Rough road ahead in negotiations

Spring 2014
President’s Report:
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• Stewards Conference
• UFCW Local 1167
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What’s Happening
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S-T’s Report
Solidarity in politics
Contract Negotiations
El Super
Members at Work
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Supermarket negotiations:
A rough road ahead
n February, the seven UFCW unions of Southern California sat down with representatives of Albertsons,
Ralphs and Vons to try to hammer out a new contract.
We’ll be negotiating with Stater Bros. separately, but
we can’t ink a deal with them until the health and welfare
part of negotiations with the
other companies is complete.
Nobody is expecting these
talks to be easy. The last time
we had reasonable negotiations with the employers was
1999. Four years later, they
came after us with unacceptable demands for concessions, forcing our members to
walk picket lines for 20
The great Southern California strike and lockouts of
2003-2004 are remembered
as one of the largest labor disBILL LATHROP
putes in American history, inPresident
supermarket workers from Bakersfield down to the Mexico
border. The three supermarket companies lost an estimated
$2 billion in the fiasco they forced on themselves.
But that wasn’t the end to the difficulties. In 2011, it
took nine months for us to work out a deal that protected
our health care against a new round of cutbacks the companies were proposing. Our members had to vote twice to
authorize another strike before the employers backed
I see this next round of negotiations as being similar to
the marathon of uncertainty we experienced in 2011. Once
again, the companies will try to save money on health care
and once again we will fight to preserve the benefits we’ve
earned over the past several decades.
It’s unfortunate our members have to endure the pressure
of intense negotiations every few years. But that’s the reality of our age, when high health care costs and competiSpring 2014
tion by Walmart, Latino markets and other non-union
chains are pushing our employers to lower their costs of
doing business.
No one can predict how these talks will end, but I can
say with certainty that our members will have to stay fearless and united to achieve the best possible outcome.
If we come to you and ask you for a strike vote, we’ll
need your enthusiastic and overwhelming approval. A
‘Never forget that your union
and only your union has your
interests — and only your
interests — at heart... ’
strike is the last thing we want, but the companies need to
understand the consequences they would endure for failing
to behave reasonably.
Early in the negotiations, we can expect to see management try to start peeling people off from their union.
They’ll test your resolve to see how weak or how strong
the membership is. Your response will determine how far
and how hard they’ll push to cut your pay and benefits.
Continued on page 5
What’s Happening
The months of November, December,
January and February brought us several new retirees. Lisa Hively worked
for Ralphs for 36 years.
Carlos Miranda worked for Albertsons,
Lucky, Ralphs, Safeway, Smith’s,
Super A Foods and Top Value for 28
years. Barbara Ebert worked for
Albertsons, Lucky and Smiths for 34
years. Elizabeth Dupray worked for
Albertsons for 40 years. Mary Ellen
Baumann worked for Albertsons for
20 years. Catherine Willman worked
for Alpha Beta, Food 4 Less and
Ralphs for 34 years. Shawn Tudor
worked for Lucky and Albertsons for
19 years. Robert Stewart worked for
Vons for 34 years. Marianne Smith
worked for Stater Bros. for 18 years.
Ruthie Roberts worked for Albertsons
and Lucky for 20 years. Lauren Ritchie
worked for Gemco/Lucky, Market
Basket and Ralphs for 10 years.
Loretta orcutt worked for Ralphs for
36 years. Judi Moore worked for
Ralphs for 25 years. Rick Hamm
worked for Albertsons, Alpha Beta,
FedMart and Gemco/Lucky for 35
years. Tammara Gustafsson worked for
Stater Bros. for 24 years. Maricela
Arredondo worked for Tianguis and
Vons for 24 years. Laura Bannister
worked for Vons for 32 years. Steven
Birman worked for Alpha Beta and
Ralphs for 45 years. Paul Bowers
worked for Better Foods and Stater
Bros. for 44 years. Paul Conklin
worked for Stater Bros. for 35 years.
Debbie Edwards worked for Vons for
33 years. Lilian Maldonado worked for
Vons for 17 years. Ronald Marquardt
worked for Albertsons for 38 years.
Daniel Morris worked for Stater Bros.
for 37 years. Maria Parajon worked for
ABC, Boys and Ralphs for 24 years.
Julie (Dolan) Pestana worked for
Albertsons, Lucky, Smith’s and Stater
Bros. for 36 years. Rita Pruitt worked
for Albertsons, Alpha Beta and Food
King for 40 years. Robert Ricordati
worked for Stater Bros. for 35½
years. Maria Rodriguez worked for
Vons for 34 years. Pedro Sierra
worked for Vons for 26½ years. John
Spero worked for Vons for 40 years.
Congratulations to all of our new retirees! We wish you many healthy,
happy years ahead to enjoy your well
earned retirements.
Briana Wells, Stater Bros., has a new
son, Raymond Edward Smith III, who
was born on Aug. 10, 2013, weighing
6 lbs. 12 oz. ... Tony Gonzales, Stater
Bros., is pleased to announce the birth
of Zoe Elise Gonzales on Nov. 29,
2013. Zoe weighed 6 lbs 12 oz. ...
Jennifer Estrada, Stater Bros., has a
daughter, Aubrey Isabella Perez, who
was born on Dec. 14, 2013 and
weighed 8 lbs. 1oz. ... Hollie Entler,
Stater Bros., has a new daughter,
Makynzie Bernice, who was born on
Dec. 20, 2013 and weighed 6 lbs. 6
oz. ... Dina Dabbous, Rite Aid, is proud
to announce the birth of Sean Nadeem
Eleas, who was born on Dec. 27,
2013 and weighed 4 lbs. 11 oz. ...
