Strike Authorization Vote Polling Locations

Strike Authorization Vote Polling Locations: To see WHERE and WHEN to vote, visit: ufcw770.org/strike-vote

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.


Hey there,

I just sat down from cleaning a pile of dishes up to my ears. The kids have left, the house is quiet. After a long day of family, friends, and (so much) food, I couldn’t let the sun set without sharing my gratitude with you all.

Thanksgiving is more than a holiday or an excuse to sell some turkeys. It’s a chance to reflect back on where we’ve been, where we’re going, but – most importantly – the people who walk with us on our journey.

That means you. I’m thankful to every single person in this union for pouring their blood and sweat into the job every day (with a smile on your face, too). Not only that, you all are going above and beyond to meet the incredible fight we’re in to get democracy – on and off the clock.

I’m thinking of Francis Robateau and Andrea Arhelger and our political volunteers who took their hard-earned days off to walk door to door canvassing. They didn’t let the hot sun of the Simi Valley scare them. The pushed ahead and their tenacity helped flip a seat that’s been in hostile hands for decades.

I’m thinking of Johnathan Fabro and our organizing team who are helping bring safety and security to hundreds of Cannabis members across L.A. County. We’re about to sign a new contract with Med Men – a major moment to show the world that we are here and we’re legit.

I’m thinking of Mary and the thousands of Rite Aid workers and supporters who, when Rite Aid threatened their health care, said: “No way.” Our Boycott Rite Aid campaign brought the company back to the table and took their hands off your benefits.

I’m thinking of all of you who feed your communities – mind, body, and soul – every single day. You keep your neighbors happy and healthy. That’s a powerful thing, and something they’ll never be able to take from us. As long as we continue showing up and giving our all, we’ll keep winning.

The fight is far from over, though. Next month, we begin organizing for our Grocery contract negotiations. Whether you’re a Grocery division member or not, this is your fight. It’s no secret ruthless companies like Amazon want to bring automation to every store. When we hang tough, though, we can get ahead and get more.

They may have the money and the expensive lawyers. We have something better, though: the power of people. We have each other.

Please sign up to volunteer your time and we’ll get you started on how you can pitch in to help get a better deal. For now, Happy Thanksgiving.


And now we go,

John Grant
President, UFCW 770

GEKLAW Workshops

GEKLAW Workshops

As workers, you’re at risk of getting injured or sick on the job every day. As members, you have access to attorneys from Gordon Edelstein who will make the workers comp process as smooth for you as possible. Come to one or all of our GEKLAW workshops for legal advice and answers to your questions – free of charge.

Understand and exercise your rights under your contract and the law with the help of these workshops.

Get your rights. Get treated.

For more information, call us at 323.923.2119.


GEKLAW Office Hours and Locations

Shatto Office – 630 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90210
Every Wednesday—2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Huntington Park Office – 5400 Pacific Boulevard, Huntington Park, CA 90255
Two Wednesdays each month beginning in December—2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. See dates below.

Camarillo Office – 816 Camarillo Springs Road, Suite H, Camarillo, CA 93012
Every Tuesday—9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Assistance in Spanish is available at all locations. 


Huntington Park Workshop Dates

Month Dates
December 2018 December 5, December 9
January 2019 January 16, January 30
February 2019 February 13, February 27
March 2019 March 13, March 27
April 2019 April 10, April 24
May 2019 May 8, May 22
June 2019 June 5, June 19
July 2019 July 17, July 31
August 2019 August 14, August 28
September 2019 September 11, September 25
October 2019 October 9, October 23
November 2019 November 6, November 20
December 2019 December 4, December 18

Where to get help

To all our members who are caught in the devastating path of the Hill & Woolsey Fires: we’ve got your back.

