Member Spotlights

We see the strength of our union when we look in the mirror. We are the collective.
Here are some of our stories.

UFCW Local 555 is Us.

  • Elizabeth Bonaventura

    Elizabeth Bonaventura

    Fred Meyer Newberg
    My name is Elizabeth Bonaventura. I have worked at Fred Meyer Newberg for 9 years. I had never had any problems before so I...Read more »
  • Alicia Reardon and Vicky Perez

    Alicia Reardon and Vicky Perez

    Fred Meyer Happy Valley
    Alicia and Vicky are both proud union members who work at the Murray’s Cheese department and they enjoy their job very much. Here they...Read more »
  • Pat Mehigan

    Pat Mehigan

    Safeway Heights
    Hi, my name is Pat Mehigan and I’m a checker at Safeway store #1103. I have 28 years in retail food all at the...Read more »
  • John Meissinger

    John Meissinger

    Safeway Sherwood
    My name is John Meissinger and I have been with Safeway in Sherwood and UFCW Local 555 for almost 2 1/2 years now. I...Read more »
  • Suzie Babbitt

    Suzie Babbitt

    Safeway Wilsonville
    Suzie Babbitt, our new steward from Wilsonville Safeway, has been a union member for over 18 years and has always been in a union...Read more »
  • James Cooper

    James Cooper

    QFC Bethany
    I really appreciate the union dental insurance plan. Recently I needed to switch from one plan to another. I was having difficulty figuring out...Read more »
  • Andrea Anderson

    Andrea Anderson

    Kaiser Mail Order Pharmacy
    My name is Andrea Anderson and I’m a steward at Kaiser’s Mail Order Pharmacy. We are fighting for a fair contract by showing management...Read more »
  • Maria Reyes

    Maria Reyes

    Safeway Lloyd Center
    I love the union and what it does for us members. We work hard and so does the union. Because of them I can...Read more »
  • Laura Mercado Alvarez

    Laura Mercado Alvarez

    Kaiser Sunnyside
    I’ve been with Kaiser for 4 years (working at the SMC check-in desk) and am a proud Union member. I’m prepared to stand with...Read more »
  • Tiffany Baumhardt

    Tiffany Baumhardt

    Kaiser Northwest
    My name is Tiffany Baumhardt and I have been a UFCW member since 1993. I am proud to have participated in the lobbying for...Read more »
  • Varessa Ellis

    Varessa Ellis

    Bay Area Hospital
    I have been a UFCW Union member for many years. Most recently I joined the negotiation team and became a shop steward. By becoming...Read more »
  • Brett Ninneman

    Brett Ninneman

    QFC Vancouver
    Hi! My name is Brett Ninneman and I’m a meat cutter at QFC store #212, Vancouver, WA. I’ve been cutting meat there for the...Read more »
  • Walt Christen

    Walt Christen

    Bales Thriftway Beaverton
    I’ve been a UFCW member since 2000, and I’ve seen a lot of changes since that time. Of the positive changes that I’ve seen,...Read more »
  • Natasha Murphy

    Natasha Murphy

    Fred Meyer Coos Bay
    I’ve been a UFCW 555 member since March 2017. I have to say I love the security I have with this union. I’m glad...Read more »
  • Bonnie Dahill

    Bonnie Dahill

    Albertson's Grants Pass
    Congratulations to Bonnie Dahill for 10 years of employment at Albertsons in Grants Pass! She would like to see a wage increase for long...Read more »
  • Heather Campbell

    Heather Campbell

    Fred Meyer Raleigh Hills
    For a few years now I’ve been pro-union because I see that it protects workers and is for the greater good. I appreciate having...Read more »
  • Shirlie Smith

    Shirlie Smith

    Safeway Lakeview
    I have always been a union supporter! I am from a multi-generational Union family. The union has the working man’s back.Read more »
  • Mary Lazard

    Mary Lazard

    Safeway Lebanon
    To me being a Steward is about helping my fellow co-workers not only know their rights, but exercise them when appropriate! Before I became...Read more »
  • Barbara Ray

    Barbara Ray

    Fred Meyer East Salem
    Barbara never thought she would be terminated. She was surprised and devastated when it happened, but she talked to her Shop Steward and got...Read more »
  • Sam Gentz

    Sam Gentz

    Fred Meyer Gateway
    Meet Sam, a proud member of Local 555. Sam has been working at Gateway Fred Meyer since May of 2016. During the survey season,...Read more »
  • Logan T.

    Logan T.

    Safeway Oregon City
    I like being in the union because I know that there’s always someone fighting for me and helping me when I need it. The...Read more »
  • Brian Mckenzie and Wendy Johnson

    Brian McKenzie and Wendy Johnson

    Fulton Provision Company
    Brian McKenzie and Wendy Johnson of Fulton Provision celebrate as negotiations wrap up. These two fought hard for their fellow union brothers and sisters...Read more »
  • Donessa Mahoney

    Donessa Mahoney

    Albertson's Baker City
    I have always gotten a quick response to all of my phone calls and concerns. I really appreciate UFCW having my back. We would...Read more »
  • Jane Micek

    Jane Micek

    Fred Meyer North Salem
    I love how the Union backs me up when I have problems. Anywhere, anytime, any one. The Union keeps me here so I can...Read more »
  • Alicia Bender

    Alicia Bender

    Safeway Stayton
    My employer had somehow confused my years of service, and I was paying over 6 times the monthly cost of insurance to cover my...Read more »
  • Cory Granger

    Cory Granger

    Albertson's Medford
    I’m so excited to join the Union. Special thanks to Kevin Ferris and Nichole for going above and beyond helping me transfer from my...Read more »
  • Diane Vermette

    Diane Vermette

    Albertson's Springfield
    I want to thank each of you participating at the bargaining table for doing everything that you do for us. I would be interested...Read more »
  • Kylie Fleming

    Kylie Fleming

    Fred Meyer Canby
    I like the Union because you guys always have my back. My rep is easy to talk to, and he and the staff are...Read more »
  • Amanda Lundin

    Amanda Lundin

    Fred Meyer East Salem
    I have worked for Kroger for over 6 years. I have recently joined a store that was Union. The union has provided so much...Read more »
  • Vickie Gray

    Vickie Gray

    Safeway Hood River
    I have been a union member most of my life. I really appreciate UFCW having my back. I am really looking forward to the...Read more »
  • James Miller

