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Year: 2019

Unity Negotiations: the eleventh meeting

Our Unity team met with the employers again this week and over the course of two days the employers managed to do two whole things: request that we reiterate our proposals provide us with their latest dystopian proposal, along with a statement saying that they don’t plan to respond to our wage proposal unless we “get in the same ballpark” … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the tenth meeting

During this single day of negotiations with the employers they gave us zero new proposals. We continued to hone in on our economic proposals and provided proposals that address what we’ve been saying all along: we cannot live on what we’re being paid, and we need more. It’s almost as if they cannot bring themselves to recognize the severity of … Read more »

Next negotiation dates are here.

The next Unity Negotiation date is in: Thursday, April 25th.  Keep the pressure on. Keep wearing your buttons. If you haven’t already signed a wage petition, do so. Let your employers know how very serious you are about getting a new contract that pays you what you’re worth. You are the union. You are the strength behind our bargaining team. KEEP. IT. UP. Remember, … Read more »

This Month in Labor History March 2019

What we now know as the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 represents an amalgam of associations, unions and locals who, for more than one hundred years, have organized and reorganized to build worker power in Oregon. Today, UFCW Local 555 is made up of over 25,000 workers in Oregon and SW Washington. In order to appreciate the strength … Read more »

President’s Corner: It continues.

Back in October, I wrote about the “long game:” how negotiations are a process, and one that sometimes feels as if it could go on forever. Here we are in March and I know you’re all feeling the frustration of the process. So am I. So is the whole team. My first retail bargaining session after being elected, though…that one … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the ninth meeting

Rising fists

During this meeting our team looked back over the proposals to date and reviewed the remaining open proposals. The employers told us they needed more time to review their proposals and where they stand. We expressed an interest in bringing in consultants to discuss our health & welfare programs regarding how best to allocate our resources. As we’ve seen again … Read more »

From Your Local 555 Officials: The Fight For Equity

As you know if you’ve been following the details on Unity Negotiations, the last thing that happened was an extremely heated session with the employers over the “economics” of the contract. That means wages. They complained that we were asking for far more than anyone could ever expect: far more than was reasonable. (We consider a living wage to be … Read more »