Members affected by the fires can apply for assistance starting today, Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

1. Register online http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

2. Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for hearing and speech impaired.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Here are other resources for members in need:

Evacuation Centers

Ventura County

Taft Charter High School
5461 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Pierce College
7100 El Rancho Drive, Woodland Hills

California Lutheran University
Gilbert Sport & Fitness Center
130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Los Angeles County

Palisades High School
15777 Bowdoin St, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Canoga Park High School
6850 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Filter Masks

N95 Particulate Filter Masks are available here:

California Lutheran University
130 Overton Court, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

North Oxnard Public Health
2240 East Gonzales Road, Oxnard, CA 93036

South Oxnard Public Health
2500 South C Street, Oxnard, CA 93033

Channel Islands Harbor Master
3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard CA 93035

Las Pasas Family Medical Group
3801 Las Posas, Suite 214, Camarillo 93010

Sierra Vista Family Medical Clinic
2700 East Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Moorpark Family Medical Clinic
612 Spring Road, Building A, Moorpark CA 93021

Adventist Health Simi Valley
2975 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Los Robles Regional Medical Center
215 West Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital
2309 Antonio Avenue, Camarillo, CA 93010

St. John’s Regional Medical Center
1600 North Rose Avenue, Oxnard 93036


Veterans needing crisis support
Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255

Anyone in need
The Ventura County Crisis Team is available at 866-998-2243

American Red Cross
Camarillo Office
836 Calle Plano, Camarillo, CA 93012

Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center
6338 Variel Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Animal Shelters

Ventura County Animal Shelter
600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010

The Humane Society of Ventura County
401 Bryant Street, Ojai, CA 93023

Earl Warren Show Grounds
3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Simi Valley Animal Shelter
670 West Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley

What Comes Next

Last night was a win for working people. Across the nation, communities stood up, spoke out, and got heard. Here in California, we took crucial seats, including helping flip CA-25 and elect Katie Hill.

You got the job done, but our work is just beginning. Now we need to hold our new leaders accountable, and remind those re-elected that we’re here and we’re a force to be reckoned with.

Stay involved. Sign-up to be a part of our political team and get updates on ways you can help organize for the next fight.

Join the team


When we show up, we win. Here’s a recap of what you helped accomplish:

Candidate Status
Governor, Gavin Newsom WON
Lt. Governor, Ed Hernandez LOST
Secretary of State, Alex Padilla WON
Attorney General, Xavier Becerra WON
Treasurer, Fiona Ma WON
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond Too close to call
Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara Too close to call
State Senate, Bob Hertzberg WON
State Senate, Connie Leyva WON
State Senate, Mike Eng LOST
State Senate, Maria Elena Durazo WON
State Senate, Ben Allen WON
State Senate, Holly Mitchell WON
State Senate, Bob Archuleta WON
U.S. Congress, Katie Hill WON
U.S. Congress, Judy Chu WON
U.S. Congress, Adam Schiff WON
U.S. Congress, Tony Cardenas WON
U.S. Congress, Brad Sherman WON
U.S. Congress, Grace Napolitano WON
U.S. Congress, Ted Lieu WON
U.S. Congress, Jimmy Gomez WON
U.S. Congress, Norma Torres WON
U.S. Congress, Karen Bass WON
U.S. Congress, Linda Sánchez WON
U.S. Congress, Gil Cisneros LOST
U.S. Congress, Lucille Roybal-Allard WON
U.S. Congress, Maxine Waters WON
U.S. Congress, Nanette Barragan WON
U.S. Congress, Alan Lowenthal WON
State Assembly, Blanca Rubio WON
State Assembly, Ed Chau WON
State Assembly, Wendy Carrillo WON
State Assembly, Freddie Rodriguez AHEAD
State Assembly, Miguel Santiago AHEAD
State Assembly, Sydney Kamlager AHEAD
State Assembly, Ian Calderon WON
State Assembly, Reggie Jones-Sawyer AHEAD
State Assembly, Autumn Burke WON
State Assembly, Anthony Rendon AHEAD
State Assembly, Mike Gipson WON
State Assembly, Al Muratsuchi AHEAD
State Assembly, Patrick O’Donnell WON
U.S. Senate, Kevin de Leon LOST

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