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Apr 05, 2019

Supermarket Negotiations: Stand Strong!

As you read this column, our Union is deeply involved in separate but concurrent contract negotiations with the major supermarket employers in Northern and Central California.

This can be a tense time for those members who remember the challenges of past negotiations with certain employers. They understand what’s at stake and the possibility those same employers will try again to resist our requests for fair wages, good benefits and strong protections at the workplace.

To these members, I would like to offer some assurances.

The bargaining team at UFCW 8-Golden State includes some of the most experienced and expert negotiators in the country. We will not relent in our efforts to reach good agreements our members will be proud to ratify.

Our record speaks for itself, having achieved agreements which are among the best in the nation.

Of course, the negotiators can’t take all of the credit, for our efforts at the bargaining table are supported by a membership renowned for its solidarity and Union pride.

If you are a supermarket employee, you can help by speaking out clearly in support of UFCW 8-Golden State to your co-workers and management. And, as long as it doesn’t interfere with your work, you can speak about your Union to your customers as well.

This is important because managers report to their higher-ups on the mood in their stores. Strong and vocal support for the Union will make company negotiators less likely to test our resolve with outrageous demands at the bargaining table.

Sometimes, management might try to undermine our members’ solidarity by distributing anti-Union and pro-corporate propaganda. If this happens at your store, toss it in the trash.

Always remember the company’s prime responsibility lies with maximizing profits. Only your Union exists for the specific purpose of serving your interests and only your interests.

In the stores and at the bargaining table, our Union grows strong by adhering to our guiding principle:

Solidarity works!