    James Miller

    Safeway Portland
    James is a long time proud union member who works at Safeway #0382 on 122nd and Powell in Portland. James says: “Brothers and sisters,...Read more »
  • Sikandra Norton

    Sikandra Norton

    Safeway Springfield
    The union’s investment into our communities’ future is notably recognized. A complete passion for those they represent is shared at the local level. I...Read more »
  • Omar Rivas

    Omar Rivas

    Safeway Junction City
    The union isn’t always appreciated, but they do so much for everyone. I thank them for sick pay and Fair Work Week and whatever...Read more »
  • Vivian Smith

    Vivian Smith

    Fred Meyer Eugene
    Great job on the Fair Work Week! You rock!! Keep up the great work and thank you for your commitment and dedication. You are...Read more »
  • Rodney Rogers

    Rodney Rogers

    Safeway Cedar Mill
    Rodney Rogers started with Fresh Cut Produce at the Cedar Mill Safeway a couple of years ago to supplement his acting and voiceover career....Read more »
  • Jordan Purvis and Timothy Farwell

    Jordan Purvis and Timothy Farwell

    Safeway
    Jordan Purvis and Timothy Farwell are both longtime proud Union members. They enjoy getting their job done while working together in the produce department...Read more »
  • Nichole Brittle

    Nichole Brittle

    Safeway Lake Oswego
    The Union has been very good to me and was there to protect me when I needed it. I strongly believe that as a...Read more »
  • Eric Gross

    Eric Gross

    Fred Meyer The Dalles
    I’m proud to have the backing of Local 555. They have done so much for living wages & fair scheduling in the state of...Read more »
  • Tim Clark

    Tim Clark

    Rosauers Hood River
    I have been in the workforce for forty-five years, in both Union and non-Union positions, and have been with UFCW Local 555 for over...Read more »
  • Robert Cartusciello

    Robert Cartusciello

    Fred Meyer Cornelius
    Robert Cartusciello from the Fred Meyer in Cornelius is happy to be working his first union job. He has been so happy with the...Read more »
  • Marcus Madden and Lisa Parrish

    Marcus Madden

    Fred Meyer Johnson Creek
    Good time, good people. I learned a lot!Read more »
  • Sally Wardlaw

    Sally Wardlaw

    Fred Meyer Corvallis
    My schedule changes all the time, even after they have been posted for the next two weeks. We need this Fair Work Week bill...Read more »
  • Ben Hobbs

    Ben Hobbs

    Fred Meyer
    Ben Hobbs has been a supportive and proud Union member since February 2002. Well-liked and respected by his fellow employees, Ben was just honored...Read more »
  • Bruce York

    Bruce York

    Albertson's McKenzie
    Thanks to UFCW 555 and my coworkers for the option to participate in Lobby Day and get my coworkers to sign ballot initiative petitions...Read more »
  • Emery Mims

    Emery Mims

    Albertson's Oregon City
    Emery Mims works at the Oregon City Albertsons and has been a member for over 38 years. He is glad to have access to...Read more »
  • Henry Muller

    Henry Muller

    Safeway Junction City
    I have been with Safeway almost three years. Since the fuel station position in Junction City has gone Union, I have a pension, better...Read more »
  • Devon Melvin

    Devon Melvin

    Food Front Hillsdale
    We’ve been part of the UFCW Local 555 for almost two years now. In that time, I have seen an immense amount of positive...Read more »
  • Shawnna Meyer

    Shawnna Meyer

    Albertson's Central Point
    Just want to thank everyone involved for their work in Salem on the Fair Work Week to make scheduling better for all Oregon workers....Read more »
  • Linda Strange

    Linda Strange

    Albertson's Battle Ground
    My name is Linda Strange and I’m a checker at the Battle Ground Albertsons. I started my career at Safeway in Carlsbad, New Mexico,...Read more »
  • Dan Gibson and Frankie Rutigliano

    Dan Gibson

    Sherm's Thunderbird Markets
    11-year-old Frankie Rutigliano plays ball for the Southern Oregon Generals Travel Team and is shown here throwing the first pitch at a Medford Rogues...Read more »
  • Mitchell Bush

    Mitchell Bush

    Fred Meyer Bend
    I enjoy being part of the Union because I am well informed about changes being made and how they will affect me. Besides, I...Read more »
  • Guss Fowlks

    Guss Fowlks

    Albertson's Santa Clara
    I want to thank UFCW Local 555 for all their hard work on Fair Work Week law. I know how this law will change...Read more »
  • Normal Lynch

    Normal Lynch

    Fred Meyer Wilsonville
    I am very proud to be a UFCW union member. I have been through enough in my life to truly appreciate what the union...Read more »
  • Bobby Kral

    Bobby Kral

    Safeway Forest Grove
    Bobby Kral has been working at the Safeway in Forest Grove for 26 years. Bobby attends very single union meeting that he can make...Read more »
  • Craig Paton

    Craig Paton

    Fred Meyer Stadium
    Craig Paton, a UFCW member for 13 years, is a lead bartender and wine steward at the Stadium Fred Meyer, a unique position with...Read more »
  • Todd Reis

    Todd Reis

    Safeway Woodburn
    I’m grateful for the support our union gives us: from strong wages to a pension that will allow me to retire (and enjoy it)....Read more »
  • Tammie Kirkland

    Tammie Kirkland

    Fred Meyer Mill Plain
    I have been with the Union since 1979. I started with Thriftway in 1979, and in 1985 I joined the Fred Meyer team. I...Read more »
  • Eric Luebke

    Eric Luebke

    Farr's True Value Hardware Coos Bay
    This was my first leadership conference and it answered many questions I had. I now feel better equipped to perform my duties as shop...Read more »
  • Denise Ruff

    Denise Ruff

    Sherm's Thunderbird Markets
    On my first day in September, 1990, I was taught to check like Sherm was right beside me. To this day I still strive...Read more »
  • Bradley Rinard

    Bradley Rinard

    Safeway Woodland
    My name is Bradley Rinard and I’m the frozen foods clerk at the Woodland Safeway in Washington. I’ve worked at this store for two...Read more »
  • Cindy Songer

    Cindy Songer

    Fred Meyer Oak Grove
    The leadership conference was enlightening and powerful with great information to share.Read more »
  • Patryce Brunson

