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Kroger Retail Negotiations Update: 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 »

Essential Worker Pay

As we pass the one year anniversary of COVID, states have the opportunity to invest in the workers that have kept our communities safe and fed all year. We have put our lives on the line to put food on the table and make ends meet for our friends and neighbors, as well as our own families. All this, while … Read more »

We Demand More

“We demand more.” You will see this on petitions circulating in retail stores. For months, you were told you were essential, vital workers. But as plexiglass went up and mask mandates went info effect, paying workers hazard/hero/essential worker pay no longer became as profitable a PR move for the employers, and the pay stopped. The risk to you and your … Read more »

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

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 »