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Vaccine Prioritization: Oregon Ignores the Experts

Oregon and NW Washington don’t have enough doses of the COVID vaccine to go around. How do we decide who to prioritize in terms of vaccine distribution? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) answered this question last year. Several months ago, a typically obscure arm of the CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, went about considering vaccine prioritization. The … Read more »

Unity Bargaining Survey

Unity Negotiations are fast approaching. As always, the Bargaining Team’s focus is to make sure the proposals we trade with employers reflect the full membership’s priorities. One of the first steps in this process is issuing the Bargaining Survey. The answers from over 18,000 members covered by Unity Contracts steer the Bargaining Team through the negotiation process. This is your … Read more »

2021 Scholarship Applications

Northwest Hope Foundation Scholarship. Applications due May 4, 2021

Click here for a PDF of the 2021 application The Northwest Hope Foundation is pleased to announce that this year there will be up to thirteen (13) Scholarship Awards of up to $2,000.00 each. These awards must be used at an accredited college or university, technical or vocational school, or junior or community college for any courses of study. The … Read more »

Into the Sunset: Mary Spicher

We would like to wish a wonderful retirement to Mary Spicher. Mary worked at Fred Meyer prior to joining the 555 staff in 2007. She’s spent the last 13 years as a force to be reckoned with in defense of member’s rights. Mary’s members consistently remark how glad they are that she had their back; no member was going to … Read more »

Vaccine Eligibility

We’ve reached a pivotal milestone in the fight against COVID-19: two FDA-approved vaccines are already in the arms of over twelve million Americans, with millions more to come. These vaccines are safe and effective. Rollout of COVID-19 vaccination is crucial to halting the spread of COVID-19. This brings us incredibly close to reaching the other side of this devastating pandemic. … Read more »

Essential Work Without Essential Protections or Pay

I am a cashier at Fred Meyer. I have lived in Oregon my whole life. I am a mom of three, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I am writing to share my experience to show why reinstating grocery workers “hero pay” increase is so crucial to workers and shoppers alike. When the pandemic started, at first it was … Read more »

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 »