PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A local grocery store worker’s union voted nearly unanimously to authorize a strike against Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and Safeway on Saturday.
The authorization does not automatically trigger a strike but allows the union’s bargaining team to call for a strike anywhere in their jurisdiction against those specific stores if the need arises.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 commissioned a third-party analysis of Fred Meyer’s wage data. With the study, the Local 555 found various pay differentials between men and women. It shows that women are more likely to work full-time but earn less doing so, among other statistics.
However, Fred Meyer has stated that these findings are simply not true.
The grocery store released a statement saying “Every associate in a same job type, whether a woman or a man, is paid equally based on the wage progressions that have been negotiated for them by the union” and “Some jobs pay higher than others based on the type of work and the hours requirements.”
Fred Meyer said they see these statements as an unfortunate misrepresentation.
“We need a sea change in the perception of how much our workers matter,” said Dan Clay, President of UFCW Local 555. “None of these stores could remain open, much less rake in profits for execs and stockholders if it weren’t for our Union-proud members working tirelessly to keep everything up and running. These are valued members of our community, and they should be paid as such.”
The next negotiation will take place on Thursday.
KOIN 6 News will update this story as soon as possible.