Anchorage/Eagle River @ UFCW Office (501 W. Northern Lights Blvd)
Eagle River @ Parks & Rec ( 12001 Business Blvd)
Palmer/Wasilla @ A T & T Sports Center
Homer @ Bidarka Inn (Downstairs Conference Room)
Fairbanks @ UFCW Office (2120 S. Cushman Suite 201)
North Pole @North Pole Plaza (next to Ben Franklin)
Kenai/Soldotna @ Aspen Hotel Kenai
Kenai/Soldotna @ Aspen Hotel Kenai
Seward @ Holiday Inn Express (Conference Room)
Ketchikan @ IBEW
Ketchikan @ Best Western Landing
Petersburg @ Scandia House
Juneau @ Travel Lodge Glacier Hwy
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The Union Bargaining Committee met with Albertsons/Safeway on April 21st, 22nd, and 23rd to begin negotiating the Anchorage/Eagle River Agreement which is set to Expire on May 31, 2015. The Union side and the Employer exchanged proposals and made some progress. When the last session ended, we had just begun discussing issues such as Health & Welfare, Pension and Wages. The Union and the Committee are dedicated to preserving the wages and benefits you currently enjoy and to making the improvements you so richly deserve. We are scheduled to meet again on May 12th, 13th, and 14th to continue the process.
Recently, the City Council in Alameda, California, signed a new ordinance requiring companies purchasing large grocery stores to retain workers for at least 90 days if the stores’ ownership changes. The ordinance will protect the jobs of grocery workers after a sale or transfer takes place for stores that are more that 15,000 square feet. As written, the ordinance covers Alameda’s Safeway, Lucky’s and Nob Hill grocery stores. UFCW Local 5 provided testimony during hearings in support of the ordinance and stressed the importance of grocery workers not having to live in fear that they are going to immediately lose their jobs if the stores’ ownership changes. “Stores change hands frequently in the grocery industry. This ordinance will give us the opportunity to provide the public with the quality service and products they are accustomed to and deserve. And it will give us peace of mind that our jobs are safe following a store ownership change,” said Joe McAdams, a Safeway meat cutter and member of UFCW Local 5.
American retailers are finally starting to get the message: it’s time to raise the wage! In March, Walmart announced that the company will be hiking wages for 500,000 of its employees nationwide, raising pay to $9 an hour in April and $10 an hour by February of 2016. This decision came after years of pressure from members of OUR Walmart, who have bravely been standing up to the world’s largest retailer for better pay and regular hours. With the support of UFCW members and community organizations, workers are winning change. Unlike many retail workers, UFCW and other union members are able to raise wages at companies by bargaining strong contracts. Union members also help raise the bar in the retail industry by joining Walmart workers to stand up to competitors like Walmart and pressuring them to raise wages. Other retailers are already following suit. TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods announced they will raise their minimum wage to $9 and hour in June and to $10 in 2016. Target is reportedly planning to raise its minimum wage to $9 per hour in all U.S. stores in April. Yahoo Finance Senior Columnist Michael Santoli points out that Target is not raising wages solely to compete with Walmart. “The only reason all the retailers are doing this is because they actually have to listen to what the labor market can give them. Essentially all of them are just following the fact...that the labor market is tight enough. It’s hard enough to find people at minimum wage and they don’t like to have a lot of employee turnover. From a total economic perspective, Target and all these other chains are going to raise their going wage, but they’re not really going to be able to pass that cost through to customers...Maybe their profit margins go down a little bit...it’s a reflection of the fact that we’ve tightened up this labor market relatively well.”
When workers decide they want to join together to improve their working conditions and jobs, they contact a union that will help guide their efforts to organize. Once a majority of the bargaining unit shows interest by signing a union authorization card, the union will approach the employer to see if the worker’s wishes to organize will be recognized. If the employer fails to honor this request then a petition for election will be filed on your behalf with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). When the workers win their union vote, they then begin to negotiate for a union contract. Remember the law protects workers joining a Union! You are protected under federal law, which supports freedom of association. Employers are not allowed to discriminate or show any reprisal against workers for choosing to join a union. If you know of anyone that would benefit from union representation, please contact our offices at 258-1496 or 1-800-478-1496,
How do I access or get on Safeway HR? Log into Safeway.com, go to bottom of page, click on Employees, then click on the HR Direct link to login. Your store management can help you with this.
How do I access my paystub and other information for Fred Meyer? Fred Meyer employees can go to www.myhrexpress.com for payroll information, such as hours, next raise, classification etc. They should contact their HR Rep. at the store or their store director for directions or questions.
What is my classification and/or rate of pay? Check with your manager, call us or Safeway Employee Service Center at 1-888-255-2269. When will I be eligible for my next raise? You can call us or Safeway Employee Service Center at 1-888-255-2269.
Who is my Shop Steward? You can call us or Check out our website at www.ufcw1496.org, under the Tab “Shop Stewards”.
Who is the Union Representative for my store? You can call us or check out our website at www.ufcw1496.org, under the tab “About Us” and click on Reps and Routes.
How do I get a copy of my contract? Your Shop Steward should have copies, give our office a call or request by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will I be eligible for my medical benefits? Contact Labor Trust Services at 561-5119 or 1-800-325-6532, extension 4236. (Irene)
I’m thinking of retiring. How do I start the process? Also Contact Labor Trust Services extension 4224. (Wendy).
For any and all your questions, you are welcome to call us at 258-1496 or 1-800-478-1496. (Fairbanks 456-6571).
Happy Retirement to Marvin Hipsak, who has been an Employee of Safeway and member of the UFCW for 45 years! He started working in March 1970 as a courtesy clerk for the Mountain View Safeway (now known as the Red Apple) for $1.95 per hour. He moved into the grocery department and has been there ever since, with his last store being 1805 (Aurora Village). He became a Shop Steward about 20 years ago and has also served on the E-Board for the last 15-plus years. We thank him for all his hard work and dedication and wish him all the best in his retirement.
The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t require paid sick leave for workers. On February 12, 2015, legislation has been reintroduced called the Healthy Families Act, that would allow workers to earn up to seven (7) paid sick days. Twenty (20) jurisdictions nationwide—3 states and 17 cities—have adopted paid sick laws. That’s a four-fold increase since the Healthy Families Act was last introduced in March 2013. However, despite this substantial progress, nearly 43 million workers still don’t have access to paid sick days and more than one-third of U.S. states have never passed a single law recognizing the dual demands of work and family. The UFCW strongly supports passage of the Healthy Families Act.
Rasmussen Reports released a national survey that only 35% of likely U.S. voters believe “right to work” laws are good for a state’s economy. That’s a 10% decrease from a similar study conducted in December 2012. “Right to Work” laws are being pushed by corporate special interests who want to lower wages so that corporations can have even more profits and power. UFCW members have been lobbying elected officials for years on the disastrous effects of these unfair and unnecessary laws. In February, a Kentucky House committee defeated “Right to Work” legislation. A great deal of work from UFCW members in Kentucky went into this victory. With “Right to Work” laws currently being proposed in numerous state legislatures, this victory in Kentucky should not go unnoticed. Workers need more money in their pockets, but people in “Right to Work” states earn $5,000 less per year than those in Non-Right to Work states. Workers want to send their children to successful schools, but Right to Work states spend 31.3 percent less per pupil on education. Workers deserve to feel safe at work, but Right to Work states have a workplace death rate that is over 54% higher. This win in Kentucky shows that workers who stick together, whether it’s inside their workplace or the State Capitol, can shape a better future for themselves and their families. There is still more work to be done as “Right to Work” battles are underway in Wisconsin, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, New Hampshire, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“America recently witness the 25th statewide example of irresponsibility when Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed anti-family and anti-worker legislation down as “Right to work”. In an ideal world, the American people would have the right to expect their elected leaders to implement policies that make the lives of the hard-working men and women they represent better, fairer, and more just. After all, these amazing men and women in our factories, supermarkets, retail stores, car washes, meat packing plants, and countless other industries all across their nation work hard and sacrifice every day not just for themselves, but also for their families. Regardless of their background, what they believe, where they are from, or whom they love, these millions of workers want what every one of us deserves—a chance for something much more for themselves and their families than a life defined by fear and the bare minimums. Gov. Walker argues that right-to-work legislation is about creating greater wealth and opportunity for the economy by stopping unions. But we know his true motivation. Higher wages, better benefits, equal pay for equal work, and protection from injustice and exploitation are the true rights unions fight for and Gov. Walker wants to take away these rights from men and women, not just in Wisconsin, but all across America. Right-to-work is not about creating wealth. Rather, it is about weakening the one institution—unions– that have done more to help all hard-working families have a better life. By lowering standards and wages, right-to-work legislation will infect our economy like a virus and widen the gap between the rich and poor. It will worsen the daily struggles of all families whether they are union or not. As a proud union of 1.3 million hard-working members, we believe that every man and woman who helps build, feed and move this nation has the right to good pay, decent benefits, retirement security, justice in the workplace and the opportunity to provide a good future for their family.”