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Voting and Elections

UFCW voters matter for California.

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 […]
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.

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 […]
GOVERNOR BROWN HAS OPPORTUNITY TO PROTECT CALIFORNIANS’ HEALTH WITH PHARMACY SAFETY BILL Sacramento, CA – Pharmacists with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) today applauded the California State Assembly’s bipartisan support of SB 1442 (Wiener), legislation that will protect the public health by strengthening staffing standards in retail pharmacies. SB 1442 now goes to […]

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 – A San Francisco Superior Court judge has delivered the biggest legal blow yet to Uber and Lyft’s exploitative and illegal misclassification of their drivers, ordering the companies to begin treating workers as employees and complying with California’s minimum wage, health care, unemployment and workplace safety laws.

“UFCW’s 180,000 workers applaud the judge’s decision that multi-billion-dollar companies like Uber and Lyft are not above the law when it comes to the most essential protections for California workers. The judge’s ruling is a clear signal that app companies have little chance of prevailing in court which is why they’ve pledged $100 million to buy a special exemption to the very laws a judge has just ordered them to follow,” said Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324. “Voting NO on Prop 22 will prevent Uber and Lyft from using this pandemic to keep forcing workers to bear all the risks while app companies gain more and more rewards.”

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Asms. Reyes, Gonzalez, Robert Rivas Join Disneyland Worker to Push Bill to Save Frontline Workers’ Lives, Help Re-Open Economy Safely

CA workplaces are now ground zero for COVID-19 transmission;
AB 685 requires employers to notify workers of positive COVID-19 tests

Sacramento, CA – On Wednesday, Assemblymembers Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-San Bernardino), Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) and a cast member from Disneyland called for passage of legislation that will save lives and help re-open the economy safely by requiring employers to report COVID-19 infections in workplaces.

“California’s frontline workers are caught between the risks of a deadly pandemic and the realities that can’t wait many more months: hungry kids at the table, rent coming due, and electric bills piling in the mailbox. These workers are predominately people of color,” said Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-San Bernardino), author of AB 685. “To re-open California safely we must provide workers the accurate information they need to protect their families and give enforcement agencies the thorough data they need to keep workplaces safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in California.”

Under AB 685 (Reyes), employers would be required to provide a 24-hour notice to all employees at a worksite should any worker be exposed to COVID-19 and required to report a workplace COVID-19 positive test, diagnosis, order to quarantine or isolate, or death that could be COVID-19 related to Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Public Health.

California’s workplaces are ground zero for COVID-19 outbreaks. Last week, the Los Angeles Times wrote, “from farming communities to urban centers and suburbs, workers in retail, manufacturing, agriculture and logistics are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 outbreaks.” A Sunday Los Angeles Times story reported that in some workplace outbreaks were reported to county officials only after workers had died and many others had become infected.

“Too many farmworkers live in fear: fear of deportation, fear of incurring public charge, fear of losing their job, and now fear of contracting COVID-19,” said Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister). “It is our responsibility to mitigate that fear of infection by increasing their safety in the workplace. We need to protect our essential farmworkers, and all workers, who have put their lives on the line for all of us during this pandemic. I’m proud to co-author AB 685 so our workers have access to timely, accurate information about risks in their workplace, and can take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families.”

As California looks to reopen, even more workers, especially Latinx, Black and API workers, are facing serious risk from the pandemic’s resurgence and a lack of accurate data on outbreaks.

“Over 140,000 Latinos in California have tested positive for COVID-19 and over 3,000 have died – numbers grossly disproportionate to the population and make up the majority of our state’s low-wage workers,” said Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). “From our hospitals and grocery stores, to meatpacking plants, restaurant kitchens and countless other businesses, workers remain on the job to maintain our supply chain and then bring home the infection to their loved ones and others in the community. Without a requirement to report COVID-19 exposures, no workplace in California is safe.”

“We hear daily that workers are getting sick in California’s grocery stores, meat packing plants and pharmacies, and that they’re afraid of bringing the virus home to their families after their shift,” said Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324. “Workers cannot be treated as disposable if we ever want to win this battle against COVID-19. AB 685 will help workers take appropriate steps to protect themselves, their families and the public while allowing Cal/OSHA to use limited inspection and enforcement funds more effectively, imperative when California is looking at years of budget deficits. UFCW is proud to stand besides these lawmakers to support our state’s essential workers.”

“Over and over, employers have failed to notify workers when COVID-19 exposure occurs,” said Mitch Steiger, legislative advocate, California Labor Federation. “Even when employers do give a warning, the notification is vague, inaccurate, or designed to threaten workers into tolerating unsafe work environments. As a result, case numbers are skyrocketing across a wide variety of industries and uncontrollable outbreaks threaten the lives of not just these workers, but their families and everyone they contact. AB 685 simply requires employers to report COVID-19 exposures, allowing workers to use this information to protect themselves and slow the spread of this terrible virus.”

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Sacramento, CA – Today, UFCW Western States Council released the following statement from Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324 on Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandatory order requiring masks in all indoor public spaces:

“The 200,000 members of UFCW Western States Council put themselves at risk every day during the COVID-19 pandemic because we know grocery workers, meat packers and pharmacists are essential to keeping Californians healthy. Governor Newsom’s mandatory mask requirement will help reduce the risk our essential workers face from constant exposure to the public. A uniform mask requirement across California is an important step toward slowing the virus’ spread in our communities and keeping both frontline workers and customers healthy.”

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