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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.
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.
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
66 E 6th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
Longview Area Contract Votes
Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 9am – 7pm
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.