    Patryce Brunson

    Fred Meyer Clackamas
    I am very proud of my union, they’ve helped myself and many associates over the last several years. I really enjoyed the leadership development...Read more »
  • Armina Javor

    Armina Javor

    Fred Meyer Division
    Armina Javor has been a proud Union member for sixteen years. She works at the Division Fred Meyer and loves her job. In return,...Read more »
  • Andrea Maki

    Andrea Maki

    Fred Meyer Newport
    I am a new member, looking forward to being part of the family and excited about all the benefits and possibilities available to me....Read more »
  • Terri Housel

    Terri Housel

    Fred Meyer Burlingame
    It was my privilege to be invited to the 555 Leadership Conference in October. While I am not our Shop Steward, I promote the...Read more »
  • Howard Ross

    Howard Ross

    Fred Meyer Vancouver
    My name is Howard Ross and I’m a produce clerk at Fred Meyer store #140 in Vancouver, WA. I’ve worked for Fred Meyer for...Read more »
  • Jeleah Swan

    Jeleah Swan

    Fred Meyer Interstate
    Meet Jeleah Swan. Jeleah joined Local 555 in August. She works in apparel at the Interstate Fred Meyer. After working at Walmart, Jeleah’s family...Read more »
  • Tammy Nicholas

    Tammy Nicholas

    Safeway Ainsworth
    I would like to thank the Union for their services. They look out for myself and the members. I am so happy to be...Read more »
  • Ronda Little

    Ronda Little

    Fred Meyer Hawthorne
    Ronda Little has been working for Fred Meyer for ten years. She started as a cashier in 2007 and now works as a PIC...Read more »
  • Erin Barnds

    Erin Barnds

    Safeway Vancouver
    My name is Erin Barnds and I work as a checker at Safeway #1653 in Vancouver, WA. I’ve worked for Safeway for 25 years...Read more »
  • James Duke and Kristi Buchheit

    James Duke and Kristi Buchheit

    Roth's
    Duke and Kristi Buchheit love working at Roth’s, and enjoy the benefits that their Union contract gives them. “We appreciate everything our Union does...Read more »
  • Janice Moore

    Janice Moore

    Fred Meyer Gresham
    I want to thank my Local 555 Union and the International Union. My son, Matthew Moore, has been awarded a total of $9,000 in...Read more »
  • Zainab (Zee) Priest

    Zainab (Zee) Priest

    Fred Meyer Glisan
    Meet Zee. She joined Local 555 in September of 2016. Zee once worked as a contract consultant in Saudi Arabia. She currently works in...Read more »
  • Nathan Bogucki

    Nathan Bogucki

    Safeway Ainsworth
    I am glad to be a member of UFCW Local 555. On a personal level, I appreciate the fact that our union shows up...Read more »
  • Jonathan Dean Cameron

    Jonathan Dean Cameron

    Albertson's Eugene
    I am proud to be a part of the ABC, and grateful to my brothers and sisters of Local 555 that help support it....Read more »
  • Ivan Needham

    Ivan Needham

    Fred Meyer Cornelius
    Ivan has been a member of UFCW Local 555 for nine years. Working in the pharmacy Ivan says he gets to see firsthand how...Read more »
  • Shane Rozell

    Shane Rozell

    Fred Meyer Beaverton
    Up until about 2 years ago, I was working a non-union job that didn’t provide health coverage. As I’ve gotten older—I recently turned 51—health...Read more »
  • Laura Morrow

    Laura Morrow

    Fred Meyer Oak Grove
    The conference was good for thought and tons of fun! I learned that we all are union, not just our reps. We are stronger...Read more »
  • Sally Turvey left and Cecilia Brexrude right

    Sally Turvey and Cecilia Brexrude

    Fred Meyer Happy Valley
    I enjoyed the Summit very much.Read more »
  • Keith Kicklighter

    Keith Kicklighter

    Safeway Coos Bay
    My name is Keith Kicklighter and I work at The Coos Bay Safeway where I am the assistant Deli Manager. I have been with...Read more »
  • Rebecca Cervantes

    Rebecca Cervantes

    Rosauers Hood River
    Hi, my name is Rebecca Cervantes. I’m a courtesy clerk at the Hood River Rosauers. I have been there almost 2 years now. The...Read more »
  • Dino Fortunati

    Dino Fortunati

    Safeway Bend
    I am very happy and proud to be a member of the UFCW Local 555. I have been a member for well over a...Read more »
  • Will Ross

    Will Ross

    Safeway McMinnville
    I work at the McMinnville Safeway. I’m excited for the Fair Work Week law to go into effect this year. We can finally have...Read more »
  • Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford

    Fred Meyer Newport
    I’ve worked at Fred Meyer since 1998 and have been a shop steward almost as long. It has been a great honor to work...Read more »
  • Nancy Dudgeon

    Safeway Vancouver
    Hi, my name is Nancy Dudgeon and I work at the Vancouver Safeway 1519 in the deli. I’ve worked at the Hazel Dell store...Read more »
  • Jessyka Gayewski

    Jessyka Gayewski

    Bay Area Hospital
    Member Jessyka Gayewski receives her $250 International ABC Impact gift card from her Representative Tera Martinez. Jessyka joined the Active Ballot Club to help...Read more »
  • Kelly Jo Richards

    Kelly Jo Richards

    Kaiser Permanente
    My name is Kelly Jo Richards and I’m a Labor Partner working for Kaiser Permanente. I’m paid by the employer to represent our members....Read more »
  • Jessica Lang & Erin Megyesi

    Jessica Lang & Erin Megyesi

    Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center
    Erin Megyesi and Jessica Lang both work for Kaiser Permanente at the Sunnyside Medical Center. They were chosen by their co-workers to help lead...Read more »
  • Mara Hooper

    Mara Hooper

    Kaiser Permanente
    Mara Hooper is an Improvement Advisor at Kaiser Permanente and a Steward for our Union. Mara brings a lot of experience to our team...Read more »
  • Deborah Newcomb

    Deborah Newcomb

    Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center
    I’m one of the steward council co-chairs at Kaiser’s Sunnyside Medical Center, where I work as an EEG Technologist. Being able to solve problems...Read more »
  • Chris Toquero

    Chris Toquero

    Kaiser Permanente Skyline Pharmacy
    My name is Chris Toquero and I’m a steward at Kaiser’s Skyline pharmacy. As a steward it’s my job to know the contract, answer...Read more »
  • Julie Deanbaugh

