Official Publication of Local 1167, United Food and Commercial Workers Union December 2007
A Soldier’s Christmas
No stocking by mantle, They all enjoy freedom The soldier rolled over
Just boots filled with sand, Each month of the year, And drifted to sleep.
T I couldn’t control it,
his poem, written
On the wall hung pictures Because of the soldiers
I continued to weep.
by a Marine
stationed in Of far distant lands. Like the one lying here.
I couldn’t help wonder
I kept watch for hours,
Okinawa, Japan, was
With medals and badges, How many lay alone So silent and still,
published last year in the
Awards of all kinds, On a cold Christmas Eve
Desert Edge. The response
And we both shivered
A sober thought
was so positive that we
In a land far from home. From the cold night’s chill.
Came through my mind.
decided to publish it again.
For this house was different, The very thought I didn’t want to leave
For most of us, this
It was dark and dreary, On that cold, dark night,
holiday season will be a
Brought a tear to my eye,
I found the home of a soldier, This guardian of honor
joyous time spent with our
I dropped to my knees
So willing to fight.
family and friends. We tend
Once I could see clearly.
And started to cry.
to forget about the men and
Then the soldier rolled over,
women in the Armed Forces
The soldier lay sleeping, The soldier awakened With a voice soft and pure,
who will be spending cold,
Silent, alone, And I heard a rough voice, Whispered, “Carry on Santa,
lonely holidays away from
Curled up on the floor “Santa don’t cry,
their loved ones.
It’s Christmas Day,
In this one bedroom home. all is secure.”
This life is my choice.
Regardless of your
The face was so gentle,
opinion on the war in Iraq,
I fight for freedom,
The room in such disorder, One look at my watch,
please hold our soldiers in
I don’t ask for more. And I knew he was right.
Not how I pictured
your thoughts this season.
My life is my God, “Merry Christmas my friend,
A United States soldier.
— Bill Lathrop, President
My country, my Corps.” And to all a good night.”
’Twas the night before Christmas, Was this the hero
Of whom I’d just read?
Return in 5 days to:
He lived all alone, United Food and Commercial Workers
In a one-bedroom house made of Curled up in a poncho, Union Local 1167 PAID
P.O. Box 1167
Plaster and stone. The floor for a bed? Bloomington, CA 92316
PERMIT NO. 2285
SAN BERNARDINO, CA
Address Service Requested
I had come down the chimney I realized the families
With presents to give, That I saw this night
And to see just who Owed their lives to these soldiers
In this home did live. Who were willing to fight.
I looked all about, Soon ’round the world,
A strange sight I did see, The children would play,
No tinsel, no presents, And grownups would celebrate
Not even a tree. A bright Christmas Day.
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Congratulations to the new-
Interesting! JUST BORN
Yibram Ambriz of Stater
Tell Us About
YOUR UNION Bros. announces the birth of
Samaya Rae on April 11. Mom
What’s and Dad love her! ... Judith
Mercado of San Jacinto Dental
Happening Center had a son on Aug. 10.
... Gerardo Evan Fuentes
You are the most by Maureen McCabe weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. ...
interesting thing about our
Richard Kirchner of Stater
Bros. tells us his son Ethan
union! If there’s something Richard was born Aug. 26.
Ethan weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz and
unusual or newsworthy was born at home. ... Marty
Borum of Stater Bros.
about your life, hobbies, announced that Bailey Ann
Borum Gray was 21 inches long and weighed 9
abilities or talents, call us at
Six more members’ retirements began this lbs. 9 oz. she was born on Sept. 20. ... Regina
November. Daniel Coffey started his career with
the office and tell us about
Preiss of Rite Aid announced the birth of her
Fazios in Downey in September 1974. In
daughter, Danesha Marie Symonette, who was
August 1981 he transferred to Lucky Stores,
it so that we may consider which was then purchased by Albertsons, and he
born Sept. 23 and weighed 7 lbs. ... Margarita
Vera of Ralphs tells us she is proud to be
doing a feature about you worked there ever since. ... Linda Fellows
worked for Vons/Safeway for 30 years, starting
blessed with another son. Ryan Vince weighed 6
lbs 8 oz. when he was born on Sept. 29. ...
in the Desert Edge. Just ask with Safeway in June 1978. ... Maria McKenna Hilda Resendiz from Food 4 Less gave birth on
retired after nearly 18 years with Stater Bros. ...
