Oregon Grocery and University Workers Poised to Strike
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 555 (UFCW Local 555)—a union representing about 20,000 grocery store employees in Oregon and Southwest Washington—voted to authorize a strike. The union includes workers from Fred Meyer, QFC, Safeway, and Albertson’s, and has been butting heads with employers over wages for over a year.