Fred Meyer employees say they are ready to strike Friday morning – Statesman Journal

Members of the United Food and Commerical Workers Local 555 union are set to strike against Fred Meyer and Quality Food Centers starting at 6 a.m. Friday if a last-minute deal isn’t reached.

The strike is scheduled to last seven days.

The union represents more than 29,000 workers in Oregon and Washington. Members voted a week ago to authorize a strike, citing what they say are unfair labor practices and salary issues. The two companies are both subsidiaries of The Kroger Co

“These employers refuse to acknowledge that their worker’s wages are not keeping up with the cost of living, leaving them and their families at risk while providing food for our community,“ UFCW 555 secretary-treasurer Sandy Humphrey said in a news release Dec.11.

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The union has been in negotiations with the companies for a new contract since July. 

Fred Meyer locations in the Salem area and statewide could be impacted.

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Alia Beard Rau is the senior news editor for the Salem Statesman Journal. Reach her at Follow her on Twitter @aliarau

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