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Voting and Elections

UFCW voters matter for California.

California Legislature: District UFCW Endorsement State Senate SD05 Eggman SD07 Glazer SD13 Becker SD15 Cortese SD17 Laird SD19 Limon SD21 Mueller SD23 Medina SD29 Newman SD37 Min State Assembly AD9 Cooper AD11 No Endorsement AD14 Grayson AD21 Gray AD25 Lee AD32 Salas AD 35 Addis AD36 No Endorsement AD53 Santiago AD55 Rodriquez AD 57 Calderon […]
United States Representatives in Congress CA Labor Fed CA Dem Party UFCW CD 1 Audrey Denney (D) Audrey Denney (D) Audrey Denney (D) CD 2 Jared Huffman (D) Jared Huffman (D) Jared Huffman (D) CD 3 John Garamendi (D) John Garamendi (D) John Garamendi (D) CD 4 Refer to Exec Council Brynne Kennedy (D) No […]
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. The below listed labor-endorsed candidates’ promote advocacy for working families, commitment […]

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 – After hearing from member pharmacists with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council, the California Board of Pharmacy adopted regulations that reinforce standards set out by SB 1442 (Wiener), the No Pharmacist Left Alone Law. The nation-leading, pro-patient regulation, drafted in response to a petition by UFCW, will help […]
Board of Pharmacy to Enforce “No Pharmacist Left Alone” Law Sacramento, CA – After hearing from member pharmacists with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council, the California Board of Pharmacy voted Wednesday to write regulations to help enforce SB 1442 (Wiener), the No Pharmacist Left Alone Law.  The vote on the […]
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 […]

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.

Legislation Would Provide Cannabis Workers with Training, ensuring the creation of a structured, secure pathway to well-paying and safe jobs Las Vegas, NV – United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 711 would like to thank Governor Steve Sisolak for signing SB 346, a bill sponsored by Senator Harris, to make it easier for cannabis […]
Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the California Assembly for supporting AB 1417 (Rubio), which ensures unlicensed cannabis operators cannot advertise on a website, online service, online application, or mobile application. “When voters passed Proposition 64 in 2016, they were promised strict safeguards to keep children […]
Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the California Senate for supporting SB 581 (Caballero), which requires California’s cannabis licensing agencies disclose basic information about cannabis license applicants including the name, business address and license type of the applicant, on the agencies’ websites. “We’re pleased the California […]
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Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded Governor Gavin Newsom for signing AB 685 by Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) into law. The legislation will save lives and help reopen the economy safely by requiring employers to report COVID-19 infections in worksites.

“UFCW members – and all essential workers – have suffered greatly in the pandemic from a lack of basic information data needed to prevent worksite exposure and target COVID-19 hotspots,” said Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324. “Targeting virus spread in our pharmacies, grocery stores, farms, meatpacking plants, and countless other businesses is vital to prevent workers from getting sick and carrying illness home to our families and frontline communities; it is also essential to get our economy moving again and allow our state to re-open safely.”

“We hear daily about workplace COVID-19 infections and the lack of notice our workers receive when they clock in for work,” said Kathy Finn, secretary-treasurer, UFCW Local 770. “AB 685’s comprehensive mandate to report exposures and cases publicly for tracking purposes will help unions, workers themselves, and the public to all combine forces and minimize collective risk. UFCW members are grateful for the work of the Latino Caucus in highlighting this issue because without a requirement to report COVID-19 exposures, no workplace in California is safe.”

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September 17, 2020

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]

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Sacramento, CA – After hearing from member pharmacists with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council, the California Board of Pharmacy adopted regulations that reinforce standards set out by SB 1442 (Wiener), the No Pharmacist Left Alone Law. The nation-leading, pro-patient regulation, drafted in response to a petition by UFCW, will help protect patients by requiring stores to make a designated, qualified staff member available to help pharmacists within five minutes of the pharmacists’ request.

“It was heartbreaking to hear from pharmacist after pharmacist who testified that chronic understaffing in large retail chains often left pharmacists to work alone, compromising patient safety,” said Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). “I knew that California must do better, and I am proud the Board of Pharmacy listened and took action to protect patients by strengthening enforcement of SB 1442, which set a higher, and very clear staffing standard so pharmacists, health professionals, could focus on their core responsibility – keeping patients safe.”

“Our highly trained pharmacists are crucial to assuring access to health care for many Californians,” said Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324. “During this public health crisis they have stood out, going above and beyond their normal duties to ensure their public health role is not compromised by short staffing. We applaud the Board of Pharmacy, their legal staff, the Department of Consumer Affairs, Senator Scott Wiener, Governor Gavin Newsom and his staff, and our many pharmacist members whose powerful witness and testimony, grass roots advocacy, and tireless dedication to their patients inspired the bill and fueled the drive to implement it.”

SB 1442 was signed into law in 2018 in response to chronic understaffing of retail pharmacies that often led pharmacists to work alone for hours on end, compromising patient safety. In a time of public health crisis, retail stores continue to demand pharmacists perform multiple tasks, from dispensing medication to patients, to ringing up prescriptions and other store items, to clean the pharmacy bathrooms and taking out the trash.

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September 16, 2020

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]

 

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California Legislature:

District UFCW Endorsement
State Senate
SD05 Eggman
SD07 Glazer
SD13 Becker
SD15 Cortese
SD17 Laird
SD19 Limon
SD21 Mueller
SD23 Medina
SD29 Newman
SD37 Min
State Assembly
AD9 Cooper
AD11 No Endorsement
AD14 Grayson
AD21 Gray
AD25 Lee
AD32 Salas
AD 35 Addis
AD36 No Endorsement
AD53 Santiago
AD55 Rodriquez
AD 57 Calderon
AD60 Cervantes
AD65 Quirk-Silva
AD68 Fox
AD69 Daly
AD72 Thu-Ha Nguyen
AD74 Petrie-Norris
AD77 Maienschein
AD78 Ward

California Propositions:

Proposition Position/Recommendation
Proposition 14: Authorizes Bonds to Continue Funding Stem Cell and Other Medical Research. No Recommendation
Proposition 15: Increases Funding for Public Schools, Community Colleges, and Local Government Services by Changing Tax Assessment of Commercial and Industrial Property. YES
Proposition 16: Authorizes California Repeal Proposition 209 Affirmative Action Amendment. YES
Proposition 17: Authorizes California Voting Rights Restoration for Persons on Parole Amendment. YES
Proposition 18: California Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment. YES
Proposition 19: Property Tax Transfers, Exemptions, and Revenue for Wildfire Agencies and Counties Amendment. Recommend YES
Proposition 20: Restricts Parole for Non-violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Currently Treated Only as Misdemeanors. NO
Proposition 21: Expands Local Government’s Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. YES
Proposition 22: Changes Employment Classification Rules for App-based Transportation and Delivery Drivers. NO
Proposition 23: Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Establishes Minimum Staffing and Other Requirements. YES
Proposition 24: Amends Consumer Privacy Laws. Recommend YES
Proposition 25: Referendum to Overturn 2018 Law that Replaced Money Bail System with a System Based on Public Safety Risk. YES