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UFCW LOCAL 1059

January / February 2012

Vol. 34 No. 1

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Indiana Governor Forces Right to Work for Less President Randy Quickel Despite broad public opposition, Indiana Republicans have rammed through a controversial “right to work” law that provides Hoosier families no rights and no work. ... Instead of creating jobs, “right to work” creates more wealth for the richest 1 percent by lowering wages, cutting benefits and weakening collective bargaining rights. —Joe Chorpenning UFCW Local 700 President

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he same day that the antiworker “right to work” bill passed the Indiana House of Representatives, our own Attorney General, Mike DeWine, signed off on similar language that Tea Party activists will attempt to get on the ballot here in Ohio. Despite our victory against Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 in November, Ohio corporate-backed politicians continue to threaten the livelihoods of middle class workers across the state. Unfortunately, workers are under attack in other states as well. In Wisconsin, despite massive protests outside the State Capitol in Madison, the state’s GOP-dominated Assembly passed a law in March that strips nearly all collective bargaining rights from organized labor, a move backed by Governor Scott Walker. The people of Wisconsin gathered the over one million signatures necessary to bring Governor Walker up for a recall election in order to oust him from office. Varying degrees of “right to work” legislation are also being proposed in

Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Maine, and Minnesota. What are right to work for less laws? So-called “right to work” (RTW) laws are statutes which prohibit labor contracts that make membership in a union a condition of employment. Such language, typically called a “Union Shop” or “Closed Shop” clause, exists in all of Local 1059’s contracts. Indiana became the twenty-third state to adopt RTW laws, though these states are mostly limited to the southern and western regions of the country. In Ohio, employees whose type of work is determined to be in the bargaining unit pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. RTW laws weaken the union because people can get all of the benefits of being union members without having to pay anything. This means the union not only collectively bargains for these free-riders, they also must represent them through the grievance procedure. The reason that we call “right to work”

laws “right to work for less” is because wages are driven down and employee health and safety is jeopardized. Just as Americans pay income, sales and numerous other taxes in order to provide funding for necessary government services—from public education to defense to social services—so too are union dues used to effectively represent our membership and enforce our contracts in the workplace. I’m sure, if given the option, we would all opt to pay fewer taxes if we could. Wisely, this is not a choice: We are all bound to pay our fair share in taxes because we all benefit directly and indirectly from government services. We could all use extra money in our pockets at the end of the week, but, if we can all opt out of taxes or union dues, we would all lose the higher wages and benefits we count on. Facts about “right to work” states The Economic Policy Institute, a non-partisan research organization, continued on page 3…


officers

table of contents

officers’ reports Randy Quickel, President............................................1 “Indiana Governor Forces Right to Work for Less”

Randy Quickel President/Editor

Mark Fluharty, Secretary-Treasurer..............................4 “No Strength without Union”

Mark Fluharty Secretary-Treasurer

Mark Hertenstein, Service Director.............................5 “Social Media and the Workplace”

Barbara Fletcher Recorder

Allie Petonic, Political Director...................................6 “Indiana’s Unpopular Anti-Worker Legislation” Tina Morgan, Organizing Director..............................7 “Our Fight for Ohio’s Middle Class Families” Paul Smithberger, Communications Director............10 “Local 1059 Provides Extra Benefits to All Members” Rick Gregory, Education Director.............................13 “The Big Picture”

features UFCW International Scholarship................................5 Our Commitment to Community Service....................8 Franklin County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition Offers Free Assistance........................9 Local 1059 Member Making a Difference..................11 Employer & Negotiations Updates.............................12 UFCW Local 1059 Scholarships................................14 UFCW Local 1059 Scholarship Application..............16 UFCW Local 1059 UnionWize (USPS 567- 310) is published bi-monthly by UFCW Local 1059 at 4150 E. Main Street, Columbus OH 43213-2962. Periodicals Postage Paid at Columbus, OH. Postmaster: Send address change to UFCW Local 1059, 4150 E. Main Street, Columbus 43213-2962.

Paul Smithberger Tina Morgan Communications Director Organizing Director Mark Hertenstein Service Director

Allie Petonic Political Director

Rick Gregory Education Director

Jason Kaseman Technology Specialist

Vice Presidents Steve Allen Allison Appel Louis Cruse Josh Greenlee Mark Hertenstein Mike Nichols Carol Prater Jim Ryder John Smith Keith Smith Carlos Stiffler

John Angeloff J. R. Berroyer Frank German Rhonda Helcher Lonnie Newman Brian Perkins Dave Renneckar Gene Smith Juanita Smith Kim Smith

Union Representatives Allison Appel Anthony Bridges Mark Dersom Tom Gartner Neil Hertenstein Diana Marlette Brian Perkins John Smith

J. R. Berroyer Sylvester Carothers Barbara Fletcher Rhonda Helcher John King Mike Nichols Mack Quesenberry Carlos Stiffler

Letters to the Editor intended for publication are welcome and should be addressed to UFCW Local 1059, 4150 E. Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213. They should include the writer’s full name, address, union affiliation, company, store number, and its location. Letters may be edited for clarity or space.

