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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 »

Next negotiation dates are set

–For Immediate Release– Sept 13, 2019 Contact: Kelley McAllister, UFCW Local 555, (415) 794-2687, kmcallister@ufcw555.org Next UFCW Local 555 negotiation dates are set for Sept 26/27 Tigard, Ore – United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555’s Unity Negotiation team has confirmed September 26th and 27th as the next upcoming negotiation dates with Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway. Says … Read more »

Grocery Workers’ Union Cancels all Kroger Contracts due to Unfair Labor Practices by Fred Meyer; further details to follow on September 22nd.

–For Immediate Release– Sept 10, 2019 Contact: Kelley McAllister, UFCW Local 555, (415) 794-2687, kmcallister@ufcw555.org Grocery Workers’ Union Cancels all Kroger Contracts due to Unfair Labor Practices by Fred Meyer; further details to follow on September 22nd.   Tigard, Ore – Following fifteen months of tense negotiations in which the employers’ continually refused to provide reasonable proposals, United Food and … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the twelfth meeting

Employers offers 10₵ over minimum wage…after offering less than minimum wage. Prepare yourself to applaud the employers’ “most generous offer to date.” Or, don’t. Yesterday, employers put forth a proposal that stunned the Unity Team with its sheer cluelessness…a proposal that would, by the end of the contract term, see several departments paid below what minimum wage would be that … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the eleventh meeting

Our Unity team met with the employers again this week and over the course of two days the employers managed to do two whole things: request that we reiterate our proposals provide us with their latest dystopian proposal, along with a statement saying that they don’t plan to respond to our wage proposal unless we “get in the same ballpark” … Read more »