Haggen Enters Into Agreement to Acquire 20 Albertsons & Safeway Stores in Local 555’s Jurisdiction

Local 555 has just been made aware that as Haggen, Inc., a Pacific Northwest grocery chain, has entered into an agreement to acquire 146 stores as from Albertsons and Safeway as part of the divestment process required by the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) review of the Albertsons & Safeway merger.  Of these 146 stores, 20 are within the Local 555 jurisdiction.  Haggen currently has two stores within Local 555’s jurisdiction, and the acquisition would bring the total to 22.

The acquisition must still be approved by the FTC, but if approved, will be finalized in the first half of 2015.  Haggen has notified us that, “All Albertson’s LLC and Safeway store employees will have the opportunity to become employees of Haggen as their individual stores are transitioned to the Haggen banner.”

Details of the transition are still forthcoming, but we believe that all union employees in Local 555’s jurisdiction will continue to be represented by Local 555, and covered by a union contract.  As more information is available it will be shared with our membership.

UFCW Local 555 President Dan Clay said of the acquisition, “I’m excited to see an employer like Haggen growing their presence in Oregon & SW Washington.  If the past is any indication of the future, we expect that our members will be treated with dignity and respect in their workplace.”

Below is a list of the stores in the Local 555 jurisdiction listed to be acquired by Haggen:

Albertsons 1120 Campbell Street Baker City OR 97814

Albertsons 8155 S.W. Hall Beaverton OR 97005

Albertsons 16200 S.W. Pacific Hwy. Tigard OR 97224

Albertsons 14300 S W Barrows Rd Tigard OR 97223

Albertsons 1800 N.E. 3rd Street Bend OR 97701

Albertsons 61155 S. Hwy 97 Bend OR 97702

Albertsons 1675 W. 18th Avenue Eugene OR 97402

Albertsons 3075 Hilyard St. Eugene OR 97405

Albertsons 340 N E Beacon Drive Grants Pass OR 97526

Albertsons 1690 Allen Creek Road Grants Pass OR 97527

Albertsons 14800 S E Sunnyside Rd Clackamas OR 97015

Albertsons 16199 Boones Ferry Road Lake Oswego OR 97035

Albertsons 5450 River Rd. N. Keizer OR 97303

Albertsons 16030 S W Tualatin Sherwood Rd Sherwood OR 97140

Albertsons 1855 Blankenship Rd West Linn OR 97068

Albertsons 10830 S.E. Oak Milwaukie OR 97202

Safeway 585 Siskiyou Boulevard Ashland OR 97520

Safeway 2740 S. 6th Klamath Falls OR 97603Safeway 5415 Main Street Springfield OR 97478

Safeway 211 North Eighth Street Klamath Falls OR 97601

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Marc Perrone Elected President of 1.3 Million Member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

CHICAGO, IL—Today, Marc Perrone, a labor leader who has committed four decades to fighting for hard working families, was elected International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).

Perrone graphic

As a proud leader and member of the UFCW, Perrone has long fought to organize more members, bargain the best contracts possible, and hold irresponsible corporations accountable. His values as a labor leader have been defined by the belief that every worker has the right to a decent living, a reliable schedule, quality affordable health care, and respect on the job.

“The choice we face today is whether we will stand together and build an economy that lifts up all families, or watch as even more workers fall further behind and struggle to make ends meet,” Perrone said. “Cynics may believe that these divisions and inequities are irreversible. I do not. We, as a union, do not. I strongly believe that by uniting together we can give workers across North America the opportunities they deserve.”

Beginning today, Perrone will spend the coming weeks and months meeting with UFCW members throughout the United States and Canada. As part of this listening tour, Perrone will have one on one conversations, visit worksites, and utilize digital and social media platforms to engage with union members and hear their thoughts and ideas on how the UFCW can grow even stronger.

“The ideas to build a stronger union do not lie within any one individual,” Perrone said. “They lie within all of us. They lie in the collective wisdom and strength of 1.3 million UFCW members who work hard every day to support their families. I want to hear their ideas. I want to hear their vision. I want to hear what we can all do to become an even greater and stronger union for the decades ahead.”

Perrone will be succeeding retiring International President Joe Hansen.

Hansen started as a meatcutter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1962 and used his experience as a rank and file union activist to help lift up UFCW members and all workers. Hansen was elected International President in 2004 and helped steer the UFCW through a Great Recession, the flood of corporate money into politics, the single greatest legislative attack on labor in history, and the rise of income inequality.

“Even in the face of unprecedented challenges, Joe Hansen never lost sight of our members,” Perrone said. “His commitment and dedication to the hard-working men and women we represent will never be forgotten.”

