Sherm’s Ratification Votes This Week

Votes are scheduled this week to ratify the contracts for members working for Sherm’s in Medford, Roseburg, and Klamath Falls. Local 555 has reached a tentative agreement with Sherms for all Grocery and Meat contracts in Oregon. There will be Union Votes where you will have a chance to review the agreement and vote on it. UFCW staff will be available to answer any questions. You can drop in anytime during your vote’s day at the following locations.

Sherm’s Klamath Falls
June 29, 2016, @2:00pm
Sherm’s Thunderbird #2
1877 Avalon Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601‐0212
(in the cooler behind the cutting room)

Sherm’s Medford
June 30, 2016, 9:00am to 6:00pm
Labor Temple
4480 Rogue Valley Hwy.
Central Point, OR 97502

Sherm’s Roseburg
July 1, 2016 9:00am to 6:00pm
Labor Temple
742 S.E. Roberts Avenue
Roseburg, OR 97470

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Update on Retail Raises & Retro

The recent contract settlement agreement with Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Safeway, & QFC provided for Journeyperson wage increases at the start of the new contract, which for some contracts that were already expired, meant retroactive pay. Your union and the company’s labor relations representatives expected that the companies would implement the raises and retro checks within approximately 30 days of ratification. Unfortunately that will not necessarily be the case for all contracts.

Your Union Leadership has been in frequent contact with your employer’s Labor Relations representatives over the last couple weeks to determine why there was a delay in implementation, and have been able to receive the following information:

Fred Meyer & QFC Members:

Kroger payroll opted to process all of the retro contracts at the same time, regardless of ratification date. That, along with the fact that retro for most contracts was recorded in two different payroll systems, caused a bit of a delay. Here is the timeline had been put together by Kroger payroll and finally sent to Fred Meyer Labor Relations this week:

  • June 30th – members will see their new rates on the check they receive this day.
  • June 29th – July 18th – figure all retro owed up until June 18th.
  • July 21st – the associates will see the retro included on the paycheck they receive this day.

Albertsons & Safeway Members:

Your employers are concerned about making sure the increase and retro is implemented correctly, so they have spent extra time to try and make sure they don’t have payroll errors similar to what many of you may have experienced at some point over the last year. Albertsons/Safeway Labor Relations has informed us that while they expect to have the raises and retro pay worked out in the next couple weeks, they do not have a set date from payroll yet.

Your Union will continue to stay on top of this issue and make sure each member entitled to a raise and retro check receives it as soon as possible, and that the raises and retro checks are correct.

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More Contracts Ratifed

In the past few days, numerous contracts were ratified by members in Bend, Burns, The Dalles, Hood River, Klamath Falls and Lakeview. As with previous contracts ratified, the fully recommended offer included:

– Hard money wage increases for Journeypersons each year of the contract, that includes retroactivity for expired contracts.
– Increases to the apprentice brackets, staying ahead of the rises in minimum wage.
– No cost increases to the health and welfare plan.

Full details of the contract will be made available to members who have voted, upon request, and will be made public once all of Local 555’s contracts covered by the fully recommended agreement have had the chance to vote on it. Notification of votes for other contract areas will be announced as they are schedule.

 

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More Contracts Ratified

Today numerous contracts were ratified by members in Eugene, Longview, Newberg, and Vancouver.  As with the Portland area contracts ratified yesterday, the fully recommended offer included:
– Hard money wage increases for Journeypersons each year of the contract, that includes retroactivity for expired contracts.
– Increases to the apprentice brackets, staying ahead of the rises in minimum wage.
– No cost increases to the health and welfare plan.
Additional ratification votes are scheduled for next week.
Full details of the contract will be made available to members who have voted, upon request, and will be made public once all of Local 555’s contracts covered by the fully recommended agreement have had the chance to vote on it.
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Portland Area Ratifies New Contract

Today, the Portland area ratified new three year contracts for Grocery, Meat, CCK, and Non-Food members working for Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons, and QFC. The contracts include:

  • Hard wage increases for Journeypersons each year of the contract, that includes retroactivity for expired contracts.
  • Increases to the apprentice brackets, staying ahead of the rises in minimum wage.
  • No cost increases to the health and welfare plan.

This fully recommended offer comes after over 9 months of work, and could not have happened without your help sending a message to the employers that you deserve better!

The full details of the contract will be made available to Portland area members upon request, and made public once all of Oregon and SW Washington has had the chance to vote on it.

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First Ratification Votes Scheduled

Ratification votes for Local 555 members working under the Grocery, Meat, CCK, and Non-Food contracts with Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyer, and QFC in the Portland, Vancouver, Eugene, Longview, and Newberg contract areas have been scheduled. Notification of votes for other contract areas will be announced as soon as they are schedule.

You can come by at any point during the scheduled time for your contact area and take time to review the contract offer and ask questions of Local 555 staff or bargaining committee members before casting your vote. You must be present at your area’s vote and a current union member in order to cast a ballot. See below for dates and times:


Portland Area Contract Votes
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, 9am – 7pm
(Come to any location)

Double Tree (Portland)
1000 N.E. Multnomah
Portland, OR 97232
(Parking garage hosted by UFCW Local 555, Bike Racks, Tri‐Met MAX Light Rail, and Tri-Met Bus Lines at the Double Tree)

Embassy Suites (Hillsboro)
20001 NW Tanasbourne Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Teamsters Joe Edgar Hall (Eastside)
1850 N.E. 162nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97230

Eugene Area Contract Votes
Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 9am – 7pm

Hilton Hotel
66 E 6th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401

Longview Area Contract Votes
Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 9am – 7pm

UFCW Office
Columbia River Merc Building
1339 Commerce Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
(Public Service Room, 3rd floor)

Newberg Area Contract Votes
Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 9am – 6pm

Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan Street
Newberg, OR 97132

Vancouver Area Contract Votes
Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 9am – 7pm

Towne Place Suites by Marriott
17717 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98683
(Mount Hood Room)

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A Tentative Agreement has been Reached

Your Retail Unity Negotiating Committee and the representatives from Albertsons, Safeway, and Fred Meyer reached a Tentative Agreement for Local 555 members working under the Grocery, Meat, CCK, and Non-Food contracts in Oregon and SW Washington.

Whether you spoke with your coworkers about negotiations, helped gather signatures on petitions, spoke at negotiations, or helped deliver petitions to managers, your actions made a difference and helped your committee obtain a fully recommended offer.

Details of the Tentative Agreement will be made public after members have had a chance to review the agreement and vote on it. Dates and times for ratification meetings will be forthcoming.

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Contract Negotiations Continue

Contract negotiations for Grocery, Meat, CCK and Non-food resumed this morning. Your Negotiating Committee, along with other members from your stores, presented a petition signed by over 8500 Local 555 retail members. Members shared personal stories of the struggles to survive, and made it clear that we need real wage increases now, and not bonuses.

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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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