Workers Demonstrate At Burien Fred Meyer Over “Unfair Wage Standard”
Workers demonstrated in front of the Burien Fred Meyer on Wednesday (March 10) over what they consider an “unfair wage standard” being practiced by the grocery store.
While demonstrators were not interested in formal comment or going on record with The B-Town Blog, they provided us with an official flier outlining the reason for their demonstration which we have copied below:
â€œShame On Fred Meyerâ€ for discrimination of the American Way of Life
A rat is a contractor that does not pay all of its employees on all jobs the Area Standards Wages, including wither providing or making payments for family healthcare and pension benefits.
Shame On Fred Meyer for contributing to the erosion of Area Standards for Puget Sound and area carpenter craft workers.
The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters has a labor dispute with Marquise Drywall which is a slated to perform work for BooCo Construction Company. Marquise Drywall does not meet area labor standards, including providing or fully paying for family health care and pension for all its carpenter craft employees on all of its projects. Â BooCo Construction is the General Contractor for the Fred Meyer remodel project in Lynwood, Washington.
The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters objects to substandard wage employers like Marquise Drywall working in the community. In our opinion the community ends up paying the tab for employee health care and low wages tend to lower general community standards, thereby encouraging crime and their social ills.
The Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters believes that Fred Meyer has an obligation to the community to see that area labor standards are met for construction work performed on their projects. They should not be allowed to insulate themselves behinds â€œindependentâ€ contractors.
We attempted to contact William Mercer, Project Manager for Fred Meyer/Kroger, but were unable to reach him for official comment. He was encouraged to leave comments on our blog for his side of the story.
This demonstration is being organized by the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and their Carpenters Union.
They do note that they are NOT urging any workers to refuse work or refuse to deliver goods.