During his tenure, Hansen increased union density in meatpacking and processing, formed important global labor alliances, and helped lead the labor movement’s positions on comprehensive immigration reform.

* For Perrone’s biography, and the announcement of new UFCW officers, please see below:

Biography of International President Marc Perrone:

Marc Perrone joined the Retail Clerks—which later became the UFCW—in 1971 while working as a courtesy clerk at Weingarten’s food store in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.  Since that time, he has held various positions within the UFCW, including Region 1-Eastern Director and National Director of Strategic Programs, Collective Bargaining and Organizing. For the last decade, he has served as International Secretary-Treasurer, keeping the UFCW on sound fiscal footing in a challenging climate.

New UFCW Officers Elected:

Under the UFCW International Constitution, the International Executive Board is charged with electing a replacement for a vacancy in the office of International President. The UFCW Executive Board consists of 50 International Vice Presidents, primarily local union leaders, and 5 Executive Committee members.

The UFCW International Executive Board also elected former Executive Vice President Pat O’Neill as International Secretary-Treasurer, Esther Lopez as Executive Vice President, and Stuart Appelbaum as Executive Vice President. Paul Meinema currently serves as Executive Vice President and National President of UFCW Canada. Executive Vice President Bill McDonough retired on October 31.

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Looking for ways to get involved with Black Friday Protests?

Walmart – the country’s largest employer – is making $16 billion in profits every year from the hard work of its 1.4 million workers.  The people who own Walmart, the Walton family, are the richest family in the country.  The Waltons add over $8.6 million to their $150 billion fortune every day, and their family alone is as wealthy as 43% of all American families combined.

There is no problem with success in business, but there is a problem when people like the Waltons are profiting at the expense of the people who make their business successful.  Essentially, the Waltons are robbing Walmart workers of a decent living by paying the majority of workers less than $25,000 a year and manipulating their hours to ensure they don’t qualify for benefits.  Walmart and the Waltons also take more than $8 billion a year out of our pockets when taxpayers are forced to subsidize food, healthcare and housing for Walmart-employed moms and dads who can’t earn enough to get by.

From Wednesday, November 26th to Black Friday, November 28th there are actions happening across the state to call attention to the greed of the Walton family.  Join us.  Stand side-by-side with Walmart employees who just want to support their families and are sticking a fist into the air for a decent wage.  This is part of an international campaign, with workers in ten countries protesting Walmart and calling for change.

The Black Friday events happening within the jurisdiction of UFCW 555 are listed below. We encourage you to attend an event near you and support these workers in their struggle for respect.

Wednesday, November 26, 9am-noon
Klamath Falls Walmart Rally
3600 Washburn Way
Klamath Falls, OR

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 10am-Noon
Medford Walmart Rally
1360 Center Dr.
Medford, OR

Friday, November 28, 10am-Noon
Portland Walmart Rally
4200 SE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR
(Come hear our own UFCW 555 Secretary Treasurer Jeff Anderson speak at this event.)

Friday, November 28, Noon-2pm
Eugene Walmart Rally
4550 W 11th Ave
Eugene, OR

Friday, November 28, 1:15 pm
Corvallis Walmart
1840 NW 9th St.
Corvallis, OR 97330

Friday, November 28, 5:15 am
Sherwood Walmart
212320 SW Langer Farms Pkwy
Sherwood, OR 97140

Call (503) 598-6326 for more information.

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UFCW Local 555 emerging as a political force in Oregon

By DON McINTOSH, Associate Editor

Oregon’s largest private sector union has worked to build up its political muscle in recent years, after years of punching below its weight. The union, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555, represents 19,000 workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington, most at chain grocery stores like Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons, and QFC.

Secretary-treasurer Jeff Anderson says Local 555 used to stick to negotiating and enforcing collective bargaining agreements, and didn’t see politics as central to its mission. But after his 2008 election to union leadership — on a slate with president Dan Clay — Local 555 worked to increase political engagement in order to win through legislation what it had trouble gaining in contract bargaining.

I’m sick of being on defense. I want to take our organizations and go on offense.” — UFCW Local 555 secretary-treasurer Jeff Anderson

Member donations to the Active Ballot Club (ABC) — UFCW’s political action committee — totaled $329 a month when Anderson and Clay took office. Today, Anderson says Local 555 members contribute over $30,000 a month, all of it in voluntary contributions of as little as a $1 a week from roughly 6,800 members. That’s on top of a 50-cent per member per month assessment that pays for political education efforts among union members. The surge won recognition from Local 555’s parent union as Local 555 became one of its top five most politically active locals. Cash and in-kind contributions by Local 555 to Oregon political campaigns totaled close to $380,000 this year.

