November eNewsletter

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New Local 5 Officers and Executive Board Members Sworn in

President John Nunes, Secretary-Treasurer Jack Landes and thirty executive board members from throughout Local 5’s jurisdiction were sworn in today. The swearing in brings to a close a long chapter in Local 5’s history and marks a new start for the union. The swearing in was performed by Tina Maier and Dan MacDonald, Local 5 retirees and long time staff members from the Hayward office.

Congratulations to all officers and e-board members and good luck in your new terms.

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Black Friday Wal-Mart Action Attracts Hundreds of Supporters

On Friday, November 28th hundreds of community, labor, student and organization allied joined the Wal-Mart Strikers at the Milpitas Wal-Mart. Also, many elected officials, clergy and community leaders stood with Wal-Mart strikers and praised their efforts and reaffirmed their support.

Wal-Mart workers at more than half the company’s stores are standing together, calling for the company to publicly commit to $15 an hour and full-time, consistent hours. We know that Wal-Mart and the Waltons can afford fair pay, and tens of thousands of us are standing with Wal-Mart workers in their calls for $15 an hour and full-time, regular hours.

Too many Wal-Mart workers are unable to provide dinner for their families – for Thanksgiving and year-round – because Wal-Mart and the Waltons choose to manipulate workers’ hours and pay to keep them in poverty.

OUR Wal-Mart leaders are standing up for their families and for all American families who are struggling to do more with less while the silver-spooned Waltons make billions off their work.

OUR Wal-Mart members are winning changes at the company – and we know that real improvements for all Wal-Mart workers are possible.

Pictures from the Black Friday Action in Milpitas

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Lucky-Save Mart Implements Contract Changes Union Files Charges with National Labor Relations Board

Lucky-Save Mart stores has implemented the terms of a so called last, best and final offer” dated November 11. The company has followed up with a road show of labor relations staff fanning out through the stores explaining” the implementation.

Further, the company has accused the union of reneging on an agreement to meet on November 24 with Federal Mediation. Since the company illegally implemented conditions the need for a meeting is moot since the venue for resolving the situation is now with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

There is no defense to the indefensible. The companys excuse for implementing conditions, many of which are clearly not OK with most employees, is that the union and company were at impasse. Save Mart claims there were no issues left on the table to negotiate. This assertion is completely false. There were substantive issues on the table to be resolved, the company refused to meet and tried to force impasse by email negotiations. The employer declared impasse over non-mandatory subjects.  The employer failed to provide information, which Local 5 required for negotiations such as confirmation of their need for additional economic relief. This is a classic case of bad faith bargaining. Local 5 has multiple labor board charges filed against the company which the NLRB is now investigating.

Local 5s position is that implementation of the negative impacts of the offer s be reversed by the NLRB, that the positive aspects be maintained and bargaining should resume on a level playing field.

Please continue to monitor the website, FB and the hotline (1 800 619-4036) for further updates.

To download flyer click here: FinalLSMImplementation



by Russell Brand

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Russel Brand’s Trews – How Do We Confront Walmart?





Retail Workers Bill of Rights Passes Unanimously

We did it! On Tuesday, November 18th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass The Retail workers Bill of Rights. UFCW5 along with Local 648, UFCW States Council and Jobs with Justice SF have been working to pass a bill called “Formula Retail Worker Bill of Rights”. Supervisors David Chiu and Eric Mar were the primary sponsors of the legislation.

This legislation was focused on large formula retailers and requires them to give two weeks notice on scheduling, will make employers pay a minimum of 1 hours pay if workers’ schedule gets changed within 7 days, and 2 – 4 hours pay if workers’ schedule is changed in less than 24 hours. Additionally, it requires employers to offer hours to part-time workers first before going out and hiring new workers. The ordinance will help achieve fair scheduling and full-time work for 40,000 retail workers in the city.

UFCW Local 5 President Ron Lind stated, “I am proud of the work that our union, particular a dedicated group of Macy’s members, has done on this. It is truly historic and has set a standard for the nation that will provide impetus for retail workers to join the UFCW.”

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The US Department of Labor (DOL) has certified the results of the June 30 election of Local 5 officers. In the early hours of July 1, after the tabulation of ballots, it was announced that John Nunes and Jack Landes were elected President and Secretary-Treasurer along with the Recorder and 31 Local 5 Executive Board members. Subsequent to the tally, charges were filed with the DOL alleging misconduct during the course of the campaign.

The ruling by the DOL states that the campaign resulting in the election of officers on June 30 was conducted with no violations and resolves complaints regarding the September 2012 election.


  UFCW 5 would like to thank all of our members that have participated in our S.P.U.R. Program.

The Special Project Union Representative Program is an opportunity for members to participate in different, ongoing Local 5 campaigns.  Some of the campaigns members can participate are political, organizing or community, such as the OUR Wal-Mart campaign, primary or general election races, registering members to vote and organizing campaigns.

Members get hands-on experience and gain insight to how their Local works and the different aspects of Union involvement and capacity.

Thank you to:

Jenny Divish – Andronico’s

Kenny Scanlan – Lucky

Mina Guerrero –  Lucky

Teresa Borbon – SaveMart

David Corral – Safeway 

Angel Cortez – Safeway

Tamara Perine – Safeway

Bronwen Thomas – Safeway

Gloria Gaxiola – Lucky

Lynette Gaylord – Safeway

2015 Quarterly Meetings Announced
Membership Meetings AND NEW MEMBERS 2015