Our Vote Is Our Voice

Who will be our next President? Where will that person take us? What does it mean for our generation and the next?

This election will determine who will be our President for the next four years – but there’s so much more on the line. Major statewide propositions that will decide if we continue to restore funding for schools, if we legalize marijuana, if we ban the use of plastic bags. Each of these measures will affect people in our community – we need to make sure our voices are heard!

UFCW Local 324 members tell us why they vote. #VotingMatters

The deadline to register to vote is October 24, you can register online here.

Support Voting Matters Campaign

2016 is a critical election year. Political outcomes are largely defined on the margins.  Be sure you don’t miss out on this historic election.

Working people need a seat at the table if we’re going to be able to put food on the table for our families. Our seat at the table comes from making our voices heard on Election Day. Your vote is your voice.  #votingmatters

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Register to Vote! CA Deadline October 24th

The deadline to register to vote is rapidly approaching.  Luckily, registering to vote is simple and takes less than 3 minutes.

Thousands of people have registered to vote this year. The numbers don’t lie; this is going to be the biggest election we’ve seen in a long time. This is your chance to give your input about serious issues that are sure to affect our communities for years to come. Your vote is your voice. Don’t miss out.

Your vote is your voice. Don’t miss out.

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Don’t remember if you are registered to vote.  Find out if you are a registered voter.

UFCW Promotes Prop 47 Clinics, Restoration of Rights


With the passage of Proposition 47, certain low-level, nonviolent felonies can now be changed to misdemeanors on old criminal records. If you or someone you know has a prior criminal record with a felony record for any of the following crimes, you may qualify to remove the felony from your record and change it to a misdemeanor*:

  • Simple drug possession
  • Petty theft under 950 dollars
  • Shoplifting under 950 dollars
  • Forging or writing a bad check under 950 dollars
  • Receipt of stolen property under 950 dollars

UFCW 648 has partnered with Californians for Safety & Justice, San Francisco Labor Council, San Francisco Immigrant Justice Center and the San Francisco Hiring Hall, to put together a clinic to help Union and community members begin the process to restore their rights.  Prop. 47 is the largest opportunity in U.S. history for people to change past felony convictions on their records. As many as 1 million Californians may be eligible.  To begin the process please see attached flyer and event information.

If you or a family member is interested in attending the Prop 47 record change clinic in San Francisco. Please join us.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 


1980 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

To make an appointment click here: RSVP

If you have any questions please contact Union Representative/Organizer, Jen Garcia at 415-757-6021.

A Message This Labor Day

UFCW members know what labor day is about. Many of your friends and colleagues could be grilling and hanging out in the backyard with friends and family, or maybe working at one of the many union grocery or drug stores busy with last-minute shoppers searching for supplies for those parties.

We also must remember that Labor Day is more than just backyard barbecues, it is about honoring the work you do every day. As President Mickey Kasparian said in the following article in the San Diego Tribune: A robust workforce plays role in tech-driven world

“Although the first Monday in September is a legal holiday to honor American labor, many labor supporters and activists consider the true Labor Day to be May 1, a day chosen to honor workers killed on May 4, 1886, demonstrating for the eight-hour work day.

Today, the struggles are different, but the goals are quite the same. As industry and commerce evolve, so must the protections we afford the people who work to make it happen.”

Just like Mickey said, the struggles are different, but the goals are the same.

See in the video below how your union is fighting for all working people by standing together in Sacramento.

We have much to celebrate this Labor Day, and as a union member, much to be proud of and more to fight for. So take a moment and enjoy this day and remember America is great because working people make it so.

Happy Labor Day from all of us at the UFCW Western States Council

Tele-Town Hall with CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Discuss why #votingmatters and how California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is helping engage more people in the process of voting and participating in elections.
Find out why there has been a surge in voter registration in California and what that means for November.
Email in your questions any questions regarding online voting registration and SOS Padilla will answer the questions during the tele-town hall:

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UFCW Local 324 Member Wins Labor Day Art Contest

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day to honor working people and all their contributions to our country and its middle class. The UFCW is made up of hard-working men and women who serve in our communities at retail and grocery stores, meatpacking and processing plants, and countless other facilities across multiple industries. 

This year, the UFCW International announced its first ever Labor Day art contest, to celebrate working people with something made by working people! Hundreds of members submitted beautiful paintings, drawings, and graphic artwork, all depicting what Labor Day truly means to you.

And the Labor Day Art Contest Winner is…
Josh Moser from UFCW Local 324 in Buena Park California!
Also, congratulations to the runner ups: Nancy Bacon, Local 75 in Dayton, Ohio and Tiffany Siebuhr from Local 324 in Buena Park, California.

Congratulations UFCW 324!

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‘This is What America Looks Like’

AFL-CIO’s Tefere Gebre has a message for Donald Trump: “No one is more American than I am.” Watch this video and hear about his journey from teen refugee to union leader.

Tefere Gebre is leading labor union AFL-CIO’s effort to naturalize immigrants so that they can go out and vote for the America that welcomes everyone.

After escaping Ethiopia as a child, Gebre came to the US. In his role at the AFL-CIO he has traveled across the country sharing his experience. In addition to discussing racial and economic justice, Gebre helped lead the union’s effort to naturalize immigrants across the nation so, come November, they can go out and vote for the America that welcomes everyone.

Overtime Pay For California Farm Workers

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On August 29th, the State of California made history with the passing of AB 1066 – Overtime Pay for Farmworkers after 8 Hours of Work authored by Assembly Woman Lorena Gonzalez with a vote of 44 – 32, after a rigorous floor debate of almost 3 hours.

For 80 years the law has prohibited California farm workers from earning overtime pay when they worked overtime hours. Many farm workers live in poverty despite working long hours and performing back breaking work.

So glad that today California legislators could right this wrong and be on the right side of history for so many who work so hard to put good food on our tables. 

AB 1066 will now move to the Governor’s Office for consideration.

Do You Believe Workers Deserve Overtime?


Many UFCW members get overtime after working more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. This is required by state law. It is a benefit to the worker who puts more than is minimally required. But do you know over 400,000 workers in CA still don’t get overtime, including some members of UFCW? That is because they work in the multi-billion dollar agricultural industry and were exempt from overtime rules as a part of deal in the 1930’s so President Roosevelt could give millions of other workers the rights to organize. It is time for these workers to get what other workers have and that is to be paid overtime.

The fight for farm worker overtime is going down to the wire in the current legislative session, which will adjourn at the end of August. Assembly Bill 1066, that has been introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, would have phased in overtime pay for farm workers. AB 1066 is a reasonable and fair proposal to phase in overtime pay for the farm laborers who are the foundation of billions in profits for California’s dominant agriculture industry.

Show your support by signing petition today!