Ballots are out for the Oregon Primary Election

The ballots are out for the Oregon primary election. Your Union’s ABC committee interviews and endorses candidates who support hard working people and their families. Ballots are due by May 17th! If you are mailing your ballot in, don’t forget a stamp!

2016 primary endorsments

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Retail Contract Negotiations Update April 22, 2016

Over the last two days, discussions with the Retail Employers yielded little significant progress.

Your Union Negotiating Committee remains united in seeking solid wage increases for journeypersons for every year of the contract. The Employers admit they have heard your demands for real wage increases, and not mere bonuses, yet they refuse to put hard money wage increases on the table for each contract year.

Your Union Negotiating Committee continues to demand a permanent fix for the problem of the apprentice brackets being overtaken by the rising minimum wages in both Oregon and Washington. The Employers admit the problem exists but they refuse a permanent fix. Addressing the problem in the same way they have always done will result in numerous members in the apprentice brackets making only an entry level wage for several years. As an example, a new member working in a Deli in Portland would make 10¢ over minimum wage for their entire 8,840 hours as an apprentice, resulting in only two wages in that department.

Negotiations resumes on May 11th & 12th. Your committee will continue the fight for better wage increases for journeypersons and apprentices. If you haven’t signed the pledge supporting negotiations, do so right now by going to ufcw555.org/pledge.

Click here to take the pledge!

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Contract Negotiations Update, March 25, 2016

After two days of negotiations, it’s clear that your efforts in the stores are being heard by corporate.

However, they are still proposing two years of wage freezes for journeypersons, and only offering journeypersons a $0.20 wage increase in the last year of a proposed three year contract.

It is important that you continue to let the employer know that bonuses are unacceptable. If you have not yet signed the petition supporting negotiations, you can do so by going to the link below.

In addition to pushing bonuses, the employers continue to refuse to address the long-term problem with the apprentice brackets and the rising minimum wage.

Contract negotiations will resume on April 21.

Click here to take the pledge to support your Retail Contract Negotiations Committee if you haven’t already!

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Contract Negotiations Resume Tomorrow

Your Retail Union Negotiations Committee and your employers will be resuming contract negotiations on Thursday, March 24th, for the Grocery, Meat, CCK, and Non-Foods contracts.

Since our last negotiations, and after corporate offered $.15 an hour bonuses instead of real pay raises to journeymen only, we’ve had thousands of members sign onto a petition supporting our negotiation goals. Your union has taken those petitions to the managers at stores throughout Oregon and SW Washington and demanded local 555 members get real wage increases, not bonuses.

Look for more updates in the next few days as negotiations continue.

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Click here to take the pledge to support your Retail Contract Negotiations Committee if you haven’t already!

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Haggen to close Oregon City Location

In addition to the previous announcement that Haggen would be closing it West Linn and Sunnyside Stores, Haggen has announced that they will also be closing the Oregon City Location.

These closures are covered by the WARN act, thus the company will be required to pay out 60 days of pay from the day WARN notices are issued. Local 555 will be working on making sure the Union Members at all three locations are taken care of and will be setting up dislocated worker meetings as soon as possible. These meetings will inform you about how this will impact health and welfare and pension benefits.

Your Union will continue to keep you up-to-date of any news that can be confirmed, and will be sending members in the affected stores a letter regarding the dislocated worker meetings.

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Haggen to close both the West Linn and Sunnyside Stores

Haggen has announced that they will be closing both the West Linn and Sunnyside Stores.

These closures are covered by the WARN act, thus the company will be required to pay out 60 days of pay from the day WARN notices are issued. Local 555 will be working on making sure the Union Members at both locations are taken care of and will be setting up dislocated worker meetings as soon as possible. These meetings will inform you about how this will impact health and welfare and pension benefits.

Your Union will continue to keep you up-to-date of any news that can be confirmed, and will be sending members in the affected stores a letter regarding the dislocated worker meetings.

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Oregon’s Landmark Minimum Wage Bill has been Signed into Law

Oregon’s landmark minimum wage bill was signed into law late Wednesday morning by Gov. Kate Brown.

“Thanks to the hard working families of UFCW and the coalition of over 70 community groups, small businesses, and worker organizations, I am proud to finally see a minimum wage increase passed in Oregon. We now turn our efforts to Washington State to raise the wage for workers there in the 2016 general election.”

Jeff Anderson
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Local 555

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Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Anderson and many others at the historic signing.

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Bay Area Hospital Ratifies New Contract

After meetings were held throughout the day today, the members at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon, ratified a new 2 1/2 year Union Contract. The contract, which expires June 30, 2018, maintains the protections currently found in the agreement, and protects members from dramatic increases in out-of-pocket healthcare costs that would have negatively effected members and their families.

Votes being counted

Votes being counted

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Take the pledge!

Your employer thinks you don’t deserve a raise. Instead, they are offering you a $0.15 an hour bonus, and only if you are at the top of the pay scale!

We need to send a clear message to corporate: No bonuses! Real raises now!

Take the pledge below, and together we can change this offer!

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UFCW 555 statement on minimum wage vote by House of Representatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 18, 2016

Contact:
Miles Eshaia
(503) 598-6365
meshaia@ufcw555.org

UFCW 555 statement on minimum wage vote by House of Representatives

Salem, Ore. – Following today’s vote to approve an increase in Oregon’s minimum wage by the Oregon House of Representatives, UFCW 555 Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Anderson issued the following statement:

“By approving a higher minimum wage, our elected leaders are making a real difference for hundreds of thousands of working families across the state. While we’ve been focused on what a higher minimum wage means here in Oregon, our fight to is not happening in isolation. With measures headed to the ballot in Washington and California, Oregon is positioned to lead a regional movement to lift wages for hard working families all along the West Coast.”

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