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Voting and Elections

UFCW voters matter for California.

California Candidates: District UFCW Endorsement State Senate SD 01 Pamela Swartz SD 03 Bill Dodd SD 05 Susan Eggman SD 07 Steve Glazer SD 09 Nancy Skinner SD 11 Scott Wiener SD 13 Josh Becker SD 15 Dave Cortese SD 17 John Laird SD 19 Monique Limón SD 21 Kipp Mueller SD 23 Abigail Medina […]
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 – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the California State Board of Pharmacy’s election of Seung Oh as President. The Board of Pharmacy is tasked with protecting and promoting the health and safety of Californians by pursuing the highest quality of pharmacist’s care and the appropriate use […]
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 […]

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.

Sacramento, CA – Today the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee for passing AB 1775 (Haney) to give local governments the authority to allow cannabis retailers and microbusinesses that have licenses to operate cannabis consumption lounges to conduct additional business activities, such as preparing and selling […]
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assembly Majority Leader Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D- Winters) announced today that her Assembly Bill 2223 passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee with a vote of 12-0. AB 2223 will protect public health by eliminating access to intoxicating hemp products, while providing a pathway for well-regulated hemp and cannabis industries to participate in the federal and […]
Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the Assembly Business and Professions Committee for passing AB 2223 (Aguiar-Curry), which will facilitate the integration of hemp into the cannabis supply chain in California by regulating hemp cannabinoids in food, beverages, cosmetics, and dietary supplements. Additionally, AB 2223 will […]
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Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today released the following statement from Executive Director Amber Parrish in response to Governor Newsom’s revised 2024-2025 California State Budget:

“The 180,000 UFCW members in California are disappointed Governor Gavin Newsom is attempting to balance our state’s budget on the backs of working people. At a time when people need support the most this budget proposes cuts to critical safety net programs workers often rely on to make ends meet in the high-cost state of California. California must do a better job of putting people first.

“Two years ago, our union was applauding the Governor for investing in the essential workers who power California’s economy and their families. Today we are mourning the loss of $13 million in ongoing funding for the University of California Labor Centers and their mission to keep workers safe on the job for years to come. These proposed cuts mean that the nine new Labor Centers will have to close and the UCLA and UC Berkeley Labor Centers will have to cut a significant portion of their budget. These are not cuts the programs can withstand and continue educating a diverse new generation of labor leaders.

“California is at its best when we invest in the social safety net, providing health care, housing and more to working Californians and programs like the COVID-19 Workplace Outreach Project. We’ve learned over the past couple of tumultuous years that investing in workers and their communities is the best response to economic uncertainty. Lifting up low-wage workers like UFCW’s members in critical public-facing roles, not pushing them down again, will help move families into the middle class and begin to undo decades of systemic inequality while providing more income tax dollars to the state. 

“Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature need to do better to ensure working people can fight growing costs of living in California and thrive. We will continue working to ensure California’s budget gives our members what they need throughout the rest of the budget process this summer. And to ensure that we do not have years of future cuts like this, we are committed to defeating the corporate effort to rewrite our Constitution through the Taxpayer Deception Act.”

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May 17, 2024

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]

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Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today announced it has named California Attorney General Rob Bonta as Person of the Year. 

Rob Bonta is the 34th Attorney General of the State of California, the first person of Filipino descent and the second Asian-American to occupy the position. Attorney General Bonta’s passion for justice and fairness was ingrained in him by his parents, instilling in him the lessons they learned from the United Farm Workers and the civil rights movement. His parents lit a fire inside him to fight against injustice — to stand up for those who are taken advantage of or harmed. 

As the People’s Attorney, he sees seeking accountability from those who abuse their power and harm others as one of the most important functions of the job. In elected office, he has taken on powerful interests and advanced systemic change — pursuing corporate accountability, standing up for workers, punishing big polluters, and fighting racial injustice. He has led statewide fights for racial, economic, and environmental justice and worked to further the rights of immigrant families, renters, and working Californians.

“Attorney General Bonta has always been a champion for working people, but this year he has gone above and beyond,” said Amber Parrish, executive director, UFCW Western States Council. “Attorney General Bonta helped ensure UFCW members can keep their jobs, provide for their families, and ensure our communities have access to fresh, affordable food by suing to stop the merger between Kroger and Albertsons. His passion for justice and for workers is evident in everything he does. That’s why he was our first and only choice for our 2024 Person of the Year.”

UFCW Western States Council also named two members of UFCW Local 1167, Alma Espinoza and Sharon Whittle, as Members of the Year during the award ceremony on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. 

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May 9, 2024

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]

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Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council, GRACE/End Child Poverty California, and the California Food and Farming Network applauded the Assembly Agriculture Committee for passing AB 1961 (Wicks), which will develop, for the first time in state history, a strategic masterplan to end hunger in California. 

“California is the nation’s fifth-largest food supplier, yet the agriculture workers who grow our food and the grocery workers who sell our food go hungry,” said Amber Parrish, executive director, UFCW Western States Council. “In Fresno, one of the top agriculture producers nationwide, over 20% of residents live in food deserts and cannot easily access fresh, affordable food. AB 1961 will establish a broadly inclusive task force that will tackle the inequalities that exist in our current food system, and ensure our agricultural workers and grocery workers can put fresh, healthy, culturally relevant food on their table each night.”

“Sadly ironic, hunger is felt disproportionately across people that work in the food and farming system,” said Beth Smoker, Policy Director, California Food and Farming Network. “Food workers face higher levels of food insecurity than the rest of the U.S. workforce with 72% of agricultural workers reporting trouble paying for food, 62% of small farmers experienced food insecurity in a survey of 120 CA farmers, and over three-quarters of workers at a large grocery chain were found to be food insecure. We have a lot of work to do if the people growing, harvesting, and serving our food cannot put adequate food on their own tables and AB 1961 is one important step toward correcting these inequities.”

“Nutrition programs are proven as some of the most effective at helping lift children and families out of poverty, by making sure families have the resources to purchase groceries and take pressure off rent, utilities and other basic needs,” said Shimica Gaskins, President & CEO, GRACE/End Child Poverty California. “Despite recent progress California still has work to do to maximize and augment the federal nutrition programs, including the Summer EBT program, the first new entitlement in a generation. We also saw recently the shameful but predictable rise in food insecurity from the end of many pandemic era expansions that drove hunger to historic lows. The time is now for a comprehensive plan to ensure access to food and build pathways out of poverty through California’s vital food and farming economy.”

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April 24, 2024

Contact: Jenna Thompson, UFCW Western States Council, 949.246.1620, [email protected]