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
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.
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.
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.
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