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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 – 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 – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today announced additional endorsements of candidates on California’s November ballot that will be champions for California’s working people and their families. UFCW Western States Council represents 200,000 workers in grocery, retail, drug stores, food processing and the cannabis industry, among other sectors in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Additional UFCW Western States Council November 2020 General Election Endorsements:

California State Senate

SD 1: Pamela Swartz

SD 3: Sen. Bill Dodd

SD 7: Sen. Steve Glazer

SD 9: Sen. Nancy Skinner

SD 11: Sen. Scott Wiener

SD 25: Sen. Anthony Portantino

SD 27: Sen. Henry Stern

SD 31: Sen. Richard Roth

SD 33: Sen. Lena Gonzalez

SD 35: Sen. Steven Bradford

SD 39: Sen. Toni Atkins

California State Assembly

AD 1: Elizabeth Betancourt

AD 2: Asm. Jim Wood

AD 4: Asm. Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

AD 6: Jackie Smith

AD 7: Asm. Kevin McCarty

AD 8: Asm. Ken Cooley

AD 10: Asm. Marc Levine

AD 12: Asm. Heath Flora

AD 15: Asm. Buffy Wicks

AD 16: Asm. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

AD 17: Asm. David Chiu

AD 18: Asm. Rob Bonta

AD 19: Asm. Phil Ting

AD 20: Asm. Bill Quirk

AD 22: Asm. Kevin Mullin

AD 24: Asm. Marc Berman

AD 26: Drew Phelps

AD 27: Asm. Ash Kalra

AD 28: Asm. Evan Low

AD 29: Asm. Mark Stone

AD 30: Asm. Robert Rivas

AD 31: Asm. Joaquin Arambula

AD 37: Steve Bennett

AD 39: Asm. Luz Rivas

AD 40: Asm. James Ramos

AD 41: Asm. Chris Holden

AD 43: Asm. Laura Friedman

AD 44: Asm. Jacqui Irwin

AD 45: Asm. Jesse Gabriel

AD 46: Asm. Adrin Nazarian

AD 47: Asm. Eloise Gomez Reyes

AD 49: Asm. Ed Chau

AD 50: Asm. Richard Bloom

AD 51: Asm. Wendy Carrillo

AD 52: Asm. Freddie Rodriguez

AD 54: Asm. Sydney Kamlager

AD 56: Asm. Eduardo Garcia

AD 59: Asm. Reggie Jones-Sawyer

AD 61: Asm. Jose Medina

AD 62: Asm. Autumn Burke

AD 63: Asm. Anthony Rendon

AD 64: Asm. Mike Gipson

AD 67: Jerry Carlos

AD 70: Asm. Patrick O’Donnell

AD 73: Scott Rhinehart

AD 76: Asm. Tasha Boerner Horvath

AD 80: Asm. Lorena Gonzalez

Congress

CD 1: Audrey Denney

CD 2: Rep. Jared Huffman

CD 3: Rep. John Garamendi

CD 4: Brynne Kennedy

CD 5: Rep. Mike Thompson

CD 6: Rep. Doris Matsui

CD 7: Rep. Ami Bera

CD 8: Chris Bubser

CD 9: Rep. Jerry McNerney

CD 10: Rep. Josh Harder

CD 11: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

CD 12: Rep. Nancy Pelosi

CD 13: Rep. Barbara Lee

CD 14: Rep. Jackie Speier

CD 15: Rep. Eric Swalwell

CD 16: Rep. Jim Costa

CD 17: Rep. Ro Khanna

CD 18: Rep. Anna Eshoo

CD 19: Rep. Zoe Lofgren

CD 20: Rep. Jimmy Panetta

CD 21: Rep. TJ Cox

CD 22: Phil Arballo

CD 23: Kim Mangone

CD 24: Rep. Salud Carbajal

CD 25: Christy Smith

CD 26: Rep. Julia Brownley

CD 27: Rep. Judy Chu

CD 28: Rep. Adam Schiff

CD 29: Rep. Tony Cárdenas

CD 30: Rep. Brad Sherman

CD 31: Rep. Pete Aguilar

CD 32: Rep. Grace Napolitano

CD 33: Rep. Ted Lieu

CD 34: Rep. Jimmy Gomez

CD 36: Rep. Raul Ruiz

CD 37: Rep. Karen Bass

CD 38: Rep. Linda Sánchez

CD 39: Rep. Gil Cisneros

CD 40: Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

CD 41: Rep. Mark Takano

CD 43: Rep. Maxine Waters

CD 44: Rep. Nanette Barragán

CD 45: Rep. Katie Porter

CD 46: Rep. Lou Correa

CD 47: Rep. Alan Lowenthal

CD 48: Rep. Harley Rouda

CD 49: Rep. Mike Levin

CD 50: Ammar Campa-Najjar

CD 51: Rep. Juan Vargas

CD 52: Rep. Scott Peters

CD 53: Georgette Gómez

“The year’s election will be transformational for the lives of working people – from wages, jobs, healthcare, and our right to be safe at work,” said Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324. “UFCW members know just how much workers’ lives depend on decisions made from choices bubbled in on the ballot. That’s why UFCW members will be working tirelessly to get out the vote for candidates who are committed to hard-working Californians and their families and make sure our voices are heard at the ballot box.”

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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 its endorsement of candidates and positions on propositions on California’s November ballot that will provide opportunities for and support California’s working people and their families. UFCW Western States Council represents 200,000 workers in grocery, retail, drug stores, food processing and the cannabis industry, among other sectors in California, Arizona and Nevada.

UFCW Western States Council’s November 2020 General Election Endorsements:

California State Senate

SD 5: Asm. Susan Eggman (D)

SD 7: Sen. Steve Glazer (D)

SD 13: Josh Becker (D)

SD 15: Dave Cortese (D)

SD 17: John Laird (D)

SD 19: Asm. Monique Limón (D)

SD 21: Kipp Mueller (D)

SD 23: Abigail Medina (D)

SD 29: Josh Newman (D)

SD 37: Dave Min (D)

California State Assembly

AD 9: Asm. Jim Cooper (D)

AD 14: Asm. Tim Grayson (D)

AD 21: Asm. Adam Gray (D)

AD 25: Alex Lee (D)

AD 32: Asm. Rudy Salas (D)

AD 35: Dawn Addis (D)

AD 53: Asm. Miguel Santiago (D)

AD 55: Andrew Rodriguez (D)

AD 57: Lisa Calderon (D)

AD 60: Asm. Sabrina Cervantes (D)

AD 65: Asm. Sharon Quirk-Silva (D)

AD 68: Melissa Fox (D)

AD 69: Asm. Tom Daly (D)

AD 72: Diedre Thu-Ha Nguyen (D)

AD 74: Asm. Cottie Petrie-Norris (D)

AD 77: Asm. Brian Maienschein (D)

AD 78: Chris Ward (D)

Ballot Propositions

Proposition 15: YES

Proposition 16: YES

Proposition 17: YES

Proposition 18: YES

Proposition 20: NO

Proposition 21: YES

Proposition 22: NO

Proposition 23: YES

Proposition 25: YES

“This election will be different from any other, but UFCW members will be working just as hard to get out the vote for candidates who are committed to hard-working Californians and their families,” said Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324. “Never before have the lives of working people and our families depended more on the decisions made at the ballot boxes – from wages, jobs, healthcare, and our right to be safe at work – and our members’ voices will be heard at the ballot box this November.”

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September 28, 2020

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 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]