Make it a Union-Made Holiday

There are a wide range of union-made holiday gift possibilities, from BCTGM-made candies and cakes, to clothes, games, sports equipment and more! Here are some holiday ideas made by proud members of UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT), UAW, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW):

Apparel and Accessories

  • Brooks Brothers (UNITE HERE)
  • Joseph Abboud (UNITE HERE)
  • Majestic Athletic (UNITE HERE)
  • Timex watches (IAM)
  • Naturalizer shoes (UFCW)
  • Nunn Bush shoes (UFCW)
  • Red Wing Shoes (UFCW)

Beauty Products

  • Avon (UFCW)
  • Caress skin care (UFCW)
  • ChapStick (USW)
  • Dove beauty products (UFCW)
  • Revlon (UAW)
  • Old Spice (UFCW)


(All made by RWDSU/UFCW)

  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Battleship
  • Candy Land
  • Chutes and Ladders
  • Clue
  • Connect 4
  • The Game of Life
  • Hi Ho Cherry-O
  • Monopoly
  • Mouse Trap
  • Operation
  • Pictionary
  • Risk
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry
  • Taboo
  • Twister
  • Yahtzee

Sports Equipment

  • American Athletic (Russell Brands) (UAW)
  • Louisville Slugger (USW)
  • MacGregor golf clubs (IBT)
  • Standard Golf (IAM)
  • Top-Flite golf balls (IBB)

Stocking Stuffers

  • Rayovac batteries (IBT and UAW)
  • Bic lighters (USW)
  • Ghirardelli chocolates (BCTGM)
  • Jelly Belly (BCTGM)
  • Laffy Taffy (BCTGM)
  • Tootsie Roll Pops (BCTGM)

Wine and Beer

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle (IBT)
  • Columbia Crest (UFW)
  • St. Supéry (UFW)
  • Charles Krug (UFW)
  • C.K. Mondavi (UFW)
  • Gallo of Sonoma (UFW)

Miller Beer (UAW and IBT)

  • Miller High Life
  • Miller Genuine Draft
  • Miller Lite
  • Milwaukee’s Best
  • Icehouse
  • Red Dog

Anheuser-Busch (IBT and IAM)

  • Budweiser
  • Budweiser American Ale
  • Bud Light
  • Michelob
  • Shock Top
  • Busch
  • Rolling Rock
  • O’Doul’s

If You’re in the ‘Big Spender’ Category (UAW)

  • Jeep
  • Ford Mustangs
  • Cadillacs

See more cars made by UAW and non-auto UAW-made products.

UFCW Members Make the Holidays Happen

Dear UFCW Member,

The holiday season gives us all an opportunity to thank the people we value in our lives.

Which is why I want to say – thank you!

You and 1.3 million UFCW members make a real difference in the lives of so many.
In fact, I would say that nobody works harder throughout the holiday season than you and our members.
Your hard work makes the holidays happen for tens of millions of America’s families, and that is something we should all be proud of.
Which is why I would like to share this special video that I hope captures the sincere thanks I wish I could deliver in person.
So for all of the late nights and long days in the many weeks ahead – thank you.
Thank you for standing together to help give our members and their families the opportunity to earn a better life.
Thank you for your service and expertise you provide to millions of customers we serve every day.
And, may you and your loved ones have a safe Thanksgiving and happy holiday season.


Marc Perrone

United Food & Commercial Workers International President

UFCW Gets Out The Vote in Nevada

This past weekend the UFCW States Council staff traveled to Las Vegas with 150 UFCW members from California and Arizona and work on the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was inspiring to see and hear from Vice President Joe Biden and US Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto. Each of these political leaders spoke from the heart and talk about the important role that unions play in our democracy and gave appreciation to the role union members play on the front lines of protecting the democratic process. After all the speeches, it was time to get to work and UFCW members were not out in Vegas for a party but to talk to voters. In the two days that we were there, we were able to knock over 5,000 doors and talk to so many people on why their vote matters and help inform them where and when they can vote.
We were tired by the end of the weekend, but we also knew that our work was worth it. On November 8th when the US elects the first female president in the 240-year history of the country, UFCW members should take pride in the fact they played a big role in this historic moment.
Jim Araby, Executive Director
UFCW Western States Council

Voting Matters Tele-Town Hall

UFCW Western States Council will be hosting a live Telephone Town Hall on Thursday, October 27th at 3 PM where we’ll be talking with Artist & Revolve Impact Founder/CEO Mike de la Rocha and Award Winning Filmmaker Dream Hampton. We will be discussing the effects of mass incarceration on our communities, criminal justice reform and the importance of voting. We will also be taking your questions live.

To join us stay on the line when we call you or RSVP on Eventbrite.


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

Put this Twibbon over your profile picture to show your support!

Add Twibbon to your Facebook and/or Twitter pages.  Please post and share!  #VotingMatters #YourVoteYourVoice

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.

Register to vote hereyour-vote-your-voice

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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