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Year: 2019

Next negotiation dates are set

–For Immediate Release– Sept 13, 2019 Contact: Kelley McAllister, UFCW Local 555, (415) 794-2687, kmcallister@ufcw555.org Next UFCW Local 555 negotiation dates are set for Sept 26/27 Tigard, Ore – United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555’s Unity Negotiation team has confirmed September 26th and 27th as the next upcoming negotiation dates with Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway. Says … Read more »

Grocery Workers’ Union Cancels all Kroger Contracts due to Unfair Labor Practices by Fred Meyer; further details to follow on September 22nd.

–For Immediate Release– Sept 10, 2019 Contact: Kelley McAllister, UFCW Local 555, (415) 794-2687, kmcallister@ufcw555.org Grocery Workers’ Union Cancels all Kroger Contracts due to Unfair Labor Practices by Fred Meyer; further details to follow on September 22nd.   Tigard, Ore – Following fifteen months of tense negotiations in which the employers’ continually refused to provide reasonable proposals, United Food and … Read more »

Grocery workers ready to walk in 3 states

Grocery workers ready to walk in 3 states NW Labor Press Don McIntosh In a series of strike votes over the summer, members of United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) in Oregon, Washington, and California voted overwhelmingly to authorize strikes if contract bargaining with big grocery chains fails to produce acceptable union contracts. On one side are 20,000 members of … Read more »

Labor disputes across Oregon heat up on Labor Day

Labor disputes across Oregon heat up on Labor Day The Oregonian Jeff Manning After a 50-year decline that has seen union membership in the United States plunge to just 6% in the private sector, critics proclaimed organized labor to be finished. An irrelevant anachronism from an earlier age. Last year’s Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was supposed to … Read more »

Unions: Growing gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ driving strike activity

Unions: Growing gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ driving strike activity TDN.com Mallory Gruben Labor Day this year finds the Cowlitz County workforce on the verge of a number of strikes, with hundreds of union-represented employees poised to walk out if their contract negotiations fail to reach a settlement soon. Unions at three different companies recently passed strike authorization votes … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the twelfth meeting

Employers offers 10₵ over minimum wage…after offering less than minimum wage. Prepare yourself to applaud the employers’ “most generous offer to date.” Or, don’t. Yesterday, employers put forth a proposal that stunned the Unity Team with its sheer cluelessness…a proposal that would, by the end of the contract term, see several departments paid below what minimum wage would be that … Read more »

Oregon Grocery and University Workers Poised to Strike

Oregon Grocery and University Workers Poised to Strike Portland Mercury Blair Stenvick Workers at two Portland institutions—Portland State University (PSU) and Fred Meyer—could go on strike in a matter of days or weeks. In both cases, disputes over wage increases are the driving forces behind the possible labor strikes. Over the weekend, members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local … Read more »

Grocery store strike an option in Fred Meyer, Safeway contract negotiations

Grocery store strike an option in Fred Meyer, Safeway contract negotiations TDN.com Mallory Gruben Thousands of grocery store workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington — including about 600 Kelso-Longview employees — authorized union leadership to call for a strike as part of their negotiating strategy against several big-name grocery stores. However, the union has no immediate plans for a walkout. … Read more »