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MICKEY KASPARIAN President Vote for a Better Future for All Our future as a union depends on voting in the upcoming mid-term elections, including the primary June 5. We have attacks coming at us from all angles, including the federal government and the Supreme Court. Therefore, our umbrella group, the San Diego Working Families Council vetted local candidates to determine the best for workers and we hope you will vote like your job depends on it. Last time I talked…

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By | FOOD 4 LESS, KAISER PERMANENTE, President's Message

MICKEY KASPARIAN President 2018 is off to a Great Start! 2018 will be one of the busiest years we’ve ever had. After finishing 2017 with a bang, negotiating successful CVS and Food 4 Less contracts. This year is off to a great start as well. Coming in 2018 we knew we had seven contracts that we would negotiate this year. In our first quarter, we finalized two contracts. The first one with Keil’s Food Store. Keil’s is a single-store operator…

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By | KAISER PERMANENTE, President's Message

MICKEY KASPARIAN President Winning in an Anti-Union Climate We have four fights on our hands this year in contract negotiations with Viejas Casino, Rite Aid, Spreckels Sugar and Kaiser Permanente. With that, and all the negativity in politics these days, we enter the most difficult negotiations of all time. I know I say that every time we go into negotiations, but this time is different. The culture is becoming more and more anti-union all the time. Our employers are becoming…

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By | FOOD 4 LESS, President's Message

MICKEY KASPARIAN President Congratulations on the New Food 4 Less Contract! It was a Team Effort! We began negotiations with the Kroger Corporation, on a new Food 4 Less contract in April of this year – six months ago. Although it was a long road, at that time we were optimistic that we could achieve a new contract before the last agreement expired in early June – but that didn’t happen. We had a real fight on our hands. But…

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By | FOOD 4 LESS, President's Message

MICKEY KASPARIAN President CVS: Another Successful Contract Negotiation On August 15, UFCW Local 135 CVS Pharmacy members overwhelmingly ratified their new contract. I’m proud to say that our members lost nothing and gained a lot after nearly four months of extremely complex negotiations which included locals from all over Southern California, the UFCW negotiating team reached a great agreement for our members. Contract talks are never easy, especially with the continuous changes that go on between us and the company. As…

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By | FOOD 4 LESS, KAISER PERMANENTE, President's Message

MICKEY KASPARIAN President We Negotiate Contracts for a wide-range of Workers Did you know that UFCW Local 135 represents more than Grocery workers? Within the grocery stores we represent everyone from meat cutters to pharmacists and in some stores, fuel station attendants. Outside of the grocery industry, we represent workers in print shops, shops inside the airport, dental offices, Kaiser pharmacists and pharmacy techs. We are diversified in our representation and negotiate different contracts for a wide-range of workers. Of…

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MICKEY KASPARIAN President Welcome to the Working Families Council! In May, UFCW Local 135 joined forces with eight other unions to form the San Diego Working Families Council. Our new council is an association of affiliated unions and organizations. We came together for the purpose of advancing the well-being of working families in the San Diego and Imperial Counties region by advocating for worker friendly public policy, promoting unity and collaboration between unions and community-based organizations, and electing worker friendly…

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By | FOOD 4 LESS, President's Message

MICKEY KASPARIAN President 2017: What a busy year it is! It’s April already and we have a lot of work and negotiations ahead of us starting with Food4Less contract negotiations at the end of the Month. The contract expires in June and in the past Kroger has tried to make Food4Less employees agree to an inferior contract to what was negotiated for Ralphs employees. Last year we all stood together with our brothers and sisters at Albertsons, Ralphs, and Vons…

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MICKEY KASPARIAN President Right-to-Work – an Existential threat to the Middle Class I am not the union. Our staff is not the union. YOU are the union. We work for our members, the brothers and sisters of UFCW Local 135. We are here for you to file grievances, help with your benefits and to negotiate your contracts. It is important for you to be aware of this because we have a direct threat coming our way that will affect your…

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