Fred Meyer, QFC strike ends after union reaches tentative agreement with company | Local news

PORTLAND, Oregon (KPTV) – The strike at Fred Meyer and QFC stores in Oregon and southwest Washington was short-lived: around 24 hours after thousands of unionized workers went on strike, the local UCFW has made an agreement with the company.

Details of the deal will be released after union members review and ratify it. The union has not said when it will be.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) – Fred Meyer and QFC employees formally went on strike Friday after saying the stores’ parent company, Kroger, had …

“We are pleased that Fred Meyer and QFC have recognized the continuing danger to their workers, with a settlement agreement that provides for significant wage increases, additional workplace protections, secure retirement and quality health care. “the union said in a statement posted on its website. .

The strike began at 6 a.m. on Friday and was expected to last until Christmas Eve. While the UFCW represents around 10,000 Fred Meyer employees, not all stores, departments or categories of workers were participating in the strike.

Fred Meyer confirmed the agreement in principle in a press release on Saturday morning. He said all stores are open, staffed and stocked for the communities they serve.

“We are very grateful to our associates Fred Meyer and QFC for all they do for our customers and our community. That’s why we’ve invested in their salaries, health care and retirement, ”said Dennis Gibson, president of Fred Meyer, in the statement. “We will continue to do everything possible to balance investments in wages and general well-being while keeping food affordable for our customers. We remain committed to our employees and our Oregon community.

Union members accused Kroger, the parent company of Fred Meyer and QFC, of ​​underpaying some workers, in violation of the terms of the contract. They also said that while Kroger was making record profits, the company had removed risk premiums during the pandemic.

Learn more about the strike here.

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Barbara M. Stokes