Elizabeth Romero, Stater Bros., has a
new baby girl, Arianna Corinne
Hunter, who was born on Dec. 28,
2013 and weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. ...
Santino Romo, Stater Bros., gave birth
on Dec. 29, 2013.
Isaias Santino
Romo weighed 9
lbs. 9 oz. ... Steven
Watkins, Food 4
Less, welcomed
Nolan Watkins,
who was born on Jan. 22 and weighed
7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19.5 inches
long. ... Elysia Tolano, Stater Bros.,
has a new son, Cruz Caballero, who
was born on Jan. 24 and weighed 9
lbs. 9 oz. ... Reina Vega, Stater Bros.,
welcomes her new baby Aila Rei
Ybarra, who was born on Jan. 28 and
weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. ... Kanitha
Sytsma, Stater Bros., has a new son,
Joshua, who was born on Feb. 10 and
Please see page 6
Dana Beightler, a food clerk employed by Stater Bros.
Markets, died on Feb. 13, 2014 at the age of 51. She
had been a member since March 1980.
Joseph Bitto, a meat cutter employed by Stater Bros.
Markets, died on Feb. 16, 2014 at the age of 55. He had
been a continuous member since April 2000.
Joan Brock, a retired food clerk formerly employed by
Vons, died on Dec. 29, 2013 at the age of 86. She had
been a member since July 1970.
Gerald Calvin, a retired meat cutter formerly employed
by Vons, Shopping Bag, and Stater Bros. Markets, died
on Nov. 23, 2013 at the age of 87. He had been a continuous member since November 1968.
William Clark, a retired meat cutter formerly employed
by Boys and Albertsons, died on Aug. 23, 2013 at the
age of 80. He had been a continuous member since
March 1983.
Betty Darling, a retired meat cutter formerly employed
by Stater Bros. Markets, died on Jan. 2, 2014 at the age
of 68. She had been a member since July 1971.
Dorothy Durivage, a retired general merchandise clerk
formerly employed by Mayfair Market and Alpha Beta,
died on Feb. 9, 2014 at the age of 76. She had been a
continuous member since February 1979.
Nancy Durns, a retired food clerk formerly employed
by Stater Bros. Markets, died on Feb. 9, 2014 at the age
of 74. She had been a continuous member since April
William Figueroa, a general merchandise clerk employed by Stater Bros. Markets, died on Nov. 26, 2013
at the age of 51. He had been a continuous member
since January 2008.
Dennis Gamble, a retired food clerk formerly employed
by Stater Bros. Markets, died on Feb. 16, 2014 at the
age of 65. He had been a continuous member since January 2006.
Lloyd Guilliam Jr., a retired meat cutter formerly employed by Stater Bros. Markets, died on Nov. 9, 2013 at
the age of 72. He had been a member since November
Hershel (Rex) Gustine, a retired food clerk formerly
employed by Mayfair Markets and Vons, died on Dec. 10,
2013 at the age of 83. He had been a member since October 1968.
Lester Harnack, a retired Local 439 Union Representative formerly employed by Grand Central Market, Market
Basket, Lucky Markets, and Meat Cutters Local 439, died
on Jan. 2, 2014 at the age of 88. He had been a member
since June 1942.
Please see page 6
Our condolences go to the families
of these deceased members.
Secretary-Treasurer’s Report
Solidarity in politics
t UFCW Local 1167, we fight for fair contracts
so you can have the best wages and benefits in
the industry.
On a broader scope, we fight for everyone
who earns a paycheck. We do this by supporting legislation
in Sacramento and Washington that empowers workers and
strengthens the endangered middle class.
It is crucial to elect lawmakers who will improve, not hinder, our ability to negotiate good contracts. It is also important to enact laws that enable all people who work hard to
earn a living wage, because prevailing wages provide a solid
base on which we can build
our collective bargaining
For these reasons, your
union is intensely involved in
the political process at all levels of government.
This engagement has produced tangible results, proving we can make a difference.
As you can read in the
summary of our recent Stewards Conference (see pages
12-16), our influence in the
Palm Springs/Desert Hot
area is heard loud and
clear. And our influence
spreads beyond those boundaries.
Don’t ever tell me that your vote doesn’t matter. It does
As a case in point, a friend of labor was recently elected
to the mayor’s seat in Desert Hot Springs — by a margin of
12 votes! At the same time, we succeeded in electing a proworker city council in that city.
We did this by suiting up and showing up at the polls on
election day, and by getting our friends to do the same.
It’s up to all of us to be active and make a difference. This
can be done by attending city council meetings or by walking precincts for pro-worker candidates. But it can also be
‘It is crucial to elect lawmakers
who will improve, not hinder,
our ability to negotiate good
done at your child’s soccer or softball game. If you persuade
another parent to vote and vote the right way, it doubles the
effectiveness of your participation in the political process.
The best place to be influential is in your workplace. We
all need to stand strong and united for our contract, but we
also need to stand strong and united for pro-worker candidates.
We don’t care if they are Republicans or Democrats. If
they’ll vote on the side of Labor, they have our support.
If they can make lives better for the members of this union
and the middle class, they have our vote.
Let’s stand together — at our places of work and in the
arenas of politics. n
President’s Report: A rough road ahead in 2014
Continued from page 3
It’s important that you tell them:
“I will not accept an inferior contract. I don’t want a strike, but I will
strike if I must to be compensated
fairly for my work.”
You deserve a good collective bargaining agreement. You deserve good
wages, quality health care, dignity at
work and a reliable pension.
Because of your hard work, the
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companies are strong and profitable.
Kroger, Ralphs’ parent company, raked
in $100 billion (gross) this year.
We will keep you informed as the
negotiations proceed. In the meantime,
keep setting a good example in the
stores and keep doing a good day’s
work for a good day’s pay.
