“Seattle Co-op workers stand with our comrades in Tacoma to improve wages, bring stability to the co-op, and secure a better future for us as workers and for our communities.”
— Chris Paine, Seattle Product Department
The union’s bargaining committee met with Central Co-op executives on Friday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 26 to continue negotiations. Central
The co-op agreed to language for faster response times to PTO requests, gender-neutral language throughout the contract, and some general cleanup of language.
Central Co-op gave us an abbreviated explanation of its current financial situation, then in our next session gave us a brief summary of management’s plans to improve the business with more details promised in March after the meeting of the board of directors. We have appreciated the transparency and dialogue as we address our concerns about the current direction of the co-op.
Last Friday, the Co-op executives made their economic proposals, and while we were glad they didn’t offer any cuts to our health care, they also offered a 3-year wage freeze. We responded with our own salary proposal that gives Tacoma better equity, a ratification bonus for Seattle, and will get us back to the bargaining table to seek better salaries in 18 months instead of 3 years. We have also proposed stronger wording to ensure that the experience of current employees is recognized in the salary scale.
We also continue to negotiate on other issues such as:
We will then negotiate on February 16, stay engaged and wear your stickers and union gear!
Our negotiation team:
Gordon Greenwood III – Seattle, Veronica Armstrong – Tacoma, Sydney Stenquist – Seattle, Chris Paine – Seattle, Kate White – Tacoma, Anne-Marie Cavanaugh – UFCW 367 Secretary-Treasurer, Lauren Vanwormer – UFCW 21 Union Representative, Andy Heyman – Union Representative UFCW 21