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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 – UFCW Western States Council released the following statement from Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324, in response to the lawsuit filed against Proposition 22 today: 

“The future of work and good-paying jobs are at risk and this lawsuit affirms California’s workers’ bedrock right to join together in a union to provide security for their families to thrive. Since the app companies paid upward of $200 million to buy their own law, they’ve gotten just what they paid for: big corporations have slashed worker pay, furloughed essential workers, and replaced employees with third-party ‘independent’ contractors so the corporations can avoid paying lawful benefits. We urge swift action on the workers’ lawsuit because essential workers can’t wait while app companies exploit them. UFCW workers stand in solidarity with those filing this suit because when workers stand together we can create a stronger  future of work in California.”

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January 12, 2021

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 released its 2020 Legislative Scorecard, which evaluates how legislators voted on crucial issues important to UFCW members in the past legislative session. Crucial policies that promote workplace safety, advance workers rights, professionalize the cannabis industry, and protect our communities were among the key issues considered as UFCW evaluated California’s legislative records.

Demonstrating the effectiveness of UFCW members in communicating their values and priorities to legislators, 69 legislators scored 100% on issues important to California’s workers. See each legislator’s score here: ufcwwest.org/scorecard.

Amber Parrish Baur, executive director, UFCW Western States Council, released the following statement:

“It’s important for our elected representatives to know how their decisions affect workers across California. This past year was tough for all Californians, but especially for frontline workers like the members we represent. UFCW members have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis since day one, serving their communities while everyone else was told to stay home. Policies that help California’s working families get ahead, invest in their future and stay safe while weathering the COVID-19 pandemic were at the forefront of policies we advocated for and evaluated legislators on during the 2020 legislative session.

“When legislators review this scorecard, we hope they will take to heart how their decisions affect workers across California and ensure workers receive the critical benefits and protections they need to do their job while remaining healthy and safe. California’s workers need safer worksites and stronger enforcement of health and safety laws. They deserve hazard pay, supplemental paid sick leave, and priority access to vaccines so they can continue to provide essential services without jeopardizing the lives and health of themselves and their families.

“In 2021, UFCW will be working closely with the Administration, legislators, and local leaders to continue to ensure our members, and all of California’s workers, are protected as California weathers this new phase of the pandemic.”

See each legislator’s score here: ufcwwest.org/scorecard.

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January 11, 2021

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 released the following statement from Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324 in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for 2021-2022:

“The 170,000 UFCW members in California applaud Governor Newsom’s 2021-2022 California Budget for All which recognizes that California’s workers are the backbone of our great state’s economy and takes action to support these essential frontline workers.

“By providing critical assistance for low-wage workers, most of whom are women and people of color doing jobs vital to California’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and much-needed funds for workforce development and apprenticeship programs, California will be able to sustain jobs, families and help the state overcome the inequality laid bare this past year.

“This budget provides critical assistance for businesses and job creation while California continues to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and as the state recovers, but we cannot forget the workers who day in and day out go to work determined to keep Californians fed and healthy. We must ensure workers receive the critical benefits and protections they need to do their job while remaining healthy and safe – safer worksites and stronger Cal/OSHA enforcement of health and safety laws, hazard pay, supplemental paid sick leave, and priority access to vaccines. Workers will continue to provide essential services, but the state needs to step up to ensure essential frontline workers are not jeopardizing their lives and health of themselves and their families when they go to work.

“Lastly, we’re pleased that California’s Golden State standard of an open and accountable cannabis industry continues with the reorganization of California’s cannabis industry. This will help the public hold businesses accountable for truthful applications and keep California’s cannabis industry safe and above board for all consumers.

“In 2021, we look forward to working with the Governor and the Administration to ensure California’s budget meets the needs of our members, and all of California’s workers, and leads to a stronger future for California’s working people, their families and California’s communities.”

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January 8, 2021

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]