New Leadership elected at UFCW 21

New Leadership elected at UFCW 21

An experienced leadership team. Our top leadership team of the union has over 80 years of combined experience with our union. Under their leadership, we have won and enforced some of the strongest contracts in the nation, partnered in community and with elected officials to improve lives for our members and others in our state. Our next challenge is to fully develop a new generation of leadership at each and every workplace. And we are well on our way – with now over 1,500 trained workplace leaders and on target to hit our goal of 2,000 by the end of the year. A strong union is about having racial, economic, and social justice, and we need thousands of workplace leaders to make that happen.

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Congratulations to our 2019 UFCW 21 Scholarship recipients!

Scholarship Winners

Four-Year Scholarship of $4,000/year for 4 years - Laci Bowhay

Marilyn Savage, RN Memorial Scholarship: $3,000 - Brandon J LeGore

Health Care Profession Scholarship: $3,000 - Jennifer McMahon

Health Care Profession Scholarship: $3,000 - Danielle Macdonald

Full-time Student Scholarship: $2,000 - Emily Marie Drozynski

Full-time Student Scholarship: $2,000 - Melissa Resendiz Rivas

Full-time Student Scholarship: $2,000 - Mawil Espino

Full-time Student Scholarship: $2,000 - Hayley Nebel

Full-time Student Scholarship: $2,000 - Chayton Fisk

Full-time Student Scholarship: $2,000 - Simeon Barker

Full-time Student Scholarship: $2,000 - Cindy Lao

Full-time Student Scholarship: $2,000 - Nibesh Mali

Workplace and patient safety, breaks & overtime protection bill #SHB1155 PASSED by wide margins

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After thousands of health care workers spoke up for workplace and patient safety, breaks & overtime protection bill #SHB1155 PASSED by wide margins in both the Senate and the House today! And thanks to the advocacy of our members and members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and Washington State Nurses Association, this version of the bill removed two bad amendments, so it will cover all hospitals and all nursing & technical staff and it won’t limit shifts to 8 hours.

Our members and allies rallied down in Olympia today to hold lawmakers accountable and were able to watch the final passage of this bill. Thank you to everyone who spoke up for this historic legislation! #BreaksAreALifesaver#UnionStrong #WAleg

Grocery Store Bargain: Telephone Town Halls Connect With Thousands of Members

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If you weren’t able to join the Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday 3.12.19 about the Grocery Store Workers Contract Negotiations, you can listen to the recording of the live call to find out about what happened the 1st day of bargaining, what’s happening around the country with other UFCW grocery store negotiations, and hear about Secure Scheduling effort and much more. The call was a live call with members asking their questions and getting immediate answers.

UFCW 21 Legislative Agenda

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The 2019 legislative session begins on January 14 in Olympia and our lawmakers will once again face important decisions that affect our workplaces. In order to make progress on our priority issues this year, our elected leaders need to hear from us, hear our stories, and hear why these issues matter to us.

As the legislative session continues we will keep you updated on how we plan to keep up the pressure in order to make progress on these issues.

Workers across Washington are standing up for safer working conditions, fair wages, healthier workplaces, and the right to organize. In contract bargains, at the ballot box, and in cities across the state, workers are winning. It is time that state law makers put the needs of Washington workers above corporate greed. We believe that when workers are respected for their labor with fair wages, benefits and working conditions, those workers and the people they serve are all better off. With action by the 2019 legislature, we can make progress to achieving this.

UFCW 21 Endorsements

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MAIL YOUR BALLOT BY TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018!

Workers’ rights are under attack at the national level. But we can protect the big wins we’ve had here in Washington State, expand our rights on the job, and elect powerful allies in Olympia and in DC who will have our back when it really matters. Want to see secure scheduling statewide? Want to fight for a fairer tax system in our state? Don’t miss the chance to pick the right candidates in the primary so we have real choices this fall. It’s time to make our voices heard at the ballot box.