Local 555 has put its war chest to work in distinctive ways, and has had a string of successes.

It was the only union to back marijuana legalization in a big way, contributing $75,000 to the successful campaign to pass Oregon’s Ballot Measure 91. That’s in sync with UFCW’s national policy of support for opening up (and unionizing) new hemp and cannabis industries.

Though Local 555 isn’t affiliated with the Oregon AFL-CIO, it’s active in local AFL-CIO affiliated central labor councils, and it’s big supporter of a union-led minor political party, the Oregon Working Families Party. The Working Families Party’s door-to-door canvass is a key part of Local 555’s political effort. In two hard-fought but successful paid sick leave campaigns, the canvass, backed by funds from Local 555, helped mobilize public support.

Portland mayor-elect Charlie Hales stands with members of Local 555 at a Dec. 10, 2012 press conference.

For years, Local 555 had tried to negotiate “first day” sick leave into its grocery contracts — which offer paid sick leave only after workers have been out for two days. But it was unable to wrest that concession from giant corporations like Kroger — in a low-profit-margin industry with low-cost nonunion competition like Walmart. So when an August 2012 poll commissioned by Local 555 showed strong support among Portland voters for paid sick leave, union leaders sensed it was possible that a community coalition could win politically — for all workers — what Local 555’s employers had refused. Local 555 backed Charlie Hales for mayor, and Amanda Fritz for commissioner. Both won election in November 2012. The following March, the Fritz-sponsored ordinance passed unanimously, making Portland the fourth local jurisdiction in the United States to require paid sick leave. Eugene passed a similar ordinance in July 2014.

And in the February 2014 short session of Oregon Legislature, Local 555 won another reform important to its members: After many years of trying, it got a law passed that ended criminal penalties against cashiers for mistakenly selling alcohol to minors, replacing it with civil fines instead.

Local 555 has pursued unconventional electoral approaches, like backing long-shot candidates in areas of the state not traditionally favorable for pro-union candidates. It’s a strategy suited to Local 555’s geographically diverse rank-and-file: About half of its 17,000 Oregon members are in less populous areas of the state.

This election cycle, Local 555 went after the two most iconic tea party candidates for Oregon Legislature.

When conservative talk radio host Bill Post ran for the House District 25 (Newberg/Keizer) seat vacated by Kim Thatcher, Local 555 gave heavy support to Independent candidate Chuck Lee. The Working Families Party canvassed over 17,000 doors in the district, and Local 555 contributed $50,000 in cash and close to $30,000 in-kind contributions. In the end, Post won with nearly 55 percent of the vote.

In House District 23 (Dallas), Local 555 defended incumbent Republican Jim Thompson against a primary challenge from far-right conservative Mike Nearman. After Thompson lost, Local 555 backed Democrat Wanda Davis to the tune of $15,000. Nearman won with close to 52 percent to 37 percent for Davis.

“We wrestled with the tail of the tiger,” Anderson said. “They won, but strategically, we won, because all this money that would have gone elsewhere came in to defend the two Tea Party candidates.”

Anderson said taking the fight to new territory led anti-union funders to spend heavily to clinch the two races. Over $230,000 was spent to elect Post, and just under $200,000 to elect Nearman.

“We believe that taking our message to the red counties, in a populist environment, can win.”


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Major Victories in Oregon and SW Washington

If you were watching the election results trickle in last night, or you woke up this morning and saw the results, you may have noticed something.  A wave of anti-labor and anti-working family candidates won across the country, but that wave stopped here in the Northwest.  With the hard work of the Active Ballot Club and coalition partners, we had some major victories in Oregon and SW Washington.

In Oregon, we re-elected Governor John Kitzhaber and Senator Jeff Merkley.  These proven leaders will continue to fight for working families in Oregon.

We sent Representatives Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, and Suzanne Bonamici back to Washington, D.C. to represent working families.

We were able to increase our majority in the Oregon Legislature, paving the way for our state-wide protected sick leave efforts, and other pro-worker issues.

We were able to defeat Measure 90 and protect our elections system from huge out-of-state special interest groups.

In SW Washington, we won a number of legislative and county commissioner seats.  This will ease the political burden of our brothers and sisters in the Washington UFCW Locals as these elected officials will work hard to pass pro-worker legislation. Unfortunately, Bob Dingethal did not win his bid for a Congressional seat, but it was a good fight all the same.

