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Joining the Union

We hope the following helps answer any questions you have regarding union representation. Click on a question to view the answer. If you have further questions, contact UFCW Local 367 at 253-589-0367, or 1-800-562-3645 outside of Pierce County, Washington.

What are the benefits of union representation?
Local 367 represents approximately 7,000 employees. Our members have the strength to make sure they have a contract that clearly explains their pay, benefits, and working conditions. During negotiations, employees who have been selected by their co-workers sit at the bargaining table and represent employees’ concerns. These co-workers get to ask the employer questions regarding proposed changes to employee wage scales, health benefits, and working conditions. Then all our members get to vote on whether they want to accept the proposed changes. If they choose not to accept the changes, they have the strength and resources of Local 367’s 7,000 members to force the employer to improve their proposals.

How do we become Union?
A majority of your co-workers must sign union authorization cards. Signing a card authorizes the Union to represent you for the purpose of collective bargaining. The cards will be used to obtain a secret ballot election. Signing a card does not mean you’re conveying a “power of attorney,” and it does not sign away any of your rights. Management will not know who did or did not sign a card.

Are there risks in supporting the union?
While organizing a union, you have specific legal rights and protections under the National Labor Relations Act. It is illegal for management to threaten, harass, or discriminate against anyone because of union activity. Management can’t even legally question employees about whether they support the union. It is up to you to decide whether or not to make your support public.

Is there an initiation fee? How much is membership?
There is a one-time initiation fee for new employees. Initiation fees are based on job classification and hours worked. New members can receive a $25 credit toward their initiation fee by attending a new member meeting. Local 367 members determine their dues structure and vote on it. Membership is based on wage rates and hours worked. No one pays any dues until you negotiate, review, and vote for your contract. Before paying for any membership, you’ll see the results, and you’ll find what 7,000 Local 367 union employees already know – the benefits of union representation.

Why this Union?
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 367 is a diverse union, representing approximately 7,000 workers in six counties. We have considerable experience in your field.

What is the main benefit of having a Union?
With a union, you stand together with your co-workers to negotiate over the issues that affect your careers. Together, your voices are strong enough to win a written contract that guarantees and improves your wages, benefits, and working conditions. You and co-workers are the union, and together, you have the strength to make a difference in your work environment. With the union, you can win the respect you deserve.

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