Teamsters Gearing up for Grocery Negotiations

Safeway-Freezer---FTF-Photo.jpgContract negotiations are scheduled to begin this summer between the Teamsters and the Puget Sound area's four major grocery houses:  Safeway, Fred Meyer, Unified Grocers, and SuperValu.

Grocery warehouse and distribution is one of Teamsters Local 117's core industries; the Local has over 1100 members working in the industry.

"We need to show a willingness not to back down, and make sure that members at all four distribution centers are united," said Roger Fields, a 31-year Union member at SuperValu.

Many members have identified their health care coverage as one of the key issues.

"Medical is very important.  We need to preserve that.  That's our number one focus.  Whatever we have to do, we'll do," said Joann Lind, who has worked at Unified Grocers for nearly 30 years.

 The Farm to Family Coalition will be closing watching these negotiations and providing updates as they become available.

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