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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 – 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 […]
UFCW in the News
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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 revised budget for 2021-2022:

“The 170,000 UFCW members in California applaud the direction Governor Newsom’s revised 2021-2022 California budget takes to ensure California’s working families can recover from the pandemic and build back better. In the last year it’s become more clear than ever that workers are the backbone of our great state’s economy, and this budget begins to recognize the hard work and dedication they have shown over the past year. 

“UFCW members and other frontline essential workers were a lifeline to food and essential services throughout the pandemic, at a staggering cost to these workers and their families. In order for California to ‘roar back’ we must put these workers first. In a year with a $75.7 billion surplus and American Rescue Plan funds from the federal government, we must ensure money is provided for programs that allow essential frontline workers to thrive – much-needed mental health services, reserved childcare slots for essential workers, and increased health and safety training.

“The pandemic recession has largely been borne by women and workers of color. Direct assistance as well as workforce training will help California be able to sustain jobs and families and help the state overcome the inequality laid bare this past year. UFCW members know just how important the High Road Training Partnership model is, and we’re pleased to see dedicated funds to expand the program.

“Lastly, we’re pleased that California’s nation-leading standard for the cannabis industry is maintained through new requirements for provisional licenses and a restructuring of the industry’s licensing and enforcement agencies. The new Department of Cannabis Control will help the public hold businesses accountable for truthful applications and keep California’s cannabis industry safe and above board for all consumers. agency reorganization to ensure the industry remains open and accountable.

“We look forward to continuing 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 ensure working families can have a strong future.”

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May 14, 2021

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Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the California State Assembly’s approval of AB 286 (Gonzalez), which would protect small community and family-run restaurants and grocery stores by providing much-needed transparency on fees charged by third-party food delivery companies. The following statement may be attributed to Amber Baur, executive director, UFCW Western States Council:

“The pandemic hit our small community and family-run restaurants and grocery stores extremely hard, and greedy gig companies like GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates, Instacart, and UberEats have compounded that financial instability with their greed. During the pandemic, family-run restaurants turned to app-based delivery companies for a lifeline, but now that lifeline is causing them to drown. App companies exploit both food sellers and delivery drivers, extracting exorbitant profits at every point of the sale. AB 286 will shine a light on where fees and consumers’ tips are going when they place an order through these platforms and ensure drivers’ tips are protected. For too long, greedy gig companies have relied on the fact that they won’t be held accountable for shady business practices and we applaud the California Assembly for supporting this key bill to reform this industry.”

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May 13, 2021

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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 of pharmaceuticals through education, communication, licensing, legislation, regulation, and enforcement.

“As a practicing pharmacist, I know firsthand what pharmacists need to properly serve and improve health outcomes for the patients we see day in and day out,” said Seung Oh, a pharmacist in San Diego and member of UFCW Local 135. “Throughout my tenure on the Board of Pharmacy, I’ve proudly advocated for safe workspaces, prioritized patient health, and fought for better access to quality healthcare for all Californians. I’m honored to have this opportunity to continue working for California’s pharmacists in this new role, and strengthening the profession of pharmacy and pharmacists’ role in patient care.”

“Seung has been a tireless advocate for his patients and all Californians both in his role as a pharmacist and on the Board of Pharmacy,” said Todd Walters, President of UFCW Local 135. “Seung knows the crucial role pharmacists play in keeping Californians healthy, and the importance of providing individual quality care to keep patients safe. I know as president Seung will bring to the board important insights to the profession to enhance the role of pharmacy in providing access to healthcare.”  

In 2020, Oh was appointed to a registered pharmacist seat on the Board of Pharmacy for one term of four years. His term as president lasts until June 2022.

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April 29, 2021

Contact: Jenna Thompson, 949.246.1620, [email protected]