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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 »

Local Victories in Oregon and SW Washington

The November 2020 general election was an incredibly important one for working people both nationally and specifically here in Oregon & Southwest Washington. Beyond just the top of the ticket there were a number of incredibly important local and statewide races. Overall UFCW Local 555 participated in over 100 races, endorsing candidates and ballot measures across the region, and we … Read more »

Looking forward to a pro-worker future

It’s official: Joe Biden is President-elect of the United States. Kamala Harris is Vice President-elect. With Biden’s decades of experience working alongside union leaders, endorsement of almost every major union across the country, and promise for “the most significant pro-labor, pro-worker administration,” we have a wide path ahead to build a better America for working people. The largest obstacle on … Read more »