• UFCW Members:
    Gubernatorial Forum

    Where do the 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates stand on the issues that matter to you? Join us to find out!

  • Your Voice is Needed!
    Pharmacists & Technicians:

    An upcoming legislative hearing in Sacramento will have a real impact on your working conditions. Our efforts will help make pharmacies a safer place to work.

  • Everyone deserves
    an affordable place to live.

    UFCW is committed to fighting for affordable housing in California.

We Fight Inequality Every Day.
Here are just a few examples of how.

Voting and Elections

UFCW works with community organizations, employers, and elected leaders to achieve our shared goals.

News
Where do the 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates stand on the issues that matter to you? Join us to find out! – Hear about candidates’ vision and top priorities as Governor of CA – Learn about candidates’ positions on environmental justice, uplifting working families, and key social justice issues – Build community across EJ, labor, and environmental […]
Upon the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session, Governor Jerry Brown signed historic bills that will impact the lives of California’s immigrant, working and middle-class families. The passage of SB 54, otherwise known as the Sanctuary State Bill, will limit communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials. A major accomplishment in response to […]
California’s roads and bridges are falling apart. Anyone who has driven down the 880 in the bay area or has taken the 55 to Newport Beach, knows that our infrastructure needs to be improved. Earlier this year the California legislature made a decision to raise money by increasing the gas tax by twelve cents. Last […]
Issues
Legislative
Upon the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session, Governor Jerry Brown signed historic bills that will impact the lives of California’s immigrant, working and middle-class families. The passage of SB 54, otherwise known as the Sanctuary State Bill, will limit communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials. A major accomplishment in response to […]
UFCW States Council has developed over the recent years a dynamic presence in the State Capitol to help advance our policy and legislative agenda on behalf of the worker’s and their families in the industries our Union has members. 
2015 UFCW State Council Legislative and Policy Accomplishments and Progress In 2015, UFCW State Council kicked off and ambitious legislative and policy agenda to continue to add strategic value to the Labor Movement and gain measurable achievements for all grocery workers in California.

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.

News
Listen to UFCW Western States Council Executive Director Jim Araby’s interview on 89.3 FM with KPCC. Jim highlights issues in the cannabis adult use industry such as consumer and worker safety as well as regulation and transparency.  “We want to ensure that there is a well-regulated market,” said Araby
UFCW is working to ensure the “green rush” means good jobs for California, with union contracts that empower cannabis workers to be watchdogs for communities. “Legalization is going to create 160,000 new jobs. New government jobs, new retail jobs, new manufacturing jobs. Many of these jobs will pay well and that will be the best […]
Voters passed Prop. 64 because the prohibition on cannabis wasn’t keeping us safe. Jeff Session’s announcement is an attack on California voters, and more of the same job-killing hypocrisy working people have come to expect from the Trump administration. UFCW’s workers will stand with California’s leaders to create thousands of good cannabis jobs and keep […]
Issues
Legislative
Sponsored Legislation AB 1700 – Cannabis Workers Protection Bill (Asm. Jim Cooper with Asm. Eloise Reyes and Sen. Bill Dodd as co-authors) This Bill will require at least one employee working at a cannabis business to become Cal-OSHA certified. The purpose of the Bill is to educate and train at least one employee to have […]
   

A Safe Food System

UFCW represents workers across the food supply chain. UFCW works hard at ensuring that the working conditions for workers in the food industry meet the highest standards of safety and that workers have the best available training to ensure that the businesses UFCW members work in produce the best products and consumers are ensured the highest quality. Workers’ rights in the food industry are directly tied to consumer safety.

News
The highlighted article depicts another reason unions matter. When grocery workers are organized, we advocate for food safety standards and training and blow the whistle on unsafe food handling without fear of getting fired.
Here is the latest argument to support AB-1461. It is about worker’s role in producing safe food and the consumers who eat it. Bill will make sure meal kits don’t deliver illness BY JUSTIN MALAN Special to The Bee SEPTEMBER 07, 2017 11:00 AM Without swift action, a growing part of California’s food supply will […]
UFCW International President Marc Perrone releases letter calling on Whole Foods Board of Directors to protect Whole Foods Workers from Threat of Amazon.  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, sent a letter to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, and the entire Whole Foods Board of Directors, calling on them […]
Issues
Legislative
Assembly Bill AB 1461 would require all employees working inside a food fulfillment facility involved in the preparation and storage of raw foods that sell directly to consumers, such as Blue Apron, to obtain a food handler card. The purpose of this Bill is to protect consumers from food-borne illnesses and provide, at a minimum, […]
UFCW in the News
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Throughout the month of February in celebration of Black History Month, the UFCW family has been paying tribute to African American activists and leaders of both the past and present who have contributed to the labor movement, as well as to the civil rights and social justice movements.

Every year in February, we take part in celebrating Black History Month.  Throughout the next four weeks, we will highlight and celebrate the rich history of African Americans, the achievements of the civil rights movement, and the impact that various civil rights leaders, labor leaders, and union members have had on the fight for civil and labor rights throughout history, and today. (more…)

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The highlighted article depicts another reason unions matter. When grocery workers are organized, we advocate for food safety standards and training and blow the whistle on unsafe food handling without fear of getting fired.
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Listen to UFCW Western States Council Executive Director Jim Araby’s interview on 89.3 FM with KPCC. Jim highlights issues in the cannabis adult use industry such as consumer and worker safety as well as regulation and transparency.  “We want to ensure that there is a well-regulated market,” said Araby (more…)