Just a short while ago (4:45pm approximately), i was leaving the Fred Meyers store on SE 39th & Hawthorne. There were two members of FMs' union handing out flyers (see photos). UFCW Local 555 is in a labor dispute with Kroger, which owns FM. The particualar dispute is regarding FM workers in Bend,OR & their ongoing attemps to gain a fair contract with Kroger. The two union members who were flyering outside FM today (they hadn't been there for more than 20 minutes) were approached by two Portland cops. They were threated with arrest if they did not leave immediately!
A brief google search of UFCW local 555 will turn up other documented cases where Fred Meyer has called the cops on it's own workers regarding a labor dispute. Apparently there's something to all this, as FM/Kroger does not won't meddlesome union workers costing them revenue (according to UFCW, Kroger boasted about $76.7 billion in sales for 2009. UFCW also claims that Kroger was ordered to pay $70,000,000 in fines & back wages to workers at it's Ralphs stores in CA). And unlike some screaming street preacher on the corner of Pioneer Sqaure, these two unionists were very peaceful, polite, & non-intrussive. Yet, the cops swarmed in on them in the interest of "business".
link to www.ufcw555.com