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October 12, 2022 in Contract News

Pilgrim’s Pride Nacogdoches Members Ratify New Contract

Congratulations to our Pilgrim’s Pride Members On Successful Ratification Of Their Improved Union Contract! Your Union and Pilgrim’s Pride reached an agreement to increase wages and improve overtime benefits for…
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July 22, 2022 in Contract News

Associated Grocers Members Ratify New Contract

Congratulations to our Associated Grocers members on successful ratification of their improved union contract. Your Union and Associated Grocers reached an agreement to increase wages, improve vacation and secured bonuses…
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July 22, 2022 in Contract News

House of Raeford Feedmill Members Ratify New Contract

Congratulations House of Raeford Feedmill Members On Successful Ratification Of Their New Union Contract! Your Union and House of Raeford reached an agreement to increase wages, vacations, premiums and more…
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July 22, 2022 in Contract News

Restaurant Depot Members Ratify New Contract

Congratulations Restaurant Depot Members On Successful Ratification Of Their New Union Contract! Your Union and Restaurant Depot reached an agreement to increase wages, premium pay, and more, for all workers.…
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Meet the Leadership

William B. Hopkins
President

Brandon Hopkins

Brandon has been a union member since 2007. He began his career working as a rank-and-file member and later joined the Local Union staff as a union representative. He has since settled grievances, bargained contracts and won labor charges, all on behalf of the members he serves.

Brandon has been a union member for 13 years. He began his career working as a rank and file member at Kroger and later joined the Local Union staff in 2008. He worked as a Union Representative in Houston and then moved to Louisiana to service as Union Representative in that area. During his time in Louisiana he was promoted to Assistant Field Director.

In 2014 he moved back to Houston and assisted former Secretary Treasurer, Rick Alleman, in the bargaining department and assisted former Grievance Director, Sue Mann, in the grievance department. Brandon has served with the former administration and assisted in all major negotiations for the last ten years and has served on the South-Central Health and Welfare Fund as a Trustee since 2013. He also graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in 2015 and successfully completed the Wharton Schools Executive Education Program on negotiations in 2016. Brandon was promoted to Director of Collective Bargaining and Special Assistant to the President in 2018. Upon Bill’s retirement Brandon was elected President of UFCW Local 455 by the Executive Board on April 24, 2020 after fulfilling the 30-day rule per the constitution.

Former Positions Held at UFCW Local 455:

- Texas Special Project Union Representative
- Texas Union Representative
- Louisiana Union Representative
- Louisiana Assistant Field Director (assisted former Secretary Treasure Rick Alleman)
- Texas Assistant Field Director (assisted former Grievance Director Sue Mann)
- Field Director for Texas
- Field Director for Louisiana
- Director of Collective Bargaining
- Special Assistant to the President (Former UFCW 455 President Bill Hopkins)

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Shirley Rome
Secretary-Treasurer

Shirley Rome

Shirley has been a member of UFCW since 1986. She started her UFCW career as the office manager for Local 210, in Baton Rouge, LA. In July of 2018, Shirley was appointed as Local 455's first female Secretary-treasurer.

Shirley has been a union member for over 35 years. Her father worked with Ingall’s Shipbuilders and was a strong union member - He taught her the value of a union. She began her career with UFCW Local 210 in Baton Rouge, LA in 1986 as the office manager. After the merger of Local 210 and Local 455 in July 1999, Shirley continued working in the Baton Rouge office. In 2001 Shirley left the office for a job as a Union Representative and enjoyed it immensely! It was then when she truly realized the joy of helping others.

In November 2017, Shirley was promoted to Field Director, overseeing all the Louisiana Union Representatives. Today, she serves as UFCW Local 455’s first female Secretary-Treasurer and has been filling this roll since July 2018. It’s been a long 35 years but she hopes to continue in serving the membership and staff she enjoys so much!

“UFCW Local 455 is all about making sure our members are taken care of. That’s why I’ve been with the union for over 35 years!”

Former positions held at UFCW Local 455:

- Union Representative
- Field Director
- Secretary-Treasurer

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