Customer Mobilizations

Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – August 15, 2019


We just left the negotiation table today. After we gave several comprehensive proposals on healthcare and wages, management’s response was to only offer another nickel a year.

Right now, management can’t make it any clearer – they think they can offer pennies and jeopardize our health care and pensions because we won’t stand up.

It’s time to remind them of the relationships we have with our customers and the impact we can have in our stores and communities.

Here’s what to expect next week:

  • Your reps and stewards will reach out to you to let you know the plan.
  • Be prepared to assist your stewards outside of stores.
  • You’ll receive an outreach toolkit that includes handbills for customers and fact sheets for you.
  • Stay positive and support your coworkers. Our union family is strongest when we stand together.

Should you have any questions, we encourage you to contact your union representative.

In solidarity,
John Grant
President, UFCW 770

Text “grocery770” to 698329 to receive additional

negotiation updates and alerts

(msg & data rates apply).


Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – August 1, 2019


Negotiations wrapped up this week with management giving proposals on wages, pension, and health care, but the truth is, their proposals are unreasonable and insulting. We know that you are increasingly feeling the pressure of understaffing, unpredictable schedules, and low wages, but your employers’ proposals are significantly less than what you deserve.

That’s why we must continue to engage our co-workers, stores, communities, and customers and increase the pressure on your companies.

We will continue to negotiate for a contract that ensures that all current and future jobs at Ralphs, Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions, and Safeway are good jobs and will not settle for anything less than what you deserve.

In solidarity,
John Grant
President, UFCW 770

Text “grocery770” to 698329 to receive additional

negotiation updates and alerts

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Cause & Effect

In the last few months, we’ve seen the power of workers in action. In response to the insulting offers of corporate negotiators:

  • 96% of UFCW members in Southern California voted for a strike and economic action authorization.
  • Hundreds of members, allies, and community supporters rallied with us in solidarity from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles.
  • Nearly 10,000 consumers have signed a pledge to support grocery workers.

In response:

  • Corporate negotiators dropped their plan to reduce checker pay 25%.
  • Corporate negotiators dropped their plan to eliminate unused sick leave payout.

Big Grocery is beginning to understand just how strong we are when we stand united and fight for what is ours, but the road ahead is long, and we’ve got miles to go.

What we’ve seen, and what workers around the world know is a simple illustration of cause and effect. When we fight, we win. We’re in this for the long haul, because we won’t settle for anything less than what we deserve. A fair contract that recognizes your hard work.

We’re returning to the bargaining table again July 30 — August 1, and we need to show corporate that our strength and support are only growing.

Stand together with your brothers and sisters to show big grocery that we mean business. Join us for actions in Studio City, Los Angeles, Camarillo, and Pasadena to demand a fair contract for grocery workers.

In solidarity,

John Grant
President, UFCW 770

Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – July 19, 2019


The road to a good contract is long, but your hard work is paying off.

The corporate owners withdrew several of their insulting demands because you stood up by authorizing a strike, demonstrating in front of stores, and gathering more than 10,000 community support signatures.

Specifically, you forced the corporate owners to drop their efforts to slash checker pay by 25% and eliminate payouts of unpaid sick days. We are in the process of eliminating more of their takeaways.

Our unity and our determination to be heard worked. But we still have a ways to go and a lot of work to do.

This week we made proposals to increase minimum hour guarantees, protect your schedules, and plan for the future of work. Unfortunately, the companies at the table continue to put your livelihood, benefits, and hours at risk.

You bring value to your customers and stores every day, and your hard work needs to be rewarded and recognized. That’s why our fight must continue to focus on getting respect and recognition for the services we provide not only to the company but the customers and communities we serve.

We will be back at the table July 30, 31 and August 1. There is still more work ahead to achieve a contract that reflects your hard work serving customers and helping families put food on the table every day.

In the meantime, continue informing your coworkers and communities about how the companies’ unreasonable proposals will damage customer service and the experience.

Our consumers support us and will stand up for good jobs in our communities. Remember to thank them for their support and make sure you and your co-workers are signed up to receive negotiation updates.

Text “grocery770” to 698329 to receive additional

negotiation updates and alerts

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Estimados Miembros:

El camino a un buen contrato es largo pero tu duro trabajo está dando

Los dueños corporativos retiraron varias de sus insultantes demandas porque ustedes se pararon firmes autorizando una huelga, manifestándose enfrente de las tiendas y reuniendo más de 10,000 firmas de apoyo de la comunidad.

Específicamente, ustedes obligaron a los dueños corporativos a retirar sus esfuerzos de recortar el pago a los cajeros en un 25% y eliminar pagos de días por enfermedad no usados. Estamos en el proceso de eliminar más de sus recortes.

