Customer Mobilizations

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

Grocery Contract Negotiations Update – March 5, 2019

Negotiations began today with Kroger (parent company of Ralphs) and Albertsons (parent company of Albertsons, Vons, and Pavilions).

Your union joined UFCW locals 8, 135, 324, 1167, 1428, and 1442 and sent our initial proposals across the table.

Your union negotiators presented plans to proactively deal with technology in the workplace, simplify work classifications, increase training, give you more notice and flexibility in scheduling.

Gelsons, Stater Brothers, and Super A management signed extension agreements. Ralphs, Vons, and Albertsons contract protections remain in effect and will continue to protect you and be enforced.

We continue negotiations tomorrow (March 6th) and will update following the meeting.

For now, spread the word about Food Fight and sign the petition.

Hoy comenzaron las negociaciones con Kroger (empresa matriz de Ralphs) y Albertsons (compañía matriz de Albertsons, Vons y Pavilions).

Tu local sindical se unió a los locales 8, 135, 324, 1167, 1428 y 1442 de UFCW y enviamos nuestras propuestas iniciales a la mesa de negociaciones.

Los negociadores de tu Unión presentaron planes para tratar proactivamente con la tecnología en el trabajo, simplificar las clasificaciones de trabajo, aumentar la capacitación y darte más avisos con anticipación y flexibilidad en los horarios.

La gerencia de Gelsons, Stater Brothers y Super A, firmaron extensión de contratos. Las protecciones de contrato de Ralphs, Vons y Albertsons se mantienen vigentes y seguirán protegiéndote y seguirán siendo cumplidas.
Nosotros continuaremos negociaciones mañana (6 de Marzo) y daremos actualizaciones después de la sesión.

Por ahora, corre la voz sobre Food Fight y firma la petición.

Why not look good?

It’s a new year, and a new chance to show the world we’re serious about standing together as a union.

Why not look good while we do it?

Vote for your favorite division t-shirt style. Wear it on* or off the clock and say it loud: We got this.

This is all part of our listening campaign to hear directly from you and your fellow members across the 770.

Vote for Your Favorite Division T-Shirt Style:





* Note: Please check with your workplace to make sure wearing personal clothing meets workplace guidelines.

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

We’re Listening

Brothers and sisters,

It’s a New Year and with it brings new challenges – contract negotiations for our Grocery members, a fight for fair scheduling, and the steady creep of automation into our workplaces.

We want to hear what’s on your mind. What’s happening in your workplace and your community? What concerns do you have about your job? What are your ideas for a better future?

Today we’re launching the UFCW 770 Listening Campaign.

Each month we’ll reach out to you by phone, text or email to ask what you think on a variety of issues. It will be quick, I promise, and we’ll raffle off giveaways to those who participate.

Click here to complete our first survey – it will take less than 3 minutes – for your chance to win $50 for the New Year!

Complete the survey no later than Friday, January 29th for your chance to win.

Complete Survey

The wisdom of this union is in every shop, dispensary, pharmacy, and plant. Your feedback is crucial to make sure we’re focusing on the issues that matter most to you.

We’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

As John says, now we go,

Kathy Finn | Secretary-Treasurer | UFCW 770

Register Now: 6th Annual UFCW 770 Healthy Day 5K


President’s Day, Monday, February 18, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Race starts at 9:30 a.m.


Ventura Community Park, 901 S Kimball Rd, Ventura CA 93004

Everyone is welcome! Make it a fun and healthy day out with family, friends, and union members. Take a 5K walk or run along a path that is paved, flat, and easy!

Visit our health fair vendors for a free health screening, donate blood on the mobile truck, or learn CPR.

All registered participants will receive a T-Shirt, medal, raffle ticket, and lunch!

Register Now

Pre-registration cost is $30.00 
All proceeds benefit Leukemia and local charities in our communities

Are you a Local 770 PPO Member?
Earn $$ for your HRA! The 5k walk/run is a healthy activity. 5k participation will earn up to $150.00 for your Health Reimbursement Account. We will provide forms for you at the registration table, it’s easy!

See you at the starting line!

Stand with LAUSD Teachers and Families

On Monday, January 14, 30,000 educators in LAUSD will take a stand to improve classrooms and learning conditions for our kids.

