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The Local 770 Team
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John M. Grant

John Grant, President
(213) 487-7070

John Grant has been an active Local 770 union member since 1976. John worked as a meat packer for 9 years at the Vernon slaughterhouse, Farmer John. During that time, he served as a shop steward, picket captain, and bargaining committee member. In 1977, he was reinstated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after being illegally fired for strike-related activities.

In 1985, John joined Local 770 as a Union Representative. He has since served as a trustee for the pension and medical benefit trusts, Director of the Packinghouse Division, and as Local 770's In-House Counsel. He has served on the Southern California Plant Closing Committee, Executive Board of the Los Angeles City Workforce Investment Board, a founding member on the Los Angeles Committee on Safety and Health, the Advisory Board of the LATTC Labor Center, the Executive Committee of Housing LA (successfully advocating for more low cost housing), and the Los Angeles Food Policy Committee.

John Grant graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC, Santa Barbara (1973, B.A. in Urban Studies), Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D. 1976) and Los Angeles Trade Technical College Labor Center (1984, Degree in Labor Studies).




Kathy Finn, Secretary-Treasurer
(213) 487-7070

Ms. Finn has been with UFCW Local 770 since 1997. Ms. Finn began representing day laborers while still in law school and then, after graduating in 1990, worked for the union-side labor law firm that represents Local 770 as well as other UFCW Locals. Finn currently serves as a trustee on the Southern California UFCW Health & Welfare Fund and the Pension Fund. She also assists in negotiating many of Local 770's contracts and is passionate about ensuring that our members' health and pension benefits are protected.

Kathy Finn received a bachelors degree from UC Santa Barbara in 1986 and a law degree from UCLA in 1990.


Cheryl Butler, Recorder
(213) 487-7070

Lavanza “Cheryl” Butler began her career as a head pharmacist for Rite Aid from 1980 to 2002 before she joined Local 770 as a Vice President, Union Representative and now Recorder.  Cheryl has also been reappointed to the California State Board of Pharmacy, where she has served since 2013.  Butler is also a member of the Professional Pharmacist Division Executive Board, California Pharmacists Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.




Paul Edwards, Field Director
(213) 201-7119

Paul served as a union representative for 15 years before becoming Local 770's Field Director overseeing all field activities for union representatives in the Food and Drug divisions.

Paul graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics.


Rigo Valdez

Rigo Valdez, Director of Organizing
 (213) 201-7120

Mr. Hansen began his union activism in 1962 when he became an apprentice meat cutter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Today, he is the International President of the UFCW, a 1.3 million-member labor organization. Hansen is a leader and one of the founding architects of the Change to Win Federation—uniting seven unions, representing six million workers, dedicated to restoring the American Dream in the 21st century—and serves as the chair of the federation’s Immigration Taskforce. In addition, Hansen is President of Union Network International—a global union, uniting 15 million workers in 120 countries.


UFCW Local 770 Field Representatives


Eileen Alcala

Eric Aviles


Dalia Benavente


Cheryl Butler


Lily Cervantes


Samantha Christian


Armando Espinoza


Danny Garcia


Jackie Gitmed


Patti Green


Richard Lovato


Ronnie Maxwell



Cindie McGinnis



Tim McGowan



Mercedes Medrano


Kim Mosher


Michael Palos


Joe Pierre


Tracey Richardson


Michael Rosales


Bobby Sabedra


Linda Saboor


Tim Shoemake


Ron Solano


Darren Verastegui


Dena Weston


Jill Whitney

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