Nuestra unidad y determinación de ser escuchados funcionó. Pero todavía tenemos un largo camino por recorrer y mucho trabajo por hacer.

Esta semana hicimos propuestas para aumentar garantías de mínimo de
horas, proteger sus horarios, y planear el futuro del trabajo.Desafortunadamente, las compañías en la mesa de negociaciones siguen poniendo en riesgo tu subsistencia, beneficios y horas.

Tú aportas valor a tus clientes y tiendas todos los días y tu duro trabajo necesita ser recompensado y reconocido. Es por eso que nuestra lucha debe continuar enfocándose en lograr respeto y reconocimiento por los servicios que nosotros damos no solamente a la compañía sino también a los consumidores y a las comunidades a las que servimos.

Regresaremos a la mesa de negociaciones el 30 y 31 de julio, y el 1 de agosto. Hay más trabajo por hacer para lograr un contrato que refleje tu duro trabajo sirviendo a los clientes y ayudando a las familias a llevar comida a sus mesas todos los días.

Mientras tanto, sigue informando a tus compañeros de trabajo sobre la forma en que las propuestas absurdas de las compañías dañarán el servicio al cliente y su experiencia de compras.

Nuestros clientes nos apoyan y lucharán por buenos trabajos en nuestras comunidades. Recuerda darles las gracias por su apoyo y asegúrate que tú y tus compañeros de trabajo se hayan registrado para recibir las actualizaciones de la negociación.


Envía un Texto con la palabra “grocery770” al 698329

para recibir actualizaciones y alertas de las negociaciones.

(pagos de msg & datos podrían aplicar).


Cannabis Social Equity Report

Today, along with Equity First Alliance Los Angeles and the Social Impact Center in Los Angeles, UFCW 770 published a report about how we create a healthy Cannabis industry for all Repairing the Harms, Creating the Future: Centering Cannabis Social Health & Equity in Los Angeles.

Read the report

About the Report

The new Repairing the Harms, Creating the Future: Creating Cannabis Social & Health Equity in Los Angeles (2019) report compiles extensive research that shows the City of Los Angeles’ promising programs meant to repair the war on drugs need a more comprehensive approach – and immediate funding – to succeed. A wide range community, worker and industry voices and experts are highlighted who share the effects of the war on drugs but also their engagements with health and social justice through cannabis. The report then outlines how to realize a broader vision of repair and renewal via cannabis in alignment with intersecting work throughout Los Angeles on social and health equity.

Included are comprehensive recommendations on incorporating greater community voice in cannabis regulation, building social equity programs that meet worker and small businesses needs, ensuring non-criminalizing enforcement, and reinvesting cannabis tax funds in health and social equity. Through detailed picture of past, present and future harms and potential in relation to the cannabis industry, Repairing the Harms provides unique data and analysis on how policymakers, industry, workers and community can build a national model of equity in cannabis together.

Report Produced by: Cage-Free Cannabis, Equity First LA, The Social Impact Center and UFCW Local 770
Author: Robert Chlala, PhD Candidate, University of Southern California and Social Equity Researcher/UFCW 770
With: Jackie Cornejo, UFCW 770; Dr. Brandie Cross PhD, Smart Pharm Research Group; Kristen Lovell, The Social Impact Center; Adam Vine, Cage-Free Cannabis

The report explores ways the city of LA can continue to make equity a priority in the future of Cannabis regulation. We must repair the harms of the war on drugs on affected communities and to build a future that serves the needs of the Los Angeles community. This is a roadmap for how we do it.

Although it’s a short read on its own, here are the key takeaways:

Defining Equity
We first developed a shared definition of the word “equity.” Without it, there’s a danger that our efforts to put people and their lives in the center of the future of Cannabis would be unsuccessful. Drawing from the latest research on equitable implementation, we look at equity in three parts, past, present, and future:

1. When implemented, equity closes historical gaps that often align with place, race, and gender;
2. In the present, equity requires strong partnerships with affected communities that supports their participation and power.
3. Finally, when implemented, equity takes into consideration future disparities by building for the long-term (in adaptable ways) and anticipating future harms.

As our cannabis stakeholder forums confirmed, for Los Angeles to be successful, equity has to be centered across all cannabis policies and practices. It must also work in unison with other equity efforts in different sectors of the city and county.

No Better Time than Now
We examined multiple perspectives from a range of stakeholders for insight into the needs of communities, interests of voters, and commitments to equity that policymakers have made. The report investigates areas where equity principles can be applied immediately. The most pressing area in all our minds:
1. Enforcement
2. Funds to support social equity applicants and workers
3. Corporate social responsibility

Our Recommendations
Here are some of our recommendations to push this vision forward:
1. Create a Cannabis Health & Social Equity working group
2. Develop a progressive and comprehensive enforcement strategy for cannabis regulations and halt further criminalization of youth
3. Create a community reinvestment fund to repair the harms of the war on drugs

Read the full report to learn about a future of cannabis that puts people, their voices, and stories in the center of growth and development.

Read the report

Read the Executive Summary

Mark Your Calendars: 770 Area Meetings

On March 25th, 26th, and 28th, UFCW 770 leadership will host Area Meetings. See below for details and find the meeting closest to you.

Monday, March 25

Harbor City

UFCW 770 Harbor City Office
25949 Belle Porte Ave
Harbor City, CA 90710
9 AM | 6 PM

Arroyo Grande

UFCW 770 Arroyo Grande Office
140 W Branch St.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
9 AM | 6 PM


Hilton Pasadena
168 S. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
9 AM | 6 PM

Tuesday, March 26

Huntington Park

Icaza Workers’ Center
5400 Pacific Blvd
Huntington Park, CA 90255
9 AM | 6 PM

Santa Barbara

UFCW 770 Santa Barbara Office
4213 State St #201
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
6 PM

Santa Clarita

Moose Lodge
18000 Sierra Hwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91351
10 AM | 6 PM


UFCW Local 1442
9075 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301
6 PM

Thursday, March 28

Los Angeles

UFCW 770 LA Office 3rd Floor
630 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90005
9 AM | 6 PM


UFCW 770 Camarillo Office
816 Camarillo Springs Rd.
Camarillo, CA 93012
9 AM | 6 PM

San Fernando

IBEW Local 11
400 Chatsworth Dr.
San Fernando, CA 91340
9 AM | 1 PM | 6 PM


For news and information specific to 2019 Grocery Contract: 

Visit www.FoodFightUS.com or www.UFCW770.org.

Look to your union representative or steward.

All Members Town Hall Recap – March 12, 2019

Listen to the complete Telephone Town Hall:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Last night, thousands of members gathered for a spirited Telephone Town Hall to discuss the state of our union and hardworking UFCW 770 members of groceries, plants, dispensaries, and pharmacies across Southern California.

The big ticket topic on everyone’s mind: the Grocery contract negotiations that kicked off last week (see more at www.foodfightus.com). We also discussed last week’s successful launch of the Fair Work Week L.A. policy campaign and much, much more.

Weren’t able to join us? We missed you. Catch-up with the full meeting in the recording above.

Got an important topic you think we didn’t cover? Leave us a comment on Facebook and we’ll add to a future meeting agenda.

And now we go,

John Grant
UFCW 770

Escucha la Asamblea Telefónica Completa:

Estimados hermanos y hermanas:

Anoche, miles de miembros se conectaron para participar en una animada Asamblea Telefónica para discutir el estado de nuestra unión y los diligentes miembros de UFCW 770 en los supermercados, plantas procesadoras, dispensarios y farmacias de todo el Sur de California.

El gran tema de entrada en la mente de todos: las negociaciones de contrato de Supermercados que inició la semana pasada (ver más en www.foodfightus.com). También discutimos el exitoso lanzamiento de la campaña para aprobar la Semana Laboral Justa en Los Ángeles (Fair Work Week L.A.) la semana pasada, y mucho más.

¿No pudiste participar? Te extrañamos. Mantente al corriente escuchando la reunión completa con el audio de arriba.

¿Tienes algún tema importante que piensas que no cubrimos? Déjanos un comentario en Facebook y lo agregaremos a la agenda de una próxima reunión.

¡Y ahora vámonos recio!

John Grant


UFCW 770

Overhill Farms Contract Inked

After more than a year and countless hours of hard-nosed negotiations, Packing members just approved a major new deal with Overhill Farms. This contract will improve pay and medical benefits for the workers who help feed families across southern California and beyond.

The contract is highlighted by five major improvements, which were only made possible through close cooperation between workers and management. It goes to show: when we build trust and common understanding, we can resolve outstanding issues and get a better deal.

Five Top Wins

1. Ratification bonuses

To complement limited retroactive pay, we pushed Overhill to agree for a larger ratification bonus once members approved the deal.

2. Lower medical premiums

It’s no secret: health care costs are skyrocketing across the nation. Keeping premiums down was one of our top priorities, and we got it done because workers stepped up.

3. Increased premium incentives

We got management to put up incentives for workers who put in the extra hours for specialized training – key to helping workers get more on and off the clock.

