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4th Quarterly Meeting Notice

Please be advised that the 4th Quarterly Meeting has been scheduled as follows:

Peoria area: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the UFCW Local 536 Union hall located at 101 Grant Rd. Marquette Heights, IL. Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.

Springfield, Lincoln, Decatur, and Bloomington/Normal areas: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 197 hall located at 406 South Eldorado Road, Bloomington, IL. Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.

3rd Quarterly Meeting Notice

Please be advised that the 3rd quarterly meeting has been scheduled at the following locations:

Springfield, Lincoln, Decatur & Bloomington/Normal areas: Tuesday, September 19, 2017- located at Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 197, 406 South Eldorado Road, Bloomington, Illinois. Starts promptly @5:00 P.M.

Peoria area: Wednesday, September 20, 2017- located at the UFCW Local 536 Union Hall, 101 Grant Rd. Marquette Heights, Illinois. Starts promptly @5:00 P.M.

The Union Officers will go through the regular order of business and then will answer any questions concerning contract negotiations after the regular business.

Kroger Negotiation updates

{12-1-17}– The next negotiation sessions between the UFCW Local 536 and the Kroger Company have been scheduled for the following dates: January 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 2018.

{7-20-17}– As you know on Friday, July 14, 2017, The Kroger Company presented what the called “Best Offer to Settle” to the Local 536 bargaining team and demanded it be voted on or by July 22, 2017. This offer included moving from the Midwest Health Fund to a Company Health Plan. In this Plan, many employees will lose health coverage due to the hours eligibility requirement. The required hours also increases in the second year of the proposed offer. Also, many spouses of employees may lose coverage for the same reason. Yearly deductibles and out-of pockets are higher than the current Midwest Plan. Weekly co-pays increase each year of the proposed plan. Dental and vision coverage is optional at an added co-pay for each.

At this time Local 536 has submitted a request asking for more information about the Company Health Plan to analyze more thoroughly the affect it may have on the employees. Until this information is received, studied, and the Union leadership and bargaining committee decides on the best course of action concerning an agreement as a whole; there will be no ratification vote on this “Best Offer to Settle”.

I know this offer includes what Kroger has termed as significant wage increases, but what will you be giving back by increased co-pays, lower coverage and possible loss of coverage. The Local wants to bring a tentative agreement to the membership to vote on that will be the best for the entire group of employees. This “Best Offer to Settle” is not the answer.

We will have extra union representatives from the Region 6 office visiting stores. Please talk to them and voice your thoughts or questions. They report back daily to the Local 536′ Union President.

In addition, if you have comments or concerns feel free to contact Local 536 by email at ufcw536@mtco.com or by phone 309-686-0304.

{7-14-17}– On Friday, July 14, 2017, UFCW Local 536 met with Kroger negotiators. The Kroger Company responded to the UFCW Local 536 proposals and then presented to the Union a best offer to settle for the bargaining team to consider. The bargaining team determined that more time is needed to analyse those proposals that were submitted to UFCW Local 536.

{7-13-17}– On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, UFCW Local 536 met with Kroger negotiators. The UFCW Local 536 gave responses to the Kroger negotiators concerning their proposed modifications to the current Agreement. The Kroger negotiators asked the UFCW negotiators for an updated Union proposal for the Kroger Company to review . Negotiations for Thursday, July 13, 2017 were cancelled in order to give negotiators of UFCW Local 536 the needed time to put these proposals together. Next negotiations are set to resume on Friday, July 14, 2017.

{7-10-17}– On Friday, July 7, 2017, UFCW Local 536 met with Kroger negotiators for the purpose of renewing the Clerk and Meat Collective Bargaining Agreements. In the mid- afternoon, the Company presented a comprehensive proposal that included moving to a company health plan, raises in most pay brackets, raising premium pays, taking away time and one-half over 32 hours on a holiday week, eliminating a seniority group, merging the two contracts into one, and capping vacations for employees hired after January 1, 2018.

The Union did not respond to this proposal at this meeting. The committee is working on a response. The parties will meet again on July 12th, 13th, and 14th.

We are told that the Company has made this proposal available to the employees upon request. Please notify this office if you have any comments or concerns.

{7-3-17}– The UFCW Local 536 met again with negotiators from the Kroger Company for the purpose of renewing the Clerk & Meat agreements on Friday, June 30, 2017. This was the 2nd meeting of the parties. At this meeting the Company presented a health plan for the Union to examine. The Company has said that “staying in the Midwest Health Fund is no longer doable” due to the high hourly rate of the plan, low participation in the plan, and high administration cost of the plan. The Company stated, the plan presented, has lower administration costs and is a more stable plan due to higher participation in the plan.

After looking at the Plan presented; the Union asked questions about the plan and these questions were answered. The Union also requested more information from the Company on average employee hours in the affected area which was submitted by the Company.

At the end of the day, the Union responded that it needs time to thoroughly examine the health plan and will possibly then have more questions for the Company at that time. The Company responded that they will be prepared to furnish a wage package possibly at the next meeting.

The next meetings are scheduled for July 6, 2017 & July 7, 2017.

 

{6-29-17}– The UFCW Local 536 met with Kroger negotiators on Thursday, June 29, to work on the renewal of Clerk agreement and the Meat agreement. Both agreements expired on June 24, 2017 and both agreements are under an extension until July 22, 2017.

The UFCW Local 536 presented to the Company our proposed modifications to both agreements. The Company responded; rejecting most proposals.

In the afternoon, the Company submitted to the Union their offer on the clerk agreement, which contained almost entirely of concessions. The Company did not include a health insurance or a wage proposal at this time.

The next meeting will be Friday, June 30, 2017. It is expected that the Company will submit a proposal on health care at that meeting.

 

{6-19-17} – The UFCW Local 536 and the Kroger Company met on June 6, 2017. This was a meet and greet meeting. The Kroger Company introduced a presentation that gave information concerning the grocery industry. No formal proposal were introduced at this meeting. The UFCW Local 536 and Kroger have agreed to begin negotiations on the following dates: June 29, 2017, June 30, 2017, July 6, 2017, July 7, 2017, July 12, 2017, July 13, 2017, and July 14, 2017.

2nd Quarterly Meeting Notice

The 2nd quarterly meeting has been scheduled for:

Bloomington/Normal and other areas: Tuesday, June 13, 2017. Located at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 197 Hall, 406 South Eldorado Road, Bloomington, IL. Meeting starts at 5:00 P.M.. (*** Note- New location***)

Peoria Area: Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Located at the UFCW Local 536 Union Hall, 101 Grant Rd. Marquette Heights, IL. Meeting starts at 5:00 P.M..

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1st Quarterly Meeting Notice

The 1st quarterly meeting has been scheduled for:

Peoria area: Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Located at the UFCW Local 536 Union Hall, 101 Grant Rd. Marquette Heights, IL. Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.

Bloomington/Normal and other areas: Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Located at the Super 8 Motel (please note that this is a new location), 818 IAA Drive Bloomington, IL. Meeting starts at 5:00 PM.

4th Quarterly Meeting

The 4th quarterly meeting has been scheduled for the following dates:

Peoria area- December 20, 2016 at the Union Hall located in Marquette Heights, IL. Meeting starts at 5:00 PM

Bloomington/Normal/Springfield/Decatur areas– December 21, 2016 at the Baymont Inn located in Bloomington, IL on IAA Drive. Meeting starts at 5:00 PM