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Local 555 with United Food and Commercial Workers union says 'all concerns' addressed with tentative agreement.

GOOGLE MAPS - The signage for a local Fred Meyer superstore in Portland is shown here. With a handshake deal in place between employee and employer, a local union is calling off its consumer boycott of Fred Meyer.

Local 555 announced Saturday, Sept. 28 a "tentative agreement" had been reached by United Food and Commercial Workers and management at Freddy's stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

"We are now asking all of our supporters to cease the boycott and resume their normal shopping habits, including shopping at Fred Meyer," the union said.

UFCW declined to release the details of the deal, saying it must be reviewed and voted on by its members first, though the collective bargaining team says "all of our concerns" have been addressed.

The closed-door negotiations, overseen by a federal mediator at Local 555's request, stretched through the night Friday, Sept. 27, before terms were reached around 9 a.m. Saturday.

"Local 555 recognizes that this would not have been possible without the support of our community," according to a news release.

In a statement sent to the Tribune, Jeffery Temple, director of corporate affairs for Fred Meyer, thanked the chain's employees for working hard every day.

"We are pleased to have a tentative agreement that secures increased wages, continued premium health care coverage and pension stability," Temple said. "Our top priority is to do what is best — provide our customers with the freshest products and the friendliest associates."


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