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Year: 2020

2020 Primary – Even in a quarantine, labor claims victory

This week, Oregonians showed our country how well the vote-by-mail process can work. The state boasted a greater than 46% voter turnout from passionate citizens who made sure their voices were heard even during a “shelter-in-place” order. The labor movement didn’t let the COVID pandemic stop us from reaching out all across the state to support our labor champion candidates, … Read more »

The hazard is not over

Local 555 has been hard at work every single day during this unprecedented time, working with governments, other locals and all of you to fight for all our members need and deserve. All these voices raised together in solidarity is a powerful and persuasive tool! So far, we have negotiated bonuses and hazard/hero pay, expanded leave and COVID-related medical programs, … Read more »

Prescription Drug Network Provider Change

Starting June 1st (or shortly thereafter) we are switching from Envision to Magellan as our prescription drug network provider. New prescription cards will be in the mail the first week of June. All participating pharmacies have been contacted by Magellan to help understand the transition. Anyone who has gone through the “exception process” to get their non-formulary drug covered at … Read more »

Pension Update

April 28, 2020 RE: PENSION UPDATE Dear UFCW Member, We are writing to update you on the status of the Oregon Retail Employees Pension Trust (OREPT) in which you are a participant. In 2019, the status of your OREPT was healthy (green). By design, pension plans like the OREPT are heavily invested in the United States’ Equity and Bond Markets … Read more »

Let’s make this election count

No matter your political interest or leanings, elections are an opportunity to shape our nation’s approach to problem solving, as well as the outcomes that can impact millions. Few issues illustrate this point more clearly than the COVID-19 crisis. When comparing states like Oregon and Washington with others that lack strong worker protections, the importance of the ballot box becomes … Read more »

COVID-19 Information

Your Union Leadership continues to work closely with employers to ensure that all members working in the COVID-19 pandemic are adequately protected and compensated for their service to the community in this crisis. Visit our COVID-19 information page to learn more about, Hazard pay Child care Your healthcare Unemployment Sick Leave and First Day Sick Pay And more.

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 »