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Safeway & Albertsons Negotiations Update – 9/14/21

Retail Negotiations

On September 13th and 14th, we had our second set of sessions negotiating for Safeway and Albertsons members. Your Unity Bargaining Committee continued to discuss proposals with the company. These sessions were focused around working conditions and language in the Albertsons and Safeway contracts for Oregon, SW Washington, Idaho, and Western Wyoming. With the merger complete, we have added former … Read more »

Local 368A has merged into Local 555!

Welcome, Idaho and Wyoming! Local 368A has merged into Local 555

Welcome page for new Local 555 members from Idaho and Wyoming The members of Local 555 and Local 368A have spoken, and we are thrilled to welcome the members of Idaho and Wyoming Local 368A into Local 555! With the ballots counted from members in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming, the merger is official, and Local 368A is now part … Read more »

Safeway & Albertsons Negotiations Update- 7/28/21

Yesterday and today, we had our first sessions negotiating for members working at Safeway and Albertsons. Joining UFCW Local 555 at the bargaining table was UFCW Local 367 out of Tacoma, Washington, adding the strength of their membership which will lead to a stronger contract. Your negotiations committee stands committed to achieving strong wage increases for all areas and positions, better contract language, and a safer working environment. While the employer rejected a number of our proposals, they were open to talks on others, including merging some contracts and creating better sick leave language. Over the past year-and-a-half, you have risked your lives for your community and their corporate profits. Your employer proposed that you should have a smaller sick leave bank. They also think that it should take more time for new hires to access holiday pay, as well as remove Sunday, evening, and night premium pay for new hires. Their proposals are not what you need or deserve. This is not how essential employees who have risked the health and well-being of their families for the past 18 months should be treated. Throughout negotiations, it is important to remember that getting you the strongest contract is an important process. Please help support your union by doing your part when asked. This is YOUR contract, but it can only be great if we all work together. We will not accept any contract that does not compensate you for the risks you take. Be sure to watch your union bulletin board, your email, Facebook, Twitter, and ufcw555.org for more information. You can also reach out to your Union Representative, Shop Steward, or Bargaining Team member on how to get involved.

Yesterday and today, we had our first sessions negotiating for members working at Safeway and Albertsons. Joining UFCW Local 555 at the bargaining table was UFCW Local 367 out of Tacoma, Washington, adding the strength of their membership which will lead to a stronger contract. Your negotiations committee stands committed to achieving strong wage increases for all areas and positions, … Read more »

7/23/21

Yesterday and today was our first session negotiating with just Kroger, for Fred Meyer and QFC members. Our proposal supports strong wage increases for all areas and positions, better contract language, and a safer working environment. Kroger would not agree to our letters of understanding addressing workplace shootings or pandemic safety language. They did, however, agree to keep a first aid kit on the shop floor, so if your injury requires a band-aid, you're set. After more than a year of a pandemic where you risked your lives for your community and Kroger's profits, Kroger thinks you should have a smaller sick leave bank. They also proposed that it should take more time for new hires to access holiday pay, as well as remove their Sunday, evening, and night premiums. Kroger feels that adding an additional manager is also important. None of this is in line with what you need and deserve for what you have been through for your community. This is not how you treat essential employees who have risked the health and well-being of their families for the past 18 months, and still are. Throughout negotiations, it's important to remember that getting you the strongest contract is an important process. Please help support your union by doing your part when asked. This is YOUR contract, but it can only be great if we all work together. We will not accept any contract that does not compensate you for the risks you take. Be sure to watch your union bulletin board, your email, Facebook, Twitter, and ufcw555.org for more information. You can also reach out to your Union Representative, Shop Steward, or Bargaining Team member on how to get involved.

Yesterday and today was our first session negotiating with just Kroger, for Fred Meyer and QFC members. Our proposal supports strong wage increases for all areas and positions, better contract language, and a safer working environment. Kroger would not agree to our letters of understanding addressing workplace shootings or pandemic safety language. They did, however, agree to keep a first … Read more »

Kroger Retail Negotiations Update: 7/23/21

Yesterday and today was our first session negotiating with just Kroger, for Fred Meyer and QFC members. Our proposal supports strong wage increases for all areas and positions, better contract language, and a safer working environment. Kroger would not agree to our letters of understanding addressing workplace shootings or pandemic safety language. They did, however, agree to keep a first aid kit on the shop floor, so if your injury requires a band-aid, you're set. After more than a year of a pandemic where you risked your lives for your community and Kroger's profits, Kroger thinks you should have a smaller sick leave bank. They also proposed that it should take more time for new hires to access holiday pay, as well as remove their Sunday, evening, and night premiums. Kroger feels that adding an additional manager is also important. None of this is in line with what you need and deserve for what you have been through for your community. This is not how you treat essential employees who have risked the health and well-being of their families for the past 18 months, and still are. Throughout negotiations, it's important to remember that getting you the strongest contract is an important process. Please help support your union by doing your part when asked. This is YOUR contract, but it can only be great if we all work together. We will not accept any contract that does not compensate you for the risks you take. Be sure to watch your union bulletin board, your email, Facebook, Twitter, and ufcw555.org for more information. You can also reach out to your Union Representative, Shop Steward, or Bargaining Team member on how to get involved.

Yesterday and today was our first session negotiating with just Kroger, for Fred Meyer and QFC members. Our proposal supports strong wage increases for all areas and positions, better contract language, and a safer working environment. Kroger would not agree to our letters of understanding addressing workplace shootings or pandemic safety language. They did, however, agree to keep a first … Read more »

First Unity Negotiations Meeting

Today, our Unity Bargaining Team met with employers for the first time. We came with proposals developed in meetings beforehand, having reviewed survey results and after much discussion with our fellow members. As in the past, we came ready to bargain together on day one. Your employers did not. In the past, we have done multi-employer bargaining with Fred Meyer, … Read more »

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 »