Nobody Wins with a Strike

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December 14th, 2021

We continue to hear rumors of a potential strike for our Portland and Bend area stores.

Unfortunately, it means we must be prepared should the union call for a work stoppage.

That’s why you will see us making contingency plans and advertising for temporary employees. This is not something we want to do but must do so we can run our business if a work stoppage occurs.  We hope the union won’t take this course of action.

The union uses a strike threat as a tactic because they believe it puts pressure on the company. In reality, it puts stress on you. It makes your work life and paycheck uncertain.

  • A strike threat here is wrong. We continue to meet with the union and are working toward an agreement. We have a significant offer on the table that invests in more pay for all associates, keeps your health care costs and benefits the same – no changes, and stabilizes your pension benefits.
  • A strike threat also makes no logical sense. Can the union really expect to get a better contract by striking and harming the company financially?
  • No one wins with a strike. We believe it always does harm and is never any good for anyone.

The union may try to convince you otherwise, but here are some questions you should ask Local 555 union stewards or representatives and remember to get your answers in writing:

  • If I go on strike, how much will I be paid?
  • If I go on strike, when will I get paid?
  • Will the union deduct taxes out of any payment that I receive?

 

Ask yourself:  

  • Would you and other associates be better off if a strike is called by the union and you don’t receive a paycheck from the company?

Or

  • Would you and other associates be better served if the union continues to work with the company to reach an agreement that’s good for everyone?  

The choice is yours.

Do what is right for you and your family.

Frequently Asked Questions on a Strike

 

  • Is it true that if I resign from the union and keep working during a strike that Fred Meyer will have to fire me when the strike is over because I am no longer in the union?

This is not true. Associates that work during a strike will be permitted to return to work when the strike is over. It would violate federal labor law for the union to attempt to prevent associates from returning to work. If an associate has resigned from the union prior to the strike, the union cannot fine them for crossing a picket line.

 

When a strike is over, federal labor law would not require the union to take them back as members, but associates would still be permitted to work for the company. Associates do not suffer adverse consequences if they resign from the union, work during a strike, and want to continue to work for the company when the strike is over.

 

  • What happens to associates who work during a strike but do not want to resign from the union?  Will they be assessed penalties by the local?

Associates, who work during a strike but did not resign from the union before they worked behind the picket line, can be fined by the union. That’s why many employees who cross picket lines resign from their union membership before they do so.

  • Will I automatically still be part of the union after any work stoppage event ends?

Associates, who work during a strike, will still be part of the bargaining unit when the strike is over. If they have resigned their union membership before they worked behind the picket lines, the union still cannot prevent them from continuing to be employed by the company. If the union will not let them become members again after a strike, they are still able to be employed and may only have to pay union dues to continue to work.

 

  • Will associates who work during a strike and resign from the union have to rejoin the union once the work stoppage is over

No. Associates who resign to work and avoid union fines during a strike do not have to join the union when the strike is over if they do not want to. Their only obligation will be to pay regular union dues as they did before.

 

  • If there is a strike, can temporary (replacement) workers work longer than the length of a strike?

At the end of the strike, assuming a contract agreement is reached, the company would be required to reemploy all of its striking employees. If the company still needs additional employees, it can continue to employ temporary replacements.

 

You can get up-to-date information from your store leader or go to www.fredmeyercba.com