Oct. 3 to daughter MaryJane. She weighed 8
for Kathleen Franks or Richard Naporlee called it a career after 35 years lbs 6 oz. ... Bridgette Maurer from Stater Bros.
with Vons. ... Larry Potter retired after 38 years
your Union Rep.
tells us Jacob Thomas weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz.
with Ralphs. ... Finally, Ana Taix retired from when he was born on Oct. 8. Bridgette and hus-
Ralphs after 17 years.
band Scott say: “Jacob is so precious, we could
Congratulations, retirees! Enjoy yourselves!
not be happier.” ... Lillian Kozaki from Food 4
Bill Lathrop Less just loves newborn Sophia Rose, who
JUST MARRIED weighed 6 lbs. when born on Oct. 16. ...
Phillip Beaton of Albertsons married Macaria Finally, Abraham Lopez of Albertsons
Baker on Sept. 10 in LaQuinta. They honey- announced the birth of daughter Ariel E. Lopez
mooned at Big Bear Lake. ... Barbara Robles of on Oct. 19. Ariel weighed 7.5 lbs.
Albertsons married Henry Creech Jr. in San Congratulations to our new moms, dads and
Bernardino on Sept. 29. expanding families!
Official monthly publication of Local 1167, United
Food and Commercial Workers International Union,
San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties,
California. The Local 1167 Office will be closed at noon Dec. 24
855 West San Bernardino Ave.
Bloomington, California and closed Dec. 25 and Jan 1. Happy Holidays!
(Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.)
(Closed Sat., Sun. and holidays)
P.O. Box 1167, Bloomington, CA 92316
UFCW Local 1167 Retirees Club
Telephone Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monthly Meeting and Potluck!
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Food and Meat Division Insurance: The union is collecting Christmas
gifts, books, coloring books, stuffed
Drug & General Sales Div. Insurance: animals, dolls, games or other safe toys BINGO! Everyone’s invited!
for the children’s wards of area hospi-
Play is open to the public! Come have fun and win money!
Bill Lathrop tals.
Editor Tuesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The deadline is Dec. 14. Gifts may
be wrapped or unwrapped. Just label Thursdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
(if wrapped) whether it’s for a girl or
boy and the age range. Thank you!
Activities held at the Local 1167 Auditorium
855 W. San Bernardino Ave.
Meeting the challenge
DECEMBER 2007 DESERT EDGE PAGE 3
of Fresh & Easy
Union Representative Report
What is an
n the coming weeks and United States without the ben-
months we will ask our efit of union affiliation for its
members to help us organ- employees.
ize the new Fresh & Easy This means Tesco will join
markets that have opened in Wal-Mart in the ranks of “low-
our area. road” corporations that sup-
Fresh & Easy is owned by press the aspirations of work-
Tesco, a British-owned super- ing people to have a voice in by Jerry Espinoza
market company that is the their own wages, benefits and
world’s fifth-largest grocery working conditions. Such n investigatory interview become investigatory if your
retailer, with 2,800 stores in 13 companies routinely employ is any discussion with employer begins to question you
countries. It has annual sales union-busting consultants, spy your employer that could about the matter for which disci-
of more than $80 billion and is on their workers, subject them result in discipline — for pline is administered. At that point
known as an innovator in cus- to anti-union propaganda, and example, when management ques- you may exercise your Weingarten
tomer service in Europe and harass and fire pro-union tions an employee to obtain infor- Rights and request a Union Rep to
Asia. workers. mation or when the employee has be present throughout the conver-
In its home country, Tesco Our union will not sit quiet- a reasonable belief that discipline sation. If your employer denies
has had a longstanding rela- ly when a major international or other adverse consequences this request, the employer is in
tionship with the USDAW corporation seeks to trample may result from what he or she breach of your rights and you do
union. This relationship has on the rights and aspirations of says. not have to say a word.
