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Secretary Treasurer Reports
Fall - 2016
Jan 09, 2017

Looking Forward to a Year of Unity

As we arrive at the closing months of 2016, many of us are concerned about possible changes in policy coming from Washington, D.C.

Time will tell if the new administration will address such issues as income inequality, tax structure, infrastructure improvements, trade policies and labor rights in ways which will contribute in positive ways.

During times of uncertainty and discord in our country, we can be thankful for the protection our Union and our collective bargaining agreements provide for us and our families.

Such protections are guaranteed ONLY to those who are protected by a Union negotiated agreement which is enforceable in a court of law if necessary.

Government can do a lot by increasing funding of schools, fixing the flaws in our health care system and rebuilding our infrastructure to encourage new jobs and keep existing jobs from leaving our shores.

But if we want a stronger economy for everyone, we need a revitalized nation guided by the leadership provided by a strong Union Movement.

Unions empower workers by enabling them to band together and negotiate the terms of their employment from a position of strength.

This is why Union members’ wages are, on average, about 27 percent higher than their non-Union counterparts. They also have better health care, better pensions and better opportunities for advancement.

Unions are why working people with collective bargaining agreements enjoy economic security, superior working conditions and more time to enjoy with their families and friends.

Fortunately, we have a strong Union in UFCW 8- Golden State.

Season of thanks

In this season of giving thanks, I want to say how grateful I am to be part of a Union with such a vital and committed membership.

I am proud to work with others in UFCW 8’s leadership who have embraced forward-thinking, innovative ideas while steering our course with steady hands.

Thanks to you, UFCW 8-Golden State makes a meaningful difference in the lives of working people, from the halls of the State Capitol to the aisles of our local supermarkets, from the offices of the United States Senate and House of Representatives to the poultry and meat processing floors of Fresno, Stockton, Hanford and Turlock, and from the White House to distilleries and medical offices throughout most of California.

Thank you for making it possible through your Solidarity.

I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a year of unity and progress ahead.

Summer - 2016
Nov 01, 2016
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Report Details Abuse of Non-Union Poultry Workers Workers at non-Union poultry plants are abused regularly and are denied breaks to use the bathroom, according to a report recently released by a major charity organization.
Spring - 2016
Apr 13, 2016
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Stand Up and Speak Out for Working People The tragedy in Flint, Mich., where people are suffering the consequences of their state’s abandonment of working people’s concerns, reminds us of the serious stakes in this year’s political campaigns across America.
Winter 2015-16
Feb 01, 2016
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Thankful for Our Successes, Looking to the Future As we enter the new year, many of our Retail Food and Drug members are covered by outstanding new agreements with Safeway/Vons, Bel Air, Lucky, Nob Hill, Raley’s, Rite Aid, Save Mart and S-Mart, among others.
Fall 2015
Dec 01, 2015
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Shop Union for the Holidays and All Year Long Shopping Union is one of the most important principles of the Labor Movement. Who are we helping when we do our holiday shopping at Union stores? We are helping ourselves.
Summer 2015
Aug 21, 2015
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Student Debt Crisis: It’s Time for a ‘Bailout’ If we needed an example of America’s misplaced priorities, we can look back at our government’s $700 billion bailout of the same financial institutions whose reckless and often illegal practices drove the country into the great recession.
Spring 2015
May 12, 2015
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Building an Economy for All of Us America’s economy is strong again. At least this is what the economists are telling us. All those jobs we lost in the Great Recession have returned, they say. Some people are making a lot of money.
Winter 2015
Feb 10, 2015
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Coping With Stress in the New Year The holidays are finally behind us. Many of us are using this time to take a deep breath before diving into the projects and commitments we’ve already charted for the New Year. For others, however, this can be a season of uncertainty and stress.
Summer 2014
Oct 16, 2014
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Dispelling the Myths of Inequality The gap between the richest Americans and everyone else is growing at an alarming pace. Income inequality is now at its worst since the late 19th century, when the “robber barons” amassed incredible wealth and used it to dominate public policy.
30 Years of Stewardship
Sep 12, 2014
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Stewards Are Leaders at the Workplace UFCW 8-Golden State is grateful to our Stewards for serving as the leaders of our great Union at the workplace. They are a special group of members who serve their Union and their co-workers in many ways.
Spring 2014
Sep 12, 2014
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Negotiations: Be Prepared for Anything As we reported in the previous issue of Voice of Action, our Union is engaged in negotiations for our supermarket members employed by Albertsons and Vons in Southern California.
Late Winter 2014
Mar 21, 2014
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Solidarity Supports Our Negotiating Teams This is a big year for contract negotiations.
Summer 2013
Sep 13, 2013
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT It’s time to raise the Minimum Wage As the economy begins regaining momentum after years of sluggish gains, many Americans are asking tough questions about who is reaping the benefits.
March 2013
Apr 29, 2013
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Eight Good Reasons to Always Shop Union We frequently inform our members about the importance of “shopping Union,” and for good reason.
Winter 2012
May 14, 2012
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Campaign Spreads Message: 'We Are Part of the 99%' From Los Angeles to New York City and from Seattle to Miami, the “Occupy” protests have captured the imaginations of working people who are frustrated and angry about our country’s economic priorities.
Winter 2011
Apr 06, 2011
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Negotiations 2011 Kirk Vogt Secretary-Treasurer In his report on page 3, President Jacques Loveall describes some of the factors that are expected to make our contract negotiations with the supermarket companies especially difficult this year.
Holiday 2010
Jan 04, 2011
SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT Shopping the Union Way Kirk Vogt Secretary-Treasurer On pages 12 and 13 of this holiday issue of Voice of Action, you will find a list of Unionmade food products. Please use this list when you buy your groceries for the holidays and throughout the year.
Fall 2010
Nov 30, 2010
Secretary-Treasurer SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT No Chance to Get Rusty Many years ago, in my earliest days as a Union negotiator, our jobs more or less followed the cycle of a single collective bargaining agreement.
Summer 2010
Sep 10, 2010
Secretary-Treasurer SECRETARY-TREASURER'S REPORT MedExpert Adds Value to Health Benefits MedExpert is a Union negotiated benefit that provides quick answers to your health questions and explains your treatment options. It is available free of charge to all members of Local 8, as well as their spouses, children and parents.
Spring 2010
Apr 16, 2010
SECRETARY TREASURER’S REPORT Veteran Unionist Steps Up Kirk Vogt named Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW 8, succeeding retiring Michael Tursky     Kirk Vogt, Senior Executive Vice President of UFCW 8-Golden State, succeeds Michael Tursky as Secretary-Treasurer.
Winter 2009
Jan 21, 2010
SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT Suggestions for a happier 2010      The holiday season is stressful for everyone. For retail workers, the traditional responsibilities of shopping, cooking and planning are sandwiched between the huge crowds they deal with on the job during the busiest time of the year.
Fall 2009
Jan 21, 2010
SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT Fighting Back Against Fresh & Easy’s Invasion     Tesco, the British parent company of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets, recently announced that its American division would lose about $259 million this year, or about $2 million for each of its 130 American stores.
Spring 2009
Aug 28, 2009
SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT Union Membership On the Rise Once Again     In spite of the economic downturn — or perhaps because of it — American workers are rediscovering Labor Unions.
Winter 2009
Mar 18, 2009
SECRETARY-TREASURER’S REPORT Union Rights Deserve Strong Legal Protection     Anyone who has worked for a living understands that employers have more power than employees. That’s why employees form Unions.

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