UTLA members are going on strike for:

  • Smaller class sizes

  • More nurses and counselors

  • Fair wages

  • Accountability for charter schools

As a union member, you understand how critical and crucial labor actions like these are in creating long and lasting change. We need to stand in solidarity with our teachers and join them in this fight, because the more workers who come together, the more unstoppable we become.

According to the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, here are some ways that you can support the strike:

1. Get Loud on Social Media

Never underestimate the power of a hashtag. You have the power to invite more people into the conversation.

Follow updates on www.WeArePublicSchools.org and tell your friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that you won’t cross the picket line. Use your own message or the one prepared below. And don’t forget to use these hashtags: #StrikeReady #RedForEd #UTLAstrong.

I, a member of @UFCW770, stand with @utlanow educators and will not cross the picket line. Join me now to improve classrooms and schools for our kids. https://wearepublicschools.org/ #StrikeReady #RedForEd #UTLAstrong.


2. Be a Part of the Leadership School for Education and Action

Join parents, students and other union members at the Leadership School for Education and Action, an exciting week-long program full of political education and action.

See this PDF for details.

3. Join the Picket Lines

Want to join the picket line? You can adopt one or several schools and join the picket lines before or after school.

Here’s how:

  • Click on the magnifying glass to search within the map.

  • Enter your home or work address to find the campuses closest to you
  • Click on the small red book icon for the exact address name and phone number of the school.
  • Help LA Federation of Labor track support for teachers by filling out this form.
  • Check www.WeArePublicSchools.org for picket and rally times.

Where we go from here


While many people savor time off over the holidays, 770 Brothers and Sisters are clocking-in for extra shifts to make sure those holidays go off without a hitch. For those of you on the job and to those who enjoyed a hard-earned break: thank you. I’ll respect your schedule and make this New Year’s message quick. I just need a minute of your time.

This union is powered by people. Never has that fact been more obvious to me than when sitting at a gathering of our GOTV volunteers just a few weeks ago. Many of these members had never stepped foot on a political campaign before. Yet they faced the sun and heat of Nevada with courage, canvassing for weeks on end to help workers win a historic victory in a right-to-work state. Not bad.

It’s this can-do spirit that makes you and your brothers and sisters the people I’m proud to wake up and fight for every day. To capture this spirit, though, and the wisdom that lives in each and every store, dispensary, pharmacy, and plan across this union, we’re trying something a little different this year.

In 2019, we’re launching a listening campaign to hear directly from you. You may get a call, email, or text soon, and I hope you’ll take the time to give us your honest feedback. What’s your top concern in a new contract? What are the news and issues keeping you up at night? What are your priorities both on and off the clock?

You’ll be hearing a lot more of this from Kathy in the coming weeks. For now, though, please make sure you’re following us on social so you can be heard.

Follow us on Facebook

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From a new Rite Aid contract to winning back a 100% unionized Farmer John’s plant, you got the job done in 2018. We’re just getting started.

Why we organize


You know firsthand: what we do is tough work, and we have to do it every day with a smile on our faces. So, we all need that special motivation to get up every morning and fight for a better life.

For me, that’s my kids. I want to teach them to hold their head up. When I look in their eyes, I see the future. They’re the next generation of workers who need to demand what they deserve. I’m here to show them how to walk the walk.

We all have people in our life who inspire us to organize. Join me and post a photo with the family member you’re ready to fight for today.

The upcoming Grocery contract is going to be a tough fight. Let’s show management that we’re not going anywhere, and we have every reason in the world to keep fighting.

Post Your Photo
We got this,

Lisa Marie, UFCW 770 Grocery Steward

This is a new era


You’re busy, so I won’t take up too much of your time. I’ve got a super quick request that’ll take one minute, but make a big difference.

You know by now: this is a new era for our union, and a new chance to get the benefits and rights we deserve. We’re fired up, and we’re ready. But we have to let management know we mean business.

Tag your co-worker or fellow member in the video above and ask them to step up to the challenge for next year’s contract push. 

Management may have the money, but we’ve got something special: people like you. Challenge your co-worker to step up and play a leading role in organizing next year. That way we can show companies that we won’t back down.

Tag Your Friend
We got this,

David Quezada, UFCW 770 Grocery Steward

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