Fred Meyer union workers vote to authorize strike

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Fred Meyer warehouse personnel voted unanimously on Saturday to authorize a strike that could disrupt food items distribution at 180 destinations across the Pacific Northwest.

The Teamsters Local 117 warehouse staff mentioned agreement negotiations with Fred Meyer have stalled and their contract expires Sunday. The union mentioned Fred Meyer turned down a proposal to permit employees to refuse a process that would place themselves or the public in danger.

“With all the COVID outbreaks that wreaked havoc on the warehouse, you’d assume they’d be a small additional involved about our protection and the security of the general public,” explained Matt Collins, a store steward who believes he contracted COVID-19 in the office last year. “But, regrettably, which is not the situation. Fred Meyer disregarded our petition to lower the generation typical, which led to crowded aisles and folks having ill, and they suspended security conferences all through the worst parts of the pandemic. Now they’re inexplicably rejecting our proposal that would make situations safer for staff and the group.”

A do the job stoppage could go into influence as early as midnight on Monday morning.

Fred Meyer reported it designs to continue on negotiations.

“Our company will continue on to go after a reasonable and balanced agreement that honors associates and keeps the firm aggressive,” a Fred Meyer spokesperson stated. “Note that a strike authorization vote does not necessarily mean that there will be a strike. We do not foresee any disruption in assistance and it is company as usual in our merchants.”

The vote to authorize a strike at Fred Meyer will come a working day immediately after Teamsters Regional 174 achieved a tentative arrangement with Safeway more than a a few-yr contract.