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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 celebrated Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature on AB 2188 (Quirk), which will prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who use cannabis off the job and away from the worksite by banning out-dated cannabis urine testing methods. The following statement may be attributed to […]
Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded the California State Senate’s passage of AB 2188 (Quirk), which would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees who use cannabis off the job and away from the worksite by using out-dated urine testing methods. “California has always led the nation […]
Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today released the following statement from Amber Baur, executive director, UFCW Western States Council, in response to the agreed upon California budget for 2022-2023:  “The 180,000 UFCW members in California applaud Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature’s 2022-2023 budget that invests […]
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Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today released the council’s list of 2024 Primary Election endorsed candidates that will amplify, uplift, and carry the voices of all working people in California. 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.

“The decisions Californians make at the ballot box have increasingly far-reaching effects on the lives of working people,” said Mark Ramos, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 1428. “The future of wages, jobs, healthcare, reproductive freedom and our right to feel protected on the jobsite will be decided in large part by the people elected this year. That’s why we have put in the long hours, asked the tough questions and are committing to these champions. We will work tirelessly to get out the vote for candidates that stand with hard-working UFCW members and are committed to improving their lives on the job and in their communities.”

UFCW Western States Council’s 2024 Candidate Endorsements:

Assembly

AD 2           Rusty Hicks

AD 4           Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

AD 7           Porshe Middleton

AD 10         Stephanie Nguyen

AD 11         Lori Wilson

AD 12         Damon Connolly

AD 13         Rhodesia Ransom

AD 14         Buffy Wicks

AD 15         Monica Wilson

AD 16         Rebecca Bauer-Kahan

AD 17         Matt Haney

AD 19         Catherine Stefani

AD 20         Liz Ortega-Toro

AD 21         Diane Papan

AD 22         Jessica Self

AD 23         Marc Berman

AD 24         Alex Lee

AD 26         Dual Endorsement:

                     Patrick Ahrens

                     Tara Sreekrishnan

AD 27         Esmeralda Soria

AD 28         Gail Pellerin

AD 29         Robert Rivas

AD 30         Dawn Addis

AD 31         Joaquin Arambula

AD 33         Angel Ruiz

AD 35         Jasmeet Bains

AD 36         Joey Acuña

AD 37         Gregg Hart

AD 38         Steve Bennett

AD 39         Juan Carrillo

AD 40         Pilar Schiavo

AD 41         Phlunte Riddle

AD 42         Jacqui Irwin

AD 43         Celeste Rodriquez

AD 44         Nick Schultz

AD 45         James Ramos

AD 46         Jesse Gabriel

AD 47         Christy Holstege

AD 49         Mike Fong

AD 50         Dejonae Shaw

AD 51         Rick Chavez Zbur

AD 54         Mark Gonzalez

AD 55         Isaac Bryan

AD 56         Lisa Calderon

AD 58         Clarissa Cervantes

AD 60         Corey Jackson

AD 61         Tina McKinnor

AD 62         José Luis Solache

AD 64         Blanca Pacheco

AD 65         Mike Gipson

AD 66         Al Muratsuchi

AD 67         Sharon Quirk-Silva

AD 68         Avelino Valencia

AD 69         Josh Lowenthal

AD 73         Cottie Petrie-Norris

AD 74         Chris Duncan

AD 75         Kevin Juza

AD 76         Joseph Rocha

AD 77         Tasha Boerner

AD 78         Chris Ward

AD 80         David Alvarez

 

Senate

SD 3            Dual Endorsement:

Rozzana Verder Aliga

Jackie Elward

SD 5            Jerry McNerney

SD 7            Kathryn Lybarger

SD 9            Tim Grayson

SD 11          Scott Wiener

SD 13          Josh Becker

SD 15          Dave Cortese

SD 17          John Laird

SD 19          Lisa Middleton

SD 21          Monique Limón

SD 23          Kipp Mueller

SD 25          Sasha Renee Perez

SD 27          Henry Stern

SD 29          Eloise Gomez Reyes

SD 31          Sabrina Cervantes

SD 33          Lena Gonzalez

SD 35          Michelle Chambers

SD 37          Josh Newman

SD 39          Akilah Weber

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February 6, 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 released the following statements on the California Board of Pharmacy’s recent issuance of a $101,000 citation to CVS for violating SB 362 (Newman – 2021). 

“Today’s enforcement of SB 362 ensures patients at this store, and all other CVS stores will be safer picking up their prescriptions,” said Andrea Zinder, President, UFCW Local 324. “UFCW member pharmacists, clerks and pharmacy staff fought hard to pass SB 362 in 2021 so they would not be beholden to corporate-imposed quotas that divert their attention from patient care. Corporate pharmacy quotas are about profits, not patients, and this citation from the California Board of Pharmacy shows the pharmacy industry that they can no longer sacrifice patient care to make a buck. UFCW members applaud this citation and will continue to ensure this important bill is enforced.”

“Pharmacists, clerks, and technicians like myself go above and beyond to ensure our patients are taken care of, from filling prescriptions accurately to counseling them on side effects and interactions, to just listening about their day,” said Vincent Chairez, a pharmacy technician at CVS. “SB 362 was the first step in helping us prevent our healthcare employers from putting patients at risk to make more profits. Today’s action by the Board of Pharmacy is the next step, and I thank them for acting to ensure we can do our jobs to the best of our ability while prioritizing our patients safety when they pick up their prescriptions.”

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January 23, 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 released the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2024-2025 California state budget. The following statement may be attributed to Amber Parrish, Executive Director, UFCW Western States Council:

“UFCW agrees wholeheartedly with Governor Gavin Newsom that a strong and steady economy requires a strong and steady workforce. It’s no secret that California has jobs that we need workers to fill as the unemployment rate is at record lows. It also doesn’t take a large logic leap that high road jobs make for good taxpayers while reducing strain on our safety net resources.  

“Any reduction in High Road Training Partnerships (HRTP) puts California at risk of being unprepared for future large-scale workforce crises. To meet the growing demand for food and to ensure California is prepared for future food access crises, California must establish a Food Supply Chain Worker HRTP designation and allocate $10 million of HRTP funds to support California’s food supply-chain workers. This will ensure California can meet its obligation to assure adequate food access to residents and to train people so California can be prepared to meet the existing and projected need for skilled workers in this critical infrastructure sector.

“California heavily relies on these key infrastructure workers in agriculture, food and meat processing, food warehousing, grocery stores, and food delivery as they are essential for in-person work during natural disasters, like the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate-change driven disasters, such as wildfires.

“UFCW looks forward to working with Governor Newsom’s administration and the California Legislature to ensure we are prepared for the next disaster and that California’s working people can thrive.”

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January 10, 2024

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]