Contact UFCW Local 1059 by calling 614.237.7671 or 800.282.6488 and entering your party’s extension: Allison Appel........................................216 J.R. Berroyer........................................206 Anthony Bridges..................................242 Sylvester Carothers...............................236 Mark Derson........................................238 Bobbie Fletcher....................................215 Tom Gartner........................................237 Rhonda Helcher...................................211 Mark Hertenstein.................................205

Neil Hertenstein...................................217 Jason Kaseman.....................................240 John King.............................................204 Diana Marlette.....................................239 Tina Morgan........................................235 Mike Nichols.......................................214 Brian Perkins........................................244 Allie Petonic.........................................241 Mack Quesenberry...............................209

John Smith...........................................203 Paul Smithberger..................................250 Carlos Stiffler.......................................218 Administrative Office...........................223 Dues Office..........................................229 Organizing Director.............................235 Service Director....................................205


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released a study in 2011 finding: • Wages in right to work for less states are 3.2% lower than those in non-RTW states. The average full-time, full-year worker in RTW states makes about $1,500 less annually than a similar worker in a non-RTW state.

Right to Work for Less Laws

(States in Red Have “Right to Work” Statutes)

• The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) is 2.6 percentage points lower in RTW states compared with non-RTW states. If workers in non-RTW states were to receive ESI at this lower rate, 2 million fewer workers nationally would be covered. • The rate of employer-sponsored pensions is 4.8 percentage points lower in RTW states. If workers in non-RTW states were to receive pensions at this lower rate, 3.8 million fewer workers nationally would have pensions. Does anyone think all of this antiworker legislation is a coincidence? The 2010 elections brought many antiunion governors and lawmakers into statehouses throughout the country. The money for these elections came from big business in ways that have

never been seen in this country’s history. We, as unions, represent the middle class—in many ways our workers are the middle class. To silence the will of the majority, anti-worker politicians go after their voice, their unions. It is still unclear whether corporations will pour in the money necessary to support an Ohio right to work for less measure. But we don’t have to wait. We can start fighting back today by talking to our coworkers, friends and family about the negative impact of

RTW laws, the slashed wages and lost benefits. Encourage everyone you know to decline to sign any petition that would weaken our union voice. For those politicians who weren’t paying attention in 2011, the working men and women of Ohio are a force to be reckoned with.

Congratulations to Our New Stewards!

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No Strength without Union by Mark Fluharty, Secretary-Treasurer

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he title of my article comes from the book No Strength without Union: An Illustrated History of Ohio Workers 1803-1980. I’ve had this book for several years and, from time to time, I pick it up to revisit different chapters that had an impact on me. What I find is that workers today are faced with many of the same challenges that they’ve faced throughout American history. Workers fought for the right to organize unions in order to seek a better life, and that fight continues today. The fight over Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 from last November is still fresh in our minds even as new threats to the middle class arise. In Wisconsin, workers are attempting to recall Governor Scott Walker who forced through legislation to restrict Wisconsin workers’ right to organize. In Indiana, the Governor and state legislature passed right to work for less legislation, which will undercut a worker’s ability to bargain for better wages and working conditions. Michigan is considering similar legislation. The Tea Party is working to get it on the ballot. Back in 1958, Ohio’s

workers soundly defeated “right to work” in our state. The middle class rallied to defeat this rollback of worker rights once, and we will be prepared to do it again if corporate interests continue to threaten our livelihood. A union voice is the only way workers have a real 1911: Union members demonstrate against dangerous say in the workworking conditions after a fire that killed 146 place. The right to collective bargaining is the only effecson. That simply isn’t the case. tive way we can have influence on the This year is a presidential elecjob. A union contract is a legally bindtion year. In 2014, new health care ing agreement between employees and reform mandates must be implemented employers, and it can be enforced. We We also have several contracts up for as workers will always have to stay viginegotiation in the coming months, lant and protect our rights. Unfortuincluding our biggest bargaining unit, nately, our victories at the negotiation Kroger. I mention these things together table can be undermined by politicians. to remind us all that politics affects our Even now, there is a bill that has been lives as workers. introduced in the Ohio House that But, through our unity at the barwould eliminate seniority and “just gaining table and our determination at cause” rights for teachers. the ballot box, we can heed the warnYou would think that after the ing in No Strength without Union, and overwhelming defeat of Issue 2 that we can win the future for our families. politicians would have learned their les-

