EUGENE &

Grocery and Meat workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 555 are fighting back against Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer for their bargaining tactics. These companies just don't seem to care about what employees need to provide for themselves and their families, and are forcing them to the brink of a strike &

all to justify greedy demands at the bargaining table and in the community.




UFCW Local 555 represents about 1,200 workers in the Eugene / Springfield area. On Tuesday, the membership gathered to hear the latest update on bargaining from their committee. When the votes were counted; 96 percent of grocery and 100 percent meat workers voted to authorize a strike.




"It's time for these companies to get serious about their workers," said Jeff McDonald, Secretary Treasurer of Local 555. "We have been bargaining for over eight months now and our members, the committee, and the community are getting tired of these companies' games. The lack of respect these companies are showing their employees have forced workers to take drastic action and vote for this strike authorization."




The issues for the workers center around wages &

many have seen little increase in the last five years &

and maintaining meaningful and affordable health and welfare as employers attempt to shift costs to workers and their communities.




"It's time that these companies realize that it's our hard work making them record profits," said UFCW 555 member and Fred Meyer employee, Tracy Painter. "It's our sweat and tears. It's our sacrifices. And it's time that we get a piece of the pie!'"