This was all made possible thanks to the Active Ballot Club.  Instead of billionaires writing giant checks, the ABC works through tens of thousands of workers from all over the jurisdiction giving a small amount every week. Using the ABC powerhouse we have built over the past few years, we have created a strong coalition of partners that work hard on behalf of working people everywhere.  Thank you for all your support, there are good things to come.  If you would like to join the ABC and be a part of something huge, you should contact your Union Representative.

With the election over, the ABC will be setting its aim on the Oregon and Washington legislatures.  The ABC and this Union will never stop fighting for the middle class.

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Did you remember to vote?

Today is Election Day! If you have not yet voted, there is still time. While it’s to late to mail in your ballot, you can drop it off at a drop box. The links for both Oregon and Washington Drop Box sites are below.

Oregon – http://www.sos.state.or.us/dropbox/

Washington – http://www.ballotdrop.org/wa/

UFCW Endorsements – http://ufcw555.com/ballots-are-out-its-time-to-vote/

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Ballots are out! It’s time to vote!

Many of you have received your ballots in mail by now, and the rest of you should have them by this weekend.  These candidates are endorsed by the Active Ballot Club (ABC) and your Local 555 Elected Leaders. The list also indicates which candidates have been endorsed by the Working Families Party.  We must stand together to support candidates who will work to secure effective legislation for working families.  Please remember to vote by November 4th!


State and Federal                 

Governor                                 John Kitzhaber                        Working Families Party Endorsed

United States Senator             Jeff Merkley                            Working Families Party Endorsed

Congress 1st District               Suzanne Bonamici                  Working Families Party Endorsed

Congress 3rd District              Earl Blumenauer

Congress 4th District              Peter DeFazio                         Working Families Party Endorsed

Congress 5th District              Kurt Schrader

State Senate Districts                       

Senate District 3                     Alan Bates                              Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 4                     Floyd Prozanski                      Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 6                     Lee Beyer                                Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 7                     Chris Edwards

Senate District 8                     Sara Gelser                              Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 11                   Peter Courtney                        Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 13                   Ryan Howard                         Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 15                   Chuck Riley                            Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 17                   Elizabeth Steiner Hayward     Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 19                   Richard Devlin                        Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 20                   Jamie Damon

Senate District 21                   Diane Rosenbaum

Senate District 22                   Chip Shields

Senate District 23                   Michael Dembrow                  Working Families Party Endorsed

Senate District 24                   Rod Monroe

Senate District 26                   Robert Bruce

State House Districts            

House District 5                      Peter Buckley                          Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 8                      Paul Holvey                            Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 9                      Caddy McKeown

House District 10                    David Gomberg                      Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 11                    Phil Barnhart                           Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 12                    John Lively

House District 13                    Nancy Nathanson

House District 14                    Val Hoyle

House District 16                    Dan Rayfield

House District 17                    Richard Harisay

House District 18                    Scott Mills                               Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 19                    Bill Dalton

House District 20                    Paul Evans                              Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 22                    Betty Komp

House District 23                    Wanda Davis                          Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 25                    Chuck Lee                               Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 27                    Tobias Read

House District 28                    Jeff Barker                              Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 29                    Susan McLain                         Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 30                    Joseph Gallegos

House District 31                    Brad Witt                                Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 33                    Mitch Greenlick

House District 34                    Ken Helm                                Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 36                    Jennifer Williamson                Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 37                    Julie Parrish

House District 38                    Ann Lininger

House District 39                    Bill Kennemer

House District 40                    Brent Barton                           Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 41                    Kathleen Taylor                      Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 42                    Rob Nosse                               Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 43                    Lew Frederick                         Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 44                    Tina Kotek                              Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 45                    Barbara Smith Warner            Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 46                    Alissa Keny-Guyer                 Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 47                    Jessica Vega Pederson            Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 48                    Jeff Reardon                           Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 49                    Chris Gorsek                           Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 50                    Carla Piluso

House District 51                    Shemia Fagan                          Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 52                    Stephanie Nystrom                 Working Families Party Endorsed

House District 54                    Craig Wilhelm

Local Positions                      

Clackamas County Clerk                                David Robinson

Columbia County Commissioner                    Henry Heimuller

Columbia County Judge District 9                 Cathleen Callahan

Deschutes County Commissioner                   Jodie Barram   Working Families Party Endorsed

Hillsboro City Council Ward 2                       Kyle Allen

Keizer City Council    Roland Herrera

Marion County Commissioner Position 1       Diana Dickey  Working Families Party Endorsed

Polk County Commissioner Position 2           Danny Jaffer   Working Families Party Endorsed

Springfield City Council                                 Denise Bean

Yamhill County Commissioner                       Sal Peralta       Working Families Party Endorsed

Yamhill County Sheriff                                  Tim Svenson

Ballot Measures                    

Ballot Measure 88-Drivers Cards                   Support           Working Families Party Endorsed

