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Cannabis Workers Walk off the job for Collective Bargaining Recognition

The strikers continue to circle in the driveway, holding their signs proudly. One of the strikers powerfully holds up a megaphone as they chant on the line.

Gresham, Oregon – Today, Cannabis workers at CBN Holdings walked off the job to demand Union recognition with UFCW Local 555 as their representative. Workers at CBN Holdings want to form a union to address unsafe working conditions, however their employer has yet to respond to recognize the Union and agree to bargain a Union Contract.  “CBN Holdings’ “response” to … Read more »

Collective Bargaining Report

In the past several months, we have had major victories in negotiations with Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway, Albertsons, and Sherm’s. Below are some brief updates for other contracts in the jurisdiction. Legacy Emanuel Pharmacy (Portland, Oregon) Negotiations began with Legacy Emanuel for the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians contracts on January 11, 2022, and the Union Bargaining Committee has met with … Read more »

A Tentative Agreement has been Reached

Banners top the UFCW 555 and Safeway Albertsons logos, with a handshake between them. At the bottom is a checked off tentative agreement

On February 17th and 18th, your Union Negotiations Committee held our seventh session for Safeway and Albertsons members. Your Union Negotiations Committee and representatives for your employers have reached a Tentative Agreement. The agreement covers members working at Safeway and Albertsons stores in Oregon, Southwest Washington, Idaho, and Western Wyoming. The agreement includes large wage increases, new workplace safety measures, … Read more »

Safeway/Albertsons Negotiations Update: February 8, 2022

On February 7th and 8th, your Union Negotiations Committee held our sixth session for Safeway and Albertsons members. Your Union Negotiations Committee engaged in extensive discussions with the representatives for Safeway and Albertsons, covering a variety of topics, working towards a settlement. After reaching a historic agreement with Fred Meyer that is setting the tone for other negotiations around the … Read more »

Voting with Action

Workers who have felt left behind by their political leaders throughout the pandemic will not be surprised by Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek’s recent decision. Shortly after assuring a broad coalition of labor organizations that she would have their backs in passing a long-awaited Essential Worker Pay package, Kotek abruptly announced her departure from public service in order to focus … Read more »

The One-Day Strike

With Fred Meyer and QFC settled, members and staff of Local 555 have made history. The strike of 2021 has led to big wins not just in the affected stores, but for Union members all across the Northwest. In the wake of our victory, it’s important to understand what led us to this moment. When the pandemic first slammed the … Read more »

Fred Meyer And QFC Contract Ratified!

With the voting completed, a 3 year contract for members working at Fred Meyer and QFC in Oregon and SW Washington has been ratified. The contract includes significant wage increases, added workplace protections, a secure retirement, and quality healthcare. More details will be circulated in the coming days.

Safeway & Albertsons Dates: 1/5-1/6

New Dates Jan 5 & 6 Safeway and Albertsons

We secured bargaining dates for Safeway and Albertsons! Our member-lead negotiations committee will meet with employers from Safeway and Albertsons Wednesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 6. Updates will be emailed to impacted members, posted on our website, and on social media. Questions? Reach out to your rep!

Grocery Workers Overwhelming Vote to Authorize a ULP Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2021 Contact: Miles Eshaia (503) 598-6365 meshaia@ufcw555.org Tigard, Oregon – Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, which represents over 29,000 essential workers in Oregon and SW Washington, have voted overwhelmingly to authorize their Union Leadership to call for an unfair labor practice strike against Fred Meyer and Quality Food Centers (QFC) as … Read more »

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 »

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