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Workers Rights Archives - UFCW Local 135

UFCW Applauds Decision to Reject Push to End Poultry Line Speed Limits

By | Breaking News

02/06/2018 – On Jan. 30, UFCW International President Marc Perrone released a statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to deny the National Chicken Council’s (NCC) petition to eliminate line speed limits at poultry plants. Thousands of UFCW members who work in poultry plants sent comments to the USDA about the dangers of this petition. The UFCW also sent letters in October and December of 2017 to the USDA that highlighted how risky the NCC petition to eliminate line speeds would be…

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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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Secretary-Treasurer's Report

By | Secretary-Treasurer's Report

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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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

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

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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07/28/2017 – Tentative Agreement with CVS Reached

By | Breaking News, Negotiations Updates

We at the UFCW have reached a Tentative Agreement with CVS Drug Stores on a new contract. Dates for ratification meetings are being finalized. We are extremely proud of this agreement which affects thousands of workers across the State of California. Thank you to all of our community partners for your support. Most importantly, we thank our amazing CVS Members for their strength and solidarity!

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President's Message

By | President's Message

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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Secretary-Treasurer's Report

By | Secretary-Treasurer's Report

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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07/15/2017 – CVS Negotiations Update

By | Breaking News, Negotiations Updates

CVS negotiations continued on 7/13 and 7/14 with no real progress to report.  Another bargaining session is scheduled for 7/18. CVS members are proudly wearing their union buttons and will continue to stand together until CVS gets serious and demonstrates that they value their employees with a fair contract offer.  Other actions at the stores may be necessary following the 7/18 bargaining session, if there is not significant progress. Your union is fighting for living wages, affordable and accessible benefits…

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