Get the most from your UFCW Membership

UFCW members, not only get a strong contract and someone fighting for them at work, by they also get benefits that can save them and their families as much as $3,000 in 2017. The truth is, all of our members, work incredibly hard and deserve to save money at home. Whether its discounts on movie tickets, theme parks, cell phone plans, tires, or legal services, the money saving benefits to UFCW membership goes above and beyond the benefits negotiated in our contracts.

Check out UFCW.org/value to learn more.

Ballots are out! Please remember to VOTE!

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Ballots are out! You have until 8pm, on Tuesday, November 8th, to cast your ballot. You can either mail it in (don’t forget the stamp) or drop it off at a drop site.

The following candidates are endorsed by the Active Ballot Club (ABC) and your Local 555 Elected Leaders. We must stand together to support candidates who will work to secure effective legislation for working families.

Now more than ever, we need to make our voices heard by voting!

Oregon Endorsements

(WFP Endorsed means the Work Families Party of Oregon also endorsed the candidate.)

Federal
Peter Defazio, US Representative District 4

Ballot Measures
Yes on Ballot Measure 97
Yes on Ballot Measure 98

Statewide
Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon (WFP Endorsed)
Brad Avakian, Secretary of State (WFP Endorsed)
Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General (WFP Endorsed)
Tobias Read, State Treasurer

Oregon State Senate
Tonia Moro, District 3
Arnie Roblan, District 5 (WFP Endorsed)
Ginny Burdick, District 18
Kathleen Taylor, District 21 (WFP Endorsed)
Lew Frederick, District 22 (WFP Endorsed)
Michael Dembrow, District 23 (WFP Endorsed)
Laurie Monnes-Anderson, District 25 (WFP Endorsed)

Oregon State House
Pam Marsh, District 5 (WFP Endorsed)
Paul Holvey, DIstrict 8 (WFP Endorsed)
David Gomberg, District 10
Phil Barnhart, District 11 (WFP Endorsed)
Nancy Nathanson, District 13
Julie Fahey, District 14 (WFP Endorsed)
Dan Rayfield, District 16
Tom Kane, District 18 (WFP Endorsed)
Paul Evans, District 20 (WFP Endorsed)
Teresa Alonso Leon, District 22 (WFP Endorsed)
Jim Thompson, District 23 (WFP Endorsed)
Ken Moore, District 24 (WFP Endorsed)
Ray Lister, District 26 (WFP Endorsed)
Sheri Malstrom, District 27
Jeff Barker, District 28 (WFP Endorsed)
Susan McLain, District 29 (WFP Endorsed)
Janeen Sollman, District 30 (WFP Endorsed)
Brad Witt, District 31
Mitch Greenlick, District 33
Ken Helm, District 34 (WFP Endorsed)
Margaret Doherty, District 35 (WFP Endorsed)
Jennifer Williamson, District 36 (WFP Endorsed)
Julie Parrish, District 37
Ann Lininger, District 38 (WFP Endorsed)
Mark Meek, District 40
Karin Power, District 41 (WFP Endorsed)
Rob Nosse, District 42 (WFP Endorsed)
Tawna Sanchez, District 43
Tina Kotek, District 44 (WFP Endorsed)
Barbara Smith Warner, District 45 (WFP Endorsed)
Alissa Keny-Guyer, District 46 (WFP Endorsed)
Diego Hernandez, District 47 (WFP Endorsed)
Jeff Reardon, District 48
Chris Gorsek, District 49
Carla Piluso, District 50 (WFP Endorsed)
Janelle Bynum, District 51 (WFP Endorsed)
Mark Reynolds, Distict 52 (WFP Endorsed)
Gena Goodman Campbell, District 54 (WFP Endorsed)

Counties
Benton
Annabelle Jaramillo, Benton County Commission Chairman
Xan Augerot, Benton County Commission, Position 2

Clackamas
Jim Bernard, Clackamas County Chairman
Ken Humberston, Clackamas County Commission, Position 4

Multnomah
Sharon Meiran, Multnomah County Commission, District 1, (WFP Endorsed)
Amanda Schroeder, Multnomah County Commission, District 4

Cities
Portland
Steve Novick, Portland City Council (WFP Endorsed)
Yes on 26-179, Affordable Housing Bond Measure

Lake Oswego
Jon Gustafson, Lake Oswego Mayor
Theresa Kohlhoff, Lake Oswego City Council

Eugene
Joshua Skov, Eugene City Council Ward 1, (WFP Endorsed)

West Linn
John Carr, West Linn Mayor

Washington Endorsements

Federal
Jim Moeller, US Representative Congressional District 3

Ballot Measures
Initiative 1433

Washington State Senate
Tim Probst, Legislative District 17, Senator
Dean Takko, Legislative District 19, Senator
Annette Cleveland, Legislative District 49, Senator

Washington State House
Brian Blake, Legislative District 19, Representative, Position 2
Sharon Wylie, Legislative District 49, Representative, Position 1
Monica Stonier, Legislative District 49, Representative Position 2

Counties
Clark County
Tanisha Harris, Clark County Council, District 3

Cowlitz County
Mike Karnofski, Cowlitz County Commission, District 1
Shawn Nyman, Cowlitz County Commission, District 2

2,000 new members have been organized, 2,000 more by the end of the year

By Peter Diaz
Assistant to the President, Organizing Director

There are many ways organizing makes our Union stronger so we can bargain better wages, benefits, and working conditions in our contracts.

