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Grocery workers ready to walk in 3 states

Grocery workers ready to walk in 3 states NW Labor Press Don McIntosh In a series of strike votes over the summer, members of United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) in Oregon, Washington, and California voted overwhelmingly to authorize strikes if contract bargaining with big grocery chains fails to produce acceptable union contracts. On one side are 20,000 members of … Read more »

Labor disputes across Oregon heat up on Labor Day

Labor disputes across Oregon heat up on Labor Day The Oregonian Jeff Manning After a 50-year decline that has seen union membership in the United States plunge to just 6% in the private sector, critics proclaimed organized labor to be finished. An irrelevant anachronism from an earlier age. Last year’s Janus decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was supposed to … Read more »

Unions: Growing gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ driving strike activity

Unions: Growing gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ driving strike activity TDN.com Mallory Gruben Labor Day this year finds the Cowlitz County workforce on the verge of a number of strikes, with hundreds of union-represented employees poised to walk out if their contract negotiations fail to reach a settlement soon. Unions at three different companies recently passed strike authorization votes … Read more »

Unity Negotiations: the twelfth meeting

Employers offers 10₵ over minimum wage…after offering less than minimum wage. Prepare yourself to applaud the employers’ “most generous offer to date.” Or, don’t. Yesterday, employers put forth a proposal that stunned the Unity Team with its sheer cluelessness…a proposal that would, by the end of the contract term, see several departments paid below what minimum wage would be that … Read more »

Oregon Grocery and University Workers Poised to Strike

Oregon Grocery and University Workers Poised to Strike Portland Mercury Blair Stenvick Workers at two Portland institutions—Portland State University (PSU) and Fred Meyer—could go on strike in a matter of days or weeks. In both cases, disputes over wage increases are the driving forces behind the possible labor strikes. Over the weekend, members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local … Read more »

Grocery store strike an option in Fred Meyer, Safeway contract negotiations

Grocery store strike an option in Fred Meyer, Safeway contract negotiations TDN.com Mallory Gruben Thousands of grocery store workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington — including about 600 Kelso-Longview employees — authorized union leadership to call for a strike as part of their negotiating strategy against several big-name grocery stores. However, the union has no immediate plans for a walkout. … Read more »

Union members authorize potential grocery strike in Oregon, SW Washington

Union members authorize potential grocery strike in Oregon, SW Washington The Columbian United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 announced on Sunday that its members have voted to authorize a potential strike. The union local represents grocery workers at Safeway, Albertsons, Fred Meyer and QFC stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The union held a series of 92 strike authorization … Read more »