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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

We are urging State and Federal governments to ensure vaccine availability for all Tier 1B (grocery and meatpacking) Essential Workers as soon as possible. The vaccine is currently available to all Tier 1A Essential Workers (healthcare and nursing homes) as well as everyone over 65. You can find current vaccine eligibility and access information on our COVID-19 Vaccine Page. 

Governor Kemp’s new order in Georgia allows anyone over 65 to receive the vaccine. You can see in the picture below, President Steve Lomax and Secretary-Treasurer Leon Holderfield rolled up their sleeves and did their part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic by getting the vaccine. The rest of our staff looks forward to getting their vaccines when their turn comes, in order to better be able to serve our members and help bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

Kroger Contract Negotiations

Updates on Kroger contract negotiations can be found here on our website! Go to our Kroger Contract Negotiations Updates page by clicking this link, or you can access it from the main menu above.

We will also post updates here on the main page.

Update: 2/9/2021
A special called meeting was announced in October of 2020 to select your Bargaining Committee in November of 2020. The UFCW Local 1996 Kroger Bargaining Committee was selected and proposals from the membership reviewed. No negotiation meetings have yet been scheduled, and no negotiations have taken place. We will update this page as soon as meetings are scheduled!

Vaccine Information for UFCW 1996 Members.

While the COVID-19 Vaccine is not available to most non-healthcare essential workers at this time, we have prepared information on vaccine access and distribution in advance.  Our vaccine information webpage has general vaccine information as well as distribution plans by state. You can find it by clicking this link or under the COVID-19 Resources page on our website. We expect that most grocery and food processing workers will be eligible for vaccination somewhere between the middle of March and the beginning of April, 2021.

All approved COVID-19 vaccines have been proven as safe and effective, but please remember to follow all medical instruction to protect you and your family, even after you are vaccinated. You can view specifics on how to get the vaccine below, and you can find more information about vaccines available as well as information on safety and effectiveness at www.ufcw.org/vaccine

See more information about vaccine distribution in your state here.

Alliance Unions Earn PSP Bonus Payout along with Extended COVID-19 Benefits

Kaiser Permanente has agreed to our proposal for all Alliance union members to receive a guaranteed PSP Bonus payout as an appreciation for their hard work in partnership during this extraordinarily challenging year. The news comes after KP agreed earlier in the week to extend COVID-19 benefits, including sick leave and childcare benefits, through the first quarter of next year.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance called on KP to revisit Performance Sharing Plan (PSP) goals bargained under pre-pandemic conditions. Given the unprecedented pandemic, redeployments of Trust-funded staff, the inability of many UBTs to meet, and even bad faith negotiations in one region – we had called on KP to convert the PSP to a guaranteed full payout. As a result, KP is granting partner unions with PSP at least 100% performance payout. Regions and individuals performing higher than 100%  will receive the higher performance payout based on their plan’s performance. The payment will be paid in March on schedule with the regular PSP payment cycle.

Hal Ruddick, Executive Director of the Alliance, said, “We are pleased to see KP recognize the extraordinary and courageous contributions of our members and our partnership in the face of this overwhelming crisis. As our members cope with a barrage of misinformation, pain, and suffering, we can acknowledge these two victories, which are a direct result of identifying shared interests and putting forward solutions to meet this moment head-on.”

We congratulate our Alliance union leadership and members for their expertise, dedication, and hard work during this year.