Fair Scheduling: here we come!

I hope you take a look at our first-ever annual report when you attend a January Quarterly Meeting this month. It’s our way of making sure you’re up to date on everything Local 555 achieved in 2016. There were a lot of wins this year and when we win, we win together! You’ll also see a mention of what’s next for us in 2017. Our biggest battles in this new year are for Pay Equity and Fair Scheduling, and we’re going to update you every step along the way. Keep an eye on this newspaper, our website, and relevant mailings throughout the year.

What does Fair Scheduling, otherwise known as the Fair Work Week, entail? In a nutshell:

  •  the right to rest between shifts
  •  the right to a predictable schedule
  •  the right to sufficient notice before a schedule change
  •  the right NOT to be sent home early
  •  the right NOT to have a schedule adjusted for health or personal issues
  •  the goal to have as many full-time schedules as possible and desirable

This sort of huge goal is one of the primary reasons we have a Union, and an Active Ballot Club. If you’re not already contributing to the ABC, I’d ask that you consider doing so. Just a dollar or two per week makes a huge difference when everyone contributes. If you’d like to add or increase an ABC donation just call 503-684-2822 and ask for the Membership Records Department. Thank you for your help in making positive changes to improve the lives of
all workers.

Jeff Anderson
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW 555

Labor Day is Monday, September 7th

Oregon established the first Labor Day in the country on February 21, 1887. The New York legislature tried to sneak ahead, but Oregon passed its bill creating a day honoring workers first. One-hundred-and-thirty years later, UFCW Local 555’s members, Executive Board, and staff join with the rest of labor to participate in Labor Day activities all across Oregon and Washington.

We celebrate the people who work and the victories that make our workplaces better. On September 7th, join your Union brothers and sisters at a Labor Day Picnic so we can celebrate together. Below, you will find a list of Labor Day Picnics from around the jurisdiction. It is easy to forget the battles fought by hard working men and women for the respect and dignity that all hard working people in this country deserve. This Labor Day, let’s look back at some of the victories won by the workers who fought to make your job bearable. Union workers fought for, and brought you, weekends, overtime pay, breaks at work, paid vacation, the Family Medical Leave Act, paid sick leave, minimum wage, the 8-hour work day, child labor laws, Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA), Employee Polygraph Protect Act, privacy rights, pregnancy and parental leave, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, pensions, workplace safety standards and regulations, employer health care insurance, collective bargaining rights, The Civil Rights Act, wrongful termination laws, Social Security, whistleblower protection laws, sexual harassment laws, the American’s With Disabilities Act, holiday pay, military leave, the right to strike, and public education for children, and recently First Day Sick Pay for workers in Oregon and Seattle!

These are past victories, and while it is important to remember them, we are in a very real struggle for not only maintaining these hard earned rights, but advancing them further. We will always be in the fight for fairness and equality. The worker’s rights/union movement is starting to show signs of swinging back from the extreme greed that has been winning over the past few years. The corporations are  not changing though; society is slowly realizing the damage corporate America has done to our country.  America is sick of billionaires increasing their already vast fortunes by buying politicians who will dismantle your rights and line their own pockets.

So how do we combat this? We fight side-by-side for each other and our families in our workplaces, at the bargaining table, and in our state legislatures. Most workers deserve better than they are getting. More eyes are being opened everyday.

Labor Day Picnics List:

Astoria – Cullaby Lake – In the North Shelter off of U.S. Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside from Noon to 5:00. Parking is $3 per vehicle. This picnic is put on by the Tillamook Clatsop Community Labor Chapter.

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Counties – Toutle River RV Resort (150 Happy Trails, Castle Rock, WA, Exit 52 off I-5) – Grilling Hamburgers & Hot Dogs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Bring the family and your favorite picnic dish to share out for Swimming, Kids Games, Camping and a great chance to socialize with other local union members from our community.

Bend Area – Pioneer Park (NW Wall St.) – Picnic hours will be from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Music, Games, and Fun for the whole family. This picnic is put on in conjunction with the Central Oregon Central Labor Council.

Eugene/Springfield Area – John Lively Picnic Shelters (6100 Thurston Street) – Picnic runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This picnic is put on in conjunction with the Lane County Labor Council. **Please bring a side dish!**

Medford/Grants Pass Area — TouVelle State Park, 8425 Table Rock Road, Central Point. 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Lunch will be served. Speakers and entertainment for the whole family. There is a $5 charge for parking. Sponsored by the Southern Oregon Central Labor Council.

