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Voting and Elections

UFCW voters matter for California.

The right to vote is a cornerstone of our country’s democracy. Ordinary men and women fought – and even died—to protect people’s right to vote without intimidation or obstruction. Voting is the opportunity for citizens to hold their elected officials accountable for their actions. The below listed labor-endorsed candidates’ promote advocacy for working families, commitment […]
The right to vote is a cornerstone of our country’s democracy. Ordinary men and women fought – and even died—to protect people’s right to vote without intimidation or obstruction. Voting is the opportunity for citizens to hold their elected officials accountable for their actions. The below listed labor-endorsed candidates’ promote advocacy for working families, commitment […]
Name of Initiative Position Save Our Schools/Prop 305 Vote No We are pleased to announce the following endorsements for statewide candidates: Office Name United States Senate Kyrsten Sinema Governor David Garcia Attorney General January Contreras Secretary of State Katie Hobbs We are pleased to announce the following endorsements for Congressional candidates: District Name 2 Ann […]

Safe Prescriptions

UFCW is working to ensure pharmacists have the support to do their most important job: delivering the right medicines, in the right doses and protecting consumers against potentially deadly drug interactions.

Sacramento, CA – Pharmacists with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) today applauded Governor Brown’s signature on SB 1442 (Wiener), legislation that will protect the public health by strengthening staffing standards in retail pharmacies. The following statement can be attributed to Seung Oh, a pharmacist, and a member of UFCW Local 135: “We’re glad Governor Brown […]
GOVERNOR BROWN HAS OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT CALIFORNIANS’ HEALTH WITH PHARMACY SAFETY BILL Sacramento, CA – Pharmacists with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) today applauded the California State Assembly’s bipartisan support of SB 1442 (Wiener), legislation that will protect the public health by strengthening staffing standards in retail pharmacies. SB 1442 now goes to […]
Sacramento, CA – Pharmacists with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) today applauded the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s support of SB 1442 (Wiener), legislation that will protect the public health by strengthening staffing standards in retail pharmacies. UFCW pharmacists sponsored SB 1442 because dangerously low staffing of retail pharmacies hinders these health professionals from focusing […]

Cannabis

The UFCW is the only union representing cannabis workers in California. We are committed to building a successful industry that offers consumers access to safe products and local communities jobs with better wages and benefits.

Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 2799 (Jones-Sawyer), which requires licensed cannabis business have at least one employee and manager complete a 30-hour course from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) to ensure compliance with job-related safety and […]
Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing SB 1294 (Bradford), which will create equity in California’s newly legalized cannabis industry by distributing grants and assistance to people who have been harmed by cannabis prohibition. The following statement may be attributed to James […]
        League of California Cities, California Police Chiefs Association and UFCW to Bureau of Cannabis Control: Don’t Let “Wandering Weed” Override Local Control Sacramento — The League of California Cities®, the California Police Chiefs Association and United Food and the Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council, today announced the launch of a new […]
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Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council released the following statement from Jim Araby, Executive Director, United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council on the inauguration of Gavin Newsom as Governor of California:

“The 200,000 members of UFCW Western States Council who keep our state’s food safe, protect public health, and work hard to invest in our communities are proud to have worked tirelessly to elect Gavin Newsom as Governor. Newsom recognized that the priorities that matter to us – rebuilding the middle class, achieving universal healthcare, and investing in our children’s education – are what make California a model for the nation.

“Governor Newsom’s leadership was crucial in bringing cannabis out of the shadows and into a safe, regulated market where workers have access to a union so they can create quality jobs and serve a crucial role as watchdogs for consumers. This is exactly the kind of leadership California needs to build a strong economy where workers voices are respected.

“We look forward to working with Governor Newsom to create good jobs, achieve affordable health care, reform our criminal justice system, and protect workers’ right to have a voice on the job.”

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The United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council is the regional coordinating body of 11 UFCW local unions representing over 200,000 workers in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The Council is a part of the 1.2 million-member strong UFCW International Union. UFCW members are standing together to improve the lives of workers, families, and communities.

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January 7, 2019

CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916.444.7170 or mike@paschalroth.com

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Sacramento, CA – United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today announced that Executive Director Jim Araby has accepted a position as Strategic Campaign Director for UFCW Local 5 in San Jose. Effective January 18, 2019, Amber Parrish Baur will serve as acting Executive Director for the States Council.

Baur currently serves as UFCW Western States Council’s Political Director where she has helped elect progressive candidates for office and enact stronger worker protections.

“Jim’s departure leaves big shoes to fill at UFCW Western States Council, but I am eager to ensure a smooth transition that will allow the union to continue its leadership into 2019,” said Baur.

“The 200,000 working members of UFCW Western States Council are grateful for Jim Araby’s leadership on behalf of California’s working families.” said Kirk Vogt, acting Council President, UFCW Western States Council.

“I am extremely proud of the work we accomplished at UFCW Western States Council for working Californians. said Jim Araby. “I look forward to continuing to lift up California’s working people in my new capacity with UFCW Local 5.”

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January 6, 2019

CONTACT: Mike Roth, 916.444.7170

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Sacramento, CA – Today, the 200,000 working members of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Western States Council celebrated the role working people played in electing Gavin Newsom, a Governor who will stand up for California’s workers and help create quality jobs that support families and communities. The following statement can be attributed to Jim Araby, Executive Director, United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council:

“UFCW members are the people who keep our state’s food safe, protect our patients and invest in our communities; we worked hard to elect Gavin Newsom as Governor because he shares our commitment to affordable health care, criminal justice reform and workers’ right to have a voice on the job. We can’t wait to get to work alongside the Governor-elect to create good jobs and opportunities for our children.”

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The United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council is the regional coordinating body of 11 UFCW local unions representing over 200,000 workers in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. The Council is a part of the 1.2 million-member strong UFCW International Union. UFCW members are standing together to improve the lives of workers, families, and communities.

November 6, 2018

CONTACT: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, jenna@paschalroth.com