September 19, 2021

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Fred Meyer, Washington warehouse employees achieve contract agreement to avert strike

Fred Meyer and union warehouse personnel based in Puyallup, Washington, achieved a tentative arrangement to avert a strike that could have afflicted merchants across the Northwest.

The Teamsters Nearby 117, which represents the warehouse staff, stated Friday the settlement on a four-yr agreement has the full advice of its bargaining committee. The union did not describe the conditions of the settlement but explained users had been set to vote on the deal this 7 days.

Warehouse personnel in July unanimously voted to authorize a strike right after the grocery chain refused to satisfy requires for far better spend and new security criteria. Employees mentioned they experienced been necessary to work additional time to satisfy report need for groceries all through the pandemic, and that measures meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the warehouse had been ineffective in halting outbreaks.

Kroger, which owns Fred Meyer, presented workers a $2 per hour hazard pay out maximize early in the pandemic, but finished the reward in Might, even as the company’s earnings soared. Kroger claimed an functioning revenue of $2.8 billion in 2020, up from $2.3 billion in 2019.

The two sides continued to negotiate, however, which includes bargaining classes last 7 days.

The strike could have disrupted distribution to 60 Fred Meyer and 59 QFC merchants throughout Washington and Alaska, as well as a handful of Oregon shops and organic meals sections all through the area.

— Jamie Goldberg