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 both their working conditions and the wellbeing of the neighborhoods they serve.
“New Seasons started locally, taking their employees’ voices into account. After being sold, New Seasons is no longer a locally-owned neighborhood grocery store as many believe. Workers at the store are organizing for better workplace policies and safety standards, a stronger retirement, and better wages. We are excited to stand with these workers to add New Season’s into our Union family,” said Dan Clay, President, UFCW Local 555.
“As employees, we are expected to make New Seasons Market the “friendliest store in town.” This is hard to maintain with overworked and underappreciated staff. A recently enacted attendance policy has workers more scared than ever to call out, which is problematic given we are still in a global pandemic,” said Shelby Miller, a New Seasons worker. “With a union, we can look forward to a future where we have a voice in store policies, safety, wages, and benefits. Only then will New Seasons Market truly be the “friendliest store in town,” both for its customers and its employees.”
For more information, please visit ns.ufcw555.org.
About Local 555: United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 represents over 29,000 workers in Oregon, Southwestern Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming. Our membership consists of workers in retail, manufacturing, health care and many other industries. We are a diverse group of workers that have grown into being the largest private sector labor union in Oregon. Local 555 has a rich history dating back to 1936. Our Local is chartered by the UFCW International Union, joining us with over 1.3 million workers across the United States and the World.