Marsh workers seek union election at local store

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United Food and Commercial Workers Local 700, which last month filed unfair labor practice charges against Marsh Supermarkets, is seeking a union election at a Marsh store in Beech Grove, the union announced Monday.

UFCW Local 700 said it petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for an election at the Marsh store at 1815 Albany St. in Beech Grove. A majority of the store’s workers have signaled their intention to join a union, Local 700 said.

In a press release, Local 700 said worker interest in union representation began to rise at  Indianapolis-based Marsh after Florida-based private equity group Sun Capital Partners acquired the grocery chain in 2006.

“Workers at Marsh stores across the region have grown increasingly concerned about their job security and other working conditions,” the union said in the statement.

Last month, the union accused Marsh of using illegal interrogation practices and unlawfully terminating a worker for exercising his right to organize a union. Local 700 filed those charges with the NLRB

The charges followed attempts by Marsh workers to deliver a petition to company headquarters signed by more than 5,000 people asking executives to meet with them about “the future direction of the company,” the union said.

The union alleged the coalition was met by security and ordered off the company’s property at 333 S. Franklin Road, on the east side of Indianapolis.

"We are asking for a union election because we know that our voices are stronger together," said April Stum, a 22-year Marsh employee who works at the Beech Grove store, in the prepared statement from the union. “Things have changed here since Marsh was bought by Sun Capital, and it's time workers stood together to defend our interests and our communities.”

A spokeswoman for Marsh did not immediately respond to a call and e-mail seeking comment on the latest charges.

Marsh operates about 100 stores in Indiana and Ohio.