Candidate Endorsements

Federal

Pramila Jayapal
United States Congress, District 7

Jason Rittereiser
United States Congress, District 8

Kim Schrier
United States Congress, District 8

 

State Legislature

Candidate: Derek Stanford
Office Running for: State Representative 1st Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Marcus Riccelli
Office Running for: State Representative 3rd Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Timm Ormsby
Office Running for: State Representative 3rd Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Bill Ramos
Office Running for: State Representative 5th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Lisa Callan
Office Running for: State Representative 5th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Zack Hudgins
Office Running for: State Representative 11th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Steve Bergquist
Office Running for: State Representative 11th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Tanisha Harris
Office Running for: State Representative 17th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Kathy Gillespie
Office Running for: State Representative 18th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Erin Frasier
Office Running for: State Representative 19th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Strom Peterson
Office Running for: State Representative 21st Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Lillian Ortiz-Self
Office Running for: State Representative 21stLegislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Laurie Dolan
Office Running for: State Representative 22nd Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate:  Beth Doglio
Office Running for: State Representative 22nd Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Sherry Appleton
Office Running for: State Representative 23rd Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Mike Chapman
Office Running for: State Representative 24th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Steve Tharinger
Office Running for: State Representative 24th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Julie Door
Office Running for: State Representative 25th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Brian Duthie
Office Running for: State Representative 25th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Connie Fitzpatrick
Office Running for: State Representative 26th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Joy Stanford
Office Running for: State Representative 26th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Emily Randall
Office Running for: State Senator 26th Legislative District

Candidate: Laurie Jinkins
Office Running for: State Representative 27th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Jake Fey
Office Running for: State Representative 27th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Mari Leavitt
Office Running for: State Representative 28th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Christine Kilduff
Office Running for: State Representative 28th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Melanie Morgan
Office Running for: State Representative 29th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Claire Wilson
Office Running for: State Senate 30th Legislative District

Candidate: Mike Pellicciotti
Office Running for: State Representative 30th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Kristine Reeves
Office Running for: State Representative 30th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Lauren David
Office Running for: State Representative 32nd Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Karen Keiser
Office Running for: State Senator 33rd Legislative District

Candidate: Eileen Cody
Office Running for: State Representative 34th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Joe Fitzgibbon
Office Running for: State Representative 34th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Shannon Braddock
Office Running for: State Senator 34th Legislative District

Candidate: Noel Frame
Office Running for: State Representative 36th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Rebecca Saldaña
Office Running for: State Senator 37th Legislative District

Candidate: June Robinson
Office Running for: State Representative 38th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Mike Sells
Office Running for: State Representative 38th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Debra Lekanoff
Office Running for: State Representative 40th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Tana Senn
Office Running for: State Representative 41st Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: My-Linh Thai
Office Running for: State Representative 41st Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Nicole Macri
Office Running for: State Representative 43rd Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Frank Chopp
Office Running for: State Representative 43rd Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: John Lovick
Office Running for: State Representative 44th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Jared Mead
Office Running for: State Representative 44th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Manka Dhingra
Office Running for: State Senator 45th District

Candidate: Gerry Pollet,
Office Running for: State Representative 46th Legislative District, Position 1

Candidate: Javier Valdez
Office Running for: State Representative 46th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Pat Sullivan
Office Running for: State Representative 47th Legislative District, Position 2

Candidate: Patty Kuderer
Office Running for: State Senator 48th Legislative District

Candidate: Monica Stonier
Office Running for: State Representative 49th Legislative District, Position 2

 

2018 UFCW 21 Picnics

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Puget Sound Central Region Picnic
@ Lower Woodland Park Shelter 6: 5800 West Green Lake Way N., Seattle
 July 22 // 11 am- 4 pm

Peninsula/South Sound Picnic
@ Lions Park Shelter 1: 251 Lebo Blvd, Bremerton, WA 98310
July 27 // 11am- 3 pm

North Sound Picnic
@ Riverfront Park: 901 River Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
August 5 // 11am- 3 pm

Eastern Washington Region
Open House/Picnic
@ UFCW 21 Spokane Office:
Tentative for August

RSVP
by calling 206-458-6161
or 1-800-732-1188 ex.6161

UFCW 21 Merger Vote Update

Results from the recent round of merger votes with UFCW 367 and UFCW 21 were announced after the conclusion of votes and the official vote count was tallied. While the members of UFCW 21 voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed merger with UFCW 367, the UFCW 367 membership unfortunately rejected the merger.

