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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 […]
UFCW in the News
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Sacramento, CA – The 200,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council are celebrating victories in two key races that demonstrate how workers standing together can defeat big corporations that stand in the way of progress for working families:

  • Senate District 5 – In the race to replace Senator Cathleen Galgiani, UFCW members supported Assemblymember Susan Eggman
  • Senate District 15 – UFCW members chose Dave Cortese to represent working people

“UFCW members work hard keeping our state’s food safe, protecting our patients and investing in our communities and when we back a candidate we work just as hard to see her through to victory as we’ve done with Susan Eggman in this primary,” said Jacques Loveall, president, UFCW Local 8-Golden State. “Susan shares our commitment to affordable health care, protecting our environment and has a proven track record of standing up for working families and we look forward to doing what it takes to demonstrate our voices and our vote when we elect Susan as State Senator this November.”

“UFCW members are proud to stand behind Dave Cortese and work to elect a Senator who is dedicated to California’s working people,” said Jim Araby, director of strategic campaigns, UFCW Local 5. “Dave’s passion for lowering the cost of healthcare for Californians and addressing our homelessness and housing crises is why we will continue wearing out our shoes and making our voices heard in person and online to make sure he is our next state Senator this November. We can’t wait to get to work alongside Dave to help create good jobs and opportunities for all Californians.”

“UFCW members spent countless hours in this primary election knocking on doors, phone banking and spreading the word to their family, co-workers and friends about our chosen candidates. Today we showed our votes and our voices matter,” said Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324. “Susan Eggman and Dave Cortese are candidates who will stand up for California’s workers and help create quality jobs that support our families and communities. We’re proud to stand behind them for the general election this November.”

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Sacramento, CA – UFCW Western States Council released the following statements after the San Diego Superior Court ruled in favor of San Diego’s ability to enforce Instacart comply with AB 5:

“AB 5 is the law of the land and UFCW members across the state applaud the court’s acknowledgment that enforcing the law is crucial to delivering the justice workers deserve,” said Amber Baur, Executive Director, UFCW Western States Council. “For years, gig companies like Instacart have banked on the exploitation of workers who live beneath the poverty line, wondering where their next meal will come from or how they will pay their rent next month. We’re proud to have the court rule in favor of these hard-working employees.”

“Today’s ruling should show all corporations they must not underestimate the power of workers standing together and standing up for justice,” said Todd Walters, President of UFCW Local 135. “UFCW members in San Diego and across the state will continue to join together to ensure AB 5 is enforced and to create a state where all workers have the dignity, respect and the wages to support a family.”

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Sacramento, CA – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council applauded Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment of Seung Oh to the California Board of Pharmacy. 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.

“I’m honored by the opportunity to strengthen the profession of pharmacy and pharmacists’ role in patient care by serving on the California Board of Pharmacy,” said Seung Oh, a pharmacist in San Diego and member of UFCW Local 135. “As a practicing pharmacist, I know firsthand what pharmacists need to properly serve our patients and improve their health, including safe workspaces. On the Board, I will be a strong voice for pharmacists, patient health and improving access to quality healthcare for all Californians.”

“Seung’s tireless advocacy for his patients and Californians made him the ideal choice to serve in this important role,” said Todd Walters, President of UFCW Local 135. “As a pharmacist, Seung knows the crucial role pharmacists play in Californians’ health and the importance of providing individual quality care to keep patients safe. Through his years of experience and training, Seung will bring to the board important insights, from day-to-day operations and areas where the profession can enhance the role of pharmacy in providing access to healthcare.”

Oh has been appointed to a public seat for one term of four years. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

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February 25, 2020

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