  • It's too bad
    Think about where Marsh would be if it weren't for the Florida boys? We would all be without a job, lucky to have a job today with the current state of the economy. Are things perfect, NO... but life could be a heck of a lot worse. So go ahead and push your luck with the Union, you will probably find the doors locked soon after.
    As others have said, don't like the pay or what Marsh is about, move on!
  • yes to the union
    Anyone who thinks that wages & work places haven't improved since the unions formed is just plain stupid .Big companies don't want them because it cuts into their profits.For the most part I've noticed it's the higher ups in the company that don't want unions ,that's because their working for salary & bonus.and they really don't care about the common worker.
  • I know
    Not only have bonuses and Sunday time and a half been eliminated, they have reduced hours on 20 year employees to the point that they no longer receive any benefits. People who have not worked there and witnessed the destruction of the Marsh Associate world since the bean counters took over should probably keep their powder dry right now. I assure you that the Beech Grove employees are not alone in their unrest with the current situation. I wish them well, but believe their outlook will only change when another grocer takes over those stores. I hope that happens sooner rather than later.
  • Some sacrifices made
    Yes department heads and co-managers lost their bonuses - but got some GUARANTEED compensation in return. Bonuses were never a guarantee and there were only a few that really significantly benefitted from them. The time and a half on Sunday was a grandfathered benefit that should have been done away with a long time ago. Sacrifices were made to keep the company afloat. Be glad you still have a job in this ecomony. The bottom line is that unions run companies into the ground with their demands. Ask all the auto workers who are out of jobs what the union did for them. Ask how much you will be paying in dues. If some of these workers want to work for a union so badly, why have they not just applied at Kroger?
  • what ive noticed
    I am still angry at the thought of them maybe closing that store because of workers rights. The store usually is clean and stocked the only bad thing is I can look out my window and see employees smoking on the loading dock and a few times I have seen an older woman working who appears to be intoxicated stocking shelves in the day shift, why does management allow this?
  • Finally
    I am a long time Marsh Employee and I applaud the brave employees of that store. Finally the truth about how Marsh shows no appreciation for their employees. I wish them the best of luck and thank goodness someone is finally trying to help the employees. It is completly legal to try to organize and get better treatment.
  • union yes
    Finally the voice of reason. Marsh must have a bunch of paid posters on this board.
  • employees yes
    I live close to that store and would be very angry if they closed it due to the workers wanting to be respected. It is always busy and the customer service is good. The only bad thing I see is an older blonde male employee is allowed to smoke out front by the soda machines and if you look at him he glares at you and it is kinda intimidating. Whats up with that Marsh Management?
  • union yes
    You must be a new employee then, because older empployess lost time and a half for Sunday work and department heads lost bonuses.
      The union saw an opportunity with the sale to Sun and swooped in. I know for a fact thay many union members have been targeting Marsh stores for months by putting "unercover" employees in stores on the night stock, etc. The first queston they ask is, "So, how long has it been since you go a raise?" This store has a significant number of long time employees who are at the top of their pay grade and probaly only get cost o fliving raises because they are maxed out. They may get a raise as a union memeber, but the raise won't cover the dues. They may actually end up making less.
      The union "spies" are not the least bit truthful with the associates. They brainwash the associates into thinking that they will get more money and better benefits with the union. Just like anything that sounds too good to be true - there are hidden fees.
      A previous poster was right. The lease is up on this store soon. If the employees cause too much of a stink, they will just close the store and they will all lose their jobs. I feel badly for the associates that have not been participating in this union "takeover". They are the ones that will be casualties of someone else's careless actions.
    • No Union
      I am a proud Marsh employee - there have been no pay cuts and there have been no cuts in benefits and employees are NOT treated as if they are replaceable - that was the "old regime". The union has brainwashed the folks at that store into believing what the "potential" union wants them to believe! Yes, I remember Preston-Safeway - way to go UNION!! They are NOW OUT OF BUSINESS. If you want the same thing to happen to a good local employer, then go ahead with your bad selves and bring that union in - you will regreat it - I can promise you that!!
      • union yes
        Dont judge the workers at that store until you work there. Marsh treats their employees like replacable objects. Obviously if they were treating people right there would be no need for a union. The employees have had pay cuts and benefit cuts since the sale to Sun Capital.
      • Remember Preston-Safeway
        Used to work at Preston-Safeway in Indy when in college. The union put those stores out of business with a ridiculous strike and other stupidity. If the union comes in, say goodbye to Marsh, who already can't compete on prices with Wal-Mart, Meijer, and Kroger.
      • U wanna union - huh?
        Just an FYI - as automakers' troubles show, the adversarial work rules insisted upon by the unions made them unable to compete in quality or cost with foreign automakers - a union will just make dumb animals out of the employees - is that what you want as employees??? Because that's just what you will get - wise up you rogue employees or go work elsewhere.
      • Unions??
        To all you Marsh employees who feel you need a union - YOU ARE NUTS! Maybe you all need to find out just where all your hard-earned paycheck will go when you have to start paying union dues!! Then your jobs will go right out the door because unions cause prices to increase and will just force Marsh to close down more stores. Is that what you want, if so, you should go work for a unionized company!!!
      • Stop bashing Marsh
        Come on everyone - stop bashing Marsh - this isn't about Marsh - this isn't even about their owners - this is about a union with declining membership just looking for new members - are you all going to fall for that?? TRUST ME - a union is NOT what you need - signed . . . labor relations specialist.
      • No to Unions!
        Back in the 50's, 30% of the workforce was unionized - today less than 8% is unionized - does that tell you anything?? Unions aren't needed today - they cause the price of everything to increase and the union leaders get richer off your union dues - go ahead & try to unionize - you will find out how much better off you were BEFORE the union!!
      • Jill - Educate Yourself
        Jill - you showed your ignorance in your statement - this isn't the 1800's or early 1900's - unions were once useful in their protection of employees - not in this day and age - there are numerous laws that protect employees nowadays - you think you have no protection now, just wait until you get a union looking out for you. . . . most are run by elected people who mis-use and improperly invest your union dues - bone up on union labor relations JILL before you make another ignorant & uneducated comment like that.
        I agree with Bullbear - if you want to be under union control, go work for Kroger and then just see how much the union does for you!! NOT!! Look at the state of the auto industry - look what the unions have done!! ARE YOU ALL BLIND??? APRIL?????
      • LOVE MARSH!!!
        I love Marsh - stores are great - prices are great - go work for Kroger if you want a union - then you can work for a company with crappy meat, rotten produce, dirty stores, and high prices - only their ad items are cheap - haven't you all figured it out yet?? SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GROCER - U DON'T NEED A UNION!!
      • Marsh a good well-run company
        Marsh is a great locally owned supermarket chain with many great employees who have been around for years - they have managed for over 75 years without a union - Sun Capital has done a very good job of cleaning up the financial mess that the Marsh family left behind. You don't need a union, you need to appreciate what you have and you don't even know it!!
      • No to a Union
        I work for Marsh - NO, WE DO NOT NEED A UNION!! We are treated much better than when the family mis-used our finances and stop giving us raises!! This entire thing is a result of a union who is losing membership and they see a non-union company with 10,000+ employees as an entree!! Unions destroy jobs and companies - and believe me that more of your paycheck will be gone because you will be paying union dues for a union that doesn't give a crap about you!!!
      • Are you stupid or what
        Since Marsh has been taken over by outside company the stores have gone down the drain. It is not the store it use to be. I don't shop there anymore because of it. All you people who oppose the efforts to unionize show your ignorance by not addressing the concerns of the employees. You would be willing to tell mine workers if back in the 1800s and early 1900s that if they did not like it go work for another mine. You have stupid all over your face.
        • And that's why
          I shop at Kroger. Union store, better prices & better produce than Marsh. And I know the employees are treated better.
        • Really?
          I didn't know that in order to find out what a privately held company was going to do in the future, all you have to do is get 5,000 people to file a petitition, go to the company office and demand for the executives at the company to tell you everything! What a dumb stunt.
        • No to Unions
          I hate to tell April - but the employees don't own the store. They don't have an interest in the store. If they want a higher salary - then say that. Don't just act like you are interested in helping the community! Some day April will realize that unions destroy jobs and entire companies by demanding too much. Good luck Marsh.
        • NoWay
          If anyone know about illegal and unlawful practices, it is the union. Vote NO!
        • Union at Marsh
          This store will just be closed if the union moves in. I can't believe it hasn't been closed before now. It's a small old store, and there is a nicer Marsh three miles away.
        • unionthugs
          I will encourage nobody to shop there anymore if they unionize. It's ridiculous that a supermarket needs a union, it's not a late 1800's coal mine. If they don't think they are getting paid enough they can find another job. And after all they are going to give more of their paycheck to the union anyway

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