The result of the rejection of the merger leaves UFCW 367 and UFCW 21 as two separate union locals. For UFCW 21, we will continue to unite our members to win the strongest contracts possible and do the successful campaigns that have made us a recognized national leader in the labor movement.

Currently, UFCW 21 members at Macy's, MultiCare, Providence Everett and many other locations around the state are in contract negotiations and all these members need our full support. UFCW 21 members stick up for each other no matter what their occupation or where they work. We stand together and take collective action in our workplaces and our communities to improve members' lives.

 

 

 

Know Your Rights: WA State's new Paid Sick & Safe time off and a rise in the Minimum Wage

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Paid Sick & Safe Days

Beginning January 1, 2018 you have the right to paid time off, free from discipline, if you or a member of your family is sick or if you are the victim of domestic violence. 

  • You can take paid leave if you are ill for a doctor’s appointment OR to care for a sick child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent. You can also take paid leave to cope with the consequences of domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking. 
  • You will earn a minimum of 1 hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked, or more if your contract gives more sick time. 
  • You cannot be penalized in any way by your employer for missing work for any reason covered by the law. This includes absence control polices such as occurrence systems that count an absence toward discipline.
  • You have access to your paid leave any day that you miss work for a covered reason, even on the first day. 
  • You are eligible to use paid sick leave after 90 days of employment, or sooner if your contract allows it. 
  • Each year you can carry over up to 40 hours of paid sick leave to your bank the following year.
  • The current time in your contractual sick leave bank (including PTO time) can be used to satisfy the requirements of the law, but that time must meet all the other requirements of the law.
  • You must notify your employer prior to missing a shift as soon as is reasonable under the circumstances. 

If you have any questions about your Paid Sick and Safe Leave rights, speak to a steward or call your Union Representative at 1-800-732-1188.

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Minimum Wage

UFCW members stood up to win better wages in our contracts and on the ballot.

As of January 1, 2018:

The new statewide minimum wage will be $11.50
The new Seattle minimum wage for large employers will be $15

Your contract may have wage escalators that mean you automatically get a raise when the minimum wage goes up. 

Check your contract or talk to your shop steward for details or call your Union Representative at 1-800-732-1188.
 

Standing with Dreamers FREE DACA Renewal Scholarships From Nonprofit Nationally

Friends,

The last week has been trying for our community especially as we face a deadline that is less than 3 weeks away. We have fantastic news from one of our trusted, national partners, Mission Asset Fund (MAF).

In 2012, MAF collaborated with 21 Progress on our first 150 DACA assistance loans in Washington State. Now, MAF is offering free DACA renewal scholarships.

Simply apply at LC4DACA.org and MAF will send a $495.00 check already written out to USCIS for payment of DACA renewal. This is not a loan and no one will be asked to pay the money back. The deadline to renew DACA is October 5 for eligible participants, so apply for this scholarship as soon as possible.

Since 2015, MAF has provided $5 million dollars in financial assistance to immigrants as a nonprofit. In the past, this took the form of lending circles - now they have switched to DACA renewal scholarships.

Mission Asset Funds is committing to sending the scholarship through priority mail within 48 hours of receiving your DACA renewal scholarship application, if eligible.

APPLY

FOR DACA RENEWAL SCHOLARSHIP

If you have any concerns about your DACA renewal, legal clinics are available to help you with your application. You can find a list for  Washington state here: https://www.nwirp.org/options-after-daca-community-forums/ http://www.seattle.gov/iandraffairs/programs/daca#top

Step 1: Complete your DACA renewal application (get help at a legal clinic) if your DACA expires on or before March 5 to be eligible for a renewal.

