Historic Tentative Agreement Reached for Improved Scheduling. Wages: Still a Fraction of What We Need.
We just wrapped up another three days of negotiations, ending with a historic agreement on improved and secured scheduling. After decades of fighting for scheduling improvements, this latest agreement represents a huge leap forward in ensuring that we have more control over our lives, access to more hours and schedules that are more reliable.
Major work still lies ahead. The employers presented another inadequate wage proposal (.30, .25, .30). This still is only a fraction of what we need. We responded by sharing our stories. We know some of our co-workers are struggling. We know many of us love our jobs and our customers, but are not getting compensated in a way that allows us to survive. We know some of us have more than 30 years of service and still make only $15.05 an hour. We shared stories from every department, from fuel to deli to retail, grocery, and meat. We shared stories about our property taxes going up. Our rent going up. We shared stories about how we use our vacation to subsidize our ability to afford childcare. We talked about our stay-cations versus a real vacation. We work hard every day yet still can’t afford a car or house. We made the case that ONE GOOD JOB should be enough.
We are still fighting for:
Our Health Care
Secure Pension- we need to reach agreement with Safeway/Albertsons to secure our pension, something Kroger already agreed to.
Investment in Training
We REJECT the employers’ proposal to cut Holiday Pay and other premiums
Next Dates: We will have several conversations with Safeway/Albertsons over pension issues.
PHA: Need an extra $300 - $600?
We have bargained hard for our health care benefits over the years. Please take your Personal Health Assessment and put $300 in your pocket. We fight hard for every penny at the table. Please take 20 minutes and fill out this questionnaire today. It is a private questionnaire that only you and your doctor see, not your union, not your employer and not the Trust. https://soundhealthwellness.com
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Growing the Power of Our Union - Nutrition Victory:
After fighting for years to gain parity in General Merchandise, Port Orchard Fred Meyer Nutrition workers won a victory by overwhelmingly voting to join our union and becoming the first Nutrition workers to be placed on Appendix “A.” This is a major step toward eliminating disparities in pay for workers who work side by side every day. At the bargaining table we still have proposals that would move Nutrition and many other departments onto appendix “A.”
YOUR GROCERY STORE BARGAINING TEAM:
Amy Dayley Angell, QFC #891 (Ballard), Front End Checker, UFCW 21
Christina Harris, Fred Meyer - Lake City #179 (Grocery), Bakery Clerk, UFCW 21
Cliff Powers, Safeway #402 (Oak Harbor), Produce Clerk, UFCW 21
Denise Anderson, Safeway #1546 (Aberdeen), Meat Wrapper, UFCW 367
Eleanor Knight, Albertsons #4483 (Auburn), 4th PIC, UFCW 21
Irene Garcia, Fred Meyer - Auburn #19 (Retail), Home Clerk, UFCW 21
Jeannette Randall, Safeway #1923 (Roxbury), Front End Checker, UFCW 21
Jeff Smith, Fred Meyer - Snohomish #681 (Retail), Non-food receiving Clerk, UFCW 21
J'Nee DeLancey, Town & Country #211 (Ballard), Beer/Wine Manager, UFCW 21
Joann Gardner, Albertsons #3106 (Puyallup), Personnel Coordinator/Bookkeeper, UFCW 367
Jordan Washington, QFC #803 (Meridian), Starbucks, UFCW 21
Kyong Barry, Albertsons #483 (S Auburn), Front End Supervisor, UFCW 21
Lisa Gasser, Fred Meyer #424 (South Hill), Bakery Clerk, UFCW 367
Maggie Breshears, Fred Meyer - Greenwood #122 (Grocery), Personal Shopper, UFCW 21
Maroot Nanakul, Safeway #464 (Bear Creek), Front End Manager, UFCW 21
Michaela Strain, QFC #819 (Bothell), Meat Wrapper, UFCW 21
Mike Sherman, Fred Meyer # 265 – Puyallup, Grocery Clerk, UFCW 367
Mike Solberg, Safeway # 547 (Graham), Grocery Clerk, UFCW 367
Paul Ames Reinhold, Metropolitan Market #157 (Uptown), Cheese Kiosk Clerk, UFCW 21
Richard Waits, Haggen #15 (Burlington), Deli Clerk, UFCW 21
Robin Hillistad, QFC #858 (N Seattle), HR Specialist, UFCW 21
Sam Dancy, QFC #825 (Westwood Village), Front End Supervisor, UFCW 21
