Safety is key - for us and our customers
It is clear to our union member bargaining team that we need to make some significant progress on many issues in our 2019 negotiations including higher wages. Wages are important to all of us, but before we address compensation, we need to continue to work on issues that are connected to the quality of our jobs and often are closely related to our pay – issues like; scheduling, staffing, training, and safety.
Member feedback from surveys is clear: workplaces need to be safe for us and our customers. Thousands of members have shared their experiences with safety issues at work; lack of training, harassment and bullying from managers and customers, unsafe equipment, and poor staffing.
Our proposals around safety include:
Guarantee protections against retaliation when workers bring up issues around bullying, harassment, food safety, or customer safety—no one should be disciplined for making their store safer.
Improve safety committees that employers are legally required to hold, and make sure that we have trained union stewards in every meeting.
Require that our employers provide training on bullying and harassment and customer de-escalation techniques.
Paid time for the Safety Coordinator in each store to work on safety issues in the store.
Make sure you and your co-workers have downloaded the UFCW 21 app.
Keep taking your breaks. When we all take meal and rest breaks that are protected in our contracts and the law, we will force our employers to better staff our shifts.
As break actions wrap up, we will start a new round of button up actions next week and wear them through early May when our first contract expiration dates take place. (see buttons below)
Next Bargaining dates May 2 & 3
YOUR GROCERY STORE BARGAINING TEAM:
Amy Dayley Angell, QFC #891 (Ballard), Front End Checker
Cassy Wolle, Fred Meyer - Port Orchard #655 (Grocery), CCK Checker
Scott Shiflett, QFC #838 (Inglewood), Meat Cutter
Christina Harris, Fred Meyer - Lake City #179 (Grocery), Bakery Clerk
Cliff Powers, Safeway #402 (Oak Harbor), Produce Clerk
Eleanor Knight, Albertsons #4483 (Auburn), 4th PIC
Irene Garcia, Fred Meyer - Auburn #19 (Retail), Home Clerk
Jeannette Randall, Safeway #1923 (Roxbury), Front End Checker
Jeff Smith, Fred Meyer - Snohomish #681 (Retail), Non-food receiving Clerk
J'Nee DeLancey, Town & Country #211 (Ballard), Beer/Wine Manager
Jordan Washington, QFC #803 (Meridian), Deli Clerk
Kyong Barry, Albertsons #483 (S Auburn), Front End Supervisor
Maggie Breshears, Fred Meyer - Greenwood #122 (Grocery), Personal Shopper
Maroot Nanakul, Safeway #464 (Bear Creek), Front End Checker
Michaela Strain, QFC #819 (Bothell), Meat Wrapper
Paul Ames Reinhold, Metropolitan Market #157 (Uptown), Cheese Kiosk Clerk
Richard Waits, Haggen #15 (Burlington), Deli Clerk
Robin Hillistad, QFC #858 (N Seattle), HR Specialist
Sam Dancy, QFC #825 (Westwood Village), Front End Supervisor
Sue Wilmot, Safeway #1252 (Bainbridge Island), Front End Checker
Wendy Garrett-Drake, Albertsons #469 (Mukilteo), Personnel Coordinator/Bookkeeper
Wil Peterson, Fred Meyer - Everett #95 (Grocery), CCK Checker
Todd Crosby, Organizing Director, UFCW International
Faye Guenther, Acting President, UFCW 21
Steve Chandler, Principal Officer Teamsters 38
Joe Mizrahi, Staff Director, UFCW 21
Mia Contreras, Executive Vice President, UFCW 21
Tammi Brady, Recording Secretary, Teamsters 38
Samantha Kantak, Executive Assistant, Teamsters 38
Jim McGuinness, Attorney, UFCW 21 and Teamsters 38