The UFCW locals in San Francisco send the majority of workers’ dues money back to the International union, or use it to pay for their own staff and officer salaries.
If you’re considering joining the UFCW, it’s not just the International union’s spending that you should consider. Each local union — including the one you would be a part of — has its own expenses and spending habits as well. It’s important to understand where the money you pay in dues is actually going.
UFCW has two main local unions that represent workers in San Francisco: Local 5 and Local 648. Last year, 73 percent of the dues received by Local 5 went back to the International union or to pay executive and staff salaries for the local. Local 648 spent 88 percent of workers’ dues on similar expenses.
How does UFCW Local 5 spend workers’ dues?
In 2019, UFCW Local 5 collected $17.11 million in union dues. That year, the union’s expenses included: $5.677 million paid to UFCW International in Washington, D.C., as part of what’s called the “per capita tax”; $1.942 million to cover officer salaries and disbursements, including a $178k salary for the President and $142k salary for the Secretary-Treasurer; and $4.922 million for employee salaries and disbursements.
Local 5 has spent members’ dues on some questionable expenses in 2019, including $12,400 on gifts and branded items; $32,791 on hotels; $