Never forget that only your union
has your interests — and only your interests — at heart. We represent you
while the companies report to their
managers and shareholders. They will
say and do whatever is necessary to
make the most profit, even if some of
that profit comes out of your pocket.
They’ll lie to you if that’s what it
takes to reach their objectives. Your
union will not lie to you because you
are the union.
Stand strong. Stand united. Stand
proud with your union! n
Negotiations updates
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2014 Southern California retail
food contract negotiations update
Negotiations are under way with Alberstons, Ralphs and Vons. Negotiations are also under way separately with
Stater Bros. There are bargaining meetings scheduled with the stores planned in the coming months. By STANDING
TOGETHER, all 70,000 members will get a fair contract in 2014. We’ll continue to keep you updated throughout the
negotiations on our website, our Facebook page (UFCW.Bloomington) and by the hotlines below.
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What’s Happening
Continued from page 4
weighed 7 lbs. 2oz. ... Denise Gravatt, Ralphs, welcomed Mylah Renee who was born on Dec. 8, 2013
and weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. ... Michelle Leon, Albertsons, is
proud to announce the birth of Liam Joseph Leon
Ugalde, who was born on Dec. 2, 2013 and weighed 6
lbs. 2oz. ... Andrea Quintero Mendoza, has a new son,
Oscar Ricardo Arias, who was born on Nov. 22, 2013
and weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. ... Evelyn Gonzalez, Rite Aid, is
pleased to announce the birth of Melina Elza, who was
born on Dec. 27, 2013 and weighed 7 lbs. ... Mickey
Martinez, Stater Bros., has a new baby girl, McKenna
Emma, who was born on Jan. 1 and weighed 8 lbs. 1
oz. ... Michael Pacheco, Stater Bros., is a proud father to
Joseph “Joey” Pacheco, who was born on Nov. 11,
2013 and weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. ... Nelson Pavia, Albertsons, has a new daughter, Ava Jullianna, who was born
on Oct. 4, 2013 and weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz.... Nicole Mullens, Ralphs, welcomed her baby boy, Michael Joseph
Stango, who was born on Oct. 29, 2013 and weighed 8
lbs. 4 oz. ... Anna Tran, Rite Aid, has a new son, Kyle
Tin Tran, born Oct. 27, 2013. ... Dominick Becerra,
Stater Bros., is the proud daddy to Dylan Dru, who was
born on Nov. 19, 2013 and weighed 7 lbs. 5oz. Congratulations to all of our new moms and dads!
Amy Hunter, Stater Bros., married Aaron Dowdle on
Aug. 10, 2013 in Glendora. The Dowdle’s honeymooned in Hawaii. Juan Romero, Food 4 Less, married
Blanca Romero on Dec. 23, 2013 in Pomona. Congratulations to all of our newlyweds!
Continued from page 4
Richard Heskett, a retired food clerk formerly employed by Albertsons, Safeway and
Lucky Stores, died on Dec. 16, 2013 at the age of 79. He had been a continuous member
since May 1975.
Mavis Hill, a retired food clerk formerly employed by Van de Kamp and Vons, died on
Dec. 29, 2013 at the age of 85. She had been a continuous member since June 1970.
Delores Kozlowski, a retired food clerk formerly employed by Lucky Stores, died on
Feb. 9, 2014 at the age of 75. She had been a continuous member since November 1971.
Ryan Matson, a general merchandise clerk formerly employed by Stater Bros. Markets,
died on Jan. 13, 2014 at the age of 29. He had been a member since March 2006.
Judy McKay, a retired food clerk formerly employed by Stater Bros. Markets, died on Jan.
23, 2014 at the age of 80. She had been a continuous member since September 1972.
Sarah Presley, a retired drug clerk formerly employed by Thrifty Drug Stores, died on
Nov. 25, 2013 at the age of 74. She had been a member since July 1984.
Albert Quiroz, a retired pharmacist formerly employed by Hy-Lo Drug, Drug King, Savon Drug and Vons Pharmacy, died on Jan. 12, 2014 at the age of 85. He had been a member since April 1954.
Doris Ringer, a retired meat wrapper formerly employed by Ralphs, died on Dec. 13,
2013 at the age of 101. She had been a member since July 1952.
Christian Rodriguez, a selector employed by Vons El Monte Meat Service Center, died
on Dec. 1, 2013 at the age of 32. He had been a member since August 2012.
Violet Sorensen, a retired food clerk formerly employed by Market Basket and Ralphs,
died on Dec. 9, 2013 at the age of 84. She had been a member since September 1968.
Nina Vandervoort, an affiliated member formerly employed by Sav-on Drug, died on
Dec. 11, 2013 at the age of 95. She had been a member since March 1964.
Charles Wayne Sr., a retired food clerk formerly employed by Market Basket, died on
Jan. 11, 2014 at the age of 79. He had been a continuous member since February 1959.
Our condolences go to the families of these deceased members.
Contract negotiations: El Super
El Super members and activists rally in Los Angeles in February. One of the biggest issues the members are fighting for in negotiations is paid sick days.
Fighting for a fair contract at El Super Latino markets
orkers at El Super, a Southern California
Latino supermarket chain, rallied in Los
Angeles in February as negotiations
dragged on for their second contract with
the company.
Union Representative Chris Marentes collects a signature in support of
El Super members.
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Union members and their supporters handed out reusable
shopping bags and held red signs that read “I’m sick,” calling attention to their demands for improved terms for paid
sick leaves.
Other issues in the negotiations concern full-time employment guarantees and improved wages and benefits.
Among other actions, the workers participated in a
“Lobby Day” in Sacramento where they urged lawmakers
to support pro-worker legislation.
