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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
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 charges filed by the workers' union The Workers' Union was a trade union in the United Kingdom. It merged with the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1929. See also
  • List of trade unions
  • Transport and General Workers' Union
  • TGWU amalgamations
, United Food and Commercial Workers The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is a labor union representing approximately 1.4 million workers in the United States and Canada in many industries, including agriculture, health care, meatpacking, poultry and food processing, manufacturing, textile and  (UFCW UFCW United Food and Commercial Workers ) Local 555, the company has interfered with workers while they have been seeking a fair contract at the bargaining table. And yesterday, the Hillsboro store manager at Fred Meyer created a scene when he called police to arrest three union representatives for talking with workers--a right guaranteed to workers under federal law.

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  
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Not merited; unjustifiable or unfair.



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 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  
adj.
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  
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1. To deprive of fortitude, strength, or firmness of purpose.

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To cry out loudly, as in pain, fright, surprise, or enthusiasm.

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To utter or express with a loud cry. See Synonyms at shout.

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 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."

For more information, contact Jim Papian at 202-466-1564, Amber Sparks at 202-466-1528, or press@ufcw.org.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, with nearly one million in the grocery industry.
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