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NOTICE: Unfair Labor Practice Strike Vote

UFCW LOCAL 555 WILL BE HOLDING ULP STRIKE AUTHORIZATION MEETINGS FOR EXPIRED FRED MEYER AND QFC CONTRACTS. We as essential workers are taking action. Please join us at one of the following ULP Strike Authorization Vote meetings, and contact your rep for more information. Dates and times

Fred Meyer and QFC Negotiations Dates

A red and neutrals graphic announcing Fred Meyer and QFC Negotiations on December 6 & 7

New dates for negotiations with Fred Meyer and QFC The Local 555 member-lead retail negotiation committee is meeting with Fred Meyer and QFC on December 6 & 7. With each meeting we move closer to the working conditions and wages workers need and deserve after serving their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. Lets get it!

Safeway and Albertsons Negotiations: 11/18/2021

On November 17th and 18th, your Negotiations Committee held our fifth session for Safeway and Albertsons members. Joining the table at this session and moving forward are members from Sherm’s and Rosauers.   Your Union Negotiations Committee presented the employers with proposals that, among other things, would increase your access to sick leave, standardize health and welfare throughout the jurisdiction, and provide significant wage increases to Journeypersons and Apprentices in all positions.   While your employers and your Union are very far apart on what is deemed an acceptable wage increase, your employers were open to standardizing health and welfare qualifying language, and eliminating other language made irrelevant by new agreements. We next meet with the employer representatives for Safeway and Albertsons on December 13th and 14th. 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 Negotiations Committee member on how to get involved. 

On November 17th and 18th, your Negotiations Committee held our fifth session for Safeway and Albertsons members. Joining the table at this session and moving forward are members from Sherm’s and Rosauers. Your Union Negotiations Committee presented the employers with proposals that, among other things, would increase your access to sick leave, standardize health and welfare throughout the jurisdiction, and … Read more »

Kroger Update: 11/11/21

On November 10th and 11th we met with representatives from Kroger for the fourth time to negotiate the contracts for Fred Meyer and QFC. We reiterated our proposed language to return holiday pay for all employees to time-and-a-half, eliminating the existing two-tier system. We are asking for new language to create a contractual ratio of full time positions in our stores, above what stores currently utilize. We presented the employers with proposals surrounding the upcoming vaccine mandate. UFCW is committed to the position that vaccines are safe and encourages them, but there needs to be an option for testing. We continued to talk about the need for safety committees in our stores to help shape store policy. Recent violent acts near some of our stores, including an active shooter near one of our locations, have highlighted the need. After some back and forth, we reached a Tentative Agreement on safety committees that would create a Master Safety Committee between the Union and Kroger, as well as store level committees with the ability to escalate issues from the store level to the Master Safety Committee. This will allow for safety issues to be more effectively addressed at the store level, with a path for larger issues or issues not being addressed by store level committees, to be addressed by the Master Safety Committee. The next round of negotiations is to be scheduled and will be announced. Please help support your union by doing your part when asked. 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.

On November 10th and 11th we met with representatives from Kroger for the fourth time to negotiate the contracts for Fred Meyer and QFC. We reiterated our proposed language to return holiday pay for all employees to time-and-a-half, eliminating the existing two-tier system. We are asking for new language to create a contractual ratio of full time positions in our … Read more »

Contract Negotiations – Kroger – November 4th

On November 4th, we met one day with representatives from Kroger for the third time to negotiate the contracts for Fred Meyer and QFC. The Negotiations Committee put a proposal across the table to standardize night time premium pay across the jurisdiction. In this proposal, we also pushed for a return to time-and-a-half on holidays for all bargaining unit workers. While your employers were receptive to some of the standardization, they were not interested in the return to time-and-a-half. Your Committee still remains committed to this issue. You may have noticed in the media that employers are saying there is a “labor shortage.” In reality there is a pay and safety shortage. At a time when Kroger is struggling to find workers, we feel that not only should they be increasing your pay, but should also abandon their position of a two-tier holiday pay program, returning all workers to time-and-a-half on holidays. We also discussed the new federal vaccine mandate. As the rules came out last night, both parties are waiting to see what options the states of Oregon and Washington put forth for a testing option as an alternative to the vaccine, before continuing those talks. UFCW is committed to the position that vaccines are safe and encourages them, but we also stand by members rights’ to make their own healthcare decisions. Your Union will meet with Kroger again next week on November 10th and 11th. Please help support your union by doing your part when asked. 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.

On November 4th, we met one day with representatives from Kroger for the third time to negotiate the contracts for Fred Meyer and QFC. The Negotiations Committee put a proposal across the table to standardize night time premium pay across the jurisdiction. In this proposal, we also pushed for a return to time-and-a-half on holidays for all bargaining unit workers. … Read more »

Safeway and Albertsons Negotiations Update: October 28, 2021

On October 27th and 28th, your Negotiations Committee held our fourth session for Safeway and Albertsons members. With Local 368A fully merged into Local 555, we handed the employers proposals that would consolidate the more than two dozen contracts in Idaho and Wyoming into one. Bringing them together will standardize the grievance process, contract language, and expiration dates. These contracts … Read more »

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 »