On March 1, some of the union members planed to attended an immigration clinic organized by the UFCW.
UFCW Local 1167 represents the meat department workers at an El Super store in Covina. Six other stores are
served by other UFCW locals.
“We’ve known from the beginning this wouldn’t be an
easy contract to win, but we need to fight for what is right,”
UFCW Local 1167 President Bill Lathrop said. n
Maria Pacheco who works in the El Super meat department collects a
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If you have problems with:
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Act now to reserve
your vacation time
Lost time is never found again
— Benjamin Franklin
n the early months of the
new year, many of us have
reflected on the past year
and on how we can make
2014 happier and healthier. One
way to do that is to start preparing for your hard-earned vacations.
Some of us might be tempted
to postpone planning a vacation
that won’t happen for several
months, perhaps in the sunny
David Simmering
days of summer.
But if you’d like to enjoy Union Representative
your vacation when you want it, and for the duration you
need, the time to start planning is now.
The best vacation slots are granted on a seniority basis,
so you may not get your first choice even if you submit your
request early. You should decide on alternative dates for
your vacation and allow for some flexibility in your plans.
If you do not act to schedule your vacations, most contracts allow for management to schedule them for you.
These times will be convenient for them, not you.
If management schedules a vacation for you, you should
call your union representative immediately to check if it
was scheduled properly.
There are certain circumstances that allow management
to cancel a scheduled vacation. If one of your vacations is
cancelled, don’t assume management followed the contract.
Call your union representative and discuss the situation. A
simple phone call to the manager by a union official may
solve the situation quickly.
Time is one of the most precious things we have. Your
union-negotiated vacation language allows you time to
travel, time to spend with your family or time to simply
relax. Using this time wisely is key to maintaining focus on
the things that really matter and “recharging your batteries”
prior to returning to work.
You have earned your vacation days. Take them! n
Industry news
nologies health plan participants can use to monitor their
health through a mobile phone application.
Ron White
2013 Food & Drug
Conference informs
and inspires attendees
nion leaders and other influential figures in the
food and drug industries gathered in December
to share ideas and learn about the latest trends
and technological innovations affecting those
who work in the industry.
Speakers at the 2013 Food & Drug Conference also provided insights on maximizing one’s potential, whatever job
they may have, public speaking and communication skills,
and memory enhancement.
A delegation from UFCW Local 1167 attended the twoday event.
Highlights of the conference included:
• An interview with Jeff Metzger, publisher of Food World
and Food Trade News, where he described large-scale
trends in the grocery industry and offered advice on how
grocery chains can compete with Walmart and other bigbox retailers.
• Darren LaCroix, a Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, who shared his secrets for personal growth
and the importance of “taking the first step” after falling.
His inspiring story of wanting to become a standup comedian — despite not being funny — and how he ultimately
became a motivational speaker resonated with the attendees. LaCroix also offered insights on making effective
presentations in both small and larger groups.
• Ron White, a famed memory expert, trainer and author,
who entertained the conference participants with impressive demonstrations of his skills. He memorized every attendee’s name and described the methods he used to
remember more than 2,000 names of soldiers who died in
the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Ensuring our members continue to earn good wages and
maintain affordable access to health care is paramount to our
union, and the lessons we learned at the Food & Drug Conference will prove useful during contract negotiations later
this year,” UFCW Local 1167 President Bill Lathrop said. n
Speakers at the conference
Jeff Metzger
Shawn Lovering
Darren LaCroix
Craig Rosenblum
• Craig Rosenblum, partner at Willard Bishop, a leading
supermarket consulting firm, who described innovations
transforming the grocery business. He shared a video and
insights in trends around the world such as a grocery
store in South Korea that alerted customers of specials
by installing three-dimensional signs at bus stops. When
the sun struck the sign at lunchtime, its shadows revealed
a code that could be scanned to reveal the specials.
• Shawn Lovering, vice president of sales and development for Safeway Health, who discussed Safeway’s efforts to improve the health of its workers through better
care delivered at a lower cost. She also described tech10
Steward profile
McKinney recalled. “It was really hot when everybody was
out on the picket lines. I felt bad, because that could be me
out there.”
With supermarket negotiations coming up in Southern California, he expects to pitch in and help with whatever is asked
of him.
“I plan to be involved, whether it’s just standing strong with
our fellow members or, if it comes to it, providing food and
water for people on the picket lines,” McKinney said. “I’ll do
‘I knew a union job was a
good place to be... A union
can save your job and protect
you if you get into trouble.’
Michael McKinney
A family affair
Michael McKinney grew up in a family of
grocers and knows the value of a union job
ichael McKinney, a produce manager at
Stater Bros. 12 in Rialto, has spent nearly
three-quarters of his life working in the
grocery industry and he wouldn’t have it
any other way.
McKinney, 52, grew up in a family of grocers. His father was a store manager and his mother and brother
worked at the same store.
As a teenager in 1979, he took a job as a produce clerk
at Alpha Beta, not really thinking about a future in the industry. But when Stater Bros. took over the store the following year, he stayed on.
“Growing up and starting in the industry, I knew a
union job was a good place to be,” McKinney said. “A
union can save your job and protect you if you get into
The longer McKinney worked, the more he realized he
needed to invest his energies in making the union stronger.
He became a steward during the strike and lockouts of
2003 and 2004. Stater Bros. members were not on strike,
nor were they locked out, but he joined picket lines at
other stores each day to support his union brothers and sisters.
“I would drive by and give people food and water,”
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whatever it takes to secure a fair and equitable contract.”
When he isn’t stocking produce and answering questions
from his customers and co-workers, McKinney enjoys riding
his bike…. a lot!
He participates in triathlons in Southern California and
rides at least three or four times a week.
