Grocery Store Bargain Update: Safety is key- for us and our customers

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Safety is key - for us and our customers

It is clear to our union member bargaining team that we need to make some significant progress on many issues in our 2019 negotiations including higher wages. Wages are important to all of us, but before we address compensation, we need to continue to work on issues that are connected to the quality of our jobs and often are closely related to our pay – issues like; scheduling, staffing, training, and safety.

Member feedback from surveys is clear: workplaces need to be safe for us and our customers.  Thousands of members have shared their experiences with safety issues at work; lack of training, harassment and bullying from managers and customers, unsafe equipment, and poor staffing.

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Our proposals around safety include:

  • Guarantee protections against retaliation when workers bring up issues around bullying, harassment, food safety, or customer safety—no one should be disciplined for making their store safer.

  • Improve safety committees that employers are legally required to hold, and make sure that we have trained union stewards in every meeting.

  • Require that our employers provide training on bullying and harassment and customer de-escalation techniques.

  • Paid time for the Safety Coordinator in each store to work on safety issues in the store.

Take Action:

  • Make sure you and your co-workers have downloaded the UFCW 21 app.

  • Keep taking your breaks. When we all take meal and rest breaks that are protected in our contracts and the law, we will force our employers to better staff our shifts.

  • As break actions wrap up, we will start a new round of button up actions next week and wear them through early May when our first contract expiration dates take place. (see buttons below)

    Next Bargaining dates May 2 & 3

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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), Deli Clerk

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 Checker

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

Todd Crosby, Organizing Director, UFCW International

Faye Guenther, Acting President, UFCW 21

Steve Chandler, Principal Officer Teamsters 38

Joe Mizrahi, Staff Director, 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

Grocery Store Bargain: May Contract Action Team Meetings

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May, 2019 Grocery Store Bargain Contract Action Team Meetings are organized by Rep., Members are welcome to attend any CAT meeting. To RSVP or if you have questions contact your Union Representative.

Rep Tim Phelan

Thursday, May 2, 2019
New Castle Public Library
12901 Newcastle Way, Newcastle

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Kent Commons
Mill Creek Rm
525 4th Ave N, Kent WA 98032

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5:30– 6:30pm     
Renton Community Center
Renton Community Center
1715 SE Maple Valley Highway Renton WA 98057 

Rep Teri Jackson

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Federal Way library
Meeting room 1
34200 1st Way S, Federal Way, WA 98003

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Kent Commons
Mill Creek Rm
525 4th Ave N, Kent WA 98032

Rep Bill Roberts

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10am- 12pm
Lynden Starbucks, 8082 Guide Meridian Ave. #101, Lynden

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Round Table Pizza at Sunset Square, Bellingham
1145 E Sunset Dr. #135, Bellingham, WA


Rep Tim Moisio

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Jefferson County Library,
9514, 620 Cedar Ave
Port Hadlock WA 98339

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Port Orchard Library,
87 Sidney Ave
Port Orchard WA 98366


Rep Derrick Edens

Monday, May 6, 2019
Southwest Branch of The Seattle Public Library
9010 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Burien Library
400 SW 152nd St. Burien, WA 98166


Rep Leroy Taylor

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Silverdale UFCW21 office
3888 NW Randall Way, Suite 105
Silverdale WA 98383


Rep Kristina Storm

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Alfys Pizza (upstairs)
916 SE Bayshore Drive 
Oak Harbor, WA

Thursday, May 9, 2019
UFCW Local 21
1510 N 18th Street
Mount Vernon, WA


Rep Ariana Davis

Monday, May 6, 2019
Cap Hill Library
425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Renton Community Center
1715 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98057

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Rainier Beach Library
9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Rep Tonya Burnett

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Westside pizza
612 S. Lincoln St
Port Angeles, WA, 98362

Rep Monica Bryant

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
4:30-6:00pm w/Ariana Davis
Capitol Hill library 
425 Harvard Ave E Seattle, WA 98102 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6-8pm w/Bruce Le
Phinney Ridge Community Center
Room 31 Blue Building
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Rep Bruce Le

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6-8pm w/ Monica Byrant
Phinney Ridge Community Center
Room 31 Blue Building
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Greenwood Library
8016 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Rep Adrian Noel

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Alfys Pizza Marysville
9330 State Ave, Marysville, WA 98270 

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Alfys Pizza Monroe
19121 US-2, Monroe, WA 98272


Amy Dayley

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Kingsgate library
12315 NE 143rd St Kirkland

Rep Tae Abraham

Thursday, May 2, 2019 
Sammamish Library 
825 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA 98075

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
5- 6pm 
Kingsgate library in Kirkland 
12315 NE 143rd St., Kirklan, WA


Rep Evelyn Orantes-Fogel

Monday, May 6, 2019
Alfy’s 2317 Broadway, Everett, WA 98201

Thursday, May 9, 2019
3-4pm w/Regan McBride
Lynnwood Library 19200 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98036


Rep Regan McBride

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Lake City Library
12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Thursday, May 9, 2019
11-12:30 & 3-4:30
Shoreline Library
345 NE 175th St, Shoreline, WA 98155


Rep David Barnes

Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Can Am Pizza 
2125 Bel-Red Road 
Redmond, WA 98052

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Bellevue Library (Meeting Room 1)
1111 110th Avenue NE
Bellevue WA 98004


Rep Monica Smith

Monday, May 6, 2019
10:30am-12:30pm Drop by anytime
Maple Valley Library
21844 SE 248th PL
Maple Valley, WA  

Monday, May 6, 2019
3:30-5:30pm Drop by anytime
Covington Library
27100 164th Ave SE,
Covington, WA

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:30-8:30am (Coffee and Donuts Meeting)
6:30-7:30pm (Light Snacks)
Kent Commons
525 4th Ave North
Kent, WA