Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Down in Baltimore and Washington D.C. more than 28,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union are in contract negotiations with Giant and Safeway grocery stores. The employers won't agree to a fair contract, and Locals 27 and 400 are calling on supporters to contact management to demand that they bargain fairly. You can learn more about this campaign or join HERE. The union's appeal follows.
Giant and Safeway Workers Deserve a Fair Contract
UFCW Local 400 and 27 members work in Safeway and Giant (Ahold) grocery stores across Baltimore and Washington, D.C. They are are essential to their companies’ success. Grocery workers are there every day in the stores--slicing meat for sandwiches, preparing fresh arrangements of flowers, stocking shelves, ringing up purchases. They always have a friendly smile and a cheerful greeting that keeps customers loyal to their stores.

But Giant parent company Ahold and Safeway, who are in negotiations with these grocery workers, refuse to recognize the value of their employees. Even though they extended a fair contract to other grocery workers in the last year, they won't do the same for their Baltimore/D.C. workers. All those employees want is quality, affordable health care and wages that pay the bills. But Safeway and Ahold don't seem to care.

Please let Ahold and Safeway know that you believe their workers deserve a fair contract, with wages that keep up with the rising cost of living. Send a letter to Ahold/Giant and Safeway CEOs and key decision makers, and tell them you support Baltimore/D.C. grocery workers.
And make a phone call today to tell these companies that their Baltimore/D.C. workers deserve a fair contract. You can call any of these numbers:
Safeway - 1-877-723-3929
Stop & Shop - 1-800-767-7772
Giant Food Landover - 1-888-4-MY GIANT

Be aware that Safeway and Ahold may not want to hear what you have to say. They may block your email, causing it to be sent back to you. Don't worry if that happens--a copy of your email still exists, and we'll let grocery workers know that you support them. Instead, pick up the phone and call Ahold and Safeway, and tell them that they need to listen to their customers AND their workers. And tell them workers deserve a fair contract.
Thank you for your support!
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Talking Points
*Local 27 and Local 400 members work hard to make Safeway and Ahold/Giant successful.

*These workers deserve a share of that success. They shouldn't have to choose between paying the electric bill, taking a sick child to the doctor, and putting food on the table for their family.
*A fair contract for Baltimore/D.C. members would include affordable, quality health care, a secure retirement, and wages that pay the bills.

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