worked to the mutual benefit North America’s working men The Weingarten Rights help If you request a Union Rep’s
of Tesco and its employees, and women. secure your job presence at the
providing the company with a If Tesco succeeds in this and prevent interview, do not
stable, well-trained and loyal non-union invasion of management discuss any issues
work force. America, our hard-won gains from coercing with your
As the union that represents in the supermarket industry members into employer before
more than a million retail could go down the drain. confessing to your Union Rep
workers in the United States, Don’t let this happen! mistakes or your rights is just arrives!
as important as
the UFCW tried to work with When we ask for your help in wrongdoings Do not sign
Tesco and assist its integration our effort to organize the that they did anything without
into the North American mar- workers at the new Fresh & not commit. a Union Rep pres-
ketplace. Our union has a stel- Easy markets, we hope you Even if you ent unless you are
lar record of helping union will respond favorably and don’t have any- entirely sure of its
employers grow profitably contribute your time, energy thing to hide contents. Always
while ensuring that the inter- and enthusiasm. and security Weingarten Rights get a copy of
and the resources
ests of employees are fairly Members who wish to vol- puts you in the everything that
represented. unteer to help should call Field office, don’t you put in writing
of your Union Rep
Unfortunately, Tesco’s sen- Director Rick Bruer at (909) say anything. and give to the
ior management turned us 877-5000. Your help is greatly You are pro- company or its
away. Instead it is launching
its Fresh & Easy chain in the
—Bill Lathrop, President
tected. Stop the
to protect yourself representatives,
Stater Bros. members
request a personnel, even
Union Repre- when you are not
approve contract extension
sentative. Even going to be disci-
if you are sent plined.
home, it’s OK. G Do not sign
You are better promissory notes
protected if a Union to repay money.
nion members employed with Stater Bros. that abolished Representative is present than if G Do not speak with security
by Stater Bros. Markets the two-tier wage system, you’re under the “hot lights” all without a Union Rep present.
voted overwhelmingly to secured wage increases, added alone. You are NOT alone. G Do not trust security. They
ratify an extension of vacation time for some employ- Do not sign anything other than are looking out for the company,
their current collective bargain- ees, improved health benefits a warning notice. If you don’t not you.
ing agreement until 2011. and fortified the health and wel- agree with what is written and G Do not admit to wrongdoing.
The one-year extension, which fare trust fund. what you are accused of doing, G Do call the Local Union and
was negotiated by Local 1167 The new agreement extends you can protect yourself! ask to speak with the Union
and the six other Southern the life of the Stater Bros. con- Not every discussion with an Representative on duty.
California UFCW locals, tract another year and provides a employer is considered investiga- Understanding your rights is
ensures that the Stater Bros. wage increase in the fourth year, tory. If your boss wants to specify just as important as having them.
agreement will expire at the as well as improvements in sick certain job requirements or Use your Weingarten Rights and
same time as the Master Food pay so that members are paid on announce a warning or discipline, the resources of your Union Rep
Agreement with Albertsons, the first day off of work. It now this is not considered investigatory. to protect yourself and your valu-
Ralphs and Vons. conforms with the four-year However, the discussion can able job.
In January, union members Master Food Agreement that
ratified a three-year agreement was ratified in July.
Wal-Mart cuts back on Supercenter openings
PAGE 4 DESERT EDGE DECEMBER 2007
al-Mart Stores announced recently that largest retailer also said it would open 25 new the current fiscal year ending in January.
it would continue to cut back its Neighborhood Markets, its traditional supermar- In 2009, the company plans further reduc-
domestic growth plans for the coming ket format, and 25 Sam’s Club membership tions, with only 140 Supercenters planned.
year, adding only 170 supercenters to stores. International growth will continue at a faster
its arsenal and opening no new traditional dis- The planned Supercenter openings mark the pace, and overall capital expenditures are pro-
count stores at all. second straight year of slowing growth for that jected to flatten or decline slightly from the $15
In its annual analyst conference, the world’s concept, which is on pace to add 195 outlets in billion projected for this year.