“Biking is my strongest part of the whole event. I like the
other segments of a triathlon, but swimming and running are
not my best abilities,” he said. “I love bike riding.”
He also serves as a pastor at the TA West Truck Stop in
Ontario, where he leads services each Monday night for truck
drivers. His wife, Kristi, helps out with the rites and participates in the triathlons with him. n
Michael McKinney with his wife Kristi after completing the Steelman triathlon
competition in 2012.
Stewards Conference
Energized and empowered!
Stewards prepare for upcoming food negotiations and the road ahead
The stronger
you are, the
stronger your
union is...
UFCW Local 1167 President Bill Lathrop
ore than 260 stewards
of UFCW Local 1167
assembled at the San
Bernardino Hilton on
Jan. 16 to be energized and empowered in preparation for a challenging
year ahead.
“Your purpose here is to get educated and to move forward,” Secretary-Treasurer Rick Bruer said as he
opened the union’s 2014 Stewards
“Get involved and learn and help
educate others,” he advised the stewards. “Understand that the Labor
Movement is all about empowering
ourselves for the greater good for all
of us.”
The first speaker of the conference
was Bill Lathrop, president of UFCW
Local 1167 and the San Bernardino
and Riverside Central Labor Council.
In his “state of the union” address,
President Lathrop noted that UFCW
1167 negotiates and enforces 45 contracts covering more than 18,000
members at 357 facilities spread over
32,000 square miles.
“We’re constantly in negotiations,”
he told the stewards. “Currently, we’re
still in negotiations with El Super to
improve its contract, and also with
Mauser, which is a plastics plant.”
He described Local 1167’s strategies in confronting non-union companies that are eating away at the market
share of union employers.
UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer
Marc Perrone
“We have won 24 site fights with
Walmart in our jurisdiction since
2002, but they keep coming back
again and again,” Lathrop said.
“In Desert Hot Springs we had a
UFCW Local 1167 Secretary-Treasurer
Rick Bruer
huge political win and we have a
labor-friendly city council for the first
time ever. They’ve promised us that
they do not want a Walmart Supercenter in their town!
“Non-union competition is all
around us,” he continued. “Just take a
look at all the non-union Latino markets in our jurisdiction.”
Lathrop urged the stewards to “Take
a stand with us!”
“You are the members who make a
difference,” he said. “The stronger you
are, the stronger your union is, and
that has a direct effect on your contract.”
Summing up the importance of
unions, he said: “We fight for you.
More than a million dollars in back
pay was awarded last year because of
our efforts.”
The second speaker was Marc Perrone, secretary-treasurer of the UFCW
International Union, who flew out
from headquarters in Washington,
D.C. to address the stewards.
Referring to the supermarket strike
Jan Schuster, benefits expert
and lockouts of 2003-2004, he said:
“We all went through one of the most
difficult times in the history of this organization. We did everything in our
power to come to the defense of the
Collective Bargaining Agreement in
Southern California because an injury
to one is an injury to all.
“With the guidance of your leadership in Bill Lathrop and Rick Bruer,
you are well situated for whatever
comes next,” Perrone said. “Trust in
your leadership, they will guide you.”
Jan Schuster of The Segal Company, a firm that administers benefits
for many UFCW unions, addressed the
stewards on Health Reimbursement
Accounts and implications of the Affordable Care Act.
“Your union benefits satisfy the federal mandate for individual coverage,”
she noted. “Your plans are good and
However, “union members who
aren’t eligible for health insurance
through their employers and the Trust
Fund should take advantage of Covered California and avoid the tax
penalty for failing to get coverage,”
she said.
The penalty “gets bigger and bigger
the longer one neglects to get insurance,” she added.
Schuster advised members who
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have health benefits to take advantage
of the Trust Fund’s Healthy Activities
program to fully fund their Health Reimbursement Accounts.
“It’s easy and it’s a great way to
save you and your family hundreds or
even thousands in out-of-pocket health
care costs,” she said.
She listed the following Healthy
• Updating your contact information;
• Completing the Health Risk Questionnaire online or by phone;
• Watching a simplified video presentation that is now only 20 minutes
• Having an annual physical exam;
• Participating in preventive health
care actions (getting flu shots, etc.);
• Having a biometric screening; and
• Participating in healthy lifestyle activities (joining a gym, enrolling in
a dance class, entering a 5K race,
James Araby, director of the
UFCW’s Western States Council, provided an overview of the Labor Movement’s role in the political process.
“Corporations want you to believe
your vote doesn’t count,” he said.
“They want you to be cynical. Corporations want you to have no hope so
you don’t participate.
“But you MUST be responsible and
James Araby, Western States Council director
guarded and conscious of what you’re
doing,” Araby said.
“Two things matter in politics:
money and votes,” he continued.
“Every day, policies are being
pushed through legislatures to kill and
destroy unions. Unions are being outspent by corporations in the political
arena 100 to 1. That’s why we have
the Active Ballot Club (ABC), which
sends $1 a week from your paycheck
to help our fight.
Darren LaCroix, communications expert
“We constantly ask members to donate to the ABC,” he said. “Without
the ABC, we don’t have a voice in the
political arena.
“Volunteer, contribute and get out
the vote!” he said.
The stewards were also inspired by
motivational speaker Darren LaCroix,
who recalled how he wanted to be a
standup comedian even when he
wasn’t funny. Eventually, he became a
world champion orator.
“It starts with you,” he said. “You
need to have a connection with people
before you can educate, entertain or
inspire. That’s the difference between
being average and being a champion.