Dec 05, 2018
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Contract Negotiations: Do Your Part! As you read these words, our Union is in the thick of negotiations with major Northern California supermarket employers. When we’re finished, we will submit for your approval a new agreement to replace your old contract.
Oct 25, 2018
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT In Word and Deed, Stand by Your Union UFCW 8-Golden State is always in negotiations with employers across our jurisdiction, but this year we are heading into several especially crucial rounds of bargaining with employers in all parts of California.
Jun 21, 2018
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Solidarity Supports Our Negotiating Team As we reported in the previous issue of Voice of Action, our Union is about to engage in negotiations for our supermarket members employed by the major chains in Northern and Central California.
Mar 16, 2018
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Get Ready for Supermarket Negotiations The labor contracts covering members of UFCW 8-Golden State are among the best in the country. They provide industry-leading wages, health and pension benefits, workplace guarantees and job protections. How is this possible? What makes us so special.
Dec 20, 2017
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT A Cure for Stress: Smell the Coffee There’s a reason we see so many coffee joints around — Starbucks, Peet’s, Dutch Bros. and so on. Many of our members work at such places inside our Union stores.
Sep 12, 2017
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Our Members Do Good in the World As Union members, we are fortunate to enjoy the highest standards in wages, benefits and job security in the industries we serve. We are proud of our achievements — after all, we’ve worked hard over generations to win them and keep them — but we won’t be truly satisfied until we achieve a society where no one goes hungry, everyone has affordable health care, and every person gets an adequate and reliable income in retirement.
May 17, 2017
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Stewards: Leaders in the Workplace UFCW 8-Golden State is grateful to our Stewards for serving as the leaders of our great Union at the workplace. They are a special group of members who serve their Union and their co-workers in many ways.
Jan 09, 2017
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Looking Forward to a Year of Unity As we arrive at the closing months of 2016, many of us are concerned about possible changes in policy coming from Washington, D.C. Time will tell if the new administration will address such issues as income inequality, tax structure, infrastructure improvements, trade policies and labor rights in ways which will contribute in positive ways.
Nov 01, 2016
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Report Details Abuse of Non-Union Poultry Workers Workers at non-Union poultry plants are abused regularly and are denied breaks to use the bathroom, according to a report recently released by a major charity organization.
Apr 13, 2016
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Stand Up and Speak Out for Working People The tragedy in Flint, Mich., where people are suffering the consequences of their state’s abandonment of working people’s concerns, reminds us of the serious stakes in this year’s political campaigns across America.
Feb 01, 2016
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Thankful for Our Successes, Looking to the Future As we enter the new year, many of our Retail Food and Drug members are covered by outstanding new agreements with Safeway/Vons, Bel Air, Lucky, Nob Hill, Raley’s, Rite Aid, Save Mart and S-Mart, among others.
Dec 01, 2015
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Shop Union for the Holidays and All Year Long Shopping Union is one of the most important principles of the Labor Movement. Who are we helping when we do our holiday shopping at Union stores? We are helping ourselves.
Aug 21, 2015
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Student Debt Crisis: It’s Time for a ‘Bailout’ If we needed an example of America’s misplaced priorities, we can look back at our government’s $700 billion bailout of the same financial institutions whose reckless and often illegal practices drove the country into the great recession.
May 12, 2015
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Building an Economy for All of Us America’s economy is strong again. At least this is what the economists are telling us. All those jobs we lost in the Great Recession have returned, they say. Some people are making a lot of money.
Feb 10, 2015
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Coping With Stress in the New Year The holidays are finally behind us. Many of us are using this time to take a deep breath before diving into the projects and commitments we’ve already charted for the New Year. For others, however, this can be a season of uncertainty and stress.
Oct 16, 2014
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Dispelling the Myths of Inequality The gap between the richest Americans and everyone else is growing at an alarming pace. Income inequality is now at its worst since the late 19th century, when the “robber barons” amassed incredible wealth and used it to dominate public policy.
Sep 12, 2014
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Stewards Are Leaders at the Workplace UFCW 8-Golden State is grateful to our Stewards for serving as the leaders of our great Union at the workplace. They are a special group of members who serve their Union and their co-workers in many ways.
Sep 12, 2014
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Negotiations: Be Prepared for Anything As we reported in the previous issue of Voice of Action, our Union is engaged in negotiations for our supermarket members employed by Albertsons and Vons in Southern California.
Mar 21, 2014
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Solidarity Supports Our Negotiating Teams This is a big year for contract negotiations.
Sep 13, 2013
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT It’s time to raise the Minimum Wage As the economy begins regaining momentum after years of sluggish gains, many Americans are asking tough questions about who is reaping the benefits.
Apr 29, 2013
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Eight Good Reasons to Always Shop Union We frequently inform our members about the importance of “shopping Union,” and for good reason.
May 14, 2012
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Campaign Spreads Message: 'We Are Part of the 99%' From Los Angeles to New York City and from Seattle to Miami, the “Occupy” protests have captured the imaginations of working people who are frustrated and angry about our country’s economic priorities.
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SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Negotiations 2011 Kirk Vogt Secretary-Treasurer In his report on page 3, President Jacques Loveall describes some of the factors that are expected to make our contract negotiations with the supermarket companies especially difficult this year.
Jan 04, 2011
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Shopping the Union Way Kirk Vogt Secretary-Treasurer On pages 12 and 13 of this holiday issue of Voice of Action, you will find a list of Unionmade food products. Please use this list when you buy your groceries for the holidays and throughout the year.
Nov 30, 2010
Secretary-Treasurer SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT No Chance to Get Rusty Many years ago, in my earliest days as a Union negotiator, our jobs more or less followed the cycle of a single collective bargaining agreement.
Sep 10, 2010
Secretary-Treasurer SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT MedExpert Adds Value to Health Benefits MedExpert is a Union negotiated benefit that provides quick answers to your health questions and explains your treatment options. It is available free of charge to all members of Local 8, as well as their spouses, children and parents.
Apr 16, 2010
SECRETARY TREASURER’S REPORT Veteran Unionist Steps Up Kirk Vogt named Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW 8, succeeding retiring Michael Tursky     Kirk Vogt, Senior Executive Vice President of UFCW 8-Golden State, succeeds Michael Tursky as Secretary-Treasurer.
Jan 21, 2010
SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT Suggestions for a happier 2010      The holiday season is stressful for everyone. For retail workers, the traditional responsibilities of shopping, cooking and planning are sandwiched between the huge crowds they deal with on the job during the busiest time of the year.
Jan 21, 2010
SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT Fighting Back Against Fresh & Easy’s Invasion     Tesco, the British parent company of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets, recently announced that its American division would lose about $259 million this year, or about $2 million for each of its 130 American stores.
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