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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

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RICHARD BARRERA
Secretary-Treasurer

 

2018 will be a big year, let’s become more engaged in our union than ever before!

2018 will be a big year for UFCW Local 135. We have four major contract negotiations coming up, as well as several important political races. We have already begun the process of negotiating Viejas and Kaiser contracts, and within the next couple of months we will begin negotiating our Rite Aid contract with our sister locals throughout Southern California. Later this year, we will be negotiating our Spreckels Sugar Plant contract in Imperial County.

At December’s Stewards Conference, we had a workshop about all of the different ways we can contribute to our union this year. We will need members who are ready to participate in actions when and if they are necessary at Viejas, Kaiser, Rite Aid, and Spreckels. And you don’t have to work in one of those places to come out. In our Union, we all help each other out when necessary.

We know that to win good contracts in 2018, to elect worker-friendly candidates to office, and to prepare for our big contract negotiations in 2019 with the major grocery stores, we need to demonstrate the full power of our nearly 14,000 members. 

We will also need members to get involved in our political program in 2018, which will include important races for local city council candidates all the way up to races for Congress and the Governor of California. Traditionally, when we endorse pro-union worker candidates, we then walk precincts and phone bank for them. We would love to have new faces join us this year.
Of course, we will continue to have our regular membership meetings at the local where we need big turnout to make sure we all stay up-to-date on the status of negotiations. And we will be developing an incentive program where the more you volunteer, the more you can earn great union swag.

Finally, we will be planning social events where members and their families can get together and get to know each other outside of work so we can build a closer-knit community.
We know that to win good contracts in 2018, to elect worker-friendly candidates to office, and to prepare for our big contract negotiations in 2019 with the major grocery stores, we need to demonstrate the full power of our nearly 14,000 members.

A union is working people standing together to bargain with their employers for better pay, safer working conditions and decent benefits. When workers stand together, we have power. And that power makes the American Dream more possible for everyone.

How can you get involved? Start by letting your stewards and your rep know how you want to help our union this year and what kind of time you have available. We are stronger together. 