Breaking News: Governor Brown Signs SB 1442 – No Pharmacist Left Alone!

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UFCW's top priority Bill SB-1442, "No Pharmacist Left Alone", was signed by Govenor Brown today! Thanks to the leadership of rank and file members including Local 135 pharmacists Seung Oh, Suzanne Bradbury, Tim Horanda and Nancy Arellano as well as the leadership at Local 135,  pharmacies throughout California will now be safer. SB 1442, now signed into law, prohibits grocery stores and large drug stores from leaving pharmacists unattended at any point during a shift. The idea for the bill emerged during…

STEWARD OF THE QUARTER – Dee Rodgers

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Enthusiasm for her union and hard work define Deanna (Dee) Rodgers. This mother of two works hard and plays hard. She works in the bakery department as a warehouse clerk at Food 4 Less Euclid Ave. She currently works 30 hours a week. As a steward, she’s always enthusiastic about helping out with grievances. She answers questions from her co-workers regarding the contract. If her coworkers are concerned about their hours or if they want her to talk to the manager…

STEWARD OF THE QUARTER – Bea Durruthy

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Beatriz (Bea) Durruthy loves to help her coworkers. Sometimes she sees them riding their bikes to work at night, so she stops and picks them up. She has an SUV and it’s easy to put the bike in the back. She makes enchiladas for their kids’ birthday parties. She’s constantly going out of her way to help others. Bea has worked for Food 4 Less since 1994 and has been at Store 374 on University Avenue in San Diego for…

STEWARD OF THE QUARTER – Betty Daoud

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Four years ago, in the beginning of UFCW Local 135’s relationship with Viejas workers, Martha “Betty” Daoud, was apathetic about the union. After talking with her co-workers, she saw the potential in making her workplace better, and so she got involved in the original organizing campaign. Betty collected signatures for the campaign and fought publicly against the “anti-union guys.” Betty has worked at Viejas Casino for nearly 19 years now. She started as a prep food handler and is now…

STEWARD OF THE QUARTER – Armando Palomo

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During contract negotiations and subsequent leafletting and then boycotting a few months ago, Armando Palomo spent his time as a steward keeping the workers in his store updated on all that was going on. Armando has worked at the Escondido store for 12 years, but has worked for Food 4 Less for 22 and-a-half years. He currently works the night shift and so it’s hard for him to talk to all of his co-workers, but he talks to the workers…

STEWARD OF THE QUARTER – Tim Brugger

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Tim Brugger chose Albertson’s as his career at 17 and he worked at the same store for 29 years until the Haggen debacle. Now he’s a receiving manager with Vons (3330) in San Marcos. Tim has been a steward since 2011, but has been active in the union since the strike in 2003-2004. Tim had to wait several years after the strike to become a steward. “I was there for the strike until the very last day,” he said. “I…

STEWARD OF THE QUARTER – Iggy Ponce De Leon

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When UFCW Local 135 has an action in front of any store, you can hear Ignacio (Iggy) Ponce De Leon over the loudspeaker in Albertsons 758 announcing “Attention all UFCW Members, make sure you go outside and sign the petition!” Or sometimes when the union representative enters, he will announce, “Attention all UFCW members, Sarah Saez is in the house.” Iggy became a steward in the early- to mid-80s – he doesn’t remember exactly, but he’s loved every minute of…

STEWARD OF THE QUARTER – Vicki Locke

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Vicki Locke is fearless. As a shop steward for 17 years, she’s not afraid of management, although she says a couple of managers really don’t like her. She's a fighter. In October of this year, she will have been with Albertsons for 24 years. She has worked all over the county including North Park, Santee and Coronado, but for the past four years she’s closer to home in Alpine (Store 6704). “I got around over the years, but when this…

STEWARD OF THE QUARTER – Brenna Scott

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Brenna (rhymes with Renee) Scott has worked at CVS for 11 years and has been a steward that whole time. She works as a pharmacy technician at the 32nd Street and University CVS. As a steward she makes sure she knows the contract thoroughly so she can educate others who don’t know the contract and who may have questions or need help. “When they come to me with their problems if I don’t know what’s going on, I investigate and…