Summer 2019 Newsletter

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UNIONS MAKE IT BETTER- It pays to know your contract

Dan Hodge works at the Port Orchard Albertsons. Prior to that he worked at both Safeway and Fred Meyer where he became a Journeyman in the Deli. When he started working at Albertsons, he realized they did not pay him his journey wage rate even though he had been at the journey level at Fred Meyer within the last 2 years.

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Summer 2019 General Membership Meeting

Aberdeen
Monday, August 19
6:00 pm
Grays Harbor Hospital
West Campus
915 Anderson Drive
Conference Room E - 1st Floor

Auburn (New Time, New Room)
Wednesday, August 21
1:15 pm
Auburn Regional Medical Center
Plaza 1: 202 N Division St
AMC - 1st Floor
Cascade Conference Room

Bellevue
Thursday, August 22
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
Sheraton Hotel
100 112th Ave NE
Newport Room

Bellingham
Wednesday, August 21
7:00 pm
Quality Inn Baron Suites
100 E Kellogg Road
Olympus Room

Bremerton
Thursday, August 22
11:00 am
Harrison Medical Center
2520 Cherry Ave
Aspen Room - 2nd Floor

Brewster
Wednesday, August 21
5:00 pm
Three Rivers Hospital
415 Hospital Way
Hillcrest Admin. Bldg.
Commons Area

Centralia
Wednesday, August 21
10:00 am
Providence Centralia Hospital
914 S Scheuber Road
Cafeteria

Colville/Chewelah
Wednesday, August 21
5:00 pm
Nordlig Hotel
101 W Grant Ave, Chewelah
Meeting Room

Coupeville (New Time)
Wednesday, August 21
3:45 pm
Whidbey Health Medical Center
101 N Main St
Conference Room Trailer

Enumclaw
Monday, August 19
1:00 pm
Guesthouse Inn
1000 Griffin Ave
Meeting Room

Everett (New Room)
Thursday, August 22
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
Snohomish County PUD
2320 California Street
Room TC1-A

Federal Way
Tuesday, August 20
9:00 am
Hometown Office Suites & Svcs
33530 1st Way South #102
Classroom

Forks
Monday, August 19
2:00 pm
Forks Community Hospital
530 Bogachiel Way
Main Conference Room

Kennewick (New Building)
Monday, August 19
6:00 pm
IBEW 112
114 N Edison St
Meeting Room

Kent
Monday, August 19
9:00 am & 5:30 pm
Kent Commons
525 4th Ave N
Interurban Room

Lynnwood
Monday, August 19
7:00 pm
Snohomish County PUD
21014 63rd Ave W
Conference Room

Monroe
Thursday, August 22
3:30 pm
EvergreenHealth Monroe
14701 179th Ave SE
The Cafe Corner

Moses Lake
Thursday, August 22
5:00 pm
Samaritan Healthcare
801 E Wheeler Road
Classroom 401

Mount Vernon
Thursday, August 22
7:00 pm
UFCW 21 Office
1510 N 18th St
Conference Room

Oak Harbor
Wednesday, August 21
7:00 pm
Best Western Harbor Plaza
33175 SR 20
Oak Harbor Room

Olympia
Monday, August 19
12:00 pm
Kaiser Permanente
700 Lily Rd NE
Conference Room A

Tuesday, August 20
3:30 pm
Capital Medical Center
3900 Capital Mall Dr SW
Cafeteria

Wednesday, August 21
1:00 pm
Providence St. Peter Hospital
413 Lily Road NE
Cafeteria

Omak
Tuesday, August 20
2:30 pm
Mid-Valley Hospital
Family Medical Building
800 Jasmine St
Conference Room C & D

Tuesday, August 20
5:15 pm
Mid-Valley Clinic
529 Jasmine St
Break Room

Port Angeles (New Room)
Wednesday, August 21
4:30 pm
Olympic Medical Center
939 Caroline Street
Wendel Room

Port Townsend
Tuesday, August 20
12:00 pm & 5:15 pm
Pt. Townsend Senior Ctr.
620 Tyler St
Board Room

Sea-Tac
Monday, August 19
7:00 pm
Angle Lake Family Resource Center
4040 S 188th St #100
Meeting Room Suite 100

Seattle
Tuesday, August 20
9:30 am & 7:00 pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N
Room 6 - Blue Bldg.

Thursday, August 22
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
UFCW 21 Office
5030 1st Ave S
Joe Crump Hall

Sequim
Wednesday, August 21
7:00 pm
Quality Inn
134 River Road
Breakfast Room

Shelton
Tuesday, August 20
12:00 pm
Mason General Hospital
901 Mountain View Dr
Persung Room

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

South Bend
Monday, August 19
3:00 pm
Willapa Harbor Hospital
800 Alder Street
Evergreen Room

Spokane
Thursday, August 22
8:00 am, 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
UFCW 21 Office
2805 N Market St
Conference Room

Tacoma (New Room)
Tuesday, August 20
2:00 pm & 5:00 pm
Tacoma General Hospital
315 MLK Jr Way
Chelsea Heights 1 & 2

Tonasket
Wednesday, August 21
12:30 pm & 2:00 pm
North Valley Hospital
203 S Western Ave
Orientation Room

Walla Walla (New Room)
Monday, August 19
1:00 pm
Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center
401 W. Poplar St
Luken Room

Wenatchee
Thursday, August 22
12:00 pm
Confluence Health
Central WA Hospital
1300 Fuller St
Conference Room J

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

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.  

Higher Wages & Paid Sick Leave

Higher Wages & Paid Sick Leave

I-1433: The initiative would raise the minimum wage in Washington State to $13.50 by 2020, and allow workers to earn an hour of paid sick leave for every forty hours worked. Such a law will reduce wage inequality and boost the local economy, as well as responsibly reduce the chances of spreading illnesses in the workplace.

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Personal Health Assessment

Personal Health Assessment

Eligible plan participants can earn funding up to $500 for employee-only coverage and up to $1,000 for family coverage by annually completing a variety of health-related actions such as the PHA. Your HRA helps you to avoid a higher deductible as HRA funds are used to cover the first eligible medical expenses covered by the plan in each calendar year.

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