Union Smith’s Meat and Retail Negotiating Committee both reached a tentative Agreement with Smith’s for a new 40 month contract. Please make arrangements to attend a morning or evening meeting to hear and vote on the offer. Voting will take place in all locations at 9am or 6pm.
Smith’s and your Union retail negotiating committee reached a tentative agreement during the early hours of the morning on February 3, 2022. Your dedicated committee worked a 16 hour day/night to deliver the results you will soon be voting on. We commend Smith’s for spending the time and resources to make this happen, as it was truly a dual effort. Due to the weather conditions and circumstances, the Smith’s Meat Committee will not be meeting until the morning of February 4, 2022. Providing the Meat committee reaches a tentative agreement, we will be holding contract meetings, so all Union members can come and vote on the changes. We expect this vote could begin as early as Monday in Albuquerque, Tuesday in Grants and Farmington, Thursday Santa Fe/Los Alamos, and Friday for Taos. Please be looking for postings, text messages, updates here and through your Union Employee Advocate.
Your Union filed and additional ULP charge against Smith’s this afternoon for removing and hiding the Union bulletin board. We have additional charges that will also be filed soon. The parties agreed on a few tentative agreements today. Of a big concern to all members is the work hours, Health Fund, and Pension Fund that would be affected by gig workers (outside independent contractors) Smith’s is proposing to do your work. Not only is work hours affected, but this lowers money your Health Fund and Pension Fund receive to pay your benefits and retirement. Gig Workers take away from money going to your Health and Pension funds, because Smith’s is not required to pay on their work hours. The parties are set to meet on Wednesday, as the ULP Strike Vote is taking place on Friday, February 4, 2022, and Saturday, February 5, 2022.
Pending ABQ and Santa Fe members approval by a 2/3 vote, Your Union is announcing a Strike Benefit Fund, for the purposes of providing workers who are exercising their Federal Protected Rights to picket, pay during this ULP strike. A date will be announced at a future time after the vote takes place in Albuquerque on February 4, and Santa Fe on February 5, 2022.
We learned this week that Smith’s Store Level Management is questioning employees, if they would strike and encouraging employees to withdrawal or drop out of being in the Union to avoid a strike? This is a direct violation of the NLRA National Labor Relations Act, because employees’ have the right to exercise their rights, and should not be asked about it or pressured. Store Management is trying to weaken the workers union by committing these unfair labor practices. Workers are trying to make gains and obtain more wages and improvements, so following Managements advise is not in the employees best interest, but rather in Kroger Corporate best interest. The Company is proposing language that will nullify any wage increase agreed to. Workers need gains and improvements, not concessions and going backwards. Stand together, stay strong, and wear those buttons!
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Here is the complaint that was filed with the NLRB.
At the time of this update the parties are still negotiating- next update will be tomorrow; 8:00 pm
Today, your Smith's Meat negotiating committee, made up of Smith's cutters, wrappers, and seafood clerks, presented Smith's with complete proposals; containing both wages, benefits and working conditions.
Please click on the links below to view the various proposals. Please be aware that store level management is committing unfair labor practices by questioning employees about their allegiance to the Union. This is illegal and you can tell them it is none of your business. Please provide your Union rep with a brief statement of the question you were asked? Management continues to use various tactics to weaken the strength and power of your Union. Workers need to stand united and not let management cast fears or tricks. Stand Together!
See how Smiths workers feel they should be compensated for providing Kroger with their best sales ever and working during safe and challenging times - Click Here.
Your Union made up of Smith's Meat workers gave Smith's the wages and improvements they are seeking for the workers. It contains $2 per year wage increases in each year of the agreement, vacation improvements, increasing all wages and benefits for employees under the new contract, paid sick leave of 64 hours per year, and more! Wear those buttons and stick together! Click on the link and see.
Smith's provided the Union with a counterproposal on Sick Leave after reviewing the Union's proposal on Jan 19, 2022. Click here to see the counterproposal on Sick leave. The Meat negotiating committee is set to meet again with Smith's Corporate on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
On Jan 13, 2022 Smith's provided your Union negotiating committee it's proposed economic changes. The negotiating committee made up of Smith's workers was very disappointed and angry with the concessions and lack of sharing that Smith's wants to provide you after having their best ever years during the Pandemic. Smith's has set Corporate record profits for 2020 and 2021 but they are not showing it by proposing crumbs. Click here to view Smith's economic proposal January 13, 2022. We can do better, but we must stick together.
On Jan 14, 2022 Smith's provided your Meat Union negotiating committee it's proposed changes including MONEY $. The negotiating committee made up of Smith's Meat workers was disappointed and feel like their skills and what they bring to Smith's is not being honored. Also troubling is they want Seafood and Meat Wrappers and Clerks to cross work, which is also an attack on the sovereignty of the Meat Dept. Check out all the concessions they are seeking after Smith's has enjoyed Corporate record profits for 2020 and 2021 due to the Pandemic. Crumbs and concessions speak volumes. Click here to view Smith's Meat economic proposal January 14, 2022. We can do better, but we must stick together.