UFCW Local 400 is putting the spotlight on supermarket giants Royal Ahold, Safeway and Supervalu's "corporate schizophrenia" - the companies' practice of operating both union and non-union supermarket chains. Local 400 president Tom McNutt says the danger of this practice is that these companies "will be tempted to funnel the profits our members’ hard work generates into their non-union divisions, while letting their union operations wither and die of neglect.”
That's why Local 400 members are reaching out to their counterparts at the non-union grocery stores owned by these companies - like Martin's and Farm Fresh in Virginia, listening to their concerns and explaining how union representation empowers them to improve their lives and do their jobs better. Local 400 members are working to make sure Ahold, Safeway, and Supervalu become wall-to-wall union compaies again. “That will be good for their bottom lines, good for consumers, and good for the industry as a whole,” said McNutt.