    Julie Deanbaugh

    Lower Umpqua Hospital
    The leadership conference was filled with education, camaraderie, and fun. This is my second year and it was nice to see faces from last...Read more »
  • Debbie Anderson

    Debbie Anderson

    Lower Umpqua Hospital
    This is my first leadership conference. I found it very informative. The guest speakers were great and I enjoyed the different classes.Read more »
  • Valerie Spier

    Valerie Spier

    Valerie Spier is happy to be back to work after being suspended. She knew she did not do what the employer accused her of,...Read more »
  • Derek Hall

    Derek Hall

    Murray Hill
    I learned a lot about policy at the UFCW Local 555 leadership conference. It was informative on how the union process works as well...Read more »
  • Alisa Palmer

    Alisa Palmer

    Baycrest Village
    It was a privilege to be able to be a part of the leadership conference. I learned so much and met so many amazing...Read more »
  • Desirae Hall

    Desirae Hall

    Baycrest Village
    The union summit was amazing! I felt much more informed about the information I needed to be more helpful to my coworkers in time...Read more »
  • Richard Evans

    Richard Evans

    First Student
    The leadership conference has been a great source of ideas for solutions to many of our workplace situations. Sharing experiences and issues with other...Read more »
  • Pat Parker

    Pat Parker

    First Student
    This is my second year as a steward attending the leadership conference. The experience has been very beneficial. I have learned loads of useful...Read more »

Elizabeth Bonaventura

Fred Meyer

My name is Elizabeth Bonaventura. I have worked at Fred Meyer Newberg for 9 years. I had never had any problems before so I never really needed the union’s help. However, recently I was terminated. I met with the union and we filed a grievance. The union was able to win the grievance and I am very happy to say I am going back to work.

Alicia Reardon and Vicky Perez

Fred Meyer

Alicia and Vicky are both proud union members who work at the Murray’s Cheese department and they enjoy their job very much. Here they say they are having fun “keeping it cheesy.” Stop by sometime to say “hello,” and don’t forget to also say “Cheese!”

Pat Mehigan

Safeway

Hi, my name is Pat Mehigan and I’m a checker at Safeway store #1103. I have 28 years in retail food all at the same store here in Vancouver. I started as a courtesy clerk some years ago when our President, Dan Clay, was my union rep. I love my work but I don’t think I would enjoy it as much if I didn’t have union representation. I’ve had to use the union a couple times over the years and they have come through for me. I also contribute to the Active Ballot Club because I understand unions are the only major organizations out here fighting to make things better for us working folks politically. Our store didn’t have a steward for a long time (if ever) so I spoke with my rep and now I’m a steward in training. To my fellow union brothers and sisters: get involved in your union!

John Meissinger

Safeway

My name is John Meissinger and I have been with Safeway in Sherwood and UFCW Local 555 for almost 2 1/2 years now. I love the fact that the union has my back. It feels nice to know that I have someone to go to if I feel like I’m not being treated fairly by my employer.

Suzie Babbitt

Safeway

Suzie Babbitt, our new steward from Wilsonville Safeway, has been a union member for over 18 years and has always been in a union family. She says, “I want to thank Local 555 for making it possible for parents to stay home with their children when they are too sick to be in daycare. A healthy family is a happy family!” Suzie is very excited to be a shop steward and to help represent and coach her co-workers.

James Cooper

QFC

I really appreciate the union dental insurance plan. Recently I needed to switch from one plan to another. I was having difficulty figuring out how to switch. I called the union for help and just like that I was able to switch. Thank you, Local 555.

Andrea Anderson

Kaiser

My name is Andrea Anderson and I’m a steward at Kaiser’s Mail Order Pharmacy. We are fighting for a fair contract by showing management we are unified. Joining with the other Unions at Kaiser, we are circulating petitions that lay out our priorities. Everyone I work with signed!

Maria Reyes

Safeway

I love the union and what it does for us members. We work hard and so does the union. Because of them I can take care of my family. Thank you, 555!

Laura Mercado Alvarez

Kaiser

I’ve been with Kaiser for 4 years (working at the SMC check-in desk) and am a proud Union member. I’m prepared to stand with my Union Brothers and Sisters at our upcoming bargaining.

Tiffany Baumhardt

Kaiser

My name is Tiffany Baumhardt and I have been a UFCW member since 1993. I am proud to have participated in the lobbying for Fair Work Week. As a healthcare professional, it is clear that the stress of not knowing your schedule takes a toll on an individual and on their family. Thank you to our Union for leading the way and demanding advance notice of work schedules. This will go a long way for working families.

Varessa Ellis

Bay Area Hospital

I have been a UFCW Union member for many years. Most recently I joined the negotiation team and became a shop steward. By becoming a more active member I have realized more benefits of the Union.

Brett Ninneman

QFC

Hi! My name is Brett Ninneman and I’m a meat cutter at QFC store #212, Vancouver, WA. I’ve been cutting meat there for the last 2 years and have worked in retail grocery since 2007. I’ve worked my way up from courtesy clerk then to checker, produce clerk, and then in the meat department as a wrapper, and now a cutter. I really appreciate having the union insurance covering myself and my wife and it’s good to know that when we decide to start a family it will cover all of us for $25.00 a week. In my years working in retail I’ve never had to be represented, but it’s good to know they are there if needed. I also have a brother who is a meat cutter (Cary Ninneman, also working for QFC in store #205 in Portland), so we have a bit of a family affair with QFC and meat cutting. Overall I’m happy with what has been negotiated with our contracts in the past but would like to see the pay gap increased between newbies and journeymen, and I’m looking forward to upcoming talks. In closing, I think we need to get more involved in our union, including myself. I think they are doing a great job protecting what’s important to us, our livelihood!

Walt Christen

Bales Thriftway

I’ve been a UFCW member since 2000, and I’ve seen a lot of changes since that time. Of the positive changes that I’ve seen, the passage of the First Day Sick Pay law was one of the biggest. I appreciate the new law because you don’t feel forced to come into work sick anymore. You don’t have to make a choice between getting paid and getting other people sick. I really look forward to the Fair Work Week law going into effect—I’m optimistic that it will be a really positive change for the workers!

