Despite More Progress This Week, Still Major Problems

UNITED Grocery Bargain UFCW 21 Teamsters 38 UFCW 367

Despite More Progress This Week, Still Major Problems

We have just wrapped up three days of negotiations. The short version of the update is that despite many bargaining sessions over the last four months, and some progress on some issues including scheduling improvements, we are still a very long way from reaching an agreement. The major roadblocks that remain would likely be strike-level issues.

Some of the specific items where solutions have been tentatively agreed to include safety, workforce development and training, bereavement and most recently a major breakthrough with Kroger on a large-scale solution for our pension problems. That Kroger pension solution is conditional – it only can be part of a global solution, which includes reaching a pension agreement with Safeway/Albertsons. We have a pension proposal in front of Safeway/Albertsons and are awaiting their response.

 After months of waiting and member action,  the employer finally presented their first wage proposal of 30 cents, 25 cents, and 25 cents.  Although this is what we won in the final hours of 2016 bargaining, it is only a fraction of what we need.

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We are moving forward. We have taken action across the region including building our Contract Action Teams, leafletting customers at over 150 stores. All this has been building our strength as a union and connecting with our customers. Next week we will hold 32 Informational Pickets with members of UFCW 367, Teamsters 38 and UFCW 21. Join us on the line!

Make sure to come out and join an Informational Picket at your store next week. If your store is not on the list, join the one closest to you!  See list below.  Now is a critical time to showcase our unity and strength.

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INFORMATIONAL PICKET LOCATIONS:

Tuesday, July 30

Tacoma

Fred Meyer Stevens 4505 S 19th St // 10am-12pm / 2pm-4pm / 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, July 31

North Seattle

Safeway N City 17202-15th Ave NE Seattle, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Pine Hurst 12318-15th Ave NE Seattle, WA // 1:30pm

Kent

Safeway Kent Valley 210 Washington Ave S Kent, WA // 12:30pm

Fred Meyer Kent 10201 SE 240th St Kent, WA // 1:30pm

Renton

Safeway 200 S 3rd St Renton, WA // 12:30pm

Fred Meyer 365 Renton Center Way SW Renton, WA // 1:30pm

Bellevue

QFC Bel-East 1510-0145th Pl SE Bellevue, WA // 12:30pm

FM Bellevue 2041-0148th NE Bellevue, WA // 1:30pm

Auburn

FM Auburn 801 Auburn Way N Auburn, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Auburn 101 Auburn Way S Auburn, WA // 1:30pm

University Village

Safeway U Village 3020 NE 45th St. Seattle, WA // 12:30pm

QFC U Village 2746 NE 45th St Seattle, WA // 1:30pm

Lower Queen Ann

Safeway Lower QA 516-1st Ave W Seattle, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Upper QA 2100 Queen Anne Ave N Seattle, WA // 1:30pm

West Seattle

Safeway 4740-42nd Ave SW Seattle, WA // 12:30pm

QFC West Seattle 4550- 42nd Ave SW Seattle, WA // 1:30pm

Coal Creek

QFC 6940 Coal Creek Pkwy SE Renton, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway 6911 Coal Creek Parkway SE Renton, WA // 1:30pm

Issaquah

QFC Issaquah 1540 Gilman Blvd Issaquah, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Issaquah 735 Gilman Blvd Issaquah, WA // 1:30pm

Redmond

QFC Bella Bottega 8867-161st Ave NE Redmond, WA // 12:30pm

QFC Redmond 15800 Redmond Way Redmond, WA // 1:30pm

Thursday, August 1

Tacoma

Fred Meyer Pacific 7250 Pacific Ave­ // 10am-12pm / 2pm-4pm / 6pm-8pm

Port Orchard

Safeway 3355 Bethel Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA // 12:30pm

Albertsons 1434 Olney Ave SE Port Orchard, WA // 1:30pm

Fred Meyer 1900 SE Sedgwick Rd Port Orchard, WA // 12:30pm

Albertsons 370 Sedgwick Rd Port Orchard, WA // 1:30pm

Monroe

FM Monroe 18805 State Route 2 Monroe, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Monroe 1951 Highway 2 Monroe, WA // 1:30pm

Everett

FM Everett 8530 Evergreen Way Everett, WA // 12:30pm

FM Lynnwood 4615-196th SW Lynnwood, WA // 1:30pm

 

Next Bargaining Dates: August 12, 13, 14

YOUR GROCERY STORE BARGAINING TEAM:

Amy Dayley Angell, QFC #891 (Ballard), Front End Checker, UFCW 21

Christina Harris, Fred Meyer - Lake City #179 (Grocery), Bakery Clerk, UFCW 21

Cliff Powers, Safeway #402 (Oak Harbor), Produce Clerk, UFCW 21

Denise Anderson, Safeway #1546 (Aberdeen), Meat Wrapper, UFCW 367

Eleanor Knight, Albertsons #4483 (Auburn), 4th PIC, UFCW 21

Irene Garcia, Fred Meyer - Auburn #19 (Retail), Home Clerk, UFCW 21

Jeannette Randall, Safeway #1923 (Roxbury), Front End Checker, UFCW 21

Jeff Smith, Fred Meyer - Snohomish #681 (Retail), Non-food receiving Clerk, UFCW 21

J'Nee DeLancey, Town & Country #211 (Ballard), Beer/Wine Manager, UFCW 21

Joann Gardner, Albertsons #3106 (Puyallup), Personnel Coordinator/Bookkeeper, UFCW 367

Jordan Washington, QFC #803 (Meridian), Starbucks, UFCW 21

Kyong Barry, Albertsons #483 (S Auburn), Front End Supervisor, UFCW 21

Lisa Gasser, Fred Meyer #424 (South Hill), Bakery Clerk, UFCW 367

Maggie Breshears, Fred Meyer - Greenwood #122 (Grocery), Personal Shopper, UFCW 21

Maroot Nanakul, Safeway #464 (Bear Creek), Front End Manager, UFCW 21

Michaela Strain, QFC #819 (Bothell), Meat Wrapper, UFCW 21

Mike Sherman, Fred Meyer # 265 – Puyallup, Grocery Clerk, UFCW 367

Mike Solberg, Safeway # 547 (Graham), Grocery Clerk, UFCW 367

Paul Ames Reinhold, Metropolitan Market #157 (Uptown), Cheese Kiosk Clerk, UFCW 21

Richard Waits, Haggen #15 (Burlington), Deli Clerk, UFCW 21

Robin Hillistad, QFC #858 (N Seattle), HR Specialist, UFCW 21

Sam Dancy, QFC #825 (Westwood Village), Front End Supervisor, UFCW 21

Sue Wilmot, Safeway #1252 (Bainbridge Island), Front End Checker, UFCW 21

Wendy Garrett-Drake, Albertsons #469 (Mukilteo), Personnel Coordinator/Bookkeeper, Teamsters 38

Wil Peterson, Fred Meyer - Everett #95 (Grocery), CCK Checker, UFCW 21

Faye Guenther, President, UFCW 21

Steve Chandler, Principal Officer Teamsters 38

Joe Mizrahi, Secretary Treasurer, UFCW 21

Mia Contreras, Executive Vice President, UFCW 21

Tammi Brady, Recording Secretary, Teamsters 38

Samantha Kantak, Executive Assistant, Teamsters 38

Kate Meckler, Trustee, UFCW 367

Jim McGuinness, Attorney, UFCW 21, Teamsters 38 and UFCW 367

Grocery Store Workers informational picket

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Grocery Store Workers informational picket

The employers are still proposing pay cuts. More action is needed to increase our wages, secure our pension, and protect our health care.

Tuesday, July 30

Tacoma

Fred Meyer Stevens 4505 S 19th St // 10am-12pm // 2pm-4pm // 6pm-8pm

Thursday, August 1

Port Orchard

Safeway 3355 Bethel Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA // 12:30pm

Albertsons 1434 Olney Ave SE Port Orchard, WA // 1:30pm

Fred Meyer 1900 SE Sedgwick Rd Port Orchard, WA // 12:30pm

Albertsons 370 Sedgwick Rd Port Orchard, WA // 1:30pm

Monroe

FM Monroe 18805 State Route 2 Monroe, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Monroe 1951 Highway 2 Monroe, WA // 1:30pm

Everett

FM Everett 8530 Evergreen Way Everett, WA // 12:30pm

FM Lynnwood 4615-196th SW Lynnwood, WA // 1:30pm

Tacoma

Fred Meyer Pacific 7250 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA // 10am-12pm // 2pm-4pm // 6pm-8pm

Wednesday, July 31

North Seattle

Safeway N City 17202-15th Ave NE Seattle, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Pine Hurst 12318-15th Ave NE Seattle, WA // 1:30pm

Kent

Safeway Kent Valley 210 Washington Ave S Kent, WA // 12:30pm

Fred Meyer Kent 10201 SE 240th St Kent, WA // 1:30pm

Renton

Safeway 200 S 3rd St Renton, WA // 12:30pm

Fred Meyer 365 Renton Center Way SW Renton, WA // 1:30pm

Bellevue

QFC Bel-East 1510-0145th Pl SE Bellevue, WA // 12:30pm

FM Bellevue 2041-0148th NE Bellevue, WA // 1:30pm

Auburn

FM Auburn 801 Auburn Way N Auburn, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Auburn 101 Auburn Way S Auburn, WA // 1:30pm

