders that Ahold's operations in the US is failing to live up to the professed high standards. In Oct. 2010, Royal Ahold pledged to implement the United Nations Global Compact throughout its operations. This requires management to respect workers' basic rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining without interference. The workers from Ahold's Giant Carlisle banner made it clear to shareholders that Ahold is violating this pledge.

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      • Respect DC Campaign Supports Ballot Initiative Banning Corporate Campaign Contributions

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        Despite the last-minute cancellation of the public hearing on a ballot initiative to ban direct corporate contributions to DC candidates, dozens of people showed up Feb. 13 at the planned hearing of the Board of Elections and Ethics to demand accountability from their elected officials. Here is what Keith Silver, ANC Commissioner and Bryan Weaver, proposer of fair elections to restore public trust initiative in D.C. had to say about the hearing as well as the lack of team work both Walmart and DC Council members have had with the community. Also, a surprise appearance by Candidate Walmart. www.candidatewalmart.org.

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        • UFCW Local 400 Members Ratify Kroger Contract

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          On November 7th, Local 400 members working at Kroger in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky ratified a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement will maintains their health and retirement security and increases to their total compensation by an average of $3.10/hour over the life of the contract. There were two meetings Monday in West Virginia to vote on the tentative agreement. The meetings were held in Clarksburg and Charleston where the members voted by secret ballot. The votes for both locations were tallied and the members approved the contract by a two-to-one margin.

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          • Local 400 Member, Jaki Bradley, and Team Receive to Kaiser Thrive Awards

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            Here, Jaki Bradley describes the Capitol Hill HUB Center project as well as the Community Ambassador Program and her roles with each. To read more about the awards go to ufcw400.org

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            • Giant and Safeway Shop Stewards First to Take ACTion

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              Giant and Safeway shop stewards attended their second seminar Tuesday, September 27 to discuss the upcoming round of bargaining in the spring of 2012. There, 248 stewards pledged to mobilize members by joining Local 400’s new Activist Contract Team (ACT!). ACT! will work with our shop stewards in support of upcoming negotiations with Giant and Safeway grocery workers. ACT! volunteers will act as communication links with co-workers, help organize members for Solidarity actions, take on special direct action assignments to bring the companies to terms and transform into strike captains if a work stoppage becomes necessary. “With our Activist Contract Teams as our front line troops, we’ll be going on the attack,” said Local 400 President Tom McNutt. “We’ll be staging powerful actions in advance to set the terms of the debate, to get the public and opinion leaders behind us and put management on the defensive."

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              • Mayor Gray, We Demand a Seat at the Table!

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                The setting was Freedom Plaza, as over 200 DC residents gathered across the street from the Wilson Building to demand that DC Mayor Vincent Gray negotiate a strong, enforceable Community Benefits Agreement with Walmart by offering the DC community a seat at the bargaining table. Seated at the long table full of empty plates, community members jeered a costumed Walmart representative at a nearby table laden with food. Speakers representing a broad spectrum of the DC community spoke to the need for enforceable standards to ensure the community benefits. Visit respectdc.org for more information

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                • Local 400's P.O.W.E.R. Education Programs

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                  Protecting Our Workplaces, Ensuring Rights (P.O.W.E.R.) Education program is dedicated to empowering union members and stewards to take back their rights in the workplace and continue the legacy of those that came before us in the labor movement.

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                  • April 4: Revive the Dream

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                    On April 4, 2011, over 1000 events were held across the country to honor Martin Luther King Jr, and his legacy of fighting for workers. Millions of union members and supporters rallied in a show of support for public workers and for one another. We truly are stronger when we speak together, and UFCW members and workers nationwide proved that on April 4th. UFCW Local 400 held/participated in events in Loudon County, Richmond, and DC. There was also an event held in West Virginia as well (not in video).

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