Last week, grocery, meat and CCK workers in Oregon and southwest Washington who are represented by UFCW Local 555 ratified new contracts that improve health care benefits, increase wages and preserve pensions. A key part of the contracts improve health care benefits by merging the local’s health and welfare trust funds so that all UFCW Local 555 grocery, meat and CCK workers in Oregon and southwest Washington have the same health care benefits available to them. The new contracts cover 14,000 grocery, meat and CCK workers that are employed by Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons and a number of independent employers.
“We are pleased that through the dedicated work of our negotiating team, we were able to present a comprehensive offer to our membership. While all contract negotiations represent compromise, I am confident that we stood our ground on our membership’s core issues and values,” said Dan Clay, president of UFCW Local 555.
Congratulations to all members on the new contract, and the hard-earned benefits it includes.