Frequently Asked Questions
Why should workers organize?
The reasons vary from person to person, but the most common reason is a basic desire to get a decent wage, health and retirement benefits, and fair treatment at work. Everyone wants more security in their lives and a job in a union workplace can help.
Are there protections for workers who want a union?
Backed by Federal Courts, the NLRB has the power to stop interfering with employees’ rights, to provide back pay, and to reverse any action taken against workers for union activity.
What type of activities can workers legally do if they want a union?
Who decides what’s proposed for your contract?
The employees decide. First, you fill out bargaining surveys, meet with a Union staff negotiator to discuss the contract and decide what you want to propose. Next, you elect a negotiating committee of your co-workers to represent you in bargaining alongside the Union staff negotiator. Then, your committee meets with management to bargain the contract.
Local 368A represents approximately 1,200 workers, covered by over 32 contracts. Each one is unique to the place of business it covers. The union negotiates the whole agreement – wages, pensions, medical benefits, and everything else – to best fit the needs of the members who work under it. The result is a written contract that meets your needs and guarantees improvements to your wages, benefits, and working conditions
Is there an initiation fee? How much is membership?
There is no initiation fee for newly-organized members. Local 368A members determine their dues structure and vote on it. Membership is based on wage rates and hours worked. No one pays any dues until you negotiate, review, and vote for your contract. Before paying for any membership, you’ll see the results, and you’ll find what 1,200 Local 368A union employees already know – the benefits of union representation.
What are the workplaces where UFCW 368A members work?
Why UFCW 368A?
We are a democratic union – meaning our leaders are elected by the members and almost all the Executive Board are members who work in the varied worksites throughout our region – be they grocery, food processing or some other industry. We are a diverse and progressive local union dedicated to advancing the rights and living standards of workers.
What about strikes? Who decides if there is going to be a strike?
Will being Union provide better job security than not?
What is the main difference in having a union contract?
With a union, you’ll have a written and enforceable contract which spells out and guarantees your rights; a real grievance procedure; job security; guaranteed wage rates; and a timeline for pay increases and benefits. It’s written down in black and white – a legally binding contract that cannot be changed at management’s whim.