“People will want you to fail,”
LaCroix continued. “The important
thing is to take that first step after you
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Stewards Conference
Energized and
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“Use your strength around you, your
fellow stewards, your fellow members, as
a handrail as you walk along whatever
path you are on, and don’t be afraid to
“What happens when you fall? You get
up and take a step. The deciding factor is
where you take the step, backward or forward.
“Take the next step forward,” he said.
After lunch, UFCW Local 1167 Grievance Director Pete Waasdorp described
the most valuable steps a steward — or
any member, for that matter — can take
to protect his or her job.
“We lose valuable people every year
for the most common violations of the
contract,” he said.
Waasdorp said the six most common
contract violations that lead to termination involve:
• Attendance;
• Working off the clock;
• Dishonesty;
UFCW Local 1167 Grievance Director
Pete Waasdorp
UFCW Local 1167 Field Director/Organizing
Director Joe Duffle
• Grazing;
• Unauthorized mark-downs; and
• Inappropriate conduct.
Actions that members can take to
protect their jobs were depicted in
videos performed by the union’s
Union Representatives and Organizers.
“For instance, don’t flirt,” Waasdorp advised. “Think before you
speak, always act professionally and
keep your hands to yourself.
“Ask yourself, ‘Would I do this in
front of my spouse or a child?’ If the
answer is no, don’t do it!”
Field Director/Organizing Director Joe Duffle then addressed the
stewards about the union’s role in
local politics.
“Our most important role is to
find the people in office who are on
the side of working men and
women,” he said. “We don’t care if
they’re Republicans or Democrats.
If they’ll vote on the side of Labor,
they’ve got our support.
“That’s what this is about,” he
continued. “If someone can make
life better for our members, they’ve
got my vote. I love people who love
our members.”
He said the union’s success in
Desert Hot Springs was achieved
because “our members showed up at
the polls.”
“The mayor in Desert Hot
Springs won by 12 votes,” Duffle
said. “So I don’t ever want to hear
that your vote doesn’t count!”
Union Representative David Simmering described the roles and responsibilities of stewards.
“Communication is essential as a
steward,” he said. “You are our
eyes, ears and voice in the workplace.”
He said that it’s important for
stewards to introduce themselves to
new members and inform them
about their union.
“Keep the bulletin boards up to
date and clean because they reflect
the local union,” he said.
He also said stewards should stay
in contact with their Union Representatives, attend union meetings
and regularly read the website, the
Desert Edge magazine and the
union’s Facebook page.
“We have many means of communication out there and it’s a stewards responsibility to stay on top of
things,” Simmering said.
President Lathrop then closed the
conference with a look ahead at critical supermarket contract negotiations on the horizon (see President’s
Report on page 3). n
UFCW Local 1167 Union Representative
David Simmering
Scenes from the Stewards Conference
Sal Estrada, Food 4 Less 517, and Gabriel Hernandez, Stater Bros. 190, were acknowledged by
President Bill Lathrop and Secretary-Treasurer Rick Bruer with the Steward Achievement Award.
From left: Sandy Schneider, Stater Bros. 8; Isabel Kingston, Food 4
Less 781; Gabriel Hernandez, Stater Bros. 190, and Michael
McKinney, Stater Bros. 12, who were honored for their efforts in
voter registration. (Susie Lacy, Stater Bros. 42 is not pictured).
Kingston and Hernandez were also awarded the
grand prize in the voter registration drive.
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Stewards Conference
Scenes from the Stewards Conference
Outlying Area
Membership Meetings
Monday, March 17
Hilton Garden Inn
12603 Mariposa Road
Wednesday, March 19
Palm Desert
Residence Inn
38305 Cook St.
Tuesday, March 18
Sun City
Boston Billies
26850 Cherry Hills Blvd.
Thursday, March 20
El Centro
Vacation Inn
2015 Cottonwood Circle
You lose out if there is no correct address and telephone number on file for
you. We know the problem: people move frequently. But it only takes a phone
call, a minute with the union rep or a letter to our office. It could avoid a big
problem with a hospital, medical claim or pension inquiry.
If you change your name, phone number or address and have
not notified the Union, please complete this form and mail it
to: P.o. Box 1167 Bloomington, CA 92316
Home Phone (Include Area Code)
Cell Phone
City State Zip
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Union Representative’s Report
Chris Marentes
Don’t be a hero!
Confronting a shoplifter
could lead to termination
or many years,
UFCW members who work
in our grocery
stores have had the mistaken belief that chasing
and apprehending shoplifters was “part of the
I’m here to tell you it
is not.
Grocery chains are
Chris Marentes
concerned about susUnion Representative
taining liabilities when
members are injured or even killed while confronting thieves.
As a result, supermarket companies have changed
their policies to discourage such confrontations.
They may suspend, and even terminate, members
who engage shoplifters.
Our union is concerned about our members’
Every case is different. Some members have been
threatened, stabbed or beaten in recent years while
trying to prevent thefts of such mundane items as
frozen entrees or breath mints.
It is important to know your own company’s policy when it comes to dealing with shoplifters, but the
basic premise to keep in mind is “don’t be a hero.”
It’s not worth risking your job or your life. Get
your manager, assistant manager and/or security
guard involved and let them handle the situation.
It doesn’t change anything if you’re a third-degree
black belt, have years of military service or are on
the next MMA tour. You are employed to do a specific job, and it’s not being a security guard!
Don’t believe that your company will reward your
good intentions. Management takes these situations
seriously and has no tolerance for risky behavior.
If you have any questions about your company’s
store policy, contact your Union Representative. n
UFCW Local 1167’s Scholarship Awards Competition
FCW Local 1167 is proud to announce the launch of its scholarship program for the academic school year 2014-2015.
Scholarships will be awarded to winners chosen from among
qualified applicants.
