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Big Wins for Grocery Store Workers Across Central Puget Sound As They Pass New Contract by Overwhelming Majority

Grocery store workers across Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston, Mason and Kitsap counties voted by an overwhelming majority over the last two days to pass a new contract. The final proposal by the big national chains dramatically changed in the final hours of negotiations and a tentative agreement was reached less than two hours before a strike would have gone into effect on Monday the 21st of October at 7 PM.

“I started working in the grocery business over 40 years ago. The proposals we saw this time from the employers were some of the worst I have ever seen. They tried to turn us into WalMart. They did not succeed,” said Dave Schmitz, President of UFCW 21.

Read more about what we won.


We voted in Snohomish, King, Kitsap, and Pierce counties (and Thurston/Mason Meat and Burlington Fred Meyer GM) over the last week. A resounding 98% voted to authorize a strike.

Now the ball is in the employers’ court.

As Jessica Roach, a Fred Meyer worker and member of UFCW 367 said at our vote result press conference, “We hope the employers come to their senses and make a fair proposal that respects me and my co-workers and our families. But if they force us to strike, we are ready.”

Read more.




The Historic 2010 Grocery Store Workers Contract Negotiations

Grocery Store Workers Stood Up Together in Tough Economy

In 2010, Grocery store workers across the Puget Sound stuck together and achieved a fair contract. Ultimately, after 10 months of hard bargaining and actions, the members voted to approve a new contract. By overwhelming margins — more than 90% — workers voted to ratify a new three-year agreement that sets standards for wages, benefits, and working conditions.Click here to read about how grocery store workers stood up together in a tough economy to protect benefits and improve wages.

Below are some examples and stories about this stuggle and how the members cam together to win a fair contract.

Videos about our 2010 contract campaign...

Standing up for Working Moms

The Giant Bill of Rights

Sick Deal — Flash Mob

Grocery Store Workers Bill of Rights — in Chinese

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