Union ends Fred Meyer boycott; tentative agreement reached

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UFCW Local 555 has reached a tentative contract agreement with their Fred Meyer employers

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Local 555 chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers has declared an end to their boycott of Fred Meyer stores after a tentative agreement was reached, the group said in a Saturday statement.

After more than 15 months of bargaining sessions, the most recent meeting went through the night on Friday and included the presence of a federal mediator. The tentative agreement was reached at 9 a.m. Saturday, according to the Local 555.

The details of the agreement will not be disclosed until there is a formal vote to accept it, but the union’s statements included the following:

UFCW Local 555 thanks everyone for their support of our boycott campaign. Our bargaining team is happy to report that we were successful in addressing all of our concerns. Local 555 recognizes that this would not have been possible without the support of our community.

We are now asking all of our supporters to cease the boycott and resume their normal shopping habits, including shopping at Fred Meyer.”

KOIN 6 News reached out to Fred Meyer Stores Inc. about the tentative agreement, and the Director of Corporate Affairs responded with the following statement:

“We are pleased to have a tentative agreement that secures increased wages, continued premium health care coverage and pension stability. We thank our hardworking associates for continuing to serve our customers and communities every day. Our top priority is to do what is best – provide our customers with the freshest products and the friendliest associates.”

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