Fred Meyer Calls Police on Its Own Workers' Union Representatives.HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Fred Meyer, one of the most profitable and popular grocery stores in Oregon, seems intent on damaging its relationship with the employees who make it so successful. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
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One representative was leaving the store when he was arrested, and another, Local 555 President Dan Clay, was driving into the parking lot to find out what was going on when police arrested him.
Union workers at other stores were baffled to hear of the company's behavior. "We meet with our reps in the store all the time," said Anne Lilley, a Hillsboro Safeway worker and UFCW Local 555 member. "If we're not busy, it's easy to just step aside and take care of an issue quickly with our reps--it's something that workers in grocery stores do every day, all across the country. I can't believe that Fred Meyer management would raise a fuss about something so routine."
Fred Meyer workers feel the company's behavior has been undeserved un·de·served
Not merited; unjustifiable or unfair.
unde·serv and unacceptable. "I just don't understand Fred Meyer's actions right now," said Fred Meyer employee and UFCW Local 555 member Charlotte Hardin. "I mean, we have a right to meet with our union at our workplace, and Fred Meyer knows that. Why this hostile attitude towards our union? It's just plain disrespectful dis·re·spect·ful
Having or exhibiting a lack of respect; rude and discourteous.
disre·spect to Fred Meyer's employees and customers."
Hillsboro resident Linda Sears was shopping at Fred Meyer when the disruption occurred. She called the manager's behavior "unprofessional and unnerving un·nerve
tr.v. un·nerved, un·nerv·ing, un·nerves
1. To deprive of fortitude, strength, or firmness of purpose.
2. To make nervous or upset. ."
v. yelled, yell·ing, yells
To cry out loudly, as in pain, fright, surprise, or enthusiasm.
To utter or express with a loud cry. See Synonyms at shout.
n. at workers and their union reps," added Fred Meyer employee and Local 555 member Karyl Feliciano, "and calling the police on our union? Why would Fred Meyer behave like that? That kind of behavior is totally disruptive to our customers, and to their shopping experience. It's just bad for business."
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The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, with nearly one million in the grocery industry.