The ABC means a better contract.

Working for change and stronger worker protections

Unions make our lives better.

Local 555 makes changes that build on one another: at the bargaining table as well as through legislative action. Sometimes a need arises that employers try to avoid addressing in negotiations.

First Day Sick Pay and Fair Scheduling are two recent examples. Employers refused to even talk about these huge workers’ rights issues and told us to “try our luck at the capitol.”

Well, we did, and we won! When that happens, not only do we gain traction with both employers and with legislators, but it takes something off the table in negotiations, allowing us to push even harder for our workers’ remaining needs. In other words, the ABC lets us collectively address policies that will make our lives and the lives of all families better.

We show our strength both in negotiations and in legislative action. A better community is as simple as a better contract, which is as simple as ABC.

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  • The ABC does not endorse candidates based on their political party.
  • The ABC endorses candidates based on platform and their emphasis on workers’ rights.
  • Union dues cannot be used for political purposes. That’s why ABC is funded separately, and voluntarily.

Legislative Wins

a group of Local 555 members pose for the camera, the person in the center is holding a sign that says UFCW Lobby Day

Fair Work Week

555 was at the forefront of Fair Work Week effort, leading to Oregon passing the first-in-the-nation legislation!

Local 555 members wearing UfCW Gold sit at a large oval table with Speaker Tina Kotek in March of 2015

Raising Wages

We are standing united for better pay and benefits, and we work to combat policies that erode the rights of working people. We work to raise the standard for all workers in our communities.

First Day Sick Leave

Local 555 went from winning First Day Sick Leave in Portland in 2013 to the entire state in just two short years. By 2016 First Day Sick Leave was the law of the land in both Oregon and Washington!

The Union Triangle of Representation, Organizing and Political/Community Action

Laying the Groundwork

The groundwork we lay in legislation and with legislators pays off with historic contract wins.

7 steps to
stronger contracts, stronger laws, and stronger communities


  • Build a strong Active Ballot Club

    through many individual donations and collective lobbying power.

  • Stand up to corporations

    at the statehouse and the ballot box by flexing that power.

  • Strengthen workers' rights,

    one law at a time.

  • Build on those rights

    during contract negotiations and protect those rights by filing grievances when they’re jeopardized.

  • Workers with improved quality of life

    collectively create a stronger community.

  • A strong community

    that stands together builds more power.

  • Repeat!


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