Ballot Measure 90-Top Two Elections           Oppose

Ballot Measure 91-New Approach Oregon    support            Working Families Party Endorsed

A Fair Chance for All, Portland City Ordinance        Support




Representative in Congress 3rd District         Bob Dingethal

State Legislature       

17th Legislative District Position 1                Monica Stonier

18th Legislative District Position 2                Maureen Winningham

49th Legislative District Position 1                Sharon Wylie

49th Legislative District Position 2                Jim Moeller



Clark County Commissioner Position 3          Craig Pridemore

Clark County Treasurer                                   Doug Lasher

Clark County Prosecuting Attorney                Tony Golik

Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney            Ryan Jurvakainen


Ballot Initiative 1351, Reduces Classroom Size         Support

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Enron Billionaire Joins Growing List of Big Businesses and Out-of-State Billionaires Behind Measure 90 “Top Two” campaigns

Texas billionaire John Arnold, who made his fortune as an Enron executive, has just dumped $500,000 into efforts to support Measure 90’s “Top Two” primary. Arnold joins the growing list of big businesses and out-of-state billionaires behind the campaign that would dramatically change Oregon elections and limit voter choice.

Arnold is best known from his days as Enron executive. But since retiring from Big Oil, Arnold has shifted his energy to become one of the chief champions for anti-worker policy. Rolling Stone named him a key supporter of the attempts to “declare war on public pensions” in their 2013 coverage of Wall Street’s efforts to get rich by looting public workers’ pension funds. Arnold is so committed to slashing benefits for working people, he attempted to grant $3.5 million to PBS to air a series called “The Pension Peril.” PBS returned the donation, but not before the media began calling Arnold the “Wolf of Sesame Street.”

Arnold joins a handful other big corporations and out-of-state billionaires that are pushing the “Top Two” elections in Oregon. In total, nearly $2 million has poured into the Yes on 90 committees, demonstrating the size and scope of corporate influence already present in political campaigns.

Don’t let big corporations and out-of-state billionaires change our elections. Measure 90 would make it easier for Big Business to elect candidates who support their narrow corporate and anti-worker agenda. It’s time for us to stand up and say no. Protect Our Vote: No on 90.

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United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 is pleased that the minimum wage will increase

September 17, 2014

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 is pleased that the minimum wage will increase

Tigard, Oregon – UFCW Local 555 is pleased that the minimum wage will increase by 15¢ to $9.25 in 2015.  Oregon has one of the highest minimum wages in the US and we are proud to be part of making that happen. However, this wage is not enough for workers to support their families. 2015 is the year to further increase the minimum wage and take a critical step towards ensuring all of Oregon’s workers their families get a fair shot.

About UFCW Local 555

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555 represents around 19,400 workers in Oregon and Southwestern Washington.  Our membership is comprised of workers in retail, manufacturing, health care and many other industries. We are a diverse group of workers that have grown into being the largest private sector labor union in Oregon.  Local 555 has a rich history dating back to 1936.  Our local is chartered by the UFCW International Union, joining us with over 1.3 million workers across the United States and the World.

Media Contact:
Miles Eshaia
Communications Coordinator
UFCW Local 555
Cell- (503) 780-7403
Work- (503) 598 – 6365
PO Box 2355
Tigard, OR 97281-3555


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Stand in Unity with Ikea Workers!

IKEA made headlines this summer when the company pledged to raise minimum wages at each store to match local living wage levels. The furniture giant was widely praised as a leader in the retail industry.

There’s just one problem: while new hires will see higher wages, current IKEA employees like me aren’t getting a raise, even though we’ve invested years in building this company.

IKEA workers across the country came together to start a petition because we believe that we all deserve a raise. If IKEA wants to be recognized as a responsible employer, it needs to raise standards for all workers. And we need your help to hold the company accountable.

Will you call on IKEA to ensure that longtime employees get a living wage too?

IKEA’s getting credit for being a responsible, high wage employer, but I still can’t pay my bills and save money for my future. I’m tired of working two part-time jobs and barely getting by. Sign the petition if you think a living wage job includes access to full-time hours.

We think that investing in workers will lead to happier employees, better retention, and higher sales growth. That’s why we’re asking IKEA to offer full-time jobs to every worker who wants one, and to raise pay for all workers, not just new hires.

We’re calling on our coworkers, our customers, and workers throughout the retail industry to join us in supporting this petition.

We know that when workers speak together, companies listen. Together, we’ll convince IKEA  to do what’s right.

Thank you for standing with us.
Dan Stillwell, IKEA Pittsburgh

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