4. Maintained medical benefits

As long as annual medical costs do not exceed 12%, Overhill will hold the line on crucial benefits that keep workers and their families healthy.

5. New Training Opportunities

By working with the company to apply for ETP money to help fund several training projects of interest to the company and the members we’re building new opportunities for the future.

We got this,

Kathy Finn | Secretary-Treasurer

After the Strike

Brothers and sisters, 

I’d like to take a moment to pause and reflect on the historic movement that swept through the streets of Los Angeles – and what it means for you and the future of our union.

First and most importantly: this is one of the proudest moments I’ve had in 40 years as a member of UFCW 770. Our members turned up in droves to stand with our teachers, literally, in the pouring rain no less (which is saying a lot in L.A.).

Many people thought this wasn’t our fight. But wherever working people are striving to make a better life, 770 members will be there. That’s a testament to your hard work and unbreakable spirit, and the powerful community you’re creating.

Make no mistake: our union brothers and sisters of UTLA have inspired Angelenos across the city to speak up for working people. But how did they do it? Here are some lessons we can learn:

1. Bargain for the Common Good

It’s a subtle shift, but potentially revolutionary: bargaining for the common good. As Steven Greenhouse from the New York Times pointed out, L.A. teachers didn’t fight just for wages or benefits. They fought for their students and communities. As we look ahead to our Grocery contract, we need to show how our cause can lift up our communities and improve the lives of our customers and the families we help feed every single day.

2. Go Public

The week the strike started, three-fourths of Angelenos were polled supporting our public teachers’ cause. That goes to show that when you stand up for the public good, the public stands up for you. We need to give customers, families, and supporters a reason to believe in our fight, and simple, easy ways to stand with us.

3. Strikes Work

Strikes are a very last resort, and they take organization, mobilization, and cooperation. But they can be a powerful way to rally people to our cause and force management to sign a better deal. We only take this path as a last option, but our teachers proved that with the public on your side, a strike can make change possible.
What are your ideas? How can we move customers to see themselves in our fight for a better deal? You work in your communities every day, so who would know better than you?

Drop us a line or simply reply to this email and share your thoughts. We need the wisdom of every store, plant, pharmacy, and dispensary to win this fight. Let’s get started. We got this.

Email us

And now we go,

John Grant
UFCW 770

How we won in November

They said it couldn’t be done.

In a right-to-work, anti-union state like Nevada, they said voters wouldn’t elect candidates who fight for working people.

They were wrong.

Last week, we regrouped to look back at the historic victory UFCW 770 members helped win in Nevada. Leading up to the Midterms, a group of fired up members took paid leaves from their jobs to travel to Las Vegas and get out the vote.

The results were huge. Thanks in part to 770 members knocking door-to-door, voters elected the first Democratic governor in Nevada in two decades, Steve Sisolak, and kicked out Republican Senator Dean Heller, who helped pass last year’s corporate tax cut.

It was a big moment for working people, especially in a fiercely anti-union state.

More importantly, our GOTV volunteers are bringing their energy and hard-earned lessons back home to California to keep fighting.

Here’s what we learned:

1. It’s never too late to start organizing

You don’t need to be an experienced campaigner to make a difference. In fact, many of the members who traveled to Nevada were volunteering for the very first time, like Nicole Parraz, a Food4Less cake decorator from Palmdale.

“This was my first experience organizing with the union and it opened my eyes to just how important the union is. I met a lot of great people, and it was a life-changing experience. It made me want to continue to help organizing.”

2. Attitude is everything

Tracy Cason, a 770 pharmacy assistant at Kaiser Permanente for 20 years, was also a first-time political volunteer in Nevada. For her part, she wasn’t sure how to canvass or talk to voters, but jumped in with enthusiasm – and it paid off.

“I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but when I watched the election results, I was so happy. All that hard work, all that heat. It paid off. To make a difference was such a good feeling.”

3. We need to keep the momentum going

Ludmila Blanco from CVS has been politically active literally since she was a child. She knows that it’s “constant fight” against employers for better rights — and that we need to stay vigilante if we’re going to keep winning.

“As a Salvadoran child, my parents were politically active here. At the age of five, I was marching in downtown LA for the war to stop in El Salvador. I was taught that we need to stand up, and peacefully fight, and not give up. Being part of the union is bringing [my identity] – this is me, this is the fighter that I’ve been since I was a child. We ought to fight for our rights.”

If you’re interested in fighting for your rights and pitching in during organizing campaigns like Ludmila, sign up below and we’ll get you started on everything you need to know.

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