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With profound sadness we report the death of Captain Eric Boutwell on September 11, 2019, in Walla Walla, WA. Brother Boutwell, a member of Local 1461 Burien, and King County FD #2, was a valued friend and colleague who joined the North Highline Fire District as a volunteer in 1992 and became a career firefighter in 1999. He's survived by his wife, Krista, daughters Haley and Isabella, and many family and friends. Memorial information will be provided when it becomes available. To make a donation ... See MoreSee Less

Fred Meyer- Do you think we don’t know what you are doing? I am really alarmed at a trend I see at Fred Meyer My family has shopped at Fred Meyer for as long as I can remember. I know my checkers and service staff and over the years, we share our life moments in the isle or checkout. They are part of ‘my’ community.

Over the past month I have filed several complaints with Fred Meyer’s corporation. Bakerview Fred Meyer recently installed four self-checkout lanes, with three registers, on both ends of their checkout lanes. During the after-work rush, they only staffed two checker lanes next to the self-checkout. At the 24 self-checkout stations they staffed a total of four staff. Do the math… that is 20 ‘less’ union paying jobs assisting us with our checkout. My checker was frazzled last week as her line had nine shoppers with full carts. The other checker on the far end had a similar line. A very nice staff member offered to help me at the self-checkout. He was trying to encourage those in line to use self-checkout. I declined, stated I want to support union jobs, and proceeded to have long talks with other shoppers as we waited. Many of us were current or retired union members, or understood we would impact jobs, and all agreed the self-checkout was a way to bust a union. They would have less staff, and we would have less community members with benefits and pensions. Many of us stood in solidarity with our checker who quietly agreed with our observation and thanked us for our patience and support. I waited over thirty minutes to checkout. As tempted as I am to shop elsewhere, I won’t. Until they return the staff, I will stay in line supporting staff and sharing my opinion with their corporation.

Please support our community members who depend on their retail jobs and don’t use self-checkout for more than one or two items. If your store understaffs to manipulate you into using self-checkout, stay in your lane and send in a complaint to corporate. Nothing will change if we are complacent.
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IAFF local 2498

Who are the York County, James City County, City of Poquoson, City of Williamsburg Professional Fire Fighters?

IAFF local 2498 is a local union representing career professional Fire Fighters, EMS (EMT, Paramedics), and dispatchers.

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