Washington grocers reach tentative agreement in 70th hour

SEATTLE (AP) -- Spokesmen for both sides in contract negotiations that brought 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers to the brink of a strike say a tentative agreement has been reached, that prevents a threatened walkout at four major grocery chains.

Union spokesman Tom Geiger and Allied Employers spokesman Scott Powers announced the agreement by email shortly before 5:30 p.m. Monday. Union workers had been set to walk out at 7 p.m. Monday if no agreement was reached.

Union leaders for about 21,000 Puget Sound-area grocery workers have announced that at 5 this evening, the member bargaining team from UFCW 21 & 367 and Teamsters 38 reached a tentative agreement with the national grocery chains in contract negotiations. This tentative agreement has been unanimously recommended by the union member bargaining team.

The ufcw 367 facebook page said full details will not to be released until after union members themselves have had the opportunity to review the tentative agreement and vote on it. The times and locations of those vote meetings will be announced in the coming days.

The stores include all Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson's and QFC stores in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties. Grays Harbor county stores are on a different contract that is not nearing expiration. 

The last area grocery strike was in 1989 and lasted nearly three months.

Washington grocers give notice to strike, Grays Harbor county not included

SEATTLE, Wash. - The union representing over 30-thousands Washington grocery store workers has given a  72-hour notice that it's members will go on strike.

The stores under the strike alert include all Safeway, Fred Meyer, Albertson's and QFC stores in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties. Grays Harbor county stores are on a different contract that is not nearing expiration. a representative tells us they "may ask members in Grays Harbor to help with strike support but most of all, follow what is going on."

The ufcw 367 website this evening stated "We have just given a 72 hour notice to the grocery store chains effective 7:00 pm."

Joint Council shows support for Teamster and UFCW in Western Washington

TUKWILA, Wash. - The Joint Council of Teamsters No. 28, which represents more than 50,000 members and their families across Washington, Alaska and Northern Idaho, says it will honor a grocery worker strike if one occurs. Joint Council 28 stands with the 2,600 members of Teamsters Local 38 in Everett along with the nearly 27,000 members of UFCW 21 and 367 who, on a daily basis, keep the grocery stores in our communities running.

The Joint Council will communicate with its thousands of members who work in the sanitation, recycle, composting, soft drink, beer, wine, liquor, dairy, organic food, poultry, bread and produce industries who may be dispatched by their employer to one of these grocery chains. Joint Council 28 will work with all of our affected Teamster Locals to inform the members of their right to honor pickets and not make deliveries or pickups. We will also communicate with the members we have working at grocery distribution centers who also have the right to honor picket lines. Any picket line presence at these distribution centers may affect grocery distribution statewide. However, all Washington Teamsters and their families will support Teamsters Local 38 and the UFCW if the employers force them to take the option of last resort and go on strike.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Police Suicide Prevention Course

SHELTON, Wash. - On Friday, September 27, 2013, the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, spear-headed by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Corps, hosted a Law Enforcement suicide prevention course entitled “Protecting & Serving Our Own: Reducing Police Suicide & Building Resiliency”. 

Over 75 attendees from Law Enforcement agencies throughout Washington and Oregon listened to the speaker/trainer Robert Douglas, who is a leading expert in the area of police suicide according to Dateline, CNN, Time Magazine, and the USA Today.  Robert Douglas is also the author of 4 books: “Death with No Valor”, “Hope Beyond the Badge”, “Healing for a Hero’s Heart”, and soon to be published, “The Art of Being You”.

Robert Douglas served as a U.S. Marine, is a 25 year Police Officer veteran serving in 2 different Police agencies, has served 24 years as a Pastor and has served several Law Enforcement agencies as a Police Chaplain.

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) Suicide Liaison Julie Zielinski, former competition body builder and mother of Chelan Deputy Sheriff Matt Zielinski, also provided a moving personal testimony about how her son, a Deputy Sheriff and US Marine combat veteran, committed suicide while employed as a Deputy.

September Is Weather Radio Awareness Month in Washington

An “all-hazards” warning system, used not only for flood and weather events, but also immediate life-threatening hazards like tsunamis, volcanic activity, AMBER child abduction alerts, and secondary hazards from terrorism and earthquakes.

  • Has a warning alarm feature, instantly alerting you to fast-breaking, potentially life-saving warning messages around the clock.
  • Is a key element of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), providing broadcasters and you with initial and immediate emergency warning information.
  • Programmable radios available permitting site and event specific selected warnings.
  • Weather radios have a battery backup in case of power outages.
  • Broadcasts the latest area weather forecasts and conditions 24-hours a day. Operates on special frequencies not found on regular AM/FM bands.