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President’s Message

Charting our course through the end of COVID

by President Mark Ramos

We’ve all been through hell and back, so now what?

It’s understandable if we feel a bit fatigued and bewildered as the COVID-19 pandemic finally winds down and brighter days appear to be ahead. After all, we are emerging from a year and a half of confusion, anger, loss and pain.

We remember the panicked shopping at the stores — the shortages of toilet paper, cleaning products, canned food and cereal.

We remember the overflowing hospitals and desperate calls for masks and gloves for medical personnel and our members.

We remember employers putting out statements saying customers have to wear masks to shop, and then telling employees not to enforce the policy. This put our members in a difficult and unacceptable position.

We remember — and still endure — the angry disputes over the nature of the virus, the importance of science, the wisdom of measures taken by public officials to protect our communities, and even the fundamental obligation to be courteous and respectful of one another.

Most devastatingly, we remember watching helplessly as friends and family members were sickened by a disease that robbed them of breath and even life.

By nature of the industries we serve, UFCW members continue to be exposed to the public in enclosed spaces, and we remain at risk as long as large numbers of people fail to receive their vaccinations because of “hesitancy” or downright refusal because of misconceptions about the vaccines.

Now that the CDC has changed its guidelines on mask wearing and the public is in a rush to get back to normal, our members find themselves in new, uncharted territory. California appears to be heading rapidly toward removing most of its mask mandates, possibly as early as this month.

Our union’s top priority always has been protecting the health and safety of the members. That’s why we are asking our counties and our governor to continue protecting our members through legislation. In the past year we pushed for laws to secure sick pay, PPE, sanitizer and cleaning stations, and hero pay. We lobbied hard to put our frontline workers at the front of the line for vaccinations. And we don’t intend to let up.

While communities are eager to get back to normal, we need to do it safely and with our members’ safety in mind.

Priority in negotiations

Safety will always be a top priority for us in negotiations with the employers as well. This was one of our priority issues in talks with Food 4 Less and will continue to be at the top of our list of contract proposals handed across the table to each employer.

Talks with CVS and Kaiser negotiations are already under way and Rite Aid to start soon. Safety is a prominent topic of negotiations, along with wages, pensions and contract language. For example, if a member still wants to wear a mask, we believe management should not try to stop him or her from doing so.

Our members at CVS, Kaiser and Rite Aid will need the support of our entire union, just as they’ve given their support to their sisters and brothers in our negotiations with Food 4 Less.

We’ve made great progress together and we will continue doing so. The work we do as a union will move forward, whatever comes our way.

Solidarity among our members will always be our greatest strength. We have built strong alliances with other unions and community partners, but what matters most is standing together as one union regardless of our employer.

Those with economic and political agendas will always try to use misinformation to divide us, because they are more interested in gaining power than keeping you safe. They know that rumors are cheap and can spread rapidly, causing division and panic. You can rely on your union for accurate information, because our responsibility is to you, our members, and not some other person or entity.

We are union strong and union proud.

So, let’s get busy!

Scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine appointment

Last update: February 9, 2021

What to expect when you get your COVID-19 Vaccine

Los Angeles County
Click here to schedule your appointment

No appointment times are currently available. When they do become available, you will need to show proof that you are an LA County resident and that you are age 65 or older.

Examples include:

Proof of age:

  • Driving license
  • California ID card or REAL ID card (from the DMV)
  • MediCare card
  • Social Security card
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Medical document/records from medical provider, clinic, or doctor
  • Membership card for a seniors only organization
  • Any official document that includes name and date of birth

Proof that you live in LA County (must show your name and address):

  • Driver’s license
  • California ID card or REAL ID card (from the DMV)
  • Library card
  • Post- marked letter
  • Utility bill
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Voter registration confirmation
  • Rent receipt or lease or letter from landlord
  • School or employment document
  • Court document
  • Tax, Bank or insurance document
  • Post Office change of address confirmation
  • Letter or document from a Faith-based organization, shelter, non-profit institution with the name/address of issuing organization
  • Membership card – Union, YMCA, store club card, fitness center, community or neighborhood association, apartment building association

San Bernardino County
Click here to schedule your appointment

Riverside County
Click here to schedule your appointment

Orange County
Click here to schedule your appointment

For more information on where to get your COVID-19 vaccine once it is available, click here.

Union offices are open with limited access

Contact us for operating hours (909) 626-3333

Jason Chung – Phone: 909-626-3333 ext. 228
Email – jasonchung1428@outlook.com

Phil Meza – Phone: 909-626-3333 ext. 280
Email – phillipmeza1428@msn.com

Kory Singh – Phone: 909-626-3333 ext. 227
Email – ksingh1428@hotmail.com

(Not sure who is your union representative, leave a message on the representative of the day line – 909-626-3333 ext. 276)

For general questions please call contact 909-626-3333 or email – ufcw1428@msn.com

If you need to contact the benefits/pension dept please call 909-626-6800 

Benefits staffers emails:

Dianezuniga1428@msn.com
marvinl1428@outlook.com
cmoreno1428@outlook.com

The Food Trust Fund can also assist members at 877-284-2320 or website:  scufcwfunds.com to access your benefits portal

The Drug Trust Fund can also assist members at 877-999-8329 or website:  ufcwdrugtrust.org

If you need to contact the membership dept please call 909-626-3333 or email ufcw1428@msn.com

The safety of our members and staff are our number one priority.

We will keep you updated as changes occur.

Victory for UFCW Pharmacists – Sept. 18, 2020

The California Board of Pharmacy adopted regulations that reinforce standards set out by SB 1442 (Wiener), the No Pharmacist Left Alone Law.

These new regulations couldn’t have happened without our member pharmacists’ witness and testimony, grassroots advocacy, and tireless dedication to their patients that inspired the bill and fueled the drive to implement it and enforce it.

Our member pharmacists have stood out, going above and beyond their normal duties to ensure their public health role is not compromised by short staffing, especially during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

These first in the nation regulations will help protect patients by requiring stores to make a designated, qualified staff member available to help pharmacists at the pharmacists’ request.

SB 1442 was signed into law in 2018 in response to chronic understaffing of retail pharmacies that often led pharmacists to work alone for hours on end, compromising patient safety.

We applaud the Board of Pharmacy, their legal staff, the Department of Consumer Affairs, Senator Scott Wiener, Governor Gavin Newsom and his staff, and our many pharmacist members whose powerful witness and testimony, grass roots advocacy, and tireless dedication to their patients inspired the bill and fueled the drive to implement it.”