Local 1059 Big Buck Contest

This season, Local 1059 will sponsor its first Big Buck Contest. The contest is for white-tailed deer harvested in the 2011-2012 hunting season. Any Local 1059 member can participate. Deer must be taken by legal means & properly tagged. Scoring will be done at the Local 1059 Union Hall on April 14, 2012. All entries must have minimum 60 day drying period before scoring. Door prizes • $100 Gander Mountain gift card to highest scoring buck harvested with a firearm • $100 Gander Mountain gift card to highest scoring buck harvested with a bow or crossbow For more info contact Secretary-Treasurer Fluharty at 614.237.7671 ext. 213

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2011: Union members demonstrate against Senate Bill 5 outside the Ohio Statehouse

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Social Media and the Workplace by Mark Hertenstein, Service Director

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or those who don’t know me, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mark Hertenstein, and I am the Service Director of Local 1059. A little bit of history about myself: I worked for the Kroger Company from 1972 until 1992. I was on the bargaining committee during the 1991 Kroger contract negotiations and joined the Local 1059 staff in 1992. I have held various positions with this organization, starting in the organizing department, then as a union representative and now serving the membership as Service Director. President Quickel appointed me to this position part-time in August 2011. I took on this duty full-time the next month, mentored by Greg Behnke, our recently retired Executive Assistant to the President. In this article, I hope to “mentor” our membership on the do’s and don’ts of social media. In the past, blogging was one way individuals could express themselves on the Internet. This was greatly facilitated by websites such as Myspace and then

Grievance report 2011 Totals Grievance Success Rate.......... 78% Grievances Settled in Favor of Members.............. 845 Grievances Dropped............... 240 Monetary Awards....... $91,781.90

Facebook. Twitter and Tumblr soon followed, and now anyone with a computer or a smartphone can broadcast their thoughts to the world. The common denominator here is that all these social media outlets can be viewed by the public. True, there are privacy settings, but don’t be so confident that preventing certain people from seeing your profile also prevents your words from getting back to management. All the companies with which we have contracts are in business to make money. If anything negative is said about their company, it could spread like wildfire, whether those words are true or not. That, in turn, could cost your employer lost sales. And that could cost you your job. What does this have to do with you? Maybe nothing, but maybe everything! When was the last time you had a bad day at the office, plant, ware-

house or store, and you felt that you needed to vent? It probably happens more often than you realize. You get off work, and you cannot stop yourself from posting a status update. Stop and think about what you are getting ready to do. This venting could be viewed by more people than you may have intended, meaning you now have to explain your outburst. Most companies have loss prevention, risk management or other names for the security department that could be monitoring your social media communication. Things said in anger could be construed as threats. So, before you “vent,” be aware of the possible consequences. Companies work hard to maintain a positive image to the public. Don’t let a two minute tirade on the Internet affect your employment or your livelihood.

UFCW Scholarship Program Your union is about more than your paycheck and benefits.

That’s why each year the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union awards scholarships of up to $8,000 each to UFCW members or their unmarried dependents. Applications can be submitted online until April 16, 2012. For more information, and to find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.ufcw.org/scholarship

If you are unable to apply online, you may request an application by writing to:

UFCW International Union Attn: Scholarship Program 1775 K Street NW Washington, DC 2006

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Indiana’s Unpopular AntiWorker Legislation by Allie Petonic, Political Director

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ntiworker legislators from Indiana are the latest set of politicians to pass destructive legislation that their state’s voters overwhelmingly oppose. Corporations and CEOs spent more than $1 billion in 2010 to elect politicians committed to their corporate agenda. You know first-hand how recklessly the Ohio General Assembly passed Senate Bill 5 against public will, and how our citizens’ veto rejected the measure as Issue 2 by 61% in November 2011. Against the will of workers, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed “right to work” (RTW) legislation into law on February 1st. This makes Indiana the first state since 2001 to pass this measure restricting private sector workers’ freedom to use their collective power and voice against corporations. Indiana pro-worker activists, including members of UFCW Local 700, have been fighting the bill since early 2011. Their activism made the bill unpopular with Hoosiers across the state. A January 2011 poll showed just 33% of Indiana voters support RTW legislation.

Primary Election Day is

Tuesday, March 6

Attacks on collective bargaining rights—like right to work for less—are an attack on a worker’s voice on the job and her earnings. RTW laws have no impact on job growth in the states that have adopted them. Our U.S. Senator, Sherrod Brown, spoke of Indiana while in Columbus for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. “Today, Martin Luther King would recognize that we’re in troubling times. We’ve seen an assault all over our nation on worker rights,” Senator Brown said of the priorities of many state governments. Do your part to get organized against attacks in Ohio, and sign up for text message alerts from our Rapid Response team. Text the letters “UFCW” to 698329 (standard rates apply). UFCW Local 700 President Joe Chorpenning You will learn important legislative updates and receive notices with Local 700 members protesting Indiana’s anti-worker legislation of urgent action needed. for Ohio’s middle class! Standing up This year will be an important year for the 99% means we must continue to use our votes for pro-worker canto organize, mobilize and recognize didates running for county, state and that workers are the best pro-worker federal office. More than 25 workers candidates. who are union members are running for Ohio General Assembly in 2012; these candidates are workers running