University Village

Safeway U Village 3020 NE 45th St. Seattle, WA // 12:30pm

QFC U Village 2746 NE 45th St Seattle, WA // 1:30pm

Lower Queen Ann

Safeway Lower QA 516-1st Ave W Seattle, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Upper QA 2100 Queen Anne Ave N Seattle, WA // 1:30pm

West Seattle

Safeway 4740-42nd Ave SW Seattle, WA // 12:30pm

QFC West Seattle 4550- 42nd Ave SW Seattle, WA // 1:30pm

Coal Creek

QFC 6940 Coal Creek Pkwy SE Renton, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway 6911 Coal Creek Parkway SE Renton, WA // 1:30pm

Issaquah

QFC Issaquah 1540 Gilman Blvd Issaquah, WA // 12:30pm

Safeway Issaquah 735 Gilman Blvd Issaquah, WA // 1:30pm

Redmond

QFC Bella Bottega 8867-161st Ave NE Redmond, WA // 12:30pm

QFC Redmond 15800 Redmond Way Redmond, WA // 1:30pm

Grocery Store Bargain Update: Unions Build Unity, While Employers Stall

Grocery Store Bargain Update: Unions Build Unity, While Employers Stall

Despite ongoing conversations over the past two days to discuss changes to our contract language on scheduling, we were not able to make any progress on this important issue. On the very important issue of wages, the employers still, after our repeated requests, have failed to respond to our wage proposal from over a month ago…

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Join us for the Refuse to Abuse 5K!

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WA State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Refuse to Abuse 5K // Saturday, July 20 // 9am

Join us as we literally take steps towards curing domestic violence in our community through raising vital funds for outreach and education throughout the state. Sound Health and Wellness Trust will reimburse the cost for registering and give you HRA credit.

https://refusetoabuse5k.org/
Register with Team: UFCW 21 Works It!

Let us know if you have any questions and more details will emerge about Pride and our Refuse to Abuse Team. Please share with members! For more details contact: kbeifus@ufcw21.org

Providence Patients before Profits Rally July 26

On Friday, July 26 join hundreds of fellow union members from across Washington for a spirited rally at Providence headquarters to stand up for quality patient care and good jobs. All job titles throughout Providence including nurses, nursing assistants, techs, social workers, transporters, hospice workers, pharmacists, environmental services, nutrition workers, clerks and lab workers will gather in a massive show of unity.

We’re all experiencing the same attacks from Providence as the corporation prioritizes excessive executive pay, profits and branding above the needs of patients and front-line workers. We are struggling with severe under-staffing, unaffordable health benefits, unfair wages, cuts to our sick time, and disrespect and discrimination on the job.

Meanwhile, Providence raked in $24.4 BILLION in operating revenue and $165 MILLION in operating profits last year. The CEO Rod Hochman had a 157% increase in total compensation to $10.5 MILLION in 2017, and the top 15 Providence execs had over $41 MILLION in total compensation that year.

Let’s all send a powerful message directly to these millionaire executives that Providence needs to stop wasting resources and invest in quality care for our patients! RSVP below…

 

July 26
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Providence Headquarters
1801 Lind Ave SW Renton, WA 98057

RSVP to attend the Providence Patients before Profits Rally

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Spokane attendees, RSVP for a spot on the bus to Renton
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Press Release: Providence Workers Across the State Join Together For Informational Pickets: Spokane, Everett and Olympia

PRESS ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:

Providence Workers Across the State Join Together For Informational Pickets: Spokane, Everett and Olympia

WHAT:  Informational Pickets protest against proposed cuts of benefits for thousands of workers across the state by Providence. These workers in Spokane, Everett and Olympia all have contracts that are now expired. There will be good visuals with picketers + picket signs. Interviews with workers at each location will be able to be arranged upon request.

DATE:   Thursday, June 27, 2019

LOCATIONS/TIMES:

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

8th & McClellan

Spokane

TIME: 2 PM – 5 PM

(UFCW 21 members will be joined by members of Washington State Nurses Association)

 

Providence St Peter Hospital

Lilly & Ensign

Olympia

TIME: 2 PM – 5 PM

 

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

Colby & 13th

Everett

TIME: 3 PM – 6 PM

Note – there will also be a leaflet action at Providence St Mary’s Medical Center, 401 Poplar St, Walla Walla  from 7-8 AM and 1 – 3:30 PM

WHY:    Despite making $24.4 billion last year and paying their CEO over $10 million, Providence is trying to take away the hard-earned benefits of workers, many whom have been dedicated employees for decades. These proposed take aways include: erasing millions of dollars’ worth of accrued benefits that workers have in their Sick Leave, and ongoing failure to address staffing shortages.

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UFCW 21 has over 46,000 members across the state of Washington and is the largest UFCW local in the nation. By growing our union, we are building a movement for the 21st century, an inclusive and democratic union that pushes for racial, gender, economic and political justice.

For more information, go to: UFCW21.org

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