Step 2: Apply for a free DACA renewal scholarship at LC4DACA.ORG.

Step 3: Send your application to USCIS before October 5 according to your state here:

https://www.uscis.gov/i-821d-addresses

IMPORTANT: Scholarship applications must be fully completed. Please answer every question.

Please share this information widely! We want to reach as many people as possible. No one should miss the renewal deadline due to financial concerns. These scholarships are for the entire United States of America.

WASHINGTON: If you have any questions about this process or problems during your application, please email us at daca@21progress.org. If you are outside of Washington state, please contact MAF directly: (888)274-4808

Hospital Workers Join Community to Oppose Closure of Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton

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For Immediate Release: August 23, 2017

Hospital Workers Join Community to Oppose Closure of Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton

The union that represents workers at Harrison Medical Center (HMC) in Kitsap County has declared its opposition to CHI Franciscan Health’s (CHI Franciscan) plan to close HMC’s Bremerton campus. UFCW 21 announced today that, while it supports having a new, unionized hospital in Silverdale, Phase 2 of CHI Franciscan’s plan should be to upgrade or replace the hospital that currently serves the largest city in Kitsap – rather than close it down, as CHI Franciscan intends.

UFCW 21 member Aimee Oien said, “As a Pharmacy Tech at Harrison and a Kitsap resident, I expect CHI Franciscan to put the community’s needs ahead of their corporate parent’s bottom line. Kitsap County gives CHI a huge property tax exemption. It just does not make sense for them to close the hospital in our largest city.”

It is the position of UFCW 21 that instead of cutting staff, closing a hospital and outsourcing work, CHI Franciscan should improve staffing levels, keep more union workers on the job serving patients, and maintain hospital beds in the largest city in the County. That path would be better for health care workers, patients and the community.

Aimee Oien is one of about 1,300 members of UFCW 21 who work at HMC in Bremerton and Silverdale. These workers are members of UFCW 21 which represents more than 3,300 healthcare and grocery store workers who live in Kitsap County, and more than 46,000 around the state of Washington. UFCW 21 is the state’s largest private sector local union.

BACKGROUND:

CHI Franciscan’s parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives, acquired HMC in 2013 and recently asked the Washington State Department of Health (DoH) for permission to permanently close the hospital’s Bremerton campus and relocate all HMC hospital beds to its Silverdale campus. CHI’s plan calls for opening one new hospital tower in Silverdale in 2020 and a second in 2023, at which time the Bremerton campus would be closed.

DoH had originally approved CHI Franciscan’s request, but then in an unusual move agreed to reconsider its decision after reviewing information provided by the City of Bremerton, which opposes the hospital closure.

UFCW 21 Encourages Everyone to Attend Hearing:

The DoH will hold a second public hearing on CHI Franciscan’s plan.

·         Friday, September 8

·         Bremerton School District Office (134 Marion Ave N. Bremerton).

·         UFCW 21 members and allies will rally at 9:30 AM, prior to the start of the 10:30 hearing.

CHI Harrison Medical Center Wages for missed rest periods

We also have grievances for the same issue of overtime for missed rest periods for Harrison Dietary & Service and ProTech. 

You should have received this from your employer:

Dear Nurse,

On Friday, June 9, 2017 you will receive an additional direct deposit for payment of a UFCW RN rest break arbitration settlement.  The settlement payment is for a daily overtime rate applied to missed rest breaks from March 15, 2015 through March 11, 2017.

Since missed rest breaks were paid at straight time, we are paying an additional half-time for any missed rest breaks reported and paid for during this period, assuming they meet the following criteria:
  1. The entire shift was worked.
  2. No duplication of overtime pay would result.
  3. The rest break was not already paid at a weekly overtime rate.
A second back payment award will occur for the period of March 11, 2017 through the date of implementation of the calculation of missed rest breaks at a daily overtime rate.  We will notify you of this payment date when set. 

Moving forward payroll will be paying missed rest breaks for RN’s at a daily overtime rate, assuming the above criteria is met. Please call Vickie Lackman if you have any questions.