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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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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

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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

By | FOOD 4 LESS, Secretary-Treasurer's Report

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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President's Message

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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President's Message

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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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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