Fred Meyer and QFC Contract Offer Includes Wage Increases and Bonuses and Maintains Benefits

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December 17th, 2021

We believe the decision by UFCW Local 555 to strike is “reckless” and we urge the union to consider the full implications for our over 5,000 associates – its members – heading into the holiday season. Fred Meyer and QFC stores will remain open.

We presented a Comprehensive Offer to Local 555 and stated that the offer was contingent upon the union not striking.

Our Comprehensive Offer affirms our commitment to our associates and provides, in part:

  • Immediate wage increases with opportunities for additional wage increases through the life of the contract
  • Affordable health care benefits with no plan design changes and no weekly contribution changes
  • Secure pension for when you retire

Click this link to review the actual Comprehensive Offer here. 

Investment in Wages

Our Comprehensive Offer provides $36 million in additional wage increase through the life of the contract. For example:

  • Head Clerks/Journeypersonwould receive wage increases of $.55 at ratification and year two and three of the agreement for a total of $1.65 per hour
  • One-time signing bonus for non-CCK Journeypersons
    • $4,000 Ratification bonus for those with more than 15 years of service
    • $1,500 Ratification bonus for those with less than 15 years of service
  • CCK cashiers – would align with grocery wage scales for increases of up to $3.70 over the life of the agreement.
  • Apprentice Wage Progressions – would receive up to $2.75 per hour at ratification plus additional increases through the life of the contract.

Affordable Health Care

While medical health care costs are expected to increase by 6 to 10% in 2022, we are proposing for your health care benefits and weekly contributions to stay the same through the life of the contract.

  • Fred Meyer would continue to contribute nearly over $30 million annually for your health care.
  • Associate weekly contribution rates will not change –
    • $10 per week on average for individual health care coverage compared to $21 per week on average for Oregonians, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2020 health insurance survey.
    • $25 per week on average for family health care coverage compared to $117 per week on average for Oregonians, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2020 health insurance survey.

Stable Pension

  • Our Comprehensive Offer proposes the company would contribute nearly $5 million annually on pension benefits.

Next Steps

The union provided notice at 11:42 p.m. on December 16 that they intended to strike on December 17. If you want the union to continue to negotiate on your behalf, we encourage you to call them at 1-800-452-8329.

It’s Your Turn to Decide and Act ─

  • As we have shared, the decision to strike is yours. If you want to work, contact your store leader.
  • If you agree with the company’s offer, contact your union, and let them know you want to vote on the offer.

Click to this link to review the actual Comprehensive Offer here.