Fred Meyer warehouse workers in Pacific NW prepare for strike

Safeway reaches tentative deal with drivers and warehouse employees, averts disruption


Eric Kulisch, FreightWaves

July 16, 2021


Grocery distribution to Fred Meyer stores in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska could be disrupted starting Sunday if unionized warehouse workers vote to strike after talks on a new contract broke down.


Meanwhile, spokespersons said representatives for the Teamsters union reached a tentative agreement with Safeway on a new labor deal for truck drivers and warehouse workers shortly after midnight Friday, likely ensuring that about 200 stores in the region will continue to receive deliveries without interruption.


Contracts with both groups of workers are set to expire this weekend.


More than 1,000 workers are demanding increases in compensation and better safety protections after working on the front lines of the COVID pandemic for 16 months to maintain supplies of food and other household goods under difficult circumstances.


Local 117 spokesperson Paul Zilly said a vote to ratify the Safeway deal...