The year 2019 promises to be a busy one for Local 1496 members and staff. Twenty-one of our thirty-plus contracts are up this year around the state from Fairbanks with Safeway Fairbanks and North Pole stores, Fairbanks Distributors, Market Basket, and Fred Meyer East & West stores in the fall. Southeast Alaska with Tatsuda's IGA, Tongass Trading Co. and Safeway in Ketchikan, Trading Union IGA, and Hammer & Wikan in Petersburg, Safeway and Plumbers Local 262 in Juneau. Kenai Peninsula with Safeway in Homer, Kenai & Soldotna and Seward. Mat-Su Valley with Safeway Palmer-Wasilla stores to Anchorage with Safeway Warehouse Shipping and office clerks at Sheet Metal #23 and Iron Workers #751 and Plumbers #367 who just ratified a new 4 year agreement last month.