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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
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  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
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                                                                                                                                        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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      You Are
                                                                                                                                       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
                                                               JUST RETIRED
                                                                  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!

            DESERT EDGE
   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!
             Business Telephone:
                 (909) 877-5000
                                                        Gift Donations
                                                                                                                Wednesday, Dec. 19
             Toll-Free Telephone:
                  (800) 698-UFCW
                                                        Accepted Now
   Food and Meat Division Insurance:                        The union is collecting Christmas
             (909) 877-1110
                                                        gifts, books, coloring books, stuffed
  Drug & General Sales Div. Insurance:                  animals, dolls, games or other safe toys                     BINGO! Everyone’s invited!
             (909) 877-2331
                                                        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

                                                                                                           having them.
  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
                                                                                                              Use your
  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
                                                                                meeting and
                                                                                                        to protect yourself               representatives,
                                                                                                                                          including security
                                                                                                              and your
      Stater Bros. members
                                                                                request a                                                 personnel, even

                                                                                                           valuable job.
                                                                                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
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                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

WakeUpWalMart.com team
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
                                                                       their families.
                                                                           “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.”
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                                                   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

                                               Health Benefits
   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

                   Left: “Elvis”
                   enters the building.

                          Right: “Secret Service” escorts
                      President Bill Lathrop to the podium.

              Union Representative
              Pete Waasdorp at the
              audio/visual controls.
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

                               Susan Hayes
                                                                                                                                 Jeannie Patterson-Smith
                               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.

                                                                                                                       Jeffrey Sanders
                            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
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      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

               In Memoriam
                                                                                                    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
    September 1957.
                                                                                                                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.
                                                                                                                                             Avoid Suspension.
    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.
DECEMBER 2007                                                                                DESERT EDGE                                                                                                  PAGE 11

                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.

                                           Before                                                                                                      After
                 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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                                                                  President’s Report

    ‘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
    Members reinstated
    Grievances settled                    95                   924

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