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!

JOIN US AGAIN THIS YEAR ON THE OREGON PACIFIC RAILROAD SHUTTLE TRAIN.  AVOID THE TRAFFIC LINES INTO OAKS PARK.  AVOID THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT PARKING SPOT.  SEE THE SIGHTS THROUGH OAKS BOTTOM WILDLIFE REFUGE.

THERE’S PLENTY OF STREET PARKING NEAR THE McLOUGHLIN OVERPASS, McCOY MILLWORK, AND THE PORTLAND OPERA.  THE TRAIN BOARDS AT 4th AND CARUTHERS.  YOU’LL HAVE A BLAST!!

Boarding Times SE 4th & CaruthersDeparting For Oaks Station Boarding Times Oaks StationDeparting For SE 4th & Caruthers
8:15 am8:30 am8:45 am9:00 am
9:15 am9:30 am9:45 am10:00 am
10:15 am10:30 am10:45 am11:00 am
11:15 am11:30 am11:45 am12:00 pm
12:15 pm12:30 pm12:45 pm1:00 pm
1:15 pm1:30 pm1:45 pm2:00 pm
2:15 pm2:30 pm2:45 pm3:00 pm
3:15 pm3:30 pm3:45 pm4:00 pm
4:15 pm4:30 pm4:45 pm5:00 pm (last train)