For UFCW Local 400 member Claudia McCann, it was a year that seemingly had no end. It all started with words. Claudia and a co-worker got into an argument and she was suspended. Despite more than 20 years at Kroger and a spotless record, the suspension dragged on and on with no end in sight. Local 400 filed a grievance, pursued her case aggressively, and eventually took it to an arbitrator who found that the first-time offense was not deserving of suspension and ordered Kroger to give Claudia her job back and pay her nearly $35,000 in back pay. “It really shows that our union really does fight for us,” Claudia said. “It goes right to the core of what we need.”
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