This is your chance to vote for pro-worker candidates who will run in November 2012! Polls are open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm

Visit your county’s Board of Elections to vote early. Board of Elections locations can be found at www.sos.state.oh.us 6

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Our Fight for Ohio’s Middle Class Families by Tina Morgan, Organizing Director

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n 2011, we faced brutal attacks on our rights and an attempt to wipe out the middle class. If Governor Kasich had his way, the labor movement would be history. But, we defeated Senate Bill 5 (SB5) because we stood together with teachers, firefighters, cops, nurses and activists from all walks of life. Kasich wasn’t the only culprit, though. Grocery chain Giant Eagle supports politicians who voted for SB5, and Giant Eagle is continuing its anti-union efforts to divide workers in its stores. Fact #1—Giant Eagle donated to the campaign of Shannon Jones, the state senator who introduced SB5. Fact #2—Giant Eagle donated to the campaign of Governor Kasich, who pushed for anti-worker legislation, called our police officers “idiots” and turned down more than $175 million dollars of much-needed federal unemployment assistance for Ohio. Fact #3—Giant Eagle is fighting against bargaining rights for its Columbus and Toledo workers, even though its Pittsburgh and Cleveland employees already have a voice on the job with their union.

Why is Giant Eagle, a Pennsylvania-based company, funding attacks on working Ohioans? Maybe the company thinks that if it gives these anti-worker politicians enough money, private sector workers’ right will be next on the chopping block. Giant Eagle has set serious double standards when it comes to their workers. The dots on the map in blue are union stores, showing the bulk of Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown all have a voice on the job. The stores in red show that our jurisdiction has no union stores. It also reveals that while the Pittsburgh metro area has unionized stores, the outskirts are non-union. It’s the same company, the same jobs, so why not give workers the same rights? In the three months prior to the 2011 general election, our International Union contacted households in Columbus and Toledo about Giant Eagle’s anti-worker practices. Many middle class folks contacted Giant Eagle by phone, e-mail and via the company’s Facebook page to criticize them for their despicable tactics. Customers pledged to stop shopping at their stores. And we got their attention! Now, it’s up to us to keep the pressure on. Giant Eagle knows we have the power to reach its customers and to build strength for our campaign by tapping into the activist base that helped defeat SB5. We can use the power of the pocketbook to force Giant Eagle to listen to their employees. You can help by continuing to shop at all our union grocers and pharmacies whose workers have a voice. You can also adopt a Giant Eagle store

near you and take action. A face-to-face conversation is always better than phone calls or e-mails! Here’s how you can participate in our first action to bring a voice to Giant Eagle workers: Redeem a coupon for worker rights! First, cut out the coupons on pages 11 and 12 of this issue of UnionWize. Next, take it to your local Giant Eagle. Ask to speak to the manager in charge. Then, present the coupon to that manager and tell them you won’t shop at Giant Eagle until its workers can choose whether to form a union. Right now, we’re trying to get our message across civilly. Our numbers will be what has an impact, so feel free to make copies for your friends and family. If there is not a Giant Eagle in your immediate area, call me for the closest location! And, in order to keep track of our numbers, please report the manager’s reaction back to me at 614.237.7671, extension 235. We came together and beat back Senate Bill 5 in 2011. Together, we can change Giant Eagle in 2012! Let’s get this done.

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Our Commitment to Community Service

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ast year, UFCW Local 1059 was involved in numerous community service activities. We took part in many activities to help improve the communities in which we live and work. In May, Local 1059 helped clean Workers Memorial Park in Columbus and participated in the Workers Memorial Day observance. We prepared a hot meal for those at the YWCA Family Center in the fall. On two occasions, we made baby blankets for Choices, a shelter that helps domestic violence victims. During the Christmas season, we brought Santa Claus to the YWCA and participated in the annual One New Toy program, which provides food and toys to over 3,000 families (including 130 Local 1059 members).

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The labor movement has always had a strong commitment to the communities we call home. UFCW Local 1059, for its part, continues that commitment. We have several things planned for this year and are always in need of volunteers. So, if you have some free time or you already volunteer in your community, let us know. Together, we can keep our communities strong and help make them great places to live and work. If you are interested in helping us at any of the events listed for 2012, please contact your union representative.