North Bend/Coos Bay Area – Ferry Road Park – Picnic hours will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Music, Games, and Fun for the whole family. This picnic is put on in conjunction with the Southwestern Oregon Central Labor Council. Asking for a small donation of non-perishable food.

Portland / Vancouver/ SW Washington – Oaks Amusement Park – The event starts at 10:00 am. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm and is free to members and their families. Ride bracelets will be given out to the first 500 kids under the age of 12. This picnic is put on in conjunction with the Northwest Oregon Labor Council.  See below for transportation information.

Salem Area – Salem Waterfront Park – Lunch will be served from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Music, Games, and Fun for the whole family. Arrive around 10:00 am to mingle and listen to Labor Day speakers. There will be a bouncy house for the kids! This picnic is put on in conjunction with the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Labor Council. **Please bring 2 cans of non-perishable food per person as a donation.**

Labor Day Picnic Shuttle Train for Oaks Park

September 7, 2015

$5 Round Trip, Children 12 and under ride free!



Boarding Times SE 4th & Caruthers Departing For Oaks Station  Boarding Times Oaks Station Departing For SE 4th & Caruthers
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Call Senator Wyden and give him a piece oh your mind!


“My name is _________. I am calling to urge you to vote NO on Fast Track. This Fast Track bill will send American jobs overseas and prohibits negotiators from dealing with climate change, human trafficking, or currency manipulation. That is completely unacceptable. Please Vote NO on Fast Track.”

Call Senator Stop Fast Track


Call Congress FAST

Please call your members of Congress right now at 1-855-712-8441, and urge them to oppose Fast Track because it undermines our democracy and American workers.

To find your members of Congress, please CLICK HERE.

Fast Track was introduced in the previous session of Congress as S. 1900 and H.R. 3830 and would establish a process that allows no amendments and limited debate on trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Once legislators have the Fast Track ticket in their hands, they are free to agree to provisions that will send jobs overseas, reduce the bargaining power of workers, jeopardize health and safety regulations and give corporations more control over our economy and our trading partners’ economies.

Fast Track would open the flood gates to the same NAFTA style, unfair trade deals that have cost millions of American jobs, devastated our manufacturing base, and suppressed health and safety regulations around the world. In short, Fast Track is a nightmare for workers and our democracy and must be defeated.

Once again, please call your members of Congress right now at 1-855-712-8441, and urge them to oppose Fast Track.

If you would like to learn more, be sure to check out this video from Robert Reich, who has summed up the threat of Fast Track and the TPP into a two and a half minute clip. You can also find the national AFL-CIO’s “Fast Facts on Fast Track” HERE.

Legislative Lobby Day is May 12th!

Don’t forget, on May 12th, UFCW Local 555 will be holding its second Legislative Lobby Day at the Oregon State Capitol for 2015.

We will be focused on encouraging State Senators and Representatives to support Protected Sick Leave, but will be working on other pieces of legislation as well.

To read UFCW Local 555’s full legislative agenda, click here.

Worker advocacy is fundamental to what we do and we all must do it not just in our workplaces or with our friends, but to elected leaders as well.

If you are interested in attending, please contact your Union Representative, or Renae Miller at 1-800-452-8329.

Lobby Day was Great!

A big thank you to the members who attended Lobby Day in Salem yesterday.  Thanks to your efforts, we are closer than ever before to making sick pay available for workers in Oregon on the very first day someone is sick.  We also made great strides in putting not one, but two pharmacy technicians on the Oregon Board of Pharmacy.  This would give UFCW pharmacy techs more of a voice on the job than ever before.  You can click the link below for a copy of the full legislative agenda. The next Lobby Day in Oregon is May 12th.  We are also working with our sister locals for a lobby day in Washington State, with the date to be determined.  If you are interested in attending either event, please contact your Union Representative.​

Click here to read the full 555 Legislative Agenda 

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Protected Paid Sick Leave Day of Action

UFCW Members worked hard to pass Protected Paid Sick Leave in both Portland and Eugene. Now the fight is on to pass Protected Paid Sick Leave for everyone in Oregon, accessible the very first day you are sick.

The first public hearings are on Monday, February 16 at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. We need to pack three meetings throughout the day with UFCW members. The joint hearing at 5pm needs the most participation, but if you are interested in being part of the first show of force at the capitol this year at any time throughout the day, please contact your Union Representative.