PEOPLE POWERED POLITICS - Secure Scheduling Ordinance

Kevin Steendahl from Fred Meyer has worked in retail for over 2 years and enjoys connecting with customers but does not enjoy the scheduling practices used at his workplace before the Secure Scheduling Ordinance passed. With short notice and an unpredictable number of hours, he found it difficult to plan life around his work schedule.

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Jaime Smith, a Meat Wrapper at Lacey Fred Meyer, was told by Management to come to their office, they told her that she was going to receive discipline. Knowing her contract and her Right to Representation (Weingarten Rights), she told Management she was going to call her Union Rep. Going into the meeting Management already had their mind made up with corrective action notice ready. 

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Members Stand Up for Their Rights...

Check Your Check

Liquor/Wine Manager Nora Bush from the Sequim Safeway noticed that her Sunday pay was incorrect on her paycheck. It was half the amount it should be on Sundays. She works every Sunday and realized this error dated back 14 months. With the help of her Rep, Nora took all her pay stubs to her store manager. The issue was sent to corporate and Nora received $1,200 in back pay.

Don’t Waive Your Breaks

If you waive your meal and rest breaks, employers will continue to under-staff and many times you are working without pay during that time. Hundreds of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett RNs filled out missed meals/break period forms and turned them into Labor and Industries. Working together collectively the Nurses at PRMCE tracked their missed breaks and are on their way to winning their case, getting reimbursed for the missed breaks and changing their workplace. Contact your union Rep if missed breaks is a problem in your workplace.

All Working Hours ARE Equal

Terri Gorman is currently working in the Deli department at the Bremerton Safeway. She has worked at her store for 9 years accumulating over 11,000 hours. Safeway kept her at $10/hr because they said she had been jumping departments, and her accumulated hours started over each time she changed departments. With the amount of hours she had worked in the store she should be at the Journey rate of pay. Terri went to her union Rep about the new language in the grocery contract that says all hours are equal. Thanks to the new contract and Terri knowing her rights she is now at $15/hr and received $2,500 in retro pay.

Bully Boss Exposed

left to right:  Amanda Tapfield, Linda Johnson, Danielle Wolfe, and Doris Kimball

left to right:  Amanda Tapfield, Linda Johnson, Danielle Wolfe, and Doris Kimball

At Planned Parenthood Contact Center in Tacoma, 20 members have been working for over a year in a hostile work environment due to a bully boss. When their numerous complaints were ignored, they took collective action. With the help of the union, they created a petition with a “Vote of No Confidence” and marched on their boss. Because of the collective action, their voices were heard and an investigation was launched. Management agreed to meet with members to discuss the findings of the investigation and solutions to the problem.

Standing Up for Disabilities

A Courtesy Clerk at the Issaquah Fred Meyer was approached by his manager, in front of customers, to talk about his job performance. He felt ambushed. With his mental disability, he needs support in confrontational situations. His co-worker confidant, was not working that day so he had to leave to seek support. Fred Meyer never called to see what happened, they just told him that he was terminated when he returned to work. When his Steward Mary Stoddard heard her co-worker got fired for an issue relating to his disability, she took action. Mary worked together with the union and got her co-worker his job back. Outstanding Stewards like Mary Stoddard let us know we are not alone in times of trouble.

Seniority Travels

Scott Eddy worked for The Markets and was laid off after the store closed. He remained unemployed for 22 months. When applying at Safeway, Scott informed them that he had been at Journey rate for The Markets. He was hired at Safeway starting at minimum wage. Our Skagit Grocery contract gives Safeway the option to bring in our members at 2 steps below Journey rate if they have been out of the unit for 0-2 years, but not at minimum wage. Because Scott knew his rights under the contract and informed the union we were able to correct Scott’s wages.  



Tentative Agreement Reached Fully Recommended by Union Member Bargaining Team

As you may know, a fully recommended tentative agreement was reached in negotiations on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. See the information below for times, dates, and locations for union members to review the tentative agreement, get questions answered, and vote. You may vote at whatever location is most convenient, at any time when polling is open at that location.

These votes are open to UFCW 21 grocery store workers in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Mason and Thurston Counties at the big chains as well as the independent stores. This includes all workers at Safeway, Albertsons, QFC, and Fred Meyer (including CCK and General Merchandise), as well as workers at stores with an interim (or “me too”) agreement, such as Metropolitan Market, Town & Country and other independent stores. 

You can come by at any point during the scheduled times and take as long as you like to review the contract offer and ask questions before casting your vote. You must be present at a vote and a current union member in order to cast a ballot.

Come by at any point between 8:00AM - 12 NOON and 4:00PM - 8:00PM at the following locations to review the offer, get questions answered, and cast your vote.


Sunday, April 24

Meydenbauer Center
Rooms: 404-406, 11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, WA  98004


Monday, April 25

Lynnwood Convention Center, Rooms 1DEF
3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood 98036


Tuesday, April 26

Sea Tac
Seatac Hilton
Emerald Ballroom, 17620 International Blvd., Seattle 98188


Wednesday, April 27

Kitsap Convention Center
Ballroom D, 100 Washington Ave, Bremerton 98337


Thursday, April 28

Best Western Executive Inn
Seafair Ballroom, 200 Taylor Ave N, Seattle 98109


Southsound Manor
Logan Room, 455 North Street SE, Tumwater 98501

UFCW 21 year in review 2015

2015 was a year of victories for UFCW 21 Members striving for better work conditions, social justice and higher wages. 2015 welcomed new membership to many workers who believe in the promise of America. A promise that our children can lead better lives than ours. A promise that with hard work and standing up for our rights we can make a decent living that includes a good wage, health care and retirement.