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.
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:
The choice is yours.
Do what is right for you and your family.
Frequently Asked Questions on a Strike
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.
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.
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.
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.
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