By Colin Staub

Source: Northwest Labor Press

On the heels of a contract settlement at Fred Meyer and QFC, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 is heading back to the bargaining table with Albertsons and Safeway.

The union has been in contract negotiations with Albertsons and Safeway management since July 2021, and has held a half-dozen bargaining sessions since then. Contracts at Albertsons and Safeway locations have expired or will be expiring in the coming months.

As of mid-November, the two sides were “very far apart on what is deemed an acceptable wage increase,” according to an update UFCW issued to members. But the union reported management was “open to standardizing health and welfare qualifying language, and eliminating other language made irrelevant by new agreements.” 

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