Join us for a Labor Day Picnic!

Every year, members and the staff of UFCW Local 555 participate in Labor Day activities all across our jurisdiction. We all come together on this special day to celebrate the hard work you have done all year, and to remember the battles fought for the respect and dignity of hard working people in this country. We invite you and your family on September 1st to join your Union Brothers and Sisters at a Labor Day Picnic so we may celebrate together!

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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
meshaia@ufcw555.org
Cell- (503) 780-7403
Work- (503) 598 – 6365
PO Box 2355
Tigard, OR 97281-3555
https://www.facebook.com/UFCWLocal555
http://ufcw555.org/

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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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UFCW 555 Strike Reunion and BBQ

Were you part of the strike in 1994?  Can you believe it’s been 20 years? UFCW 555 is hosting a BBQ. Come celebrate and say hello to people who became like family during the 1994 strike this Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 11am to 2pm at the park attached to the Hollywood Fred Meyer.  The address is 3030 NE Weidler Portland OR.  See you there!

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Tuesday, August 5th is Primary Election Day in SW Washington!

Members of SW Washington, don’t forget that Tuesday, August 5th is Primary Election Day! Below are the candidates that UFCW Local 555 has endorsed in SW Washington. Make your voice heard and return your ballots by August 5th!

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UFCW President Hansen Statement on Final USDA Poultry Modernization Rule

“For more than two years, UFCW members have spoken out with a simple and compelling message: safe line speeds mean safe workers.”

“With today’s publication of an improved poultry modernization rule, it is clear that the voices of UFCW members were heard loud and clear.”

“I want to thank our coalition partners in labor, food safety, and the civil rights community for standing side by side with us throughout this process. I want to recognize the Department of Labor for raising important safety questions.  And I especially want to commend Secretary Vilsack for listening to our concerns and taking the necessary steps to fix this rule.”

“Poultry processing remains a dangerous job; a recent study showed 42 percent of workers in this industry have evidence of carpal tunnel. With this rule behind us, I look forward to working with the Department of Labor and the USDA to make our poultry plants safer and ensure more workers can have a voice on the job.”
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The Earned Sick Days Ordinance has passed in Eugene!

The Eugene City Council heard our message loud and clear. At the city council meeting on Monday, July 28th, they voted to pass an Earned Sick Days Ordinance. They will now start the process of rulemaking for the ordinance. Working people in Eugene could have first day sick pay as soon as July of 2015.

Every member of UFCW 555 gets to be proud of the fact that we spearheaded the first fully comprehensive Protected Sick Days law in Oregon. This is a great win for our union and for all workers; however our work is not finished. We will now continue the fight by passing earned sick days laws at the state level in Oregon and Washington.

unnamed“Protected Sick Leave in Eugene has passed because of UFCW Local 555 and its ABC program. There were multiple parties involved, but we were the spearhead, the driving force. The members in Eugene testified before the council on a need for this ordinance, and the community sided with them, not with the employers. I would like to thank Kevin Billman, the Director of Legislative and Community Affairs here at Local 555, for his hard work and commitment to this cause. I would also like to thank all the members of Local 555 in Eugene for their perseverance. This is a huge win for workers in Oregon, and we have nowhere to go now but forward.”

Jeff Anderson
Secretary Treasurer, UFCW Local 555

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Bargaining at Baycrest Village has reached a Settlement Agreement

The Union bargaining committee at Baycrest Village has reached a settlement. The fully recommended agreement includes wage increases, increases in employer contributions to retirement, maintains access to union representation, and continues to protect rights to be treated fairly, and respectfully by management. The vote will be held at McAuley Hall at Baycrest Village, on Thursday, July 31, at 7 AM, noon and 3 PM.

 

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Eugene Protected Sick Leave Update

Last night, UFCW members attended a Eugene City Council Meeting on Protected Sick Leave. Protected Sick Leave in Eugene would be a huge victory for all workers. No one should have to make the choice between taking care of themselves or a sick child with no pay, or going to work sick to make the rent. Kevin Billman testified on behalf of UFCW members in the meeting that ran till 11:00 at night. If passed, workers in Eugene would have access to up to five paid sick days a year on the first day, instead of having to wait until the third day before receiving any pay.

 

 

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Members at the Columbia Pacific Bio Refinery have ratified a new Contract

UFCW 555 members at the Columbia Pacific Bio Refinery have ratified a new three year agreement with their employer. Highlights of the settlement include wage increases, maintaining affordable health care, and new language that improves overtime calculation and ability to cash out unused PTO. This is a big win for our members who work in Clatskanie, Oregon.

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