Celebrate a Union-Made Fourth of July

This Independence Day, aside from sporting red, white, and blue, show your patriotism by supporting union jobs. If you’re shopping for a 4th of July BBQ, we’ve got a handy shopping list full of products made by UFCW brothers and sisters across the country.

And if you have to run to the store on the 4th, be sure to shop union and thank the men and women who are working this holiday!

Drinks:

  • Barq’s Rootbeer
  • Coke products
  • Sprite products
  • Bud Light

Hot Dogs:

  • Ball Park
  • Boar’s Head
  • Foster Farms
  • Hebrew National
  • Hofmann
  • Oscar Mayer
  • Hormel
  • Nathan’s

Sausages:

  • Gianelli
  • Kroger Brand

Condiments and Buns:

  • French’s and Guldens Mustard
  • Heinz Ketchup and Catsup
  • Sara Lee Buns

Ice Cream:

  • Breyers
  • Good Humor

UFCW President calls out Amazon’s goal to eliminate retail workers in CNN op-ed

Perrone Warns Workers that Amazon Purchase of Whole Foods will Destroy Jobs

UFCW President calls out Amazon’s goal to eliminate retail workers in CNN op-ed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, wrote an op-ed for CNN that explains why Amazon buying Whole Foods could lead to thousands of Whole Foods workers losing their jobs.

EXCERPTS FROM THE OP-ED BELOW: 

“As Wall Street celebrates the news of Amazon buying Whole Foods, thousands of workers at Whole Foods stores across the country must now worry about losing their jobs. 

They have good reason to be concerned.

The Amazon-Whole Foods merger is not about improving customer service, products or choice, it is about destroying Whole Foods jobs through Amazon-style automation.

Amazon’s very business model is to remove as many humans from all facets of production and service as possible. Just as Walmart’s big-box model destroyed small businesses when it spread across the country, Amazon’s automation model, if widely adopted, potentially poses a huge threat to America’s 16-million-strong service and retail workforce.

If anyone doubts this vision, and what Amazon likely has in store for Whole Foods and the people who work there, observe that Amazon has already showed its hand by announcing its no-employees Amazon Go model.

Click here to read the full op-ed.

You can also read the op-ed in Spanish on Univision.com

UFCW Western States Council Statement on Signing of the Budget Trailer Bill

“UFCW workers commend Governor Brown and Legislative leaders for adopting a roadmap for the future cannabis industry that protects small growers, prevents monopolies, and creates a pathway to high-quality jobs for Californians.  UFCW workers and a broad coalition of organizations committed to safe cannabis marketplace fought to uphold the will of the voters through this process and we are proud that the budget signed today stays true to Prop. 64.   Together, we are positioning California for a well-regulated marketplace that promotes consumer and worker safety, while ensuring a competitive marketplace that embraces small businesses.”

STATEMENT FROM UFCW WESTERN STATES COUNCIL ON SB 562

Sacramento – The following statement was released today from Jim Araby, Executive Director of UFCW Western States Council regarding SB 562:

“SB 562 failed not because of Speaker Rendon, but because the proponents tried to exploit a Trump narrative and make threats to pass an incomplete policy without doing the tough work to build a truly broad based progressive coalition.

“I hope this will be a lesson for organizations that expound on progressive politics, and force those of us who favor progressive policies to think deeper about what is happening in California in relation to our policy goals. The real enemies of progress in California are not people like Speaker Anthony Rendon or Governor Brown, but corporations like Chevron and elected officials who do their bidding.

“California, and its progressive organizations and individuals, have an opportunity here to show how progressive governance is enacted and how we hold politicians accountable to those values. The only way this is going to happen without falling into the factionalism that has destroyed the rest of the country’s politics is to build the biggest and strongest coalition to drive a comprehensive agenda and make sound policy arguments for the issues we are pushing. The campaign for SB 562 lacked most of this and that is the true reason why it failed.”

Working Families Help Elect Jimmy Gomez to Congress

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 wage law and wrote the bill that expanded paid family leave. He’s also gotten laws passed protecting immigrants.

Jimmy Gomez has always been a champion for working families. He has always advocated for legislation to promote environmental justice, health care access and workers’ rights. He has supported UFCW legislation such as AB 359 Grocery Worker Retention Bill, SB 270 Single-use carryout bags/plastic bag ban, and AB 1461 Food Handler cards (food/meal prep).

Assembly Member Gomez has always stood side by side our members in their fight for dignity against El Super and their anti-worker tactics. UFCW 770 mobilized members to get out the vote.  Members took action, they canvased their neighborhoods and hit the phone banks.

We know Congressman Gomez is going to do great things and continue the work for the larger progressive movement in Congress.

 Asm. Jimmy Gomez in Solidarity with Food 4 Less workers