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2012 Community Service Events

Mid-Ohio Food Bank April 11, 5:30-8:30 pm 35 Volunteers Needed Workers Memorial Park May 5, 8:30 am-12:00 pm YWCA Family Center July 2, 5:00-8:00 pm October 22, 5:00-8:00 pm One New Toy December 20-23


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Franklin County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition Offers Free Assistance

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t’s no surprise that Franklin County remains in a state of slow recovery from a deep economic recession. In 2011, the unemployment rates hovered around 7%, and more than 24% of Franklin County households earned less than $25,000, about half of what is considered necessary to meet basic needs. For families struggling to make ends meet, tax time can help. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable credit designed to bridge the gap between what working families and individuals earn and what is needed to survive. Depending on income level, marital status and number of dependent children, families earning up to $49,000 in calendar year 2010 could claim the EITC and receive a credit of up to $5,666. The average EITC amount in Franklin County is $2,252. Families

eligible for the EITC are often eligible for additional refundable tax credits, such as the child and additional child tax credits. Unfortunately, approximately 10% of families eligible for the EITC in Franklin County do not claim the credit. Of the families who do, many see a paid tax preparer who charges an average of $250 to file a tax return— and additional fees to borrow the money they are expecting from their returns. To provide local families with a high quality alternative to paid tax preparation, the United Way of Central Ohio and Columbus City Council led a group of nonprofit, business and government organizations in 2006 to form the Franklin County EITC Coalition. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the EITC, to provide free tax assistance services and

to connect people to financial education and savings opportunities. The Franklin County EITC Coalition supports many free tax preparation sites around the city. Each year, qualified volunteers help over 3,500 individuals and families access millions of dollars in tax refunds that are owed to them. Individuals and households earning up to $49,000 are eligible for free tax assistance. Sites open at the end of January 2012, so make sure to hold onto the tax documents you receive throughout January and visit a free tax preparation site to save hundreds of dollars on tax preparation To learn more about the EITC or to schedule an appointment at a free tax preparation site dial 2.1.1 or, if that is unavailable to you, Ohio residents may also call the national hotline, 800.906.9887.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites Southwest Community Center 1509 First Avenue, 43213 Godman Guild Assn. 303 E. 6th Avenue, 43201 University District Assn. 2231 N. High Street #200, 43201 AAAS Community Extension Center 905 Mount Vernon Avenue, 43203 West High School 179 S. Powell Avenue, 43204 Central Community House 1150 E. Main Street, 43205 South Side Learning & Development Center 255 Reeb Avenue, 43207 Consumer Credit Counseling Service 4500 E. Broad Street, 43213 Capital University Law School 303 E. Broad Street, 43215 Columbus Downtown High School 364 S. 4th Street, 43215 HandsOn Central Ohio 195 N. Grant Avenue, 43215 IMPACT Community Action 700 Bryden Road, 43215 Ohio Dominican University 1216 Sunbury Road, 43219 St. Stephen’s Community House 1500 E. 17th Avenue, 43219 Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northern Lights Branch 4093 Cleveland Avenue, 43224 Young Adult Community Development at the Hardy Community Center 1473 E. Lakeview Avenue, 43224 American Legion Hall, Bexley 3227 E. Livingston Avenue, 43227 Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist 6176 Sharon Woods Boulevard, 43229 Northland High School 1919 Northcliff Drive, 43229

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Local 1059 Provides Extra Benefits to All Members by Paul Smithberger, Communications Director

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any Local 1059 members read UnionWize, but we also find that spouses, significant others, parents, siblings and friends read our newsletter as well. We encourage and very much appreciate spreading the information in our newsletter beyond our membership. After all, this newsletter is a way for us to inform Local 1059 members about their benefits, but it also allows us to inform non-members about the positive effects of union membership. In 2012, we are continuing President Quickel’s mandate to reach new and different members through our various “social” programs. In Local 1059 vernacular, “social” refers programs that are separate from the contractual benefits that UFCW Local 1059 members receive. For instance, we also offer great deals to family members. Recently, I received numer-

ous calls from parents of members interested in attending our Las Vegas trip in late March. In most cases, we are more than happy to provide Local 1059 benefits to members and their families. Don’t be afraid to ask! So what are we doing in 2012? We have two Local 1059 trips this year: the previously-mentioned trip to Las Vegas and also one to New York City. We are especially proud of our trip to NYC because, through our planning, we are able to take the intimidation out of the city. If you don’t believe me, try to drive your car in Manhattan! This year, our NYC trip will include tickets to a major Broadway show. We also offer great ticket prices to Cedar Point and Kings Island all year. But, on a few days this season, members can get an even better deal. Our Membership Days at Cedar Point and Picnic Days at Kings Island are definitely worth checking out.

We are also bringing back our two-man golf league for 10 weeks starting in late April, followed by the Local 1059 golf outing which returns to Cooks Creek on June 13th. Look through the bi-monthly issues of UnionWize and see what is available. “The cost is good, but the fun is real!” (Okay, I stole that line from The Big Bang Theory.) And finally, at the end of the year, don’t miss Local 1059’s Christmas with Santa. This is a wonderful benefit that the Executive Board of Local 1059 has allowed us to continue. Have your child or grandchild sit on Santa’s knee and get his or her picture taken (free, with a canned food donation to the One New Toy program). It is a memory that lasts a lifetime. In short, appreciate and use the benefits that Local 1059 offers to you, both in the workplace and out.

