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In the News: SpaceBuds: The Next Generation

Workers are unionizing at Eugene’s SpaceBuds to have more workplace stability, better wages and benefits   “Workers at the Eugene sci-fi themed cannabis dispensary SpaceBuds have a goal: to boldly go where few dispensaries have gone before — by forming a union. After voting 5-4 on April 4 to join the established United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 union, … Read more »

UFCW 555 Files for Union Election at New Seasons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 31, 2022 Hillsboro, Oregon – On Friday, May 27, UFCW Local 555 filed for a Union Election at the Hillsboro New Seasons location. Workers reached out to UFCW for assistance in organizing a union at their workplace, following a buy-out by South Korean investors. They are concerned by changes to the company’s culture and business ethics impacting … Read more »

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 »

The Wake of a Strike

We have a Tentative Agreement for Safeway and Albertsons On February 17th and 18th, the Union Negotiations Committee met with representatives for Safeway and Albertsons and reached a Tentative Agreement. While the contract is similar to the settlement we got for Fred Meyer and QFC members in December, there are some key differences. The Tentative Agreement includes meaningful wage increases … 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 »

Safeway & Albertsons: Ratified!

It’s official! The 3-year contract between Safeway/Albertsons and Local 555 members in Oregon and SW Washington is ratified! The new contract features: Considerable wage increases Improved workplace protections & safety Retirement security Continued stability & reliability for our health plan   If your contract has ALREADY expired, Your employer has 60 days to implement your wage increases, and 90 days … 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 »

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