Grocery Store Bargain Update: Bargaining Team Makes Our Wage Proposal

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Bargaining Team Makes Our Wage Proposal

Our Bargaining Team has been hard at work over the last week to prepare for and hold contract negotiations with the big grocery store chain representatives today. Our meeting got us close to an agreement on safety and for the first time achieved a counter-proposal on workforce development. In addition, our union member bargaining team made a proposal to overhaul our wage scales with very significant changes and raises from the current system.

“Today we came historically close to reaching agreement on safety and workforce development. We then turned our full attention to wages. We know we want to protect our health care, ensure our pensions are safe, and get real wage increases. Grocery story workers have been falling behind for too long.” — Union Bargaining Team

Let’s talk about money

Employer proposed:

  • Eliminate 10 cent over minimum wage and the 10 cent escalators between wage scale steps. .

  • Cut holiday pay, including New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve.

  • Eliminate evening/night premiums.

  • Eliminate sixth day premiums.

  • Eliminate Journey Meat Cutter on Duty.

  • Shift higher paid work to lower paid positions.

    The Union Bargaining Team rejected all of these proposed cuts.

Union proposed:

  • Journey Wage Increases:

    • Year 1: $1.50

    • Year 2: $1.50

    • Year 3: $1.50

  • Plus longevity steps at 15, 20 and 30 years.

    • 15 year = extra 50 cents

    • 20 year = extra $1.00 Cumulative

    • 30 year: extra $1.50 Cumulative

  • All Classification in Grocery and GM move to “Appendix A” (the highest current scale)

  • All Service Counter in the meat department moves to Wrapper Scale.

  • Increase escalators from 10 cents to 40 cents between each step so we have a real wage scale.

  • Premium pay for Department Leads, Section Heads, and Designated Trainers of no less than $1.00.

  • Meat Cutters Apprenticeship bonus of $1,500

We need to protect our health care and expect to make our health care proposal on June 7. Our pension is still in the red zone, and the employer needs to invest in a long-term solution.  We deserve to have a secure retirement plan after dedicating our lives to the grocery store industry.

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WE MUST UNITE TO ENSURE WE MAKE PROGRESS ON WAGES, PROTECT OUR HEALTH CARE, AND FIND A LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO SECURE OUR PENSIONS.  WAGES ARE DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO HOW WE ARE SCHEDULED.  TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE OUR JOBS BETTER.

Take Action:

In order to engage customers and the general public we are holding a series of leaflet actions in front of all our stores as well as door-to-door canvases in the neighborhoods around 18 selected stores throughout the region. Actions will take place from May 29 through mid June. Contact your Union Rep or workplace leader for more details.

Next Bargaining Date: June 7

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), Starbucks

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 Manager

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

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

Jim McGuinness, Attorney, UFCW 21 and Teamsters 38

Grocery Store Bargain Update: Still at It, A Long Way to Go

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Still at It, A Long Way to Go

We had two days of contract negotiations this week – the last week before many contract expirations. Along those lines we were able to come to an agreement with the employers to extend our contracts with protections for retro-compensation. 

It remains 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. 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.

Over the last two days we traded proposals with the employers as follow up on our earlier round of safety proposals. While we made some progress on this front, we have a long way to go to adequately address safety issues in our stores.

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The Union Bargaining Team also presented evidence in support of our scheduling proposals, including:

  • More advanced notice —two weeks

  • Access to more hours—before our employers hire new staff, those hours should go to us

  • More control over our schedules—we should be able to choose our shifts

We know these systems already work in many of our stores. Meat departments have daily seniority and many members in our union have the ability to select their own schedules. We proposed that the employers take the systems we already have that are working well and expand them to everyone.

We made it clear to the employers: we passed our scheduling law in Seattle and we are prepared to pass it statewide unless they are willing to come to the table with solutions.

Take Action:

  • Make sure you and your co-workers have downloaded the UFCW 21 app.

  • As break actions wrap up, we are starting a new round of button up actions

    Next Bargaining dates May 20 & 21

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CLICK TO SEE A FULL SCHEDULE OF MAY CONTRACT ACTION TEAM MEETINGS

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), Starbucks

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 Manager

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

Grocery Store Bargain Update: Safety is key- for us and our customers

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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.

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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.

Take Action:

  • 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

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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

Grocery Store Bargain: May Contract Action Team Meetings

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May, 2019 Grocery Store Bargain Contract Action Team Meetings are organized by Rep., Members are welcome to attend any CAT meeting. To RSVP or if you have questions contact your Union Representative.

