Local 5 members work primarily in retail grocery and meat and in department stores, retail drug stores, candy stores, jewelry stores, agriculture and food processing, wholesale meat, seafood processing, financial services, education and the cannabis industry among others. Wherever Local 5 members work they have a strong voice on the job. Local 5 policy is set by its thirty three member executive board. Members from many industries the union represents sit on its board.
Local 5’s geographic jurisdiction extends from Crescent City on California’s North Coast east to Vacaville and to King City at the foot of the Salinas Valley. In Agriculture the union has California and Arizona as its jurisdiction. In addition to the union’s headquarters in Hayward offices are maintained by the local in Eureka, Martinez, Novato, Salinas, San Francisco, San Jose and South San Francisco.