Membership Meeting Internet makes ‘shopping
December 19 union’ easy for holidays
Meeting starts at 7 p.m., UFCW Auditorium, Bloomington he Internet has become a sorts of union-made gifts, from
great place to shop. It’s clothing and chocolates to com-
easy, quick and reliable. puters, games and greeting cards.
And, unlike those tradi- Shoppers can also send free
tional shopping malls, you can holiday e-cards with a “Buy
focus your Internet shopping on
Union” theme and music to fam-
genuine union made-in-the-USA
goods and services. ily and friends. This is a great
A website of the AFL-CIO’s way to spread the word and
Union Label and Service Trades build a movement: “Give the
Department, www.shopunion- Gift of Good Jobs This Holiday
made.org, helps shoppers find all Season — Shop Union!”
MOVIES FOR LESS
Save up to 33%
AMC THEATERS — $5.50
Ontario Mills 30 — Fourth Street off 15 Freeway, Ontario
CINEMARK THEATERS — $6.00
Cathedral City — 34491 Date Palm Drive
Chino — 5546 Philadelphia St.
Rancho Mirage — 71800 Highway 111
Victorville — 12353 Mariposa Road
CINEMASTAR THEATERS — $5.50
450 N. E St., San Bernardino
HARKINS THEATERS — $5.50
Moreno Valley — 22350 Town Circle
Chino Hills — 3070 Chino Hills
REGAL CINEMAS — $6.00
Temecula — 40750 Winchester Road
Ontario Mills 22 — 4th Street off the 15 Freeway
Jurupa Stadium 14 — 8032 Limonite Ave., Riverside
Corona — North Main Street at Rincon Street, just north of the 91 Freeway
Discount tickets are for all Regal, Edwards or United Artists theaters in Southern California with the exception of
theaters at Hutton Centre, Main Street on MacArthur at Costa Mesa Freeway in Santa Ana;
Newport Beach at Newport Center; and Laguna Hills Mall, San Diego Freeway at El Toro Road.
KRIKORIAN THEATERS — $6.50
Redlands — 340 N. Eureka St.
La Mirada — 15296 Rosecrans Blvd.
Downey — 8200 3rd St.
San Clemente — 641-B Camino De Los Mares
If mailed to you, there will be a 41-cent mailing charge per order.
CHECKS ACCEPTED FROM LOCAL 1167 MEMBERS ONLY.
Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
DECEMBER 2007 DESERT EDGE PAGE 5
plans for the future at
annual strategy conference
nother year, another long list of successes
A for the WakeUpWalMart.com campaign.
The national movement to educate con-
sumers and transform Wal-Mart into an ethical
and responsible corporation has experienced
remarkable growth in its two-year history.
To take stock of that growth and to plan for
more successes in the future,
WakeUpWalMart.com staff and UFCW leaders In addition, hundreds of thousands of postcards
from across North America gathered in Chicago in and doorknob notices urged Americans to consider
September. questions like “What if Wal-Mart treated your
UFCW International President Joe Hansen family this way?” and “How could Wal-Mart do
kicked off the conference by summarizing the this to children?”
campaign’s impact on consumers and on Wal- With assistance by union volunteers across the
Mart. country, the “Stop the Wal-Mart Tax!” campaign
“Three years ago, Wal-Mart didn’t react to us at in April and the “Put America’s Safety First” cam-
all,” Hansen said. “They maybe saw us as a minor paign for port security garnered substantial media
irritation. Now, the company reacts to what we’re coverage.
doing on a daily basis.” For Mother’s Day, handbills asked consumers
UFCW International Collective Bargaining “What if Wal-Mart treated your mom this way?”
Director Bill McDonough detailed how the move- and a July campaign reminded the nation that
ment gained 300,000 supporters and attracted sig- Wal-Mart’s reliance on foreign goods compromis-
nificant local and national media attention. es its alleged “all-American” image.
