UFCW members stood together to negotiate strong contracts this year, and some celebrated the benefit of having a first union contract. A list of bargaining victories is included in this article.
Brandy Williams, who is a member of UFCW Local 27 and works at Peach Tree Acres assisted living facility in Harbeson, Del., ratified her first union contract earlier this year, which raises wages and improves benefits.
“I feel with the union in place, now I have job security and someone to fight for me,” said Williams.
Annesah Amatullah, a member of UFCW Local 663 who works as a part-time cashier at one of the three Seward Community Co-op stores in south Minneapolis ratified a new contract in August that improves benefits and raises wages to $15 per hour two years before the city’s minimum wage ordinance goes into effect. This was a significant win for these members, who are essential workers during this pandemic.
“I enjoy working at the co-op and I’m really happy about our vote,” said Amatullah. “Raising the minimum wage at Seward shows me that my work is important and that I’m valued as an employee. It also helps with less turnover because we’re making enough and don’t have to look elsewhere for better pay. Making more means I don’t have to pick up extra hours and allows me to spend more time with my son.”
Michelle Grennan, Kimberly Matson and Miroslava Dashkel, who are members of UFCW Local 21 and work at St. Anne Hospital in Burien, Wash., ratified a new contract in November that raises wages and improves benefits. Grennan, Matson and Dashkel were members of the bargaining team.
“We won! Through a pandemic, we worked together to secure a contract for a better tomorrow,” they said.
Here are the negotiating articles that appeared in OnPoint this year: