Stay informed

Stay Union strong
Year: 2021

Essential Worker Pay

As we pass the one year anniversary of COVID, states have the opportunity to invest in the workers that have kept our communities safe and fed all year. We have put our lives on the line to put food on the table and make ends meet for our friends and neighbors, as well as our own families. All this, while … Read more »

We Demand More

“We demand more.” You will see this on petitions circulating in retail stores. For months, you were told you were essential, vital workers. But as plexiglass went up and mask mandates went info effect, paying workers hazard/hero/essential worker pay no longer became as profitable a PR move for the employers, and the pay stopped. The risk to you and your … Read more »

UFCW Local 555 Statement on Vaccine Prioritization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2021   UFCW Local 555 Statement on Vaccine Prioritization This morning, Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregon’s COVID vaccine prioritization schedule would abandon both the science-informed recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control as well as the tens of thousands of front-line workers who were counting on these protective measures. Tigard, Oregon – Last December, … Read more »

Vaccine Prioritization: Oregon Ignores the Experts

Oregon and NW Washington don’t have enough doses of the COVID vaccine to go around. How do we decide who to prioritize in terms of vaccine distribution? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) answered this question last year. Several months ago, a typically obscure arm of the CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, went about considering vaccine prioritization. The … Read more »

Unity Bargaining Survey

Unity Negotiations are fast approaching. As always, the Bargaining Team’s focus is to make sure the proposals we trade with employers reflect the full membership’s priorities. One of the first steps in this process is issuing the Bargaining Survey. The answers from over 18,000 members covered by Unity Contracts steer the Bargaining Team through the negotiation process. This is your … Read more »

2021 Scholarship Applications

Northwest Hope Foundation Scholarship. Applications due May 4, 2021

Click here for a PDF of the 2021 application The Northwest Hope Foundation is pleased to announce that this year there will be up to thirteen (13) Scholarship Awards of up to $2,000.00 each. These awards must be used at an accredited college or university, technical or vocational school, or junior or community college for any courses of study. The … Read more »

Into the Sunset: Mary Spicher

We would like to wish a wonderful retirement to Mary Spicher. Mary worked at Fred Meyer prior to joining the 555 staff in 2007. She’s spent the last 13 years as a force to be reckoned with in defense of member’s rights. Mary’s members consistently remark how glad they are that she had their back; no member was going to … Read more »