Elevating the debate Making a difference
Given the task of changing the public’s percep- In the wake of a successful summer cam-
tions of Wal-Mart, WakeUpWalMart.com has ele- paign to “Send Wal-Mart Back to School,” Wal-
vated the debate about the company’s policies to Mart’s stock hit an eight-year low and the com-
the presidential level. Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. pany was forced to drastically cut its expansion
Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards plans.
have made Wal-Mart an important issue in their “Wal-Mart is down,” said Nick Baldick of the
presidential campaigns. WakeUpWalMart.com team, commenting on the
Candlelight vigils urging Americans to “Pray company’s extended sales slump. “Now is the
for Wal-Mart to Change” struck a chord with time to increase the pressure.”
many consumers, as did “Call for Change” confer- In strategy sessions with union leaders, Baldick
ence calls last November in which Wal-Mart and fellow WakeUpWalMart.com team members
workers phoned in to discuss the company’s unfair Meghan Scott and Jeremy Van Ess detailed the
labor practices. goals of their upcoming Holiday Campaign.
McDonough concluded by urging union mem-
bers to step up their commitment to the
Upper right, from top: UFCW WakeUpWalMart campaign as it works to improve
International President Joe Hansen; the lives of the 1.3 million Wal-Mart workers and
“We are making a difference,” he said. “We
UFCW International Director of
have a proven model for success with this cam-
Collective Bargaining Bill McDonough.
Left, from top: WakeUpWalMart.com paign and we need to stick to it.
staff members Nick Baldick, “This is a fight for the future of your union and
Meghan Scott and Jeremy Van Ess. your country.”
PAGE 6 DESERT EDGE DECEMBER 2007
Stewards energized and educat
n his State of the Union address on never-ending fight to improve our
Oct. 25, President Bill Lathrop said members’ standard of living.”
that UFCW Local 1167 is “strong, Secretary-Treasurer Brent Denkers
diversified and growing every day.” also addressed the stewards, calling
President Lathrop’s remarks were attention to their importance to the
heard by more than 200 stewards par- union.
ticipating in the local’s second annual “When a new person comes to work
Stewards Conference at the San in your store, introduce yourself,”
Bernardino Hilton. Denkers told the stewards. “Tell them
‘We are in a never-e
“In our earliest days, members aver- what the union is all about and what
aged $10 a week and our union had
only a few hundred members,” Lathrop
President Bill Lathrop Secretary-Treasurer Brent Denkers said. “Now we have more than 21,000
members in San Bernardino, Riverside
and Imperial Counties, as well as in
our members’ stan
parts of the city of Los Angeles.
“We have 44 contracts with 300
facilities and two distribution centers.
We’ve have new Rite Aid stores open — President B
this past year and would like to wel-
come those members.”
Lathrop saluted the stewards for
their solidarity during the recent super- the union means to you.
market contract negotiations, but “there “This simple act not only educates a
is still much work to be done,” he said. new member, it builds solidarity,” he
“We can never rest, because some- said. “Young workers are pivotal to our
Grievance Coordinator Bill Graham and Union Representative Gil Ramirez one is always trying to undermine our future. They need to feel that they are
contracts and destroy our solidarity,” he an important part of the union.”
said. Denkers urged the stewards to attend
“We have workers at the Vons distri- union meetings and take other members
bution center in El Monte who are along. He also asked them to read the
upset that the company is not bargain- Desert Edge and union bulletin boards,
ing in good faith. In July 2008, we and to check the union website,
have Rite Aid negotiations. We are in a www.ufcw1167.org. ”It’s the quickest
Field Director Rick Bruer Expert Joe Sweeney
Union Representative, Organizer Joe Duffle
DECEMBER 2007 DESERT EDGE PAGE 7
ted at second annual conference
way for us to get information to you,” will pay virtually 100 percent of your
he said. health care costs,” he said. “It is a much
Joe Sweeney, senior vice president improved system.”
of the Segal Company, an employee Union Representative Gil Ramirez
benefit plans consulting firm, explained and Grievance Coordinator Bill
the recent changes in the PPO health Graham delivered an in-depth contract
plan, including the introduction of review, covering such items as working
Health Reimbursement Accounts hours and overtime, seniority rights,
(HRA). leaves of absence, jury duty obligations,
He said that the benefits fund is in termination procedures and regulations.
