Fred Meyer and QFC Remains Open for Customers

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December 17th, 2021

Strike Follows Fred Meyer and QFC’s Proposed $36 Million Investment in Wage Increases while Maintaining Health Care Benefits

Today, Fred Meyer and QFC called the decision by UFCW Local 555 to strike our Portland, Bend, Newburg, and Klamath Falls stores “reckless” and urges Local 555 to consider the full implications for its members heading into the holiday season. Fred Meyer and QFC also announced their stores will remain open to deliver on the commitment to provide fresh food and other essentials to the communities they serve.

“At a time when we want to invest more than ever in wage increases and affordable health care, the UFCW has chosen disruption and the unknown for our associates and their families,” said Dennis Gibson, president of Fred Meyer. “We value our associates and thank them for what they do every day for each other and our customers. We are committed to serving our customers, and our stores are open and stocked with fresh food and household essentials.”

Fred Meyer and QFC’s proposed total investment for its more than 5,000 associates covered under this contract includes:

  • $36 million investment in additional wages
  • $30 million in annual contributions for health care benefits
  • $5 million pension investment for retirement

“Our offer respects our associates by significantly investing in their compensation. This includes a $36 million investment in pay raises, health care coverage, and a stable retirement – while keeping groceries affordable,” added Gibson.

We have put forward an offer that invests in the whole person with a benefits package that includes market-competitive wages, healthcare, a pension for retirement, and on-demand access mental health assistance, career advancement opportunities, industry-leading tuition assistance, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, grocery discounts, and other perks and rewards.

Here are some additional details on our investment:

  • The average hourly wage for an Oregon associate is $17.29 an hour. With our generous health care and retirement packages, the average total compensation is $22 an hour.
  • During COVID, our associates earned between $1,100-$1,700 additional in appreciation for their hard work keeping communities running with access to fresh food and other essentials.
  • Eligible Fred Meyer and QFC associates pay just $10 for individual health care coverage or $25 for family coverage per week. By comparison, the Oregon average per week for individual coverage is $21 and $117 for family coverage according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“While we respect our associates’ rights to participate in this work stoppage, any associate who chooses to continue to work is welcome,” said Gibson.  “We remain open to continuing to meet with the UFCW. Our associates would be better served if the UFCW worked with us to reach an agreement that does not leave our associates without a paycheck during the holidays.”

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About Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer Stores, based in Portland, Ore., offers one-stop shopping at its 132 multi-department stores in four western states. More than 39,000 Fred Meyer associates help customers fill their food, apparel, and general merchandise needs in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Stores range in size from 65,000 to 200,000 square feet and carry more than 250,000 products under one roof.

Additionally, Fred Meyer contributes $5 million to communities across the Northwest each year through grants from the Fred Meyer Foundation as well as product donations, cash donations, and sponsorships. Fred Meyer also donates 6 million pounds of food to local food banks each year via the Food Rescue Program. For more information, please visit our Web site at www.fredmeyer.com.