Bend, Oregon – UFCW Local 555 is mourning the loss of life in the mass shooting at a Bend, Oregon Safeway, carried out Sunday evening, August 28.
“As the Union representing Grocery workers at Safeway, UFCW Local 555 is heartbroken to see American workers once again face the unthinkable. In retail spaces, gun violence is becoming increasingly common. What should have just been a normal evening erupted into a mass shooting event that cut lives short, and will forever leave scars in the community. Retail workers should not go to work facing violence, and deserve more protection than our society has chosen to afford them.
We would like to thank our first responders for their courage and for preventing further loss of life. Our hearts are with our members, friends, and family in the Bend community. UFCW Local 555 is working with Safeway to make sure our members get the support they need today, and we stand ready to support members as needed in the coming weeks.” – Dan Clay, President – UFCW Local 555
About Local 555: United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 represents over 28,000 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.