“As a steward, it is in your best
interest to know the contract and under-
stand its language,” Graham said.
ending fight to improve
“Members will come to you with ques-
tions. An educated steward is a pre-
ndard of living.
pared steward. If you don’t know the
answer, call the union office.”
Union Representative Joe Duffle
Bill Lathrop explained the importance of the union’s
involvement in politics.
“Elected officials make laws that can
help us or hurt us,” he said.
“Phase I” of the transition to its new He cited the Employee Free Choice
system and is focusing on enrollment Act as an example of the importance of
for 2008 and distributing questionnaires electing union-friendly people to politi-
about members’ health issues and con- cal office. “We’re losing union density
cerns. and laws like the EFCA can help us
Members who fill out the question- tremendously,” Duffle said.
naire will have $200 added to their The day ended with an educational
HRA accounts, which can be used to parody of the television game show
pay out-of-pocket costs including “Jeopardy” featuring answers and ques-
deductibles and co-pays. tions relating to the union contract, the
“If you are a health-conscious person role of a steward and the history of the
who takes care of yourself, this plan union.
PAGE 8 DESERT EDGE DECEMBER 2007
enters the building.
SCENES FROM THE CONFERENCE
Right: “Secret Service” escorts
President Bill Lathrop to the podium.
Pete Waasdorp at the
STEWARDS ON UNION ‘JEOPARDY!’
DECEMBER 2007 DESERT EDGE PAGE 9
In the afternoon, stewards participated in a parody of the television show
“Jeopardy” in which they answered questions based on the information
given at the seminar. Above is the winning team.
Bill Graham as Alex Trebek
Vons, Palm Desert
Stater Bros., Riverside
26 Years Union
27 Years Union
I became a steward because people were always coming
I’m thankful for the knowledge I’ve gained here,
up to me and asking me questions, so I took it upon
especially regarding scheduling and benefits. It
myself to learn more about the contract. This conference
was great to meet stewards from other stores and
has given me the information I need to explain the provi-
share information with them.
sions of the new contract to the members at my store.
Veronica Lopez Albertsons, Corona
Ralphs, Indio 29 Years Union
8 Years Union
We have to help our new members understand how
I was a picket captain during the strike and became important it is to have a strong union. It’s our job as stew-
the steward shortly afterward. The conference ards to encourage members to come to the meetings and
helped me understand the Health Reimbursement be more active. We’re not going to be here forever and
Account and what a great benefit it is. the young kids are our future.
Patsy Svete: Veteran union supporter
PAGE 10 DESERT EDGE DECEMBER 2007
ven though Local 1167’s stew- days,” Svete said. “We try to keep tract was ratified.
ard program officially began things on an even keel and answer “Stater Bros. is a great company
last year, Patsy Svete, of Stater questions about the contract. Most of to work for,” Svete said. “With the
Bros. 46 in Hemet, has consid- the time we resolve issues at the elimination of the two-tier system,
ered herself a steward for most of store level. If there is something we working in the industry has once
her 33 years in the industry. can’t handle, our union rep, Keith again become a career. Everyone
“I came from a union home,” Wright, is always ready to help.” feels better about that.”
Svete said. “My dad was a union car- Svete said the morale at her store As someone who has had chronic
penter, so I learned early on in life is high, especially since the new con- migraines for most of her life, Svete Patsy Svete
how important it is to have a union appreciates her union-negotiated sales representative.
job and be a member of a strong health benefits. “I like to help people,” she said.
union. I felt it was my duty to help “I have had migraines so severe “And Life Force not only has prod-
my co-workers with any problems, that I thought I was going to have a ucts like the one that helped me, it
even before I officially became a stroke,” she said. “I went to many also provides an opportunity for peo-
steward.” doctors, had innumerable tests and ple who market those products to
Svete works as a Customer all of it was covered by our health significantly increase their income.”