Rep Tim Phelan
206-436-6515

Thursday, May 2, 2019
12:30–1:30pm
New Castle Public Library
12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:30–8:30am
6:30–7:30pm
Kent Commons
Mill Creek Rm
525 4th Ave N, Kent WA 98032

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5:30– 6:30pm     
Renton Community Center
Renton Community Center
1715 SE Maple Valley Highway Renton WA 98057 

Rep Teri Jackson
206-436-6551

Sunday, May 5, 2019
11:30am-12:30pm
1:30-2:30pm
Federal Way library
Meeting room 1
34200 1st Way S, Federal Way, WA 98003

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:30-8:30am
6:30-7:30pm
Kent Commons
Mill Creek Rm
525 4th Ave N, Kent WA 98032

Rep Bill Roberts
360-419-4665

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10am- 12pm
Lynden Starbucks, 8082 Guide Meridian Ave. #101, Lynden

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
4-6pm
Round Table Pizza at Sunset Square, Bellingham
1145 E Sunset Dr. #135, Bellingham, WA

 

Rep Tim Moisio
360-662-1989

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5-6pm
Jefferson County Library,
9514, 620 Cedar Ave
Port Hadlock WA 98339

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
5-6pm
Port Orchard Library,
87 Sidney Ave
Port Orchard WA 98366

 

Rep Derrick Edens
206-436-6529

Monday, May 6, 2019
5:00-6:00pm
Southwest Branch of The Seattle Public Library
9010 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5:30-6:30pm
Burien Library
400 SW 152nd St. Burien, WA 98166

 

Rep Leroy Taylor
360-662-1986

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
4-5pm
Silverdale UFCW21 office
3888 NW Randall Way, Suite 105
Silverdale WA 98383

 

Rep Kristina Storm
360-419-4667

Thursday, May 9, 2019
12-1pm
Alfys Pizza (upstairs)
916 SE Bayshore Drive 
Oak Harbor, WA

Thursday, May 9, 2019
6-7pm
UFCW Local 21
1510 N 18th Street
Mount Vernon, WA

 

Rep Ariana Davis
206-436-6586

Monday, May 6, 2019
4:30-5:30pm
Cap Hill Library
425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5:30-6:30pm
Renton Community Center
1715 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98057

Thursday, May 9, 2019
5:30-6:30pm
Rainier Beach Library
9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Rep Tonya Burnett
360-662-1985

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
5:30-7:00pm
Westside pizza
612 S. Lincoln St
Port Angeles, WA, 98362

Rep Monica Bryant
206-436-6527

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
4:30-6:00pm w/Ariana Davis
Capitol Hill library 
425 Harvard Ave E Seattle, WA 98102 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6-8pm w/Bruce Le
Phinney Ridge Community Center
Room 31 Blue Building
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Rep Bruce Le
206-436-6540

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6-8pm w/ Monica Byrant
Phinney Ridge Community Center
Room 31 Blue Building
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
2-4pm
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Rep Adrian Noel
360-419-4677

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6-7pm
Alfys Pizza Marysville
9330 State Ave, Marysville, WA 98270 

Thursday, May 9, 2019
6-7pm
Alfys Pizza Monroe
19121 US-2, Monroe, WA 98272

 

Amy Dayley
206-436-6563

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6pm
Kingsgate library
12315 NE 143rd St Kirkland

Rep Tae Abraham
206-436-6526

Thursday, May 2, 2019 
12:30-1:30pm
Sammamish Library 
825 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5- 6pm 
Kingsgate library in Kirkland 
12315 NE 143rd St., Kirklan, WA

 

Rep Evelyn Orantes-Fogel
206-436-6520

Monday, May 6, 2019
6-7pm
Alfy’s 2317 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201

Thursday, May 9, 2019
3-4pm w/Regan McBride
Lynnwood Library 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036

 

Rep Regan McBride
206-436-6510

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
4-5:30pm
Lake City Library
12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Thursday, May 9, 2019
11-12:30 & 3-4:30
Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th St, Shoreline, WA 98155

 

Rep David Barnes
206-436-6591

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
6:30-7:30pm
Can Am Pizza 
2125 Bel-Red Road 
Redmond, WA 98052

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
5:30-6:30pm
Bellevue Library (Meeting Room 1)
1111 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue WA 98004

 

Rep Monica Smith
206-436-6524

Monday, May 6, 2019
10:30am-12:30pm Drop by anytime
Maple Valley Library
21844 SE 248th PL
Maple Valley, WA  

Monday, May 6, 2019
3:30-5:30pm Drop by anytime
Covington Library
27100 164th Ave SE,
Covington, WA

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:30-8:30am (Coffee and Donuts Meeting)
6:30-7:30pm (Light Snacks)
Kent Commons
525 4th Ave North
Kent, WA