UFCW Statement on Andrew Puzder

Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union, made the following statement about Andrew Puzder withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary.

“Given recent reports that have come to light, it is clear that Mr. Puzder’s values were not the values of hard-working families. His withdrawal proves that the American people still have a voice and the power to shape our government.

“Now, the question is who comes next?

“Whomever the nominee for labor secretary is, they must respect the rights of all hard-working men and women. They must realize that their job is not to protect the interests of irresponsible corporations, but to protect the rights of all workers, including our members, who deserve and have earned a better life.”

Know Your Rights

In the United States, every person—whether documented or undocumented—has the constitutional right to remain silent and to refuse to answer questions of the police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), or the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), whether on the street, in a car, or at home.

Under the law, the ICE must have proof you are not from the United States to deport you. They can use the following information against you:

• If you run and the ICE catches you.

• If you tell the ICE where you were born or that you don’t have papers.

• If you carry false documents.

• If you carry papers from your country. If you are questioned by the ICE, you are NOT required to reveal any information, such as your name, address, or home country. If you are questioned or detained, however, it usually is a good idea to give your name so that friends, family, or your attorney can locate you.

Below are links to resources that will help you understand your rights in the United States.

know your rights card pdf (1)

Casa Maryland raid info (2)

This Valentine’s Day Shop Union (UFCW)

Need a last minute gift for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? To support your union family, pick up any of the tasty treats that union members make, and shop at union label retail and grocery stores. Below are just a few of the things made by UFCW and other union members that might help you celebrate that special someone!

Support UFCW members by stopping by and picking up some flowers from our Union Shops.
Support UFCW members by stopping by and picking up some flowers from our Union Shops.

Chocolate
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses
Russell Stover
See’s Candies

Champagne
Andre
Cook’s
Eden Roc
J. Roget
Jacques Bonet
Jacques Reynard
JFJ
Le Domaine
Tott’s
Wycliff
Smell Good

Wine
Hess Collection

Avon
Hugo Boss
Old Spice
Pierre Cardin

Flowers    

Safeway

Vons

Gelson’s

SaveMart/Lucky

Albertson’s

Ralph’s

Nob Hill/Raley’s

Stater Brothers

Lunardi’s

Draeger’s

UFCW Local 324 member
UFCW Member from Local 135

Cannabis Manufacturers and UFCW Announce Effort to Work Together to Shape Safe, Thriving New Industry

Cannabis Manufacturers and Labor Announce Unprecedented Effort to Work Together to Shape Safe, Thriving New Industry

The California Cannabis Manufacturers Association today announced an unprecedented collaboration with the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council to build a sustainable industry that generates quality jobs, creates entrepreneurial opportunity and protects consumers and workers.

“By joining forces, CCMA and UFCW can work to ensure that California’s cannabis industry will survive, and thrive, in its transition from black market to regulated market,” said Jim Araby, Executive Director, UFCW Western States Council. “We will work together to ensure that California consumers have access to safe products and workers entering this new industry are afforded key protections, in addition to offering our expertise in developing career ladders and upward mobility to workers.”

“Our chosen model has facilitated the growth of California’s famed wine and craft beer industries. It will mean more choices for consumers and prevent a system that creates monopolies by powerful corporate distributors,” said CCMA president Kenny Morrison. “More opportunities for distribution will yield an industry with many choices and price points for cannabis patients and consumers, and more jobs and tax revenue for California.”

With passage of Proposition 64 legalizing adult use of recreational cannabis and promoting the legitimacy of medical cannabis, the production of cannabis products is now a burgeoning industry in California.

The UFCW is the only union representing cannabis workers in California. CCMA and UFCW advocate for a regulatory and tax framework that allows optimal choices for cannabis operators to move products from seed to shelf. Overly cumbersome requirements and fewer distribution options will lead to monopolistic power in the hands of a few, resulting in more delays and less choices for cannabis patients, rapid cost inflation, reduced tax revenue, and ultimately, encourage black market diversion from the resultant bottlenecks.
“Incentivizing people to voluntarily transition to a regulated market is of critical importance. Creating these incentives while preserving supply chain integrity and consumer safety aren’t mutually exclusive issues,” says Morrison. “It’s quite doable in the 21st century.”

To impose a requirement that manufacturers use a third-party distributor will fracture the industry as it currently exists by forcing companies with preexisting infrastructure to cut jobs and divest their responsible business models that paved the way to legalization. Mandatory use of track and trace software by all licensees including the independent testing laboratories will provide the necessary controls to ensure supply chain integrity and consumer safety.

CCMA members have been paying taxes and working closely with regulators for years to create laws for the cannabis industry.

UFCW Celebrates Black History Month

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.

Black History Month’s origins began in 1926, after historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans dedicated the second week in February as “Negro History Week” to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  In 1976, the celebration was officially recognized and expanded to span the entire month, and every U.S. president since then has celebrated Black History Month during the month of February.

Paying tribute to African American leaders and community members who have fought for fair wages, dignity in the workplace, and the freedom to organize is still important today–despite the progress that many civil rights leaders made in spite of considerable barriers in the 1960’s, our country still faces threats to the Voting Rights Act, racial discrimination in our cities, and many other setbacks to this progress. Even during the ongoing 2016 Presidential campaign, we have seen race-baiting and other derogatory rhetoric from the likes of Donald Trump. The ideas being put forth by many of the Republican presidential nominees do not represent the America that Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of–we must continue to honor his and many others’ significant contributions to the labor movement as we fight for equality in the workplace and beyond, for people of all races and backgrounds.