Dominick’s Updates

UFCW Local 1546 is working to bring you all of the latest updates on what’s happening with Dominick’s.

Latest Updates:

  • Jewel-Osco picks up five Dominick’s stores: 1763 Howard Street in Chicago; 424 W. Division in Chicago; 3243 S. 115th St in Merrionette Park; 800 NW Highway in Fox River Grove; and 345 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich.
  • Shop & Save Market has purchased the Dominick’s store in Norwood Park.
  • Heinen’s Fine Foods has purchased the Dominick’s stores in Bannockburn and Lake Bluff.
  • workNet DuPage is holding a Dominick’s Post-Layoff Workshop, February 24, 2014 @ 1PM at the workNet DuPage Career Center in Lisle.  They will have a speaker from Illinois Dept of Employment Security speaking about Illinois’ unemployment insurance program, US Dept of Labor speaking about worker right’s under COBRA, HIPAA & ERISA and Susi Pihera, DuPage County Workforce Development, speaking about the employment & training services available through the Dislocated Worker Program-Workforce Investment Act.
  • 39 Dominick’s stores remain unsold. Click here for a map of Dominick’s locations and who has purchased them.
  • Seven empty Dominick’s stores have been acquired by Whole Foods Market: Edgewater, 6009 N. Broadway; Lincoln Park, 959 W. Fullerton Ave.; Streeterville, 255 E. Grand Ave.; West Loop, 1 N. Halsted St.; Elmhurst, 215 S. Route 83; Evanston, 2748 Green Bay Road; and Willowbrook, 6300 S. Kingery Highway
  • Garden Fresh Market has purchased the Dominick’s store at 770 S. Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove.
  • Tony’s Finer Foods Inc. is taking over one empty Dominick’s store: 5233 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.
  • Four former Dominick’s grocery store locations have been purchased by Joe Caputo & Sons Fruit Market: Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village and Northbrook.
  • Cermak Fresh Market has purchased the empty Dominick’s store at 6623 N. Damen Ave., Chicago and 6810 N. McCormick Blvd., Lincolnwood.
  • Pete’s Fresh Market has purchased the Dominick’s at: 259 Lake St., Oak Park.
  • Severance is being paid this week. Employees with direct deposit will see it on Thursday. Those without direct deposit will get a paper check in the mail. Premium (if applicable) and holiday pay will also go out this week (severance is a separate check/payment). Term vacation will be paid next week, this will be a paper check for all employees. Retro pay, to be determined; but as soon as possible.
  • If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act you can contact the Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee for ACA questions and enrollment. They have on site navigators who can assist with direct enrollment. Call their Chicago Office at 312-565-9431 or their Westchester Office at 708-344-3539.
  • Safeway/Dominick’s has provided a list of contact info for things like: W-2 Forms, Payroll Issues, Unemployment, Employment Verification, Benefit Information,  Reference Letter and 401(k) questions. Click here for the Contact List.
  • As a result of effects bargaining with Safeway/Dominick’s a lump sum payment will be made to eligible members over and above contract-mandated severance. Members that are eligible for lump sum payment are department heads/classified positions, members at top contract rates or overscale/red circle according to the Retail, Drug, or Fuel contracts. According to the agreement, the lump sum payment will be made as soon as reasonably practicable following the execution of the Agreement by the parties, and will be subject to applicable withholdings.
  • The Illinois workNet Center now has a specific page for Dominick’s workersClick here to go to their resource page.
  • Roundy’s, Inc. announced the company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 11 Dominick’s stores from Safeway Inc. The stores will be converted to the Mariano’s banner. Stores include: Park Ridge: 1900 S. Cumberland Ave, Western Springs: No. 14 Garden Market Street, Chicago: 3145 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago: 2021 W. Chicago Ave, Northfield: 1822 Willow Rd, Westchester: 3020 S. Wolf Rd, Buffalo Grove: 450 Half Day Rd, Chicago: 5201 N. Sheridan Rd, Gurnee: 6655 Grand Ave, Aurora: 3025 E. New York St, Shorewood: 950 Brook Forest Ave.
  • According to the Mariano’s conference call: Five of the stores will reopen within 30-45 days. Five of the stores will reopen by early March, 2014. The Westchester store will reopen in late 2014 after a major remodel. All of the stores will be remodeled over the next two years.

Dominick’s Frequently Asked Questions

What happens to my pension?
Your pension is protected by the PBGC and will be there when you are ready to retire. Safeway Inc. and Dominick’s are required by law to meet their withdrawal liability obligation to the pension fund. Any further questions on pension contact Midwest Pension Fund for clerks UFCW National Pension Fund for meat, fish and deli.

What happens to my 401k?
Your 401k is protected. The Safeway Inc. 401k is managed by JP Morgan. If your store changes owners or is closed you should consult a financial advisor or accountant about how to manage your 401k.

What happens to my health insurance coverage?
If you are a clerk that currently has health insurance coverage through Dominick’s they are required to provide three (3) months of contributions to your health fund per your collective bargaining agreement.
If your store changes owners you may have health insurance through that new employer.
Health insurance is available under the Affordable Care Act. You can get more information at GetCoveredIllinois.gov.

Will I receive severance once my store closes? Will I be able to cash out sick and/or vacation times once my store closes?
Severance, sick and vacation time are all covered under your collective bargaining agreement. UFCW Local 1546 has requested to bargain the effects of store closures which is mandatory by law.

Do I have any bumping rights?
Employees continue to have bumping rights during a layoff per the collective bargaining agreement.

What obligation does another company have to hire me if they buy my store?
As of this time, the way Dominick’s is selling their stores; there is no obligation to hire workers.

What happens if my store is bought by a union grocery store?
If your store is bought by Jewel or Strack & Van Til (Ultra Foods), we will be working with those companies under our existing collective bargaining agreement.
If your store is bought by Kroger (Food 4 Less), we will work with you to organize the non-union Food 4 Less and negotiate a new contract.

What happens if my store is bought by a non-union grocery store?
If your store is bought by another non-union grocery store you will not have a collective bargaining agreement or any union benefits. In order to negotiate a union contract you will need to sign a recognition card with UFCW Local 1546. Once a majority of workers have signed cards we will submit those to the National Labor Relations Board and call for an election. By sticking together and voting “union yes” you and your co-workers will be able to negotiate a new contract and ensure that you have a voice at work. Click here if you want more information about how to keep your rights at work.

Am I eligible for unemployment?
If your store closes you should file with the Illinois Department of Employment Security for unemployment benefits.


UFCW Local 1546 represents workers in Illinois and Indiana in a diverse range of industries including grocery and drug retailers; meat cutting, processing, and packing; chemical works; nursing home and healthcare facilities, and many others.