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  • 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
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 […]
Los Angeles has a new congressman.  Jimmy Gomez won the election to take the seat vacated Xavier Beccera who became Attorney General earlier this year. UFCW supports Jimmy Gomez because he has proven in the California Assembly that he will lead on our issues and values. He helped pass a statewide $15 an hour minimum […]
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
By Katie Orr NOVEMBER 8, 2017 In less than two months, recreational cannabis becomes lawful for California adults. Legal weed is expected to create a multibillion-dollar industry, much of it in cash. But because selling marijuana is still against federal law, a lot of banks won’t deal with cannabis businesses. Treasurer — and gubernatorial candidate — […]
By Daniel Potter | Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | Sacramento, CA | With California’s multi-billion dollar recreational cannabis industry coming online next year, state officials are thinking about piles of money. A report out Tuesday looks at where growers and sellers should park their cash, since most banks won’t touch it. Because having and selling pot is still a […]
On June 3rd, UFCW Local 99 welcomed 30 new members from Natural Rx. Workers voted on their first contract.  In their contract they gained wage increases, seniority rights, healthcare package, pension, paid holidays, vacation and personal days. 
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
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 […]
For Immediate Release Contact: Mike Roth 916.444.7170 Sacramento, CA – UFCW Western States Council Executive Director Jim Araby released the following statement on the Senate Appropriations Committee’s passage of AB 1461 (Thurmond): “The Senate Appropriations Committee took a crucial step for California’s public health by passing AB 1461 to protect our families from dangerous food-borne […]
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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For Immediate Release

November 22, 2017

Contact: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170

Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council today announced its endorsement of Asm. Tony Thurmond in the 2018 race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  UFCW Western States Council represents 200,000 workers in grocery, retail, drug stores, food processing, and the emerging cannabis industry, among other sectors. (more…)

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For Immediate Release

November 16, 2017

Contact: Mike Roth, 916-444-7170

Sacramento, CA — The United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council released the following statement from Executive Director Jim Araby as the California Bureau of Cannabis Control convened the first meeting of the Cannabis Advisory Committee today:

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On Monday, October 2nd, UFCW pharmacists provided testimony in an informational Hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Professions and Licensure. Pharmacists shared their experience providing services and workplace issues they are facing.

After the passage of SB 493 in 2013, retail pharmacists are expected to provide additional healthcare services including administering immunizations, prescribing birth control, consulting services for disease control, and continuing to manage administrative duties. (more…)