Two-Man Golf League at Westchester Golf Course

Hit the links with UFCW Local 1059 and your coworkers. Our 10-week golf league will start on Monday, April 30th. The cost is $200/team ($20 for each week of play). Your $200 includes 9-hole green fees and golf cart rentals for each of the 10 weeks. Tee times range from 5:00 to 6:00 pm For more information, contact Paul Smithberger at 614.237.7671, ext. 250 10

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Local 1059 Member Making a Difference

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om Skinner is a 31-year member at Kroger 808. He is also the president of Marion County Habitat for Humanity. Every Saturday between April 1 and Thanksgiving, you will find him building a new house for deserving families. He describes Habitat for Humanity as a program that helps people help themselves. Habitat recognizes that housing is a basic human right and identifies the future homeowners who are truly in need. The future home owners must then invest 250 hours of “sweat equity” in the construction of the

house as well as a paycheck to secure a 0% loan. Tom has volunteered with Habitat since 2005. During that time, he brought Secretary-Treasurer Mark Fluharty, Tom Skinner (Kroger his considerable 808) and President Randy Quickel skills to the table Marion chapter at 740.383.2007 or but also learned a good deal, too. The www.marionhabitat.org for more Marion Habitat for Humanity chapter information. Find your local chapter has built 25 new homes for qualifying at www.habitat.org and make a diffamilies. ference in the lives of others. As Tom Would you like to volunteer with can testify, “Habitat for Humanity is Habitat for Humanity? Contact the an investment in the community.”

Name (print): ______________________ Phone: _______________ Guest’s name (print): ____________________ Enclosed: $________ Address: _________________________________ Number of tickets _________________________________ purchased:_____ City: _________________________________ State: ____________ Employer: ______________________________________________ Send payment to: UFCW Local 1059 4150 East Main Street Columbus, OH 43213

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Join UFCW Local 1059 as we travel to Lawrenceburg, IN for a day-long gambling trip. The cost is only $25 and includes a FREE buffet.

Send your payment with the form above or pay online in the Members Area at www.ufcw1059.com

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Employer & Negotiation Updates •

NLRB Appointments. On January 4, President Obama acted to prevent an effective shutdown of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by using his ability to make recess appointments to name three individuals to the Board. The NLRB must have a 3-person quorum in order to render decisions, of which the Board currently has a backlog of nearly 200 cases. Thus, President Obama, in order to fill recent vacancies and keep the Board functioning, appointed Democratic nominees Sharon Block and Richard Griffin as well as Republican nominee Terence Flynn.

• New Organizing Rules. NLRB chairman Mark Pearce has signaled that he hopes the Board will act soon on new rules to lessen the delay and taxpayer cost of union organizing campaigns. One rule under consideration would force employers to more quickly turn over the phone numbers and e-mail addresses of employees to union officials so that communication between the union and employees can commence well before an election. Another possible rule change would allow for electronic filings and faster timetables for other procedures, decreasing the amount of taxpayer expense

OHIO CUSTOMERS DO NOT SUPPORT

2 FOR 1 COMPANIES

necessary to hold an election as well as the opportunity for employers to strong arm their workers before the vote.

• Southern California. Members of Kroger-owned grocery chain Food 4 Less approved a 3-year contract to close the gap which had existed • Tennessee. The U.S. Equal between the pay rates of Food 4 Employment Opportunity Less employees and workers at Commission (EEOC) forced Ralphs, another chain owned by Walmart into a settlement the Kroger Company. Before the over a disability lawsuit filed in new ratification, some members October 2010. The suit involved holding similar positions were a distribution center employee earning up to $3.00 per hour less in Midway, Tennessee who had than Ralphs employees. Though undergone cancer treatment that that wage disparity was closed, left with a weak right shoulder. weekly health insurance premiums Working as a forklift driver after were raised slightly to match those his surgery, the man submitted of Ralphs workers, $7.00 for a request that he not be required individuals and $15.00 for families. to cover for another worker The contract covers about 6,500 in the shipping department employees. while that employee took their 20-minute break. The shipping work would have required heavy lifting that he was no longer able • Store Greeters. In an effort to to perform. Walmart denied the boost their profit margin during request and fired the man. As a a challenging economy, Walmart result of the EEOC settlement, has directed its store greeters to Walmart agreed to pay the move inside the store and cover former employee $275,000 responsibilities traditionally as well as provide increased handled by other associates. discrimination training to Already, in the past 6 months, management and detailed records Walmart had reassigned all thirdof accommodation requests to shift greeters in its 3,000+ U.S. the government. supercenters. Now, all greeters

DISCOUNT ON ITS WORKERS

Workers at Giant Eagle in Cleveland have union bargaining rights yet Giant Eagle denies the workers in Columbus and Toledo the same rights.

