This weekend marks a critical point in whether the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 will strike Fred Meyer.
A new round of negotiations between UFCW and Fred Meyer resumed on Thursday, Sept. 26 and the talks continued into Friday evening in Portland. Pay equity is one of the key points in the contract talks.
The union is also in contract negotiations with Safeway, Albertsons and QFC Markets.
Kelley McAllistair, the UFCW spokesperson, said a statement would be released Saturday by the union following the latest bargaining talks as to what will happen next.
Both sides said they are hopeful that contract negotiations will result in an agreement.
“If a strike is called, it might not affect all stores or all departments,” McAllistair said. “The union may choose to only strike in large metro areas or small towns, or could just choose departments that are resilient to intimidation, such as meat departments, or a strike across all departments.”
“We just want a fair and honest contract that favors both parties,” Brookings Fred Meyer manager Henry Johnson said.
A story published in The Pilot on Sept. 14 outlined the labor dispute between the union and the Fred Meyer chain, and the potential for a strike to be declared that could affect the Brookings store.
Follow this developing story here online and in the Wednesday and Saturday print editions of The Pilot.