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.  

Summer General Membership Meetings

Monday, August 22
6:00 pm   
Grays Harbor Hospital- West Campus
915 Anderson Drive
Conference Room E - 1st Floor

Wednesday, August 24
2:30 pm
Auburn Regional
Plaza 1: 202 N. Division St.
Cascade Training Room - 1st Floor

Thursday, August 25
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
Sheraton Hotel
100 112th Ave NE
Newport Room

Wednesday, August 24
7:00 pm
Quality Inn Baron Suites
100 E Kellogg Road
Olympus Room

Thursday, August 25
11:00 am
Harrison Medical Center
2520 Cherry Ave. 

Wednesday, August 24
5:00 pm
Three Rivers Hospital
415 Hospital Way
Hillcrest Admin. Bldg. Room 105

Wednesday, August 24
3:00 pm
Providence Centralia
914 S. Scheuber Road

Wednesday, August 24
5:00 pm
Nordlig Hotel
101 W Grant Ave, Chewelah
Meeting Room

Wednesday, August 24
3:15 pm  
Whidbey General Hospital
101 N. Main St.
Conference Room B

Monday, August 22
1:00 pm
Guesthouse Inn
1000 Griffin Ave
Meeting Room

Thursday, August 25
9:00 am  
& 7:00 pm
Snohomish Cty PUD
2320 California St.
Room - TC1-A

Federal Way
Tuesday, August 23
9:00 am
Hometown Office Suites & Svcs
33530 1st Way South #102
Class Room

Monday, August 22
2:00 pm
Forks Community Hospital
530 Bogachiel Way
Community Health Conf. Room

Monday, August 22
6:00 pm
IBEW 112
2637 W. Albany
Meeting Room

Monday, August 22
9:00 am & 5:00 pm
Kent Commons
525 4th Ave N
Interurban Room

Monday, August 22
7:00 pm
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St SW
Room 1A

Thursday, August 25
3:30 pm
EvergreenHealth Monroe
14701 179th Ave. SE
The Café Corner

Moses Lake
Thursday, August 25
5:00 pm
Samaritan Healthcare
801 E. Wheeler Road
Classroom 401




Mount Vernon
Tuesday, August 23  
7:00 pm
UFCW 21 Office
1510 N 18th St.
Conference Room

Oak Harbor
Wednesday, August 24
7:00 pm
Best Western Harbor Plaza
33175 SR 20
Board Room

Monday, August 22
12:00 pm
GHC - Olympia Medical Ctr
700 Lily Rd. NE
Room A

Tuesday, August 23
3:30 pm
Capital Medical Center
3900 Capital Mall Dr. SW

Wednesday, August 24
1:00 pm
St. Peter Hospital
413 Lily Road NE

Tuesday, August 23
2:30 pm
Mid-Valley Hospital
Family Medical Building
800 Jasmine St.
Room E (Family Medical Center)

Tuesday, August 23
5:15 pm
Mid-Valley Clinic
529 Jasmine St.
Break Room 

Pt. Angeles
Wednesday, August 24
4:30 pm
Olympic Medical Center
939 Caroline Street
Wendell Room

Pt. Townsend
Tuesday, August 23
12:00 pm & 5:15 pm
Pt. Townsend Senior Ctr.
620 Tyler St.
Board Room

Tuesday, August 23
12:30 pm
Ferry County Memorial Hospital
36 Klondike Road
HUB Conference Room 

Monday, August 22
7:00 pm
Angle Lake Community Center
4040 S 188th Street, #100
Meeting Room

Wednesday, August 24 (New Day)  
9:30 am & 7:00 pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N. 
Room 6 Blue Bldg.

Thursday, August 25
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
UFCW 21 - Seattle
5030 1st Ave S.
Joe Crump Hall

Wednesday, August 24
7:00 pm
Quality Inn
134 River Road
Breakfast Room

Monday, August 22
12:00 pm
Mason General
901 Mountain View Dr.
Skokomish Room

Wednesday, August 24
9:00 am & 5:30 pm
UFCW 21 Office
3888 NW Randall Way #105
Conference Room

South Bend
Monday, August 22
3:00 pm
Willapa Harbor Hospital
800 Alder Street
Evergreen Room

Thursday, August 25
8:00 am, 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
UFCW 21 Office
1710 N. Calispel
Conference Room

Tuesday, August 23
2:00 pm & 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
621 Tacoma Ave S. 
Room 119

Wednesday, August 24
12:30 pm & 2:00 pm
North Valley Hospital
203 S. Western Ave
Orientation Room

Walla Walla
Monday, August 22
1:00 pm (New Time)
St. Mary’s Hospital
401 W. Poplar St.
Mother Gamelin Room B

Thursday, August 25
12:00 pm
Confluence Health
1300 Fuller St.
Conference Room G

Taking Care of Each Other

One value of having a union at work is someone has your back. That’s part of what it means to be union – standing united to protect and support each other in times of need. Because we all deserve fair treatment and respect regardless of our age, income, gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion.