TELL GIANT EAGLE: STOP ITS 2 FOR 1 ATTACK ON ITS WORKERS

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STOP Giant Eagle’s

Giant Eagle is one company with two standards for its workers.

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will be relocated throughout the store to assist shoppers finding products or moving to open registers, often nowhere near the entrance. The move allows the big box retailer to replace often-higher paid employees with former greeters, thus cutting hours and increasing the company’s bottom line.

REDEEMABLE FOR FULL VALUE, FULL RIGHTS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

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The Big Picture by Rick Gregory, Education Director

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hen I was a kid, the high point of the week came at 10:30 on Friday night. That was when Shock Theater came on TV and showed what we called “monster movies.” Saturday afternoons were fun, as well. The Capital Theater had a matinee movie that you could see for 15 cents or 20 Royal Crown (RC) bottle caps. The matinee movie was usually a “B” western or “B” horror/ monster movie. My brothers, sisters, cousins, friends and I would holler at the actors on the screen. I bet many of you did, too. We also wondered why the actors could not outrun the Mummy, Frankenstein’s monster or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. We would yell at the TV or movie screen: “Don’t go in there!” “Don’t open that door!” “Look behind you!” “Run!” “Run faster!” So, why did those actors go ahead into the room, open that door, not look behind them or run? The answer is simple: as the audience, we could see the “Big Picture.” We could see everything that was going

on, but the actor’s character only knew part of the story. We know where the monster is; they don’t. It’s also important to you as a UFCW Local 1059 union member to be able to see the big picture about issues that affect you, your families and your jobs. Your Union has an obligation to provide you with information that helps you understand these issues. You also have a responsibility to educate yourself. Your union provides you with a copy of your contract: Read it and know your rights. Your Union Representative is regularly at your workplace: Talk to him/her and ask questions. Your union holds Quarterly Union Meetings in several locations throughout the 44 counties of Ohio where Local 1059 represents members: Attend the meetings in your area.

Your union also publishes the UnionWize newsletter six times a year and mails it to your home: Read it. In this issue of UnionWize, President Quickel has an article on the fight against Right-to-Work legislation. Secretary-Treasurer Fluharty wrote about the recurring struggles facing union workers throughout history. Other articles explore potential problems caused by social media use and the non-union employer Giant Eagle. You and your union can work together to help all of us see the Big Picture. For the rest of the year, my articles will focus on issues and ideas that are important to all Ohioans, especially Ohio union members. I will draw stories from our union’s past and present. In the next issue, I will write about turkeys, among other things.

Quick, Easy Meals On The Go FREE

To The First

50 RSVPs!

Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Join Chef Louis (Kroger 587) as he demonstrates how to prepare several inexpensive and delicious dishes. Samples Provided! The cooking class will be held at: UFCW Local 1059 Union Hall 4150 East Main Street Columbus, OH 43213

RSVP to Diana Marlette at 614.237.7671, ext. 239 or register online in the Members Area at www.ufcw1059.com UFCW Local 1059 | 4150 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43213 | www.ufcw1059.com

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UFCW Local 1059 Scholarships Scholarship Application on back cover of this UnionWize

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ine scholarships will be awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year. Each scholarship is worth $1,500 in the pursuit of higher education. Eight of the scholarships are funded by the UFCW Executive Board, and one is provided by American Income Life. The program is open to all UFCW Local 1059 members and their children.

Becky Berroyer Scholarship One of our scholarships is designated as the Becky Berroyer Scholarship in honor of former Local 1059 president, Rebecca Berroyer. This special scholarship is awarded to one of the nine scholarship recipients who best personifies academic excellence, participation in extra curricular activities and dedica- Former-UFCW Local tion to helping 1059 President Becky others. Berroyer

Scholarship Rules & Procedures In order to be eligible for a UFCW Local 1059 scholarship, you must be a member (or child of a member) in continuous good standing for at least 12 months immediately preceding April 1, 2012. Eligible applicants must also meet the following additional provisions: 1. Applicants must be high school students graduating in 2012 or currently enrolled as a full-time college or post-graduate student. 2. Applicants must have a cumulative 2.50 or better grade point average and must submit most recent official transcripts of either high school or college work. 3. Applicants must submit official documentation of their acceptance by an accredited college or university as a full-time student for the 2012 fall semester/quarter. 4. Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or professor on school letterhead with the scholarship application.