Food contract members, Stater Bros. Meat Distribution Center members and Vons Meat Service Center members with more
than a year of service as of the prior october as defined by
the Trust Fund are not eligible for this program because they
may participate in the million-dollar Scholarship Award and Tuition Assistance Programs offered by the Southern California United Food and
Commercial Workers Unions and Food Employers Ancillary Benefit Fund
(Benefit Fund Scholarships).
Dependent children are eligible for the above Trust Fund Scholarship
program if the member has completed at least three years of service (as
defined by the plan) as of the prior October and are not eligible for
this program. Visit for complete eligibility rules on the Trust Fund Scholarship Program.
Rules and Eligibility Requirements
1. Applicants must establish basic eligibility by applying for a scholarship
award and completing the “Request to participate in UFCW Local
1167 College (university or junior college) Scholarship Awards
Competition” application published in this newspaper at the right of
this announcement or online. The application must be returned to
UFCW Local 1167 no later than Friday, May 9, 2014.
2. Those eligible to compete are current active members of the local not
eligible to apply in the above-described Benefit Fund Scholarship Program, their spouses and their dependent children. Dependent grandchildren of dues-paying retirees are eligible. Sisters, brothers and
non-dependent grandchildren are not eligible.
3. Applicants must be at least seniors in high school.
4. Applicants are not eligible if they previously received UFCW Local 1167
Scholarship Award monies.
5. To be eligible, the member must be in continuous good standing for at
least one year through June 30, 2014. The member whose eligibility is
used cannot be suspended, take a withdrawal or transfer to another local.
Failure to comply with these eligibility rules disqualifies the applicant.
6. Winners are selected by the Scholarship Committee based on:
• Academic record
• Personal achievement
7. Awards will be made to undergraduate or graduate applicants at the
sole discretion of the local’s Scholarship Committee.
8. Finalists selected by the Scholarship Committee must provide proof
of academic record and submit completed forms (blank forms to be provided by the union) listing leadership activities, community service and
volunteer activities and personal achievements, substantiated by two
teachers, and two personal recommendations.
9. Finalists may be required to participate in a personal interview.
10. Awards are contingent upon the student being accepted by, registered at and attending an accredited academic institution of higher learning. Trade schools are not included.
• Community service and volunteer activities
11. Winners must be full-time students taking at least 12 undergraduate
or nine graduate units, or part-time working students taking six undergraduate or four graduate units.
• Character and personality
12. Decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final.
• Leadership record
Return application by May 9, 2014.
Refer any questions to Shaelyn (909) 877-5000 ext. 3
Request to Participate in UFCW Local 1167’s Limited Scholarship Awards Competition
(please print)
I understand that in order to be eligible for a
scholarship award:
• I am not eligible for a scholarship offered by
the Southern California United Food and
Commercial Workers Union and Food Employers Ancillary Benefit Fund.
• Membership on which my eligibility is
based must remain in continuous good
standing through June 30, 2014. This
means the member cannot be suspended,
take a withdrawal or transfer to another
local prior to June 30, 2014.
• I must be at least a senior in high school.
• I am not eligible to apply if I previously received scholarship award money from
UFCW Local 1167.
• If my address, telephone number or place
of work changes, it is my responsibility to
inform the local union so that I can receive
information in a timely manner.
• If the member is involuntarily laid off or
transferred out of UFCW Local 1167,
I will become ineligible and will notify the
local union.
• Finalists will be notified by mail. If I am notified that I qualify as a finalist, I will submit
required information and will participate in
an interview if invited to do so.
• All decisions of the Scholarship Committee
are final.
My cumulative Grade Point Average in High School
is/was _______.
(Finalists to confirm with transcripts)
Applicant name _______________________________Phone ____________________
Full address __________________________________________________________
I am a member of UFCW Local 1167 (circle one)
Eligibility (office use only) __________________________________________________________
Applicant’s Social Security number ____________________________________________________
Employed by (only if member) ______________________________________________________
Full store address ______________________________________________________________
Union Representative ____________________________________________________________
I am related to a member of UFCW Local 1167 (circle one)
Eligibility (office use only) __________________________________________________________
Relationship to member __________________________________________________________
Member’s name ________________________________________________________________
Member’s Social Security number ____________________________________________________
Member employed by____________________________________________________________
Full store address ______________________________________________________________
Union Representative ___________________________________________________________
My cumulative Grade Point Average in College
is/was ________.
(Finalists to confirm with transcripts)
My cumulative Grade Point Average in Graduate
School is _______.
(Finalists to confirm with transcripts)
(Signature of Applicant in acceptance of the above)
Highest academic level completed by June 2014
Year graduated from high school or month/year will graduate
I applied for a UFCW 1167 Scholarship in (year applied)
(Applicants are not eligible if monies have been received in the past.)
Complete and mail by May 9 to UFCW Local 1167, PO Box 1167, Bloomington CA 92316, ATTN: Shaelyn.
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Our members at work:
Stater Bros. 12 and 43,
Know your legal rights
Need legal advice?
The Rose, Klein & Marias law firm can
help members with legal matters
n 1936 Rose, Klein & Marias (RK&M), a law firm
specializing in workers’ compensation and personal
injury, and related litigation areas, opened their office
in Los Angeles.
The firm quickly developed a strong and close relationship with organized labor, and over the years has represented
thousands of members from various union locals, including
from the United Food and Commercial Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Communication
Workers of America, Service Employees International
Union, California School Employees Association, Asbestos
Workers, Carpenters, Steel Workers and the United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipe
Fitting Industry, just to name a few.
Members, their families and
friends who have been injured
in any type of accident, workrelated or otherwise... may be
entitled to compensation for the
damages they have suffered.
As the number of union local relationships grew, so did
RK&M, with offices currently in Los Angeles, Cerritos, Ontario, San Diego and Ventura.
