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Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded Governor Jerry Brown for signing AB 235 (O’Donnell), providing pathways to 21st Century careers with apprenticeship opportunities in emerging industries including healthcare, advanced manufacturing and IT. The following statement may be attributed to James Araby, Executive Director, United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council:
“Governor Brown and California have rightly seen that our state needs 21st Century thinking to promote workers’ success. With this expansion of apprenticeship training, working Californians will gain the skills needed for the demands of the 21st Century.
“California’s workforce is increasingly made up of people of color and women, and apprenticeship provides access and a level playing field in new growth sectors of California’s economy. Apprenticeship programs train high-quality professionals in a variety of different fields and professions in an efficient and cost-effective way by combining both classroom study and on-the-job training.
“By establishing new pathways to apprenticeship in California, alongside already existing programs in construction trades and firefighting, Governor Brown’s signature on AB 235 will help more of California’s workers earn a paycheck and create the workforce of tomorrow. UFCW members, who come non-traditional apprenticeship industries such as food, healthcare, retail, and cannabis, look forward to working with Governor Brown’s administration and the next governor’s administration to ensure California workers meet the needs of a future workforce.”
Joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council in support of AB 235 were numerous other organizations including the California Labor Federation AFL-CIO, State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Service Employees International Union.
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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 saw SB 1442 as important legislation to prevent the dangerously low staffing of retail pharmacies and allow pharmacists to focus on their core responsibility – keeping patients safe. California has been grappling with a serious shortage of primary care providers and pharmacists have stepped up to increase access to health care for underserved Californians by giving patients flu shots, aiding in the administration of birth control, and providing smoking cessation products. (more…)
GOVERNOR BROWN: SIGN AB 235 TO GIVE WORKERS A PATHWAY TO 21ST CENTURY CAREERS
Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the California Senate’s bipartisan support of AB 235 (O’Donnell), legislation that provides pathways to 21st Century careers with apprenticeship opportunities in emerging industries including healthcare, advanced manufacturing and IT. The following statement may be attributed to Jim Araby, Executive Director, UFCW Western States Council:
“21st Century jobs need 21st century thinking around workers – and California has rightly invested $15 million annually over the past three years to promote the creation of new apprenticeship programs in non-traditional industry sectors. The expansion of apprenticeship training is essential for working Californians to gain the skills needed for the demands of a changing economy. (more…)