Natasha Murphy

Fred Meyer

I’ve been a UFCW 555 member since March 2017. I have to say I love the security I have with this union. I’m glad we have the mandatory pay raises that the company has to give us. The insurance is amazing and so much cheaper than any other place I’ve seen!! I had thought about going back to work in the dentistry profession but it was too expensive to cover myself, my husband, and kids. That has played a huge role in my decision to stay here with union benefits because I can afford the coverage!!

Bonnie Dahill

Albertson's

Congratulations to Bonnie Dahill for 10 years of employment at Albertsons in Grants Pass! She would like to see a wage increase for long term Courtesy Clerks.

Bonnie says, “Be active, stay strong, go UFCW 555!”

Heather Campbell

Fred Meyer

For a few years now I’ve been pro-union because I see that it protects workers and is for the greater good. I appreciate having someone to go to if I’m in a tough situation. I’ve been following “Right to Work,” and I really hope it doesn’t pass— we need to have employees’ and workers’ interests in mind, not the interests of big corporations!

Shirlie Smith

Safeway

I have always been a union supporter! I am from a multi-generational Union family. The union has the working man’s back.

Mary Lazard

Safeway

To me being a Steward is about helping my fellow co-workers not only know their rights, but exercise them when appropriate! Before I became a Steward, I was at a place in my job where I felt hopeless, down, and ready to find another job. It was then by happenstance that I was invited to the 2017 Leadership Conference where I learned about what a steward is/does. Knowing my store didn’t have one, I jumped on the opportunity to not only better the store for myself, but for everyone else who has become a member before me, and all of those who come after. I now wake up ready to go to work and excited knowing that I have made this into a career, and not just my job.

I love being a part of Local 555, knowing I am making a difference. I even got a tattoo of a pink donut with chocolate strips and a 555 inside, with the words “A voice for working America” around it as a dedication and commitment to 555. Thank you United Food & Commercial Workers! Let’s rock this, together we can make a difference. People helping people is what it’s all about. (Not the hokey pokey like we’ve all been led to believe. Lol)

Barbara Ray

Fred Meyer

Barbara never thought she would be terminated. She was surprised and devastated when it happened, but she talked to her Shop Steward and got UFCW Local 555 on the case. She is back to work and happy to be helping customers!

Sam Gentz

Fred Meyer

Meet Sam, a proud member of Local 555. Sam has been working at Gateway Fred Meyer since May of 2016. During the survey season, Sam started telling co-workers to complete our bargaining survey because, “the union is the only reason we have protections at all!”

Logan T.

Safeway

I like being in the union because I know that there’s always someone fighting for me and helping me when I need it. The benefits are great. And overall it’s just good knowing that I’m not alone.

Brian McKenzie and Wendy Johnson

Fulton Provision Company

Brian McKenzie and Wendy Johnson of Fulton Provision celebrate as negotiations wrap up. These two fought hard for their fellow union brothers and sisters by serving on their bargaining committee. They walked away with hard wage increases every year, increases to their pension plan, increased time off for senior employees, and caps on any potential medical increases. Importantly, they also walked away with a sense of pride knowing that they had the full backing and solidarity of their fellow union members. They have committed to continuing the work of building their union and taking the first steps to becoming shop stewards. Congrats to all the members at Fulton Provision Company.

Donessa Mahoney

Albertson's

I have always gotten a quick response to all of my phone calls and concerns. I really appreciate UFCW having my back. We would really have problems if we didn’t have such a great team working for us.

Jane Micek

Fred Meyer

I love how the Union backs me up when I have problems. Anywhere, anytime, any one. The Union keeps me here so I can do my job happily.

Alicia Bender

Safeway

My employer had somehow confused my years of service, and I was paying over 6 times the monthly cost of insurance to cover my husband. Getting nowhere with employee services, I called my UFCW representative. In short order, the issue was corrected, my husband was completely covered under my premium, and I was sent a large refund check for the error. I am on the right path now due to my Union.

Cory Granger

Albertson's

I’m so excited to join the Union. Special thanks to Kevin Ferris and Nichole for going above and beyond helping me transfer from my non-union position to joining. I’m so thrilled to be a part of the 555 family. Look forward to the journey with 555 by my side.

Diane Vermette

Albertson's

I want to thank each of you participating at the bargaining table for doing everything that you do for us. I would be interested in a higher wage considering the raise in minimum wage.

Kylie Fleming

Fred Meyer

I like the Union because you guys always have my back. My rep is easy to talk to, and he and the staff are always easy to get a hold of and responsive to my needs.

Amanda Lundin

Fred Meyer

I have worked for Kroger for over 6 years. I have recently joined a store that was Union. The union has provided so much help with a pay increase and helping me to get on insurance. Ellen was so persistent when I went to apply for open enrollment. I kept forgetting one part on the enrollment and Ellen was kind and helpful with everything. I love my Union and would recommend the Union to anyone.

Vickie Gray

Safeway

I have been a union member most of my life. I really appreciate UFCW having my back. I am really looking forward to the benefits that I should be getting with my new contract. Thank you for everything you do.

James Miller

Safeway

James is a long time proud union member who works at Safeway #0382 on 122nd and Powell in Portland. James says: “Brothers and sisters, we work hard for our employers every day and it is time for them to give us a good contract with livable wages and benefits so we can provide for our families. Please support the bargaining committee by attending meeting and rallies on an effort to accomplish that in bargaining.”

Sikandra Norton

Safeway

The union’s investment into our communities’ future is notably recognized. A complete passion for those they represent is shared at the local level. I would like to thank each and every one of you. We honor those who represent us now, as we honor all who have served the cause.

Omar Rivas

Safeway

The union isn’t always appreciated, but they do so much for everyone. I thank them for sick pay and Fair Work Week and whatever they bring into our contract. Keep up the great work.

Vivian Smith

Fred Meyer

Great job on the Fair Work Week! You rock!! Keep up the great work and thank you for your commitment and dedication. You are appreciated more than you know!

Rodney Rogers

Safeway

Rodney Rogers started with Fresh Cut Produce at the Cedar Mill Safeway a couple of years ago to supplement his acting and voiceover career. He enjoys being a part of his Union and says “I’ve taken advantage of the great services provided by the UFCW 555 including health benefits, the Union pension, and contributions to the Union political fund.” Safeway encourages him to provide frequent Voice Over Intercom calls announcing shopper deals, which also gives him practice for his voice characters!

Jordan Purvis and Timothy Farwell

Safeway

Jordan Purvis and Timothy Farwell are both longtime proud Union members. They enjoy getting their job done while working together in the produce department at the Safeway 1070.

