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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

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RICHARD BARRERA Secretary-Treasurer UFCW Local 135 Organizes Our First Cannabis Facility Our 14,000 Local 135 members are proud to welcome workers at the Apothekare Cannabis Dispensary in Mission Valley to our Union family. Last month, Apothekare workers voted unanimously to join our Union, and we have now begun negotiations for a first contract. Our Apothekare workers in San Diego have joined with cannabis workers from Los Angeles and the Inland Empire for joint negotiations with Americann Company, the owner of…

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RICHARD BARRERA Secretary-Treasurer How did We get a Great New Contract for Viejas Workers? Members got Involved As President Kasparian wrote about in his article, we’re now celebrating a great new four-year contract at Viejas Casino. Six months ago as we started to pull Viejas members together to talk about bargaining a new contract, we anticipated that we would have a major fight on our hands. We assumed we would have a difficult negotiation. At those first membership meetings, a…

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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

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RICHARD BARRERA Secretary-Treasurer Viejas Members Prepare for a New Contract Fight Three years ago nearly 500 workers at the Viejas Casino voted to join UFCW Local 135. As a result of that decision, Viejas members were able to bargain for and win a great contract in 2015. That contract included guaranteed raises, affordable health care and the dignity and respect that comes with being a UFCW member. The current Viejas contract expires in March of 2018, and our members have…

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RICHARD BARRERA Secretary-Treasurer UFCW Pharmacists Standing up for Patients, Making Change in California Our grocery store pharmacists have for years been dealing with dangerous levels of understaffing. This often leaves a pharmacist by themselves with no support even as they are required to provide increased services to patients, including immunizations, in addition to their normal duties. Some of our courageous pharmacist leaders are now bringing this situation to the attention of elected officials in Sacramento. In response to pharmacists’ concerns,…

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Secretary-Treasurer's Report

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RICHARD BARRERA Secretary-Treasurer What is the Value of our Contracts? UFCW Local 135 members fight hard to secure good contracts with all of our union employers. In order to secure strong contracts, we know that we have to stand together. Sometimes standing together means being willing to take strike votes, to talk to our customers about workers needing to make ends meet, to table outside of our stores and even to prepare for strikes when necessary. When we’re willing to…

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Secretary-Treasurer's Report

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RICHARD BARRERA Secretary-Treasurer Food 4 Less should not mean Work 4 Less Our contract with Food 4 Less expired in early June, and we at Local 135 have been at the bargaining table for a couple of months with the Kroger Company negotiating a new contract. In some ways, the issues facing our members at Food 4 Less are very similar to the issues facing all of our members. Food 4 Less members struggle to make ends meet because wages…

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RICHARD BARRERA Secretary-Treasurer Preparing Ourselves for the Big Challenges Ahead On the national and local levels, our union is responding to several major challenges. Currently, in 28 states, members can have the benefits of a union without contributing to their union. Some politicians call this “Right to Work.” The more accurate term is “Work for Less.” Work for Less laws weaken unions and both union and non-union workers earn less money, have inferior and more expensive health benefits, and typically…

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Executive Assistant's Report

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RICHARD BARRERA Executive Assistant Threats to Workers: Mass Deportations Since the Presidential Election, our Local and in fact, all of Labor, has been focusing on threats from the federal government to undermine workers’ rights, including National Right-to-Work legislation. But perhaps the most serious threat to workers in our community comes from the potential mass deportations of our sisters and brothers. Donald Trump campaigned on a pledge to round up and deport 11 million undocumented people. He has now issued two…

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Executive Assistant's Report

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RICHARD BARRERA Executive Assistant Working Together to Stand in Solidarity Within UFCW Local 135, we have three major challenges for the 2017 year that will require all of us to work together in solidarity. The first involves our organizing campaign with ethnic markets that UFCW Local 135 President Mickey Kasparian discussed in last month’s worker. To reiterate what Mickey said, “ethnic markets are promoted as a family shopping experience where even the kids can have some fun. But there is…

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