5. Applicants must submit a photograph of themselves to be published in a future issue of UnionWize should they win. 6. Applicants may not receive more than two UFCW scholarship awards during their academic career. Scholarship winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Central Area Quarterly Union Meeting in Columbus. Each scholarship is payable in two installments. The first installment will be paid at one of the May 2012 Quarterly Union Meetings. The second installment will be made upon completion of the initial semester/ quarter in which full-time status and a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better is maintained. All documentation must be submitted with your application in order to qualify. Scholarships are awarded by a random drawing of all qualifying applicants conducted by the Scholarship Committee.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm Chef Victor (Kroger 569) continues his successful series of baking classes by offering a class on cupcake decorating. The cost is just $20, including supplies and your own cupcakes! The class will be held at: UFCW Local 1059 Union Hall 4150 East Main Street Columbus, OH 43213

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Quarterly union meetings

Membership Orientations

All Quarterly Union Meetings start at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

All Membership Orientations start at 5:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Central Area-—Tuesday, May 1, 2012 UFCW Local 1059, Columbus 4150 E. Main Street

Columbus—Monday, March 5, 2012 Meeting times: 10:00 am & 5:30 pm UFCW Local 1059, Columbus 4150 E. Main Street

Eastern Area—Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Holiday Inn Express, Zanesville 1101 Spring Street

Lima—Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Holiday Inn & Suites 803 S. Leonard Avenue

Southern Area—Thursday, May 3, 2012 Meeting times: 10:00 am & 7:00 pm Comfort Inn, Piketon 7525 U.S. Route 23

Hebron—Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Creative Catering 925 W. Main Street

Toledo Area—Monday, May 7, 2012 Holiday Inn Express, Perrysburg 10621 Fremont Pike

Sandusky—Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Fairfield Inn and Suites 6220 Milan Road

Southeastern Area—Tuesday, May 8, 2012 The Olde Dutch Restaurant, Logan 12791 State Route 664 S.

Athens—Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Holiday Inn Express 11 E. Park Drive

Central Area—Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Meeting time: 10:00 am UFCW Local 1059, Columbus 4150 E. Main Street

Marion—Thursday, March 8, 2012 Tri Rivers Career Center 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road

Northern Area—Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Comfort Inn, Mansfield 500 N. Trimble Road

Piketon—Thursday, March 8, 2012 Comfort Inn 7525 U.S. Route 23

Northwestern Area—Thursday, May 10, 2012 Comfort Suites, Findlay 3700 Speedway Drive

Perrysburg—Monday, March 12, 2012 Holiday Inn Express 10621 Fremont Pike

Upcoming events

Defiance—Tuesday, March 13, 2012 UAW Local 211 2120 Baltimore Street

Texas Hold ‘Em—Thursday, February 23, 2012 Hollywood Casino Trip—Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Quick, Easy Meals on the Go—Monday, April 9, 2012 Cupcake Decorating Class—Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Mid-Ohio Food Bank—Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Local 1059 Scholarship Deadline—Friday, April 13, 2012 Big Buck Contest––Saturday, April 14, 2012 Golf League Begins––Monday, April 30, 2012

Contact information Local 1059 Office 614.237.7671 or toll-free 800.282.6488 Health & Welfare Office 614.237.7618 or toll-free 800.282.6483 Pension Office 614.237.7423 or toll-free 800.282.6483

Zanesville—Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Holiday Inn Express 1101 Spring Street Lancaster—Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Hampton Inn 2041 Schorrway Drive Mansfield—Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Comfort Inn 500 N. Trimble Road Findlay—Thursday, March 15, 2012 Comfort Suites 3700 Speedway Drive Circleville—Thursday, March 15, 2012 Holiday Inn Express 23911 U.S. Route 23 S.

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periodical postage paid at Columbus, OH

United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, CLC 4150 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43213

UFCW Local 1059 Awards Nine Scholarships This application must be received no later than April 13, 2012 I wish to apply for a Fall 2012 UFCW Local 1059 Scholarship. I am an eligible member or the child of an eligible member of UFCW Local 1059, and I have been accepted by an accredited college or university, having indicated my intent to enroll as a full-time student by September 2012. Please type or print legibly (Mandatory) Applicant’s full name: ___________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________ Signature: _____________________________________________ E-mail: ______________________________________ Home address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ City: _____________________________________________________ State:_____________ Zip: __________________ Last 4 digits of member’s Social Security:___________________ Employer: ______________________________________ I am: _____ a Local 1059 member (fill out Section 1 only) _____ the child of a Local 1059 member (fill out Sections 1 and 2) SECTION 1—APPLICATION INFORMATION Date you graduated from high school: ____________________________________________________________________ If you are a college student, indicate highest academic level you will complete prior to September 2012: ___________________________________________________________ SECTION 2—MEMBER INFORMATION (if different from applicant) Member’s full name:__________________________________________________________________________________ Relationship to applicant: ______________________________ Employer (company and store number):________________ Mail completed application together with a letter of recommendation UFCW Local 1059 on school letterhead, transcripts and college acceptance to: Attn: Scholarship Department 4150 East Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43213


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