Nichole Brittle

Safeway

The Union has been very good to me and was there to protect me when I needed it. I strongly believe that as a union we are headed in a very good direction. I’m proud to say I am a UFCW 555 member!

Eric Gross

Fred Meyer

I’m proud to have the backing of Local 555. They have done so much for living wages & fair scheduling in the state of Oregon and I’m looking forward to stewarding and organizing new workers! Let’s raise those journey wages next time!

Tim Clark

Rosauers

I have been in the workforce for forty-five years, in both Union and non-Union positions, and have been with UFCW Local 555 for over 10 years. One great thing about being a Union member is the benefits, which make our jobs worth more in the long run. And, I have peace of mind knowing the Union has my back and fights for our rights. Now that I’m living in a small tourist town, I hope 555 will be effective in keeping our wages reasonable as the cost of living becomes outrageous. Join a Union, take care of our future. Keep up the good fight!

Robert Cartusciello

Fred Meyer

Robert Cartusciello from the Fred Meyer in Cornelius is happy to be working his first union job. He has been so happy with the new sick leave law and can’t wait to see what happens with the Fair Work Week campaign. Rob is also interested in being involved in the upcoming contract negotiations because he understands that unions are stronger when we stand together.

Marcus Madden

Fred Meyer

Good time, good people. I learned a lot!

Sally Wardlaw

Fred Meyer

My schedule changes all the time, even after they have been posted for the next two weeks. We need this Fair Work Week bill to hold the companies accountable.

Ben Hobbs

Fred Meyer

Ben Hobbs has been a supportive and proud Union member since February 2002. Well-liked and respected by his fellow employees, Ben was just honored by Fred Meyer as the “Employee of the Quarter!” Congratulations, Ben, and thank you for your help in organizing ClickList employees!

Bruce York

Albertson's

Thanks to UFCW 555 and my coworkers for the option to participate in Lobby Day and get my coworkers to sign ballot initiative petitions to help change legislation on Fair Work Week. I am thankful to be part of Local 555 to make members’ lives better.

Emery Mims

Albertson's

Emery Mims works at the Oregon City Albertsons and has been a member for over 38 years. He is glad to have access to Local 555’s healthcare and pension plan. He intends to work for a few more years and he appreciates the role his seniority plays in getting a good schedule and good hours.

Henry Muller

Safeway

I have been with Safeway almost three years. Since the fuel station position in Junction City has gone Union, I have a pension, better insurance, and if I work more than eight hour in a day, I get overtime. I would like to thank UFCW Local 555 for what they do for me and my coworkers, and for fellow Union Members.

Devon Melvin

Food Front

We’ve been part of the UFCW Local 555 for almost two years now. In that time, I have seen an immense amount of positive change. It feels good to see coworkers feeling more empowered and letting their voices be heard by management. Going forward, I am certain we will continue to see positive and productive growth with the Union on our side.

Shawnna Meyer

Albertson's

Just want to thank everyone involved for their work in Salem on the Fair Work Week to make scheduling better for all Oregon workers. UFCW strong!

Linda Strange

Albertson's

My name is Linda Strange and I’m a checker at the Battle Ground Albertsons. I started my career at Safeway in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where I worked as a SOM for five years and was also an alternate steward. I moved here two years ago to be closer to my family. I’ve always enjoyed being a union member because it gives us a voice in the workplace, inexpensive insurance, representation, and consistent pay raises. Having the Union in the store is new to a lot of people but I think they’ll end up wanting to have us here in the long run. I think it’s a good thing to have negotiated contracts instead of going years without a pay raise. Today more than ever we need to keep the union around and I want to play my part and help my coworkers by being the steward at Albertsons 592. When I’m not working I enjoy relaxing at home or going for a good hike as a chance to enjoy being outdoors.

Dan Gibson

Sherm's Thunderbird Markets

11-year-old Frankie Rutigliano plays ball for the Southern Oregon Generals Travel Team and is shown here throwing the first pitch at a Medford Rogues ball game. Strike! In the second picture he is out with Dan Gibson (his very proud Grandpa) at UFCW Member Appreciation Night. Dan has worked at Sherm’s Thunderbird Markets since 1977 and has been a UFCW member for 40 years. Thanks for being a part of the Local 555 family, Dan and Frankie!

Mitchell Bush

Fred Meyer

I enjoy being part of the Union because I am well informed about changes being made and how they will affect me. Besides, I feel like my voice can be heard in the workplace.

Guss Fowlks

Albertson's

I want to thank UFCW Local 555 for all their hard work on Fair Work Week law. I know how this law will change my life and my family’s life. All my brothers and sisters in 555 will benefit from this.

Normal Lynch

Fred Meyer

I am very proud to be a UFCW union member. I have been through enough in my life to truly appreciate what the union does and am looking forward to become a shop steward so I can get more involved and help my coworkers. I have been around long enough to appreciate what the union does for their members and community.

Bobby Kral

Safeway

Bobby Kral has been working at the Safeway in Forest Grove for 26 years. Bobby attends very single union meeting that he can make it to. He loves being a member of Local 555 and is thankful for his excellent union pension that he has built up over the years.

Craig Paton

Fred Meyer

Craig Paton, a UFCW member for 13 years, is a lead bartender and wine steward at the Stadium Fred Meyer, a unique position with the company. He enjoys forming relationships with regular customers and educating people about wine pairings. “I do think this is the best job at Fred Meyers! I love entertaining people.” In fact, Craig came up with a new idea for customers to be able to sit and drink in the bar and order their groceries on their ClickList app so they can relax while the shopping is done for them!

Todd Reis

Safeway

I’m grateful for the support our union gives us: from strong wages to a pension that will allow me to retire (and enjoy it). Our union has even improved the lives of people all across the state with recent wins in Salem! I can’t wait to see what’s next!!!

Tammie Kirkland

Fred Meyer

I have been with the Union since 1979. I started with Thriftway in 1979, and in 1985 I joined the Fred Meyer team. I have worked at the Mill Plain Fred Meyer since 1986. I believe my Dad was in the AWPPW Union for 40 years, so I was raised Union. My late father-in-law started the ULRA back in the early ’60s. I am a firm supporter of unions and can testify to all the benefits that a union can offer. I know from recent experience that the medical plan we have is excellent. My sister-in-law has been in the Union with Safeway for several years as well. I’m grateful for all of the benefits the Union provides for all the members. Many thanks to the leadership of Dan, Jeff, and their staff, and all the members as well.

