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Year: 2020

Salem Update: COVID-19 and Front Line Workers

At the end of the abortive 2020 Legislative Session, it seemed as if we might have been headed toward a Special Session so that the Legislature could tackle the business that had been left unfinished by the Republican walkout. Now, with the new priorities we’re facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are possibly looking at two or … Read more »

Solidarity during the pandemic

Many of you have shared how rewarding yet difficult working through the COVID-19 crisis is. Stories are pouring in — long exhausting hours, stressed customers, and risk of infection from working with the public. At the same time, an adequate and stable food supply and functioning healthcare system are key to avoiding social chaos. Essential personnel must be protected as … Read more »

Enforcing Fairness at Work

Members knowing their rights and uniting to enforce the contract makes us strong. When we enforce the contract, we ensure our workplace is fair and safe for everyone, not just corporations. The grocery contract ratified in October includes new language to improve the lives of members. Nutrition Center employees will be moved up to grocery wages as the nutrition departments … Read more »

Employment rights for servicemembers

For the last five years, Kirk Holder has served his country in the National Guard while working at Interstate Fred Meyer. When Kirk found out he was missing vacation days he immediately called his Union for help. Lucy, his rep, let him know about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)—a federal statute that protects servicemembers’ and veteran’s … Read more »

Contracts: more than wages and benefits

In October, after 16+ months of hard work and unity, we ratified the strongest contract seen in decades. We said: Yes to historic wage increases Yes to expanding our healthcare And YES to improving working conditions for 18k+ members in ways big and small Now that we’re several months into enforcing this contract, a few members have taken the time … Read more »

Oregon and Washington Buck National Trend

President’s Corner, Dan Clay   Over the course of my career I’ve seen worker’s rights eroded by politicians (and appointed judges) bankrolled by Corporate America. The Supreme Court ruled it illegal for public sector union members to vote on how their unions were funded, striking a blow to public employees everywhere. The National Labor Relations Board has been overturning past … Read more »