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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.

Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s approval of AB 1138 (Rubio), which ensures unlicensed cannabis operators cannot advertise on a website, online service, online application, or mobile application.  “When voters approved Prop 64 in 2016, they were promised strict safeguards to keep […]
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 […]
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Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s approval of AB 1138 (Rubio), which ensures unlicensed cannabis operators cannot advertise on a website, online service, online application, or mobile application. 

“When voters approved Prop 64 in 2016, they were promised strict safeguards to keep children and communities safe, including regulations on advertising,” said John Grant, president, UFCW 770. “As California’s cannabis industry has grown since that election, UFCW members have been working hard to keep that promise to voters and lift up legitimate cannabis businesses through policies that ensure strict safeguards like tough security, checks for identity and legal age, and trained workers are in place. We’re proud to sponsor AB 1138 and ensure California’s consumers are protected from illegal cannabis businesses.”

“Allowing unlicensed cannabis operators to advertise to consumers online sidesteps all the careful regulations California has put into place to protect consumers when they buy cannabis in our state,” said Jim Araby, director of strategic campaigns, UFCW Local 5. “AB 1138 is essential legislation to protect consumers and ensure taxes are paid to California’s state and local governments from the sale of cannabis. UFCW members will continue to ensure the industry is protected from the illegal cannabis industry and applaud the Assembly Judiciary Committee for supporting this critical legislation.” 

The United Cannabis Business Association is a co-sponsor of AB 1138 along with UFCW Western States Council.

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April 20, 2021

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Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council and Worksafe celebrated the California State Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval of SB 606 (Gonzalez). SB 606 would give the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) the necessary tools to hold large employers accountable for workplace health and safety violations and strengthen worker protections to encourage workers to report unsafe working conditions and prevent employer retaliation.

“California’s workers are the reason our state has persevered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and California’s recovery is counting on them,” said Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach). “I’m proud to author SB 606 to ensure that the workers who are the backbone of our economy have safe working conditions now and in the future through stronger enforcement from Cal/OSHA and protections against retaliation. Workers in meat packing plants and grocery stores in my district have suffered high rates of sickness and death just from putting food on the table. The least we can do for our frontline heroes is commit to safe workplaces which are both critical to the health of essential workers and our state’s recovery.”

California’s essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic have faced widespread COVID-19-related violations, including the failure to provide personal protective equipment or enforcement or adequate social distancing guidelines to keep workers and the public safe. While Cal/OSHA has attempted to respond to this unprecedented worker safety crisis brought on by the pandemic, resources have been insufficient to effectively protect workers from being infected by COVID-19 on the job. SB 606 would codify federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policy for egregious employers into California law, giving Cal/OSHA the authority to impose additional penalties based on the number of instances, like the number of exposed employees, for willful violations where workers have been knowingly harmed by an employer’s failure to comply with health and safety laws.

“All California workers deserve real protections from COVID-19 and other workplace hazards, but the current fines are too low to be an effective deterrent for major corporations that routinely put profits over people,” said Stephen Knight, Executive Director, Worksafe. “These commonsense reforms will strengthen Cal/OSHA’s ability to hold employers accountable for flagrant violations of worker health and safety laws.”

Throughout the pandemic, the meat packing industry has consistently been listed at the top of most hazardous worksites in the nation. At least 239 meatpacking workers have died and 45,000 have contracted the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.[1] Last December, Fresno County’s biggest known COVID-19 workplace outbreak caused at least five people to die in connection to the virus and hospitalized at least 22 people due to COVID-19 related complications.[2] Cal/OSHA has been long under-resourced, limited in assessing meaningful fines, and actively undermined by employers, as was evident in a Fresno Bee investigation which revealed that local “health officials tipped off company executives about a Cal/OSHA inspection, coordinated media talking points during the crisis, withheld information from the public and issued no COVID-related corrective actions.”[3]

“Enforcement is essential to ensure worker safety,” said Amber Baur, executive director, UFCW Western States Council. “However, with only one Cal/OSHA inspector employed for every 103,000 workers, and a massive uptick in cases to investigate, Cal/OSHA lacks the resources to keep all California workers safe. SB 606 will help protect workers and the communities where they live by giving Cal/OSHA the resources they need to do the enforcement work that is essential to keep workers safe on the job and a fine structure that encourages employers to comply. UFCW is proud to support this critical legislation that will help California do all that it can to protect California’s workers every day they go to work.”

SB 606 will also help Cal/OSHA investigate and prove violations by making it easier for workers to prove retaliation. A rebuttable presumption of retaliation will apply where a worker reported unsafe conditions and was subjected to adverse action within 90 days. Unless workers can be protected from retaliation from their employers, they will be unlikely to come forward and report violations, increasing the risk at every worksite.

A recent study by the University of California at San Francisco shows the unspeakable price essential workers have paid for the failure of companies to keep their workers safe at their worksite.[4] Food and agricultural workers faced the greatest risk of contracting COVID-19, with a 39% increase in death rates during this pandemic, followed by transportation and logistic workers, facilities workers, and manufacturing workers. These jobs are typically held by lower-income workers of color who don’t have the choice of working from home and are often forced to work in close proximity to their co-workers.

In addition to UFCW Western States Council and Worksafe, SB 606 is co-sponsored by the California Labor Federation.

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Senator Gonzalez represents the 33rd Senate District, which includes the City of Long Beach and portions of South Los Angeles and South East Los Angeles including the cities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, and South Gate. Senator Gonzalez lives in Long Beach with her husband Adam and three sons.

Worksafe is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting people from job-related hazards and empowering us all to advocate for the right to a safe and healthy workplace. For more information, visit www.worksafe.org.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council is the regional coordinating body of 11 UFCW local unions representing over 200,000 workers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. The Council is a part of the 1.2 million-member strong UFCW International Union. UFCW members are standing together to improve the lives of workers, families, and communities.

[1] https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2021/01/11/covid-19-deaths-not-investigated-osha-meatpacking-plants/6537524002/

[2] https://www.fresnobee.com/news/coronavirus/article249904508.html

[3] https://www.fresnobee.com/news/coronavirus/article249904508.html

[4] https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/California-s-essential-workers-dying-in-greater-15893374.php

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April 6, 2021

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Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today celebrated the appointment of Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) to replace Xavier Beccera as California Attorney General. 

“Rob Bonta has demonstrated that he is an unwavering champion for working people and their families throughout his years in the California Assembly, the city of Alameda and work as an attorney in San Francisco” said Amber Baur, executive director, UFCW Western States Council. “Bonta’s commitment to equality and justice underlie his passion to ensure California’s workers are protected, receive good pay and can thrive. We know we can count on Bonta to put our families first and be a champion for the working class and look forward to working with him as California’s next Attorney General.”

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.

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March 24, 2021

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]