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  • Welcome to the UFCW Local 770 New Member Orientation. My name is ______ and I am ________ at Local 770. We are happy to welcome you to the family of workers that make up your Local 770. By choosing to work in a union store, you now belong to a strong partnership. –You and your union.
  • 2008 New Member Presentation

    1. 1. WELCOME TO UFCW LOCAL 770 Membership Information and Orientation
    2. 2. Who we are.
    3. 3. WHO we represent:
    4. 4. WHAT we do. Negotiations and Representation Politics Organizing
    5. 5. Negotiations <ul><li>We negotiate a CONTRACT to make sure you are treated fairly. It secures: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe working conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical and Dental Benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pension Benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your Wages ! </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Collective Bargaining – Your Contract! <ul><li>Your Contract Protect You! </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Each store has a Union Representative to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Administer the contract, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Represent you if you are subject to disciplinary action, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help if you have any problems on the job. </li></ul></ul>Representation
    8. 8. Disciplinary Action <ul><li>You can not be terminated except for Good Cause . </li></ul><ul><li>Good Cause means that the company must prove actual wrongdoing in order to use disciplinary action </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This protects you from being fired unfairly. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Representation during Disciplinary Action <ul><li>If you are subject to discipline, you should notify the Union immediately </li></ul><ul><ul><li>213-487-7070 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You may have to fill out a grievance form at the Union Office </li></ul>
    10. 10. Grievances and Arbitrations <ul><li>When you file a grievance , your Union Representative will investigate your situation. </li></ul><ul><li>If the discipline was not justified, your case may go to arbitration after approval from a peer review board. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In this case, your attorneys fees would be covered at no cost to you </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. WHAT we do. Negotiations and Representation Politics Organizing
    12. 12. Organizing Dignity and Respect on the Job. A Voice for workers. Expand the Union to include more members in new stores or new industries. (Marketshare)
    13. 13. What is “Marketshare” <ul><li>More Union stores creates: </li></ul><ul><li>Level Playing Field </li></ul><ul><li>That means that your job and wages are safer. </li></ul>Market Share is the amount of union stores versus non-union stores.
    14. 14. The Union Movement <ul><li>Many stores remain non-union </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wal-Mart, Tesco, Bristol Farms… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This affects YOU , because these stores compete with your stores. </li></ul><ul><li>We work to make sure that your jobs and wages are safe through </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rallies and Demonstrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing Community support for your store </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Community Support the spread of non-union stores With the help of community support, we can prevent
    16. 16. Community Support <ul><li>Recently, we helped prevent a Wal-Mart from coming to Inglewood. </li></ul>We are currently campaigning to stop the Tesco invasion.
    17. 17. The Power of Unions! <ul><li>Through organizing, we get our greatest power: The Power of Numbers </li></ul><ul><li>As part of the UFCW Local 770 family, you are never alone. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There are more than 950 UFCW locals with more than 1.4 million members ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are more than 800,000 unionized Workers in Los Angeles alone. </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. UFCW in Southern California <ul><li>There are 7 UFCW locals in Southern California representing nearly 100,000 members . </li></ul><ul><li>For Food Contracts, 80,000 workers are combined in one Large, Powerful Bargaining Unit </li></ul><ul><li>The locals are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>770 Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>324 Buena Park </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>135 San Diego </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1036 Camarillo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1167 Bloomington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1428 Claremont </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1442 Santa Monica </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. WHAT we do. Negotiations and Representation Politics Organizing
    20. 20. Politics <ul><li>To effectively organize and negotiate, we need a government that supports workers and the issues important to them. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Politics <ul><li>Important political issues that affect YOU: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum Wage & Overtime pay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work-place safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paid family leave </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worker’s Compensation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Union Competition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee Free Choice Act – make it easier to form a union! </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. <ul><li>Join the Active Ballot Club - a Political Action organization for UFCW members! </li></ul><ul><li>A voluntary donation helps support candidates for federal office that support issues important to working people. </li></ul><ul><li>Note: This is not a Partisan Contribution! </li></ul><ul><li>So Join Today!!! </li></ul>
    23. 23. WHAT we do. Negotiations and Representation Politics Organizing
    24. 24. What YOU do. <ul><li>Work hard </li></ul><ul><li>Attend Union Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Union Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Check the bulletin board for updates </li></ul><ul><li>Pay Union Dues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But where do my union dues go? </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. Where Do Union Dues Go? Your dues go directly back to helping you!
    26. 26. The Per Capita Tax <ul><li>Approximately 28% of your dues goes to the UFCW International (Per Capita Tax) </li></ul><ul><li>The Per Capita tax is used to assist individual locals in need and to gain strength from an even larger base </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For example, the International paid out strike benefits to food workers during 2003 – 2004 supermarket strike. </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. Membership Benefits <ul><li>Job Protection </li></ul><ul><li>Health & Dental benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Vacation, sick and holiday pay </li></ul><ul><li>Disability/Life Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Retirement/Pension Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Rancho Federal Credit Union </li></ul><ul><li>Discount Tickets </li></ul>
    28. 28. Health, Vision and Dental Benefits <ul><li>To learn more about the benefits you can receive as a member of local 770, visit or call the Medical Benefits Department 213-487-7070  or 800·UFCW 770 </li></ul>
    29. 29. Credit Union for Members Only <ul><li>Full-Service Financial Institution: </li></ul><ul><li>Checking Accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Auto Loans </li></ul><ul><li>Home Loans </li></ul><ul><li>Savings Accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Deposit </li></ul><ul><li>Many more services… </li></ul>
    30. 30. Scholarships <ul><li>Local 770 gives out four different scholarships worth thousands of dollars each year: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Joseph T. DeSilva Scholarship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Local 770-Dental Health Associates Scholarship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The UFCW International Union Scholarship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Food Trust Fund Scholarships </li></ul></ul>
    31. 31. Discount Tickets Available Online! www.ufcw770.org
    32. 32. Union Bulletin Board <ul><li>Latest news & information </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiation updates </li></ul><ul><li>Important meetings and notices. </li></ul><ul><li>Also read our newsletter  </li></ul>
    33. 33. History <ul><li>January 27, 1937 </li></ul><ul><li>Original Charter </li></ul><ul><li>Retail Clerks Union </li></ul><ul><li>June 6, 1979 </li></ul><ul><li>United Food & Commercial Workers Local 770 </li></ul>
    34. 34. We’re here to help. <ul><li>UFCW has 70 years of experience representing retail and packinghouse workers. </li></ul><ul><li>We want to ensure that you are treated fairly and equally. </li></ul><ul><li>A Union is only as strong as its members! </li></ul>
    35. 35. Know Your Union <ul><li>Ricardo F. Icaza , President </li></ul><ul><li>Rod Diamond , Secretary-Treasurer </li></ul>
    36. 36. Your Directors Willie Rodriguez Director of Organizing John Grant In-House Counsel, Director of Packinghouse Division Kathy Finn Director of Collective Bargaining, Research & Education
    37. 37. The Executive Board
    38. 38. Union Representatives
    39. 39. At Your Service – Membership Services Membership Records Department
    40. 40. At Your Service - Health and Welfare Services
    41. 41. At Your Service Special Services The Executive Office <ul><li>Handle Grievances </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative Duties </li></ul>
    42. 42. How to Reach Us. <ul><li>Three locations to serve you: </li></ul><ul><li>For Up-To-Date Info visit our website – </li></ul><ul><li>www.ufcw770.org </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles (Main) 630 Shatto Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90005 (213) 487-7070 - (800)UFCW-770 </li></ul><ul><li>Harbor City 25949 Belle Porte Ave Harbor City, CA 90710 (310) 784-5340 </li></ul><ul><li>Lancaster </li></ul><ul><li>43535 17 th Street W, Suite 402, Lancaster, CA 93535 </li></ul><ul><li>(661) 726-4656 </li></ul>
    43. 43. Your Union is here to serve you! <ul><ul><li>Remember, if you have questions or you feel your rights have been violated, you can talk to your shop steward or call your representative at 213-487-7070 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SPEAK UP! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s your union, your voice. YOU are the union! </li></ul>
    44. 44. You are the Union.
    45. 45. Thanks For Coming!!!