Our union has trained over 1,000 member leaders, your co-workers. These UFCW 21 leaders represent workplaces across the state to help make sure our rights are protected and workers aren’t bullied. The more workers stand together, the more our union will be a force for positive change that can push back against irresponsible and selfish corporations, CEOs, and politicians who use their huge wealth to influence policy.

Injustice, income inequality and racial inequities are still very much a part of daily life in America. While progress has been made, recent headlines show that injustices are still there. Women are paid far less per hour than men for doing the same work. That’s not right. People of color, especially African American youth, are disproportionately put in prison, victims of pollution, discrimination in hiring and police practices, and on and on. Just one example is from Flint, MI where people, disproportionately people of color, have been poisoned by drinking lead contaminated water. That’s not right. A front-runner for the President says that an entire group of people should be refused entry to the United States because of their religion. That’s not right.


Sue Wilmot (Checker, Safeway Bainbridge Island) joined by a MaryAnn Schroeder (Meat Wrapper, Safeway Seattle) right and left of the speaker, take part in a candlelight vigil opposing the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric in our society. Sue and others came together around the memorial site of the Japanese expulsion from Bainbridge as a way to raise awareness of a past time when fear led to hundreds of thousands of people with Japanese ancestry being rounded up and put on trains and jailed. That was not our finest hour as a nation and we today have the responsibility to resist reliving these dangerous decisions. 

Some Good News

The good news is that people are standing up and taking action. UFCW members in Flint are coming together to support their community and UFCW 21 members here in Washington are supporting them through donations at our winter General Membership Meetings. UFCW 21 members have been marching in the streets to support Black Lives Matter and pushing against unfair hiring practices.

More good news is that most people in our society agree that injustice, income inequality and racist, sexist, and anti gay/lesbian/transgender policies and speech are bad. Most people in America agree that workers who want a union at work should have one without interference from their employer. However, most people believing something is not enough. People need to take action in order to resist and push back against fear and hatred. 

Making Lives Better

When we take action in a union, we can make change for the good. When we work together to organize workplaces and achieve strong contracts that are enforced we improve lives. When we advocate for new and improved laws and take collective action with our community partners we can make things better for everyone. When we commit to action, we move our workplaces and communities away from fear and intolerance and toward economic, political and social justice. That is the mission of UFCW 21.

Members Stand Up for Their Rights

United For Quality Care

When UFCW 21 health care members at Providence Everett joined together with OPEIU Local 8 members at the hospital on a common petition to Management for improved contracts and working conditions, they found greater strength than if either had acted alone. That is the story we know to be true and we need to repeat time and again. Taking action together works. This helped both groups of workers from two unions win improved contracts. 

Taking a Break is Good for Everyone

For health care workers breaks are not only an issue for our own health and safety but for all of our patients and co-workers too. In many hospitals and clinics people work through breaks and/or get disciplined if they report missing one. For two years our members at Capital Medical Center have taken action together and documented problems, pushing a grievance and recently winning new contract language for taking breaks and documenting missed breaks. The new language secures all employees’ right to take a paid 15 minute break for each four hours of working time and requires employees to record any missed meal/rest periods without any retaliation. Way to go Capital Medical Center members!

Another Job Saved by Strong Contract & Action

People believing something is not enough. People need to take action in order to resist and push back against fear and hatred…When we commit to action, we move our workplaces and communities away from fear and intolerance and toward economic, political and social justice.

Renee Gebre is a cashier at Safeway (1845 Greenwood). Every day grocery store checkers process WIC checks (a federal program to help moms with lower income get better nutrition for their kids). One day Renee made a mistake when processing a WIC check and was suspended. Our agreement with Safeway is that there must be two written warnings before a suspension for this type of violation. After contacting the employer’s labor relations, the suspension was reduced to a written warning and Ms. Gebre was paid for the hours of work she missed for her suspension. 

Steward Trainings Keep Growing our Union

Eight members from PCC, led by Deli worker Atsuko Koseki (second from right) were recently trained up to be Stewards. Though PCC workers negotiate their contract independently, when they heard that the vast majority of UFCW 21 grocery store workers were soon to be going into their own contract negotiations, these PCC workers wanted to be trained up as Stewards and help as much as possible for everyone to achieve better wages, benefits and working conditions. Great work Atsuko and all the other PCC Stewards who went through the training pictured here.

UFCW 21 Summer Picnics

You’re Invited: With plenty of food, games, and prizes, these events are fun for the whole family!

Sunday, June 28
12:00pm – 4:00pm

Franklin Park
5301-5399 N Division St.

RSVP 1-800-732-6167 or
1-800-732-1188 Ext. 6167


Sunday, July 19
11:00am – 4:00pm

Lower Woodland Park
1000 N 50th St., Shelters 1 & 2

RSVP 206-458-6161 or 
1-800-732-1188 Ext. 6161


Friday, July 24
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Lion’s Park
251 Lebo Blvd., Shelter 1

RSVP 206-458-6162 or 
1-800-732-1188 Ext. 6162


We plan on having a bus from Bellingham and Mt. Vernon coming to the Seattle picnic. If you are interested in taking the bus please call