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New Members

As a new employee in the bargaining unit, you are represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770. If you are like many employees, this is the first time you have been represented by a Union and you should have questions as to what this means to you.

Union representation means that UFCW Union Local 770, with your active participation, negotiates and administers a legally binding contract on your behalf.

This contract is also known as a Collective Bargaining Agreement. It sets forth your wages, benefits, hours, and nearly all of your working conditions. Because all employees negotiate together through the Union, Union members receive higher wages and better benefits than non-Union workers in similar jobs. Strength in numbers makes this possible.

Local 770 is part of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. There are more than 900 affiliated UFCW Locals representing 1.4 million workers in both similar and varied vocations across America and Canada.

Local 770, Local 135 in San Diego, Local 324 in Buena Park, Local 1167 in Bloomington, Local 1428 in Claremont and Local 1442 in El Segundo comprise a single bargaining unit representing nearly 30,000 members throughout Southern California.

The elected president of UFCW Union Local 770 is Ricardo F. Icaza. A Union Representative, assigned by the president, administers your contract. Representatives visit locations on a regular basis and have designated days in the office.

Many of you also have a Union ''steward'' at your place of work. A steward, selected by your Union Representative, is a fellow employee who is both an activist of the Union and a conduit of general information between members and the Union.

Local 770 conducts general membership meetings on a quarterly basis. These meetings are important and, as a member, you are encouraged to attend and participate in the events of your Union. These meetings are held in the Local 770 4th floor in the Los Angeles office. Meeting notices are posted in each issue of Local 770's Voice Magazine and on our Activities / Events calendar.

Without a legally binding contract the law allows employers greater latitude with regard to determining and applying job standards. These conditions all too often leave the individual with little to no recourse when faced with problems. Your Union contract provides a legally binding agreement that is enforceable.