Service Representative and trains benefits.” Svete and her husband, Stanley,
new hires. Unfortunately for Svete, her visits whom she met when she was work-
“I make sure that employees join to those doctors did little to alleviate ing the checkout line at her store,
the union right after I train them,” her pain and suffering. Then, one have six children between them. In
she said. “They don’t leave the room day, one of her customers told her their spare time they go fly fishing in
until they sign their union card.” about a supplement manufactured for Montana and camping and hiking in
She is one of two stewards at her a company called Life Force. the mountains around Hemet. In
store. It would change her life. addition, Svete likes to play golf,
“Peggy Shaughnessy works with “After six weeks, I had fewer body surf and volunteer at her
the load crew at night and I work Patsy Svete proudly displays her Local 1167 T-shirt. migraines and the ones I had were church and at her children’s school,
less severe,” Svete said. “I’ve even among other activities
gone months without having one.” “I thank God I have the health and
The supplement so impressed energy to do all of the things I like,”
Svete that she became a Life Force Svete said.
Daniel Armenta, a retired meat cutter formerly employed by Gemco and
Safeway, died Oct. 30, 2007, at the age of 90. He had been a member since
Your Dues Now Payable!
Harry Bay, a retired meat cutter formerly employed by Alexanders, Fox and Sign Up for Dues Checkoff
Vons, died Nov. 19, 2007, at the age of 88. He had been a member since January
If you are one of the few members of the local who are not yet signed up for dues checkoff:
DECEMBER DUES ARE NOW DUE AND PAYABLE. IF NOT PAID ON OR
E. Ruth Burke, an affiliated member formerly employed by Sages and Thrifty BEFORE FEB. 1, 2008, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY SUSPEND YOUR-
Drug, died Nov. 4, 2007, at the age of 87. She had been a member since June 1964. SELF.
Michael Caricato, a retired food clerk formerly employed by Mayfair, Rays With dues checkoff, all future dues can be deducted automatically from your paycheck. If you
Food, and Albertsons, died Oct. 22, 2007, at the age of 90. He had been a member do not have an authorization form, call the local and one will be sent to you immediately.
since December 1945. Non-payment or payment of the incorrect amount will automatically suspend you—a costly
and inconvenient mistake. Although not required, the local as a courtesy normally sends
Armando Musolino, a retired food clerk formerly employed by Lucky Stores, billing notices by first-class mail to those not on dues checkoff. It is the member’s obligation
Inc., died Oct. 19, 2007, at the age of 82. He had been a continuous member since to pay dues in a timely manner. Not receiving a notice is not an excuse for failure to pay dues
May 1981. on time.
Sherry Nagle, a food clerk employed by Albertsons, died Nov. 16, 2007, at the
Authorize Dues Checkoff Today!
age of 59. She had been a continuous member since March 2007.
John Perez, an affiliated member formerly employed by Sages Markets, died
Oct. 27, 2007, at the age of 80. He had been a member since August 1968.
Mary Roden, an affiliated member formerly employed by Face Market, Paul’s,
CORRECT ADDRESS AND
PHONE NUMBER A MUST
and Sages, died Oct. 19, 2007, at the age of 77. She had been a continuous member
since December 1958.
Alex Zlaket, a retired food clerk formerly employed by Food Giant, Smith’s
Food King and Safeway, died Nov. 10, 2007, at the age of 89. He had been a mem- You lose out if there is no correct address and telephone number on file for
ber since April 1955. you. We know the problem: people move frequently. But it only takes a
phone call, a minute with the union rep or a letter to our office. It could
Our condolences to the families of these deceased members. avoid a big problem with a hospital, medical claim or pension inquiry.
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Stater Bros. distribution center
An artist’s rendition of the San Bernardino Stater Bros. Distribution Center when it is completed in 2008.
and offices cleared for takeoff
Largest facility in Southern California
built on former Air Force base
he demise of the storied Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino
has been a bonanza for business developers. Mattel, Kohl’s and Pep
Boys have already built large complexes on the property, which still
has an operational airport.
