In an effort to reach out to the public about our efforts to achieve a fair contract, grocery store workers and community partners began a round of store leaflets and neighborhood canvases this week. The response has been wonderful and people are loving our “We Love Our Grocery Store Workers” shopping bags…Read More
Today we came historically close to reaching agreement on safety and workforce development. We then turned our full attention to wages. We know we want to protect our health care, ensure our pensions are safe, and get real wage increases. Grocery store workers have been falling behind for too long.Read More
Still at It, A Long Way to Go
We had two days of contract negotiations this week – the last week before many contract expirations. Along those lines we were able to come to an agreement with the employers to extend our contracts with protections for retro-compensation.
It remains 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. 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.
Over the last two days we traded proposals with the employers as follow up on our earlier round of safety proposals. While we made some progress on this front, we have a long way to go to adequately address safety issues in our stores.
The Union Bargaining Team also presented evidence in support of our scheduling proposals, including:
More advanced notice —two weeks
Access to more hours—before our employers hire new staff, those hours should go to us
More control over our schedules—we should be able to choose our shifts
We know these systems already work in many of our stores. Meat departments have daily seniority and many members in our union have the ability to select their own schedules. We proposed that the employers take the systems we already have that are working well and expand them to everyone.
We made it clear to the employers: we passed our scheduling law in Seattle and we are prepared to pass it statewide unless they are willing to come to the table with solutions.
Make sure you and your co-workers have downloaded the UFCW 21 app.
As break actions wrap up, we are starting a new round of button up actions
Next Bargaining dates May 20 & 21
YOUR GROCERY STORE BARGAINING TEAM:
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), Starbucks
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 Manager
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