Stay informed

Stay Union strong
Category: Contract Negotiations

Safeway & Albertsons Negotiations Update: October 6, 2021

Safeway and Albertsons Negotiations Update

On October 5th and 6th, your Negotiations Committee held our third session for Safeway and Albertsons members. Once again, our discussions centered on store staffing structure and how that structure impacts you, your opportunities, and your family.   The conversation with your employer was productive and we made progress toward one of our main issues that your committee identified which … Read more »

Kroger Retail Negotiations Update

Fred Meyer & QFC Negotiations update for October 1

On September 30 and October 1, we met with representatives from Kroger to negotiate the contracts for Fred Meyer and QFC. The recent tragedy in Memphis, Tennessee shows clearly why it’s necessary to have contractual plans for pandemics, natural disasters, and workplace violence; the conversation this session centered largely around workplace safety. Your employers were asked why having a plan … Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

UFCW Local 555 ratifies contract with grocery employers

The following is the press release that was sent out at approximately 10:30 pm on Friday night, 10/11/2019 UFCW Local 555 ratifies contract with grocery employers Union grocery store workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington will soon enjoy the benefits of their new three-year labor contract, which is applicable to all employers and was officially ratified as of tonight, Friday, … Read more »

A tentative agreement is reached; boycott ends

The following is the press release that was sent out at approximately 12:45 pm on Sept 28, 2019. UFCW Local 555 reaches a Tentative Agreement with grocery employers in the thirteenth negotiation session; Fred Meyer boycott ends (effective immediately) Tigard, Ore–This month’s scheduled two-day session with the employers’ negotiation team and the Unity Bargaining Team (joined for the first time … Read more »

Picket Captain Training Notice

Due to Fred Meyer’s violation of federal law during the bargaining process, we are beginning preparations for if/when the Unity Negotiation Team calls for a strike. The following picket captain trainings have been scheduled throughout SW Washington and Oregon. Additional dates and locations are being scheduled; if you do not see your area listed, please contact your Union Representative. If … Read more »