Sue Wilmot, Safeway #1252 (Bainbridge Island), Front End Checker, UFCW 21
Wendy Garrett-Drake, Albertsons #469 (Mukilteo), Personnel Coordinator/Bookkeeper, Teamsters 38
Wil Peterson, Fred Meyer - Everett #95 (Grocery), CCK Checker, UFCW 21
Faye Guenther, President, UFCW 21
Steve Chandler, Principal Officer Teamsters 38
Joe Mizrahi, Secretary Treasurer, UFCW 21
Mia Contreras, Executive Vice President, UFCW 21
Tammi Brady, Recording Secretary, Teamsters 38
Samantha Kantak, Executive Assistant, Teamsters 38
Kate Meckler, Trustee, UFCW 367
Jim McGuinness, Attorney, UFCW 21, Teamsters 38 and UFCW 367
Shout-Out to END Techs at Seattle Childrens Hospital and Conifer workers at St. Joseph and St. Elizebeth from the International Union. “We have opened the door for a chance to achieve amazing changes,” said Conifer employee Peggy Laush. Read the article…
Strong turnout for Wednesday night’s telephone town hall. Some of the main topics discussed were around scheduling, the pension, the employers proposal on wages, health care, premiums and holidays, and our next steps moving forward. Thank you to all who participated.
OPEIU Local 8, SEIU 1199NW Healthcare, WSNA Join UFCW 21
All four unions have come together to stand united for patients over profits. Providence wants to lower standards for over 6,000 UFCW 21 members and another 14,000 union members across the state on issues like safe staffing, wages and secure sick leave.
As workers in Healthcare Institutions our primary purpose is to deliver the highest quality of patient care we can. To accomplish this we need proper staffing on every shift and in every department. Safe staffing levels ensure patient needs are met and creates safer work environments.
Safe staffing levels to provide the highest quality care possible
Secure sick leave to care for ourselves and our families while not putting patients at risk
Competitive compensation to recruit and retain the best workers into our communities
Affordable accessible healthcare
So far Management’s response continues to fall short. All four unions are facing the same challenges at our bargaining tables. Together we are working in coalition and are committed to raising standards that will allow us to recruit and retain high quality healthcare providers for our communities.
Management has offered:
No plan for addressing staffing levels
Inferior coverage for when we are sick forcing us to work and put our patients at risk when we should be caring for ourselves
Compensation that will not allow Providence to stay competitive with other area Hospitals putting our communities at risk
Our Union Coalition, along with community leaders and elected officials are taking action and we need every union member to stand strong!
While we fight for standards, safe workplaces and healthy communities at Centralia Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and Mt Carmel Hospital
We stand with WSNA at Sacred Heart Medical Center!
We stand with OPEIU 8 at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett!
We stand with SEIU 1199NW at Swedish Hospital!
In Spokane we are bargaining for over 300 workers at Holy Family Hospital and 1,800 workers at Sacred Heart Medical Center where our proposals reflect our priority to improve working conditions in the face of Management’s proposed takeaways.
After months of negotiations and working with a Federal Mediator we are no closer to a new contract with Providence.
Management does not appear to be willing to work on a fair settlement, instead they want to strip us of hard-earned benefits while offering an inferior wage package.
We have said “NO” again and again so it’s time to take further action to reach a new contract.
How much money do they need to take from us until enough is enough? For a non-profit their profits are overwhelmingly high. Providence should re-invest those profits in Patient Care and their employees, not just their CEO’s!
It’s time for Providence to “Step Up” and “Put Patients and Safe Staffing Before Profits.”
Contact your Bargaining Team members for more information on how you can help solve our staffing crisis.
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