Due to RK&M’s loyal and strong relationship with the
Labor Movement, it became one of the first law firms specializing in workers’ compensation law and personal injury
law to be recognized as a participating member of the Union
Privileges program of the AFL-CIO.
Since its inception, Rose, Klein & Marias, has been recSpring 2014
ognized in the legal community, as well as the labor community, as experts in workers’ compensation matters, as well
as civil personal injury claims and litigation.
Our years of experience in representing members of the
labor community giving us unique insight into the needs and
problems which confront working men and women when
they have been injured or disabled.
In the early 1970s, RK&M established a relationship with
UFCW Local 1167, a relationship that continues today.
RK&M continues to have longstanding relationships with
other UFCW locals in Southern California, as well.
Members, their families and friends who have been injured in any type of accident, work-related or otherwise,
should contact RK&M in Ontario to find out if they may be
entitled to compensation for the damages they suffered.
Whether the injury is a result of an automobile accident,
a slip and fall, a defective product or exposure to a toxic substance, you should know your rights and consult with one of
the attorneys at RK&M. The consultation is free.
The firm also handles wrongful termination claims and
employment discrimination claims.
Also, the Ontario office will now handle simple wills and
basic family/living trusts, as well as probate matters.
Members may call the Ontario office with questions on
all legal matters. If the firm cannot be of assistance, in most
cases the member will be referred to a law firm specializing
in the appropriate area of law.
Dennis Sherwin, one of the managing partners of the Ontario office, is the contact person for the membership. If it is
more convenient for a member, he or she will be referred to
another RK&M office.
For more detailed information about RK&M, as well as
the Ontario office, the firm’s attorneys, the type of legal matters it handles, and some of its recent accomplishments, visit
RK&M’s Ontario office can be reached at (909) 944-1711
or (626) 967-1408. n
Meatcutters at work:
Ralphs 630, 743, 715, 96 and Vons 2152, 2858
in Pasadena, Altadena and Monterey Park.
Note: These photos were taken Feb. 18, the first day the
Stand Together pins were handed out to the membership in this area.
Food Division Members: Get the most out of your HRA!
Increase your HRA balance
You can complete any of the following Healthy Activities to earn Health
Reimbursement Account (HRA) dollars. These credits are drawn automatically to pay for out-of-pocket health care costs. If you’re enrolled in
family coverage, your covered spouse or domestic partner can participate
in these Healthy Activities, too, adding even more to your account.
The activities completed between June 1, 2013 and May 31,
2014 will fund your HRA for 2014.
Provide contact information for
you and your primary doctor
To earn $150 for your HRA, mail the Contact Information Form to the
Trust Fund or fill one out online with your home mailing address, your
phone number and your email address (optional). Also, provide your primary doctor’s name, office mailing address and phone number.
Complete your Health
Risk Questionnaire (HRQ)
The HRQ is available year-round. You can access it online at, by calling HMC (HRQ provider) toll-free at (888)
901-0477 or by contacting UFCW Local 1167, the Trust Fund office or
HMC and requesting a paper form. HMC automatically forwards the form
to the Trust Fund.
Review the Fund’s My Health/
My Choices Incentive Program video
Access the video through When the video finishes,
you’ll be prompted to enter your UFCW Family ID number (found on your
medical ID card) and other information. The video is about 20 minutes
long and can be viewed on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Once
you complete the video, confirmation will be transmitted automatically to
the Trust Fund.
Get an annual physical
(per ser vice)
Get your annual flu shot, colonoscopy, PSA test (men), mammogram
(women) or pap smear (women). After the Claims Department processes
your visit(s), your HRA will be credited with $150. Note: There is a maximum you can earn in your HRA. Review your brochure or contact the
Trust Fund for more information.
Get a biometric health screening
A biometric health screening is one of the most important things you can
do for your health. It can help identify potential risks that might lead to illness.
Your screening will include blood tests measuring total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL),
triglycerides and fasting blood sugar. (You should fast for 12 hours prior to
your doctor visit for accurate results.)
Your doctor also will review your height, weight, blood pressure, resting
pulse rate, waist measurement and use of nicotine.
You can receive your biometric health screening through your doctor, a participating in-store pharmacy or a Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center.
If you go through your doctor, try to get your screening with your physical
exam and then mail the Biometric Health Screening Form to the Trust Fund.
If you go through a participating in-store pharmacy like Albertsons, Ralphs,
Food 4 Less or Vons/Pavilions, reporting to the Trust Fund is automatic.
Your individual results are confidential; they will not be shared
with your employer or union.
Participate in healthy ‘lifestyle activities’
(p er activit y)
The Trust Fund contributes $150 to your HRA for up to two of these activities: joining a national/regional weight management program for three
consecutive months; completing a tobacco cessation program; joining a
gym/fitness center or other physical activity club for at least three consecutive months, and participating in a 5k (or longer) run/walk/bike event
(including a biathlon or triathlon).
Schedule a preventative physical examination with your primary doctor. Doing
so will trigger the Claims Department at the Trust Fund to process your visit
and credit your HRA with $150. Be sure to schedule your exam early because it can sometimes take four to six months to get an appointment.
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Get certain preventive
health care services | (714) 220-2297
(562) 408-2715 | (877) 284-2320
(Extension 424 for all numbers above)
Return in 5 days to:
United Food and Commercial Workers
Union Local 1167
P.O. Box 1167
Bloomington, CA 92316
Return Service Requested
Negotiations Hotline:
(866) 662-0686 or (909) 877-8691
Get text alerts from UFCW Local 1167:
Text VOTE1167 to 411247
See page 6 for more info!
Stewards energized with solidarity and union pride at conference