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Looking back, moving forward – unity bargaining

People have said over and over again, “I can’t wait for 2020 to be over.” It is undeniable this year has been one of the hardest we’ve faced yet. A global pandemic threatened and continues to threaten our health and safety, and that of our loved ones. Many of our homes were lost in unprecedented wildfires. Many more families are … Read more »

Looking forward to a pro-worker future

It’s official: Joe Biden is President-elect of the United States. Kamala Harris is Vice President-elect. With Biden’s decades of experience working alongside union leaders, endorsement of almost every major union across the country, and promise for “the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration,” we have a wide path ahead to build a better America for working people. The largest obstacle on … Read more »

Elections Matter

We are facing compounding catastrophes — an uncontrolled pandemic, homes ravaged by unprecedented wildfires, and a widespread absence of justice for Americans nationwide. We’re clearly seeing how the failures of legislators cause real suffering for working people and their families. We’ve lost homes, many have lost their jobs, and the pandemic alone has claimed over 200,000 lives. In the middle … Read more »

A Matter of Life and Death

Imagine having earned a benefit at work, but knowing that the system was so biased toward the employer that it was impossible to access or use. That’s what many of our members are going through with regard to Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ Comp is a benefit that all employees receive. If you become injured or sick as a result of your … Read more »

Essential in Word, Disposable in Action

From the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to the wildfires consuming so much of the states we call home, 2020 has been devastating and relentless. Even as I write this, I’m getting steady reports of various wildfires taking 555 members’ homes. We also unfortunately believe our UFCW Local 555 family has suffered its first COVID-19 related death. Day after day, hardworking people … Read more »

State of the Union: 555 Leadership Re-Elected to Membership

Every three years, your Union elects its officers. That includes the position of President which I am honored to hold, Secretary- Treasurer, and the executive board, which is made up of members like you. This year, our incumbent team (Dan and Jeff) won re-election by acclamation, as no opponents filed to run for office. On behalf of the Executive Board, … Read more »

Oregon’s Fair Work Week Law goes into Full Effect in July!

In recent years, July has been a month of positive developments for members of UFCW555. In 2017, the Fair Work Week legislation was passed by the Oregon State Legislature, and signed into law a few months later. Oregon was the first state in the nation to offer schedule predictability for employees in the food service, hospitality, and retail industries. Washington … Read more »

2020 Primary – Even in a quarantine, labor claims victory

This week, Oregonians showed our country how well the vote-by-mail process can work. The state boasted a greater than 46% voter turnout from passionate citizens who made sure their voices were heard even during a “shelter-in-place” order. The labor movement didn’t let the COVID pandemic stop us from reaching out all across the state to support our labor champion candidates, … Read more »

The hazard is not over

Local 555 has been hard at work every single day during this unprecedented time, working with governments, other locals and all of you to fight for all our members need and deserve. All these voices raised together in solidarity is a powerful and persuasive tool! So far, we have negotiated bonuses and hazard/hero pay, expanded leave and COVID-related medical programs, … Read more »

Let’s make this election count

No matter your political interest or leanings, elections are an opportunity to shape our nation’s approach to problem solving, as well as the outcomes that can impact millions. Few issues illustrate this point more clearly than the COVID-19 crisis. When comparing states like Oregon and Washington with others that lack strong worker protections, the importance of the ballot box becomes … Read more »