Stater Bros. Markets is the latest company to capitalize on the devel-
opment boom in San Bernardino, where the supermarket chain has con-
structed new corporate offices that opened on Oct. 24.
The company’s new 200-acre campus also will include a 2.1 million
sq. ft. distribution center, which will be the largest under one roof in
America’s supermarket industry. The new center will consist of a dry
distribution facility, a refrigerated facility, a bakery depot, a truck main-
tenance garage and a dispatch returns building.
The corporate offices, distribution center and support facilities will
total 2,295,000 sq. ft., with space set aside for an additional 300,000 sq.
ft. for future expansion.
When it begins shipping products to Stater Bros.’ 163 Southern
California supermarkets in February, the new distribution center will
The walls of the distribution center are replace eight existing Stater Bros. centers in Colton, Redlands and Mira Stater Bros.’ dry grocery warehouse
raised with a massive crane in late 2006. Loma. construction in spring of 2007.
An aerial photograph of Norton Air Force Base shortly before its The main offices, dispatch/return center and truck service center
decommission. This block of buildings is now Stater Bros.’ property. near completion in this summer 2007 aerial photo.
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‘Shop Union’ for the holidays — and save your job!
his is an extraordinary time of year. It’s a time for giv- tries where they frequently exploit children and pay pover-
ing. It’s a time to reflect on what’s most important in ty wages.
life and it’s a time to gather with family, friends and We are in a different world than we were a few years
loved ones. It’s also a time to do our best to support ago. American companies are few and far between and
our union brothers and sisters. sometimes part of global corporations. Just because you
When it comes to shopping for the festive holiday meals, may think that a product is made in the U.S.A., it doesn’t
‘shopping union’ is easy. Just go down to your local union mean it is. Look for the label!
market and purchase your favorite turkey, ham, roast and all By far the most important thing this year when it comes
the trimmings…just shop where you work. to shopping should be a no-brainer: DON’T SHOP AT WAL-
But what do we do when we need to purchase other things, MART. This anti-union company is still out to destroy the
such as appliances and clothing? The retail industry has jobs of every union wage-earner in this industry, and that
changed dramatically. For the most part, union department includes you.
stores have gone the way of the dinosaur. Don’t let your spouse shop at Wal-Mart. Don’t let your
Look around where you do your grocery shopping. Some children shop at Wal-Mart. Don’t let your father, sisters,
of the larger food stores carry small appliances and other gift brothers, neighbors or friends shop at Wal-Mart.
items. They carry small televisions, blenders, toasters, CD By Bill Lathrop You can even use your young children, grandchildren,
players and many other products suitable for giving. nieces and nephews to your advantage. They might not
Protect friends and neighbors understand the economic fallout that shopping at Wal-Mart has on your job
Resist the temptation to go down the street to the monster non-union store and your community, but once they get the idea that it’s not right to shop at
to save a buck. Use your hard-earned dollars to protect the jobs of your Wal-Mart, they will be the first to snitch on the family members who do.
friends and neighbors. Guilt ensues and they’ll think twice about walking through the smiley-face
Look for the Union Made label. Keep in mind that when you buy a doors.
union-made product, you are protecting the jobs of the men and women who Be aware of what you’re buying, who made it and where you’re buying it.
made it. You are also supporting a company that offers its employees a good All it takes is a little effort on your part and we can improve the lives of mil-
job and fair representation. lions of brothers and sisters. And you’ll feel good about what you’re buying.
Look for “MADE IN THE USA” products. When you buy American, you Happy Holidays and all the best to you and your loved ones in the New
demonstrate that you don’t want our good jobs going to Third World coun- Year. God Bless America.
Stewards Gather for Second Annual Conference in San Bernardino
Pictures and coverage of the event on pages 6-9
IT PAYS TO BE UNION!
November 2007 2007 Total
Back pay and benefits $900.66 $89,574.70
restored to members 12 298
Grievances settled 95 924