Here are two ways organizing can and does make us stronger and improve our working conditions:

First, organizing makes our health plans and our pensions stronger. For every new Albertsons, Fred Meyer, or Safeway employee we organize into the Union, the employers must contribute money on their behalf into our health and pension plans. The more money our employers contribute into our plans, the better funded our plans are.

Second, organizing makes us stronger in contract negotiations. There are more than 17,000 members working at Albertsons, Fred Meyer, and Safeway. While we were bargaining our last contract, there were approximately 5,500-6,000 non-union employees in these stores. This large group of non- union employees makes it nearly impossible for us to threaten any realistic job actions against our employers and that makes us weaker at the bargaining table.

When we organize these employees and represent everyone, we will be able to credibly threaten job actions and therefore be stronger at the bargaining table. This will mean a better contract for everyone.

Since February your Union has organized nearly 2,000 new members who work at Albertsons and Safeway, with a realistic goal of organizing 2,000 more by the end of the year.  Albertsons and Safeway will be contributing into our Health and Pension plans for all these new members, making our plans better funded. These new members will make us stronger when we go into bargaining for our next contract.

2016 Washington Primary Endorsements for SW Washington

Your union has endorsed the following candidates in the August Primary Election for their continuing support and advancement of issues that matter to working families. Don’t forget to vote! Ballots are due by August 2nd.

Jim Moeller, 3rd Congressional District, US House of Representatives

Tim Probst, 17th Legislative District, Senator
Dean Takko, 19th Legislative District, Senator
Annette Cleveland, 49th Legislative District, Senator

Brian Blake, 19th Legislative District, Representative, Position 2
Sharon Wylie, 49th Legislative District, Representative, Position 1
Monica Stonier, 49th Legislative District, Representative, Position 2

Mike Karnofski, Cowlitz County Commissioner, District 1
Shawn Nyman, Cowlitz County Commissioner, District 2

Haggen to close Oregon City Location

In addition to the previous announcement that Haggen would be closing it West Linn and Sunnyside Stores, Haggen has announced that they will also be closing the Oregon City Location.

These closures are covered by the WARN act, thus the company will be required to pay out 60 days of pay from the day WARN notices are issued. Local 555 will be working on making sure the Union Members at all three locations are taken care of and will be setting up dislocated worker meetings as soon as possible. These meetings will inform you about how this will impact health and welfare and pension benefits.

Your Union will continue to keep you up-to-date of any news that can be confirmed, and will be sending members in the affected stores a letter regarding the dislocated worker meetings.

Oregon’s Landmark Minimum Wage Bill has been Signed into Law

Oregon’s landmark minimum wage bill was signed into law late Wednesday morning by Gov. Kate Brown.

“Thanks to the hard working families of UFCW and the coalition of over 70 community groups, small businesses, and worker organizations, I am proud to finally see a minimum wage increase passed in Oregon. We now turn our efforts to Washington State to raise the wage for workers there in the 2016 general election.”

Jeff Anderson
Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW Local 555

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Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Anderson and many others at the historic signing.

UFCW 555 statement on minimum wage vote by House of Representatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 18, 2016

Contact:
Miles Eshaia
(503) 598-6365
meshaia@ufcw555.org

UFCW 555 statement on minimum wage vote by House of Representatives

Salem, Ore. – Following today’s vote to approve an increase in Oregon’s minimum wage by the Oregon House of Representatives, UFCW 555 Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Anderson issued the following statement:

“By approving a higher minimum wage, our elected leaders are making a real difference for hundreds of thousands of working families across the state. While we’ve been focused on what a higher minimum wage means here in Oregon, our fight to is not happening in isolation. With measures headed to the ballot in Washington and California, Oregon is positioned to lead a regional movement to lift wages for hard working families all along the West Coast.”

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UFCW 555 statement on Oregon Senate minimum wage vote

Salem, Ore. – Today the Oregon Senate voted to approve an increase in Oregon’s minimum wage. Following the vote, UFCW 555 Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Anderson issued the following statement:

“The conversation about raising Oregon’s minimum wage is not happening in isolation. Cities up and down the West Coast already have $15 minimum wages on the books, and both Washington and California are considering ballot measures to raise the wage statewide to $13.50 or higher. If at the end of session, elected officials come up short of passing a wage high enough to support working families across the state, voters will be the ones to get the job done in November.”