TEAMSTERS REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH FRED MEYER OVER GROCERY WAREHOUSE CONTRACT
Teamsters Local 117 has achieved a fully-recommended tentative agreement with Fred Meyer over a contract involving 388 warehouse workers employed at the company’s grocery distribution center in Puyallup. The Union and the Company reached the agreement late Monday night with the assistance of a federal mediator.
Union members will meet soon at a time and location yet to be determined to vote on the proposal. The Union bargaining committee will unanimously recommend that the membership approve the settlement.
Central issues for the Union in bargaining were maintaining affordable health care for its members and providing protections against subcontracting.
Teamsters at Fred Meyer have been working without a contract for over five weeks. Last weekend, the workers and their allies leafleted Fred Meyer and QFC stores in four states to educate consumers and raise community awareness about their concerns.
International Teamsters Union Announces Strike Support for Warehouse Workers at Fred Meyer
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) has officially sanctioned strike benefits for 388 warehouse workers employed at the Fred Meyer distribution center in Puyallup and an additional 4,318 Teamsters who could become involved in connection with a potential work stoppage at the facility. Fred Meyer is a subsidiary of Kroger, Inc., a $100 billion company and the second-largest grocery retailer in the country.
“We fully support members of Local 117 fighting to maintain their jobs and healthcare benefits at Fred Meyer,” said Steve Vairma, Western Region International Vice President of the Teamsters and Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division. “As the employer, Fred Meyer will not be allowed to dodge its responsibilities to preserve secure jobs and equitable benefits for our hardworking members who contribute to the company’s success every day.” — Read more.
By Rick Hicks, President
Joint Council No. 28
When I first learned of the ill-conceived comments Wednesday made by the CEO of Boeing, Jim McNerney, I had to pause as I could not believe someone in his capacity could have made such demeaning comments about arguably the best work force in the Aerospace Industry yet alone his own employees. — Read more.
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