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May Day 2017

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Tens of Thousands Took to the Streets on May 1st

Measure M Sets Stage for Billion Dollar Marijuana Industry in Los Angeles

Let’s face it. Los Angelenos love marijuana. In 2009, there were reportedly more unlicensed dispensaries in the city than Starbucks (over 1,000). By some estimates, medical marijuana is currently a $1 billion market in the city, surpassing Colorado’s entire market. And New Year’s Day 2017 will perhaps be most remembered for the infamous “Hollyweed” sign stunt that garnered international attention. Clearly, Los Angeles is a 420-friendly city. Now, with the passage of Measure M, the City Council will be able get a handle on this popular local industry. 

How Unions Got Into L.A.'s Marijuana Business

In 2012, the L.A. cannabis industry needed friends. The Obama administration had not yet signaled a truce with state legal businesses, so federal agents raided dispensaries and dozens more received letters that they were violating federal law. Hundreds of unregulated shops had popped up in the city. No states had legalized recreational use and the idea that the industry could function remained an untested idea in this country. 

What is the future of recreational marijuana in Trump's America?

It’s a movement charging ahead — for now.

Legalizing recreational marijuana is currently a priority in more than a dozen states as polls show overwhelming support and lawmakers see a way to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. So far, eight states have legalized recreational cannabis.

But in recent weeks, the Trump administration has alarmed some pot supporters by warning states that have legalized recreational marijuana — California, Colorado and Oregon, among them — that federal law enforcement agents could soon come after them.

Trump administration signals a possible crackdown on states over marijuana

The White House on Thursday put states that have legalized recreational-use marijuana on notice that federal law enforcement agents could be targeting them soon. 

It was the clearest warning yet that the Trump administration may move to disrupt the marijuana trade in the eight states, including California, that have legalized the recreational use of pot.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770 Organizes Workers at Two Pasadena Cannabis Dispensaries

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 770 announced Friday it has organized cannabis dispensary employees at UFD Apothecary (2982 E Colorado Blvd #105, Pasadena) and the Golden State Collective (50 N Mentor Ave, Pasadena).

UFCW Local 770 is already the largest union of dispensary employees in Southern California, and the addition of the two Pasadena shops marks the local union’s first successful organizing of dispensaries located beyond the City of Los Angeles.

Pot shop vote in LA?

Will you get to vote to keep and permit pot shops in Los Angeles?

Proponents of a measure to repeal Proposition D, a city ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, say they have turned in more than 100,000 signatures to the City Clerk’s office in an effort to qualify for the March ballot.

Petitions seek 2017 vote on LA medical marijuana clinics

Proponents said Friday they would begin gathering signatures this weekend for a proposed ballot initiative aimed at repealing Proposition D, a Los Angeles ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, and replacing it with a permitting process.

A sign advertising exams for medical marijuana prescriptions along the Venice Beach boardwalk. Photo by John Schreiber.

County Supervisor Moves to Spike Her Own Weed Tax Proposal

A plan to tax recreational marijuana locally, should it be legalized by California voters in November, is now being taken off the shelf.

L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who proposed the 10 percent tax on the gross receipts of pot businesses, is now asking that her fellow leaders nix the idea.

Two weeks ago the Board of Supervisors approved placing the weed tax on the November ballot. But Kuehl says there's not enough support for it from some of the very groups it was intended to benefit — homeless services organizations.

Celebrating 50 Years of LGBT Civil Rights

On Saturday, February 11th, UFCW Local 770 OUTreach celebrated 50 years of LGBT civil rights at the Black Cat in Silver Lake.

UFCW Local 770 Endorsements - Election Day Tuesday, March 7

2017 Scholarship Applications

To apply for the Union’s scholarship please use the application request forms published here.
Scholarships are open to active members affiliated with Local 770 in good standing from September 2016 through September 2017, their spouses, parents and children.
Request for an application package must be received in the Union’s office by March 1, 2017. Completed application packages must be received by March 31, 2017.

Upcoming Workshops at UFCW Local 770 Workers' Center

Citizen Application WorkshopSaturday, June 3, 20179 am – 4pm
Citizen Ap



Regional Meetings

Ready to Protect and Improve our Union in 2017

Rite Aid to Sell 865 Stores to Fred's Inc.

Yesterday, Walgreens and Rite Aid announced their agreement to sell 865 Rite Aid stores to Fred’s Inc. in order to get FTC (Federal Trade Commission) approval for their merger.  This deal has not been concluded and can only be concluded as part of the overall Walgreens/Rite Aid merger. The FTC is still reviewing that merger but this announcement makes it somewhat more likely that the merger will get approval.
If the merger is approved, Walgreens will acquire the majority of the Rite Aid locations.

President Rick Icaza Honored at the 2016 LAANE City Of Justice Awards Dinner

Congratulations to UFCW Local 770 President, Rick Icaza who was honored December 8th, at the 2016 Laane City Of Justice Awards Dinner. 

Awarded for his outstanding career and steadfast commitment to the labor movement;  "LAANE celebrated the tremendous achievements of President Icaza, who helped build and sustain L.A.’s middle class and opened the doors to Latinos and immigrants."