1. Make a verbal request for additional hours.
2. Put your desire for more hours in writing.
3. Put in a request with your manager for cross training for all positions within your department or store.
4. If you are a courtesy clerk, JA or helper clerk, put in a request for a checker or other combo clerk/food clerk positions. (You have first consideration over a new hire.)
5. Purchase supplies and/or groceries where you are employed. It raises sales, which in turn, can raise labor hours.
Also, most UFCW Local 1496 contracts contain language that protects employees from having their hours reduced for the purpose of assigning such hours to new hires or extra employees. Senior employees within a classification shall be offered the most hours up to a maximum of 40 hours per week. If employees have restrictions* to their availability, it can adversely affect seniority rights for available hours. This does not include requests** for a day off. If less senior employees are being scheduled more hours or you have lost hours to new employees, call the UFCW Local 1496 office and speak to a representative.
*Restrictions examples include working around hours for a second job, child care, etc.
**Requests examples include asking for day off for personal day, for Doctor’s appointments, vacation days, etc.