Eric Luebke

Farr's True Value Hardware

This was my first leadership conference and it answered many questions I had. I now feel better equipped to perform my duties as shop steward. Thanks UFCW!

Denise Ruff

Sherm's Thunderbird Markets

On my first day in September, 1990, I was taught to check like Sherm was right beside me. To this day I still strive for that way of thinking. When Sherm would come in for his daily “rounds” always smiling, I would try to catch a hug. I will say though, the ultimate moments were being blessed enough to see Sherm and Steve together at the store, both with smiles!

Bradley Rinard

Safeway

My name is Bradley Rinard and I’m the frozen foods clerk at the Woodland Safeway in Washington. I’ve worked at this store for two years and we recently converted over to the whole store being Union. I’m proud to be a member in a union store: the benefits are good and we have representation. My hobbies are paintball, bowling, and I’m starting a billiards league. I have recently signed up to become the Union Steward at my store and I look forward to the challenge of assisting my co-workers with making sure their rights aren’t being violated. And I can keep the family union tradition going because my dad is the Union Steward in his chemical plant!

Cindy Songer

Fred Meyer

The leadership conference was enlightening and powerful with great information to share.

Patryce Brunson

Fred Meyer

I am very proud of my union, they’ve helped myself and many associates over the last several years. I really enjoyed the leadership development conference; it was very educational and will benefit my coworkers as well as myself. I am really excited to see the progress we’ve accomplished and am enthusiastic about our future as a union. I feel confident with the direction and our continued success.

Armina Javor

Fred Meyer

Armina Javor has been a proud Union member for sixteen years. She works at the Division Fred Meyer and loves her job. In return, she is loved by her co-workers and customers alike!

Andrea Maki

Fred Meyer

I am a new member, looking forward to being part of the family and excited about all the benefits and possibilities available to me. I have lots to learn and want to be active and involved with the Union.

Terri Housel

Fred Meyer

It was my privilege to be invited to the 555 Leadership Conference in October. While I am not our Shop Steward, I promote the benefits of being Union at every opportunity. The shift to include “Leadership” folks like myself opened up the scope of conversation, which I found beneficial. I now have a more focused picture of how I can make a difference at my store. I look forward to next year with great anticipation, when we will greet old friends, make new ones, expand our knowledge, and have an overall great time.

Howard Ross

Fred Meyer

My name is Howard Ross and I’m a produce clerk at Fred Meyer store #140 in Vancouver, WA. I’ve worked for Fred Meyer for 10 years, 8 1/2 as a Union member. I’ve worked in produce since I was 10 years old working at a farmers market, so coming to the produce department at this store was a good fit for me. Also it’s good to work at the same store as my daughter, Deborah Peralta. She’s also our Union Steward. As far as the Union goes it’s good to work for a Fortune 500 company and also be represented by UFCW, knowing that they have my back if I need them. I also enjoy seeing our Union Rep Ron come into the store because he’s approachable and he’s always professional and happy. In my spare time I enjoy sports, hiking, golf, and just enjoying the outdoors. I would have to say that it makes it easier to have a long term position with Fred Meyer knowing that I’ll have a pension from the Union when I retire. Also, the health care is inexpensive.

Jeleah Swan

Fred Meyer

Meet Jeleah Swan. Jeleah joined Local 555 in August. She works in apparel at the Interstate Fred Meyer. After working at Walmart, Jeleah’s family is so happy for her to get the benefits and protections of a Union contract. Jeleah’s thinking about going to school and might apply for our International Scholarship Program. In her spare time she enjoys thrift shopping and going to the movies.

Tammy Nicholas

Safeway

I would like to thank the Union for their services. They look out for myself and the members. I am so happy to be a member of 555.

Ronda Little

Fred Meyer

Ronda Little has been working for Fred Meyer for ten years. She started as a cashier in 2007 and now works as a PIC at Hawthorne Fred Meyer. She appreciates that the Union has always had her back.

Erin Barnds

Safeway

My name is Erin Barnds and I work as a checker at Safeway #1653 in Vancouver, WA. I’ve worked for Safeway for 25 years at only three stores: Cascade, Battle Ground, and this one. It’s taken awhile but now I understand the importance of having a union in our workplace. I decided to step up and help my co-workers understand their rights under their Union contract by being the Union Steward for my store. I like the idea of learning something new because Ron, our Union Rep, brings together all the stewards in Vancouver for training and we get to meet each other and we get to hear what’s happening in the different stores. Also my dad was union for 45 years with Safeway night crew. I have a 13 year-old daughter and I like to spend my spare time reading and hanging out at Barnes & Noble. I’m looking forward to being more active in the Union and getting through the steward training.

James Duke and Kristi Buchheit

Roth's

Duke and Kristi Buchheit love working at Roth’s, and enjoy the benefits that their Union contract gives them.

“We appreciate everything our Union does for us, and look forward to seeing even stronger contracts being bargained in the future.”

Janice Moore

Fred Meyer

I want to thank my Local 555 Union and the International Union. My son, Matthew Moore, has been awarded a total of $9,000 in scholarships from the Union. He is studying at the University of Oregon. We both are very thankful for this opportunity to help him with all the costs of college. This is another great example of the benefits of being a Union member.

Zainab (Zee) Priest

Fred Meyer

Meet Zee. She joined Local 555 in September of 2016. Zee once worked as a contract consultant in Saudi Arabia. She currently works in seafood at Glisan Fred Meyer and is considering becoming a steward for Local 555.

Nathan Bogucki

Safeway

I am glad to be a member of UFCW Local 555. On a personal level, I appreciate the fact that our union shows up and works closely with members. I know the union takes it’s members seriously and looks out for our best interests.

Jonathan Dean Cameron

Albertson's

I am proud to be a part of the ABC, and grateful to my brothers and sisters of Local 555 that help support it. Over the past few years they have helped me and my co-workers pass laws to make our lives better! Thank you to Local 555 and for all you do!

Ivan Needham

Fred Meyer

Ivan has been a member of UFCW Local 555 for nine years. Working in the pharmacy Ivan says he gets to see firsthand how good the health benefits for UFCW members are. He also looks forward to attending the Labor Day Picnic at Oaks Park every year.

Shane Rozell

Fred Meyer

Up until about 2 years ago, I was working a non-union job that didn’t provide health
coverage. As I’ve gotten older—I recently turned 51—health coverage has become more and more important to me. It has been warming and comforting to know that my union has my back and has helped me get the care that I need—without destroying my wallet!

Laura Morrow

Fred Meyer

The conference was good for thought and tons of fun! I learned that we all are union, not just our reps. We are stronger TOGETHER!

Sally Turvey and Cecilia Brexrude

Fred Meyer

I enjoyed the Summit very much.

Keith Kicklighter

Safeway

My name is Keith Kicklighter and I work at The Coos Bay Safeway where I am the assistant Deli Manager. I have been with Local 555 for almost 4 years. I attended the annual leadership conference this year and it was very informative. I notice that a lot of the other union members had the same problems as us, and together I think we can fix all of the problems.

Rebecca Cervantes

Rosauers

Hi, my name is Rebecca Cervantes. I’m a courtesy clerk at the Hood River Rosauers. I have been there almost 2 years now. The union has helped me out in many ways—from problems at work to just questions and concerns. The union works hard and has your back like a family, which I’m happy to be a part of.

Dino Fortunati

Safeway

I am very happy and proud to be a member of the UFCW Local 555. I have been a member for well over a decade and feel we are headed in a great direction.

Will Ross

Safeway

I work at the McMinnville Safeway. I’m excited for the Fair Work Week law to go into effect this year. We can finally have a private life! It’s going to be a good new year.

Dan Crawford

Fred Meyer

I’ve worked at Fred Meyer since 1998 and have been a shop steward almost as long. It has been a great honor to work as a shop steward for the crew at Newport Fred Meyer. It’s great to hear the news of the Fair Work Week law. It’s a great step for establishing a better work life balance for retail workers. A lot of times, especially during the holiday seasons, we’re treated as salaried employees, on call and yet only compensated for hours worked. With the FWW law, we will be compensated for showing our employer hard work and dedication!

Nancy Dudgeon

Safeway

Hi, my name is Nancy Dudgeon and I work at the Vancouver Safeway 1519 in the deli. I’ve worked at the Hazel Dell store and the Washougal store over my 22 year career with Safeway but had to take a year off for health reasons. I’m back now! I can say I come from a union family because my Dad spent 32 years with Safeway, and my husband spent 40 years as a union pipefiter. I spent a couple of years non-union and didn’t like not having union representation. As union members we have affordable insurance, a pension, and help when I had a short term disability. I would like to say to the young people: you don’t know how good you have it with our union here until it’s gone!

Jessyka Gayewski

Bay Area Hospital

Member Jessyka Gayewski receives her $250 International ABC Impact gift card from her Representative Tera Martinez. Jessyka joined the Active Ballot Club to help people in her community, her coworkers, and fellow Union Members. The Fair Work Week legislation was really important to Jessyka because it will help people get that extra time off between shifts. She looks forward to knowing that her ABC dollars will continue to help working families with future legislation.

Kelly Jo Richards

Kaiser Permanente

My name is Kelly Jo Richards and I’m a Labor Partner working for Kaiser Permanente. I’m paid by the employer to represent our members. It’s exciting to help build our Union as we approach bargaining next year. The work we are doing today is like an investment that will pay off in better wages and a better contract.

Jessica Lang & Erin Megyesi

Kaiser Permanente

Erin Megyesi and Jessica Lang both work for Kaiser Permanente at the Sunnyside Medical Center. They were chosen by their co-workers to help lead their Unit Based Teams and a big part of their job is to make sure that their co-workers have a voice on important issues at work.

Mara Hooper

Kaiser Permanente

Mara Hooper is an Improvement Advisor at Kaiser Permanente and a Steward for our Union. Mara brings a lot of experience to our team with prior experience as a Pharmacy Tech and as a Co-Lead of her Unit Based Team. Recently, most of our Kaiser Stewards came to the Union Hall to learn more about being a Steward and to prepare for our upcoming contract campaign. Empowering our members and building a strong Union will be essential to winning the best contract possible.

Deborah Newcomb

Kaiser Permanente

I’m one of the steward council co-chairs at Kaiser’s Sunnyside Medical Center, where I work as an EEG Technologist. Being able to solve problems in my workplace makes me feel great about my union! It’s exciting to see so many members getting involved as we get ready for bargaining.

Chris Toquero

Kaiser Permanente

My name is Chris Toquero and I’m a steward at Kaiser’s Skyline pharmacy. As a steward it’s my job to know the contract, answer questions, and spot problems. Having trained stewards who know what to do is the best way to defend our contract and protect our members.

Julie Deanbaugh

Lower Umpqua Hospital

The leadership conference was filled with education, camaraderie, and fun. This is my second year and it was nice to see faces from last year…loved it!

Debbie Anderson

Lower Umpqua Hospital

This is my first leadership conference. I found it very informative. The guest speakers were great and I enjoyed the different classes.

Valerie Spier

Valerie Spier is happy to be back to work after being suspended. She knew she did not do what the employer accused her of, and so she asked her union for help. An investigation proved that Valerie was, in fact, innocent and she was returned to work, with back pay!

Derek Hall

I learned a lot about policy at the UFCW Local 555 leadership conference. It was informative on how the union process works as well as sick pay, seniority, and the grievance process. I will now have the tools to help my fellow union members and communicate what I’ve learned.

Alisa Palmer

Baycrest Village

It was a privilege to be able to be a part of the leadership conference. I learned so much and met so many amazing new people. I’m very much looking forward to attending next year.

Desirae Hall

Baycrest Village

The union summit was amazing! I felt much more informed about the information I needed to be more helpful to my coworkers in time of need. I enjoyed meeting people and hearing them speak about experiences and their lives in the union. I feel proud to be part of this Union.

Richard Evans

First Student

The leadership conference has been a great source of ideas for solutions to many of our workplace situations. Sharing experiences and issues with other stewards from various types of jobs have been very, very helpful. The workshops have been excellent with great topics and trainings and will really increase our knowledge and effectiveness. This has been a fantastic and motivational learning experience.

Pat Parker

First Student

This is my second year as a steward attending the leadership conference. The experience has been very beneficial. I have learned loads of useful tips on ways to help and encourage members. I have made many new friends and contacts for additional help in being a steward.

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