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UFCW 5 "2010 Quarterly Steward Meetings

UFCW 5 "2010 Quarterly Steward Meetings

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy New Year Local 5 Stewards!!

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season!

Local 5 Stewards Committee is preparing for our Upcoming 2010 Quarterly Steward Meetings. Hopefully you have received your reminders and will be joining us sometime in January to see what is new and exciting. We are also preparing for the 2010 Annual Stewards Conference so your input is valuable to us. Please let us know your desires on topics and concerns whether it be in person, reports or in person, we want to know!

We will be participating in various events throughout the year as we have key elections and important community and political agendas set for Local 5. We hope that as Stewards you will be participating in these events and talking to the membership in you stores, plants and work sites about these various events.

Remember Market Share Credit is given to those that participate, 4- hours throughout the year in these various eligible events. Examples of Market Share Participation are phone banking, precinct walking, community festivals and rallies. We need members to support the causes, remember one for all and all for one!

We look forward to hearing and seeing you soon. Keep those Stewards reports coming you are the eyes & ears of Local 5 and we appreciate all you do!!!

In Solidarity,
UFCW Local 5 Stewards Committee

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sharks Night

Stewards Conference Shirt Orders

Did you order a shirt at the July Stewards Confernce?

If you come to one of the upcoming Stewards Quarterly Meetings your Representatives will have yours on hand! We hope to see you there and you can get your shirt that you ordered.

Solidarity Forever!

Upcoming Stewards Meetngs

Click on Image to Check out Meetings In Your Area! We have lots of information for you, so please join us!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Huge Success

UFCW 5's 2009 Stewards Conference!

On July 28th stewards from all areas retail to agriculture gathered together at the Holiday Inn in San Jose to attend the 2009 UFCW 5 Stewards Conference. The day was filled with educational speakers, information and performances that energized our members about being a steward for local 5.

The conference started out with a speech from our President/ International VP Ron Lind. Following President Lind our International President Joseph Hansen and International Director of Organizing Patrick O'Neill spoke to the members on the activities of our International Union and the struggles our brothers & sisters are having in other parts of our country. They spoke on the importance of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and National Health Care Reform. They spoke on the importance of the letters stewards have been asked to write/collect to send to Senator Diane Feinstein in California to address these two important issues.

In the afternoon members were eager to ask questions to President Lind regarding various issues from our current Pension situation to other issues that were of importance to them or fellow co-workers.

The day was filled with other speakers throughout the day, Katie Quan from the UC Berkley Labor Center, Fred Ross- Union Activist and a performance of the, " Harry Bridges Project- From Wharf Rats to Lord of the Docks"- Ian Ruskin.
Throughout the conference Stewards were awarded with the
"UFCW Local 5 Shining Star Award"
They received a Shining Star pin and certificate. Stewards that exhibited Superb Union Activism and Dedication throughout the year were recognized for their union activism. Among the recipients were Stewards that worked on the Obama Campaign for the 2008 Presidential Election.
Thank you for all your dedication, Keep up the hard work!

There was something for everyone and we are happy to hear and see that everyone had a educational, fun filled day!

If you weren't able to make it this year please contact your Union Representative or Laurie Mesa Local 5's Shop Steward Coordinator for information that was distributed.

Solidarity Forever! See you next year!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Market Share Events

Upcoming Market Share Events
Happening in Your Area:
Santa Clara County
2009 CommUnity Resource Fair
History San Jose/ Kelly Park
1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95122
Sunday, June 7, 2009
11:00 am- 4:00 pm
2009 Juneteenth Festival
Plaza de Ceasar Chavez
(across from San Jose Office)
240 South Market Street
San Jose, CA
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Noon - 8:00 pm
If you are interested in participating in this event please contact Laurie Mesa or Kelly Martinez
at 1-(877)-655-FIVE

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Steward's Spotlight

UFCW Local 5
Steward Spotlight
Robert Carter

Robert Carter has been a member in the industry for 36 years and a Steward for 7 years. He currently works at Safeway #781, as Meat Department Manager in Mt.View, Ca.
What Robert enjoys most about doing his job/ being a steward is helping people at the store, customers and members. He also enjoys being able to answer questions for the members as they come to him for information.

Robert is married to his wife Eiko of 23 years and has two children, a son, Evan and a daughter, Liane.
In his spare time, Robert enjoys fishing, exercising and bicycling.
Robert’s future plans are to eventually remodel his home of 22 years.

Robert was asked to give a quote of what the Union or Labor Movement has meant to him and this is what he said:

“Going through one Butcher’s strike and two grocery clerk strikes I learned the value of fighting to keep the working conditions and benefits, a lot of union members seem to take for granted. Being a Union Member has afforded me the opportunities to greatly improve the quality of life for myself and my family. Job security, good wages and medical benefits to name a few don’t always come with non-union jobs.
The labor movement has changed my life for the good and I am proud to be a union member.”

Monday, May 4, 2009

2009 Stewards Conference

Coming Soon
Mark your calendars
Reserve your spot for the
Shop Stewards
When: Tuesday, July 28th
Where: San Jose Holiday Inn
Has your address or phone number changed
How about that E-mail has that changed?
Please make sure that we have your correct information on file.
If you have any questions please
contact your
UFCW Local 5 Steward Coordinator
Can't wait to see you there!

2009 Cinco De Mayo Festival

Cinco De Mayo
San Jose Festival
May 3, 2009
The San Jose office celebrated this weekend in the 27th Annual Cinco De Mayo Festival at the Guadalupe Park near the San Jose office.
The day was celebrated with a parade through our Downtown Area and followed by one of the largest festival that takes place in San Jose.
Once again Local 5 has been out in the community proving that we are active in the areas we represent. Members from Nob Hill showed up to participate by handing out bags and helping in our informational booth.
The booth featured lots of entertainment for those that participated and kept them coming back for more.
If you are interested in participating in events like this please remember this is considered a Market Share Event where if you volunteer four (4) hours throughout the year you will receive $60.00 back at the end of the year.
If you are looking for these kind of events to participate in please contact the local union office in your area.
See you Next Year for this event!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Health Risk Questionnaire

Stewards we need your help!!!

Please talk to the Members in your Store let them know what is available to them right now!!!

Don't wait, they have til June 19th to get this done!

As of 2009 PPO enrollee's covered under the 2007 Collective Bargaining Agreement, you can receive up to $250 credit in your Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) when you and your enrolled spouse complete the new Health Risk Questionnaire (HRQ) sponsored by the UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust.

Yes, you can earn up to $250 credit toward medical costs just for learning about your health!

Your (Their) individual HRQ is strictly confidential. No one from the Trust, your employer, or your Union will be given or have access to any of your health information.

How to get the Credit:

  • On you computer, go to www.ufcwhrq.com. Follow the simple instructions.
  • If you (they) don't have a computer with Internet access, call 1-800-999-1999.

It's easy and it only takes 10 minutes to get your credit today!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

MLK National Day of Action

1/18/09- San Jose Stewards answered the call from President Elect Barak Obama on the National Day of Service. Art Balangue, Tatiana Torregian, Juana Garcia, Debra Herrera, Glenda Villalta and Kelly Martinez volunteered their time to hand out UFCW bags and information pertaining to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

Local 5,YOU ROCK!!

Stewards In Action

1/20/09- UFCW Local 5 Stewards and Staff turned out to watch the Presidential Inauguration of President Barack Obama at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, CA. They were amongst other union members, community leaders and elected officials to view the historic event!
Those in attendance were Juana Garcia, Mike Mulligan, Glenda Villalta, Kelly Martinez, Lenny Ortega and Laurie Mesa.

Thank you for your support!

Inauguration Speech Part 1- 1/20/09