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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. UFCW Local 711’s jurisdiction encompasses both Nevada and Utah, and proudly […]
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 […]
    U.S. Senator: Kevin de León             Governor: Gavin Newsom             Lt. Governor: Dr. Ed Hernandez             Attorney General: Xavier Becerra           State Treasurer: Fiona Ma           Controller: Betty Yee   […]

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.

        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 […]
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 […]
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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…)

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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…)