Leadership Reports

President’s Report

We’re looking for a few good activists

February 19, 2019

Over the course of my 27 years of working for UFCW Local 99, I have had the pleasure of knowing many who have shown a remarkable  commitment to working families. They have included stewards, SPURs, union representatives, organizers, union clerical and support staff and other activists.

Some were paid by the union and others volunteered. I was a volunteer activist in my local before I came to Local 99 as a union representative.

When I came to Local 99 in 1992, the local had just begun a period of growth and we were looking for new leaders to work full-time for the union. We all knew it was a calling that required long hours and working weekends, but it came with the great rewards of helping our fellow members.

We are entering a similar period of growth for Local 99, and we ar

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Secretary-Treasurer’s Report

As their industry grows, cannabis workers seek union membership

February 19, 2019

The times they are a-changing, as Bob Dylan would say, and as time goes on we are adjusting to ongoing and inevitable changes in the legal landscape for the use of cannabis.

Cannabis is now legal to some degree in most states and territories in the United States. In Arizona, its use for medical purposes has been lawful since the voters barely passed Proposition 203 in 2010. Medical use is also legal in Utah and New Mexico.

While a measure to legalize its adult use failed in Arizona in 2016, public sentiment continues to move toward full legalization, and most observers believe Arizona, Utah and New Mexico will join California, Colorado,

Nevada and other states in legalizing adult use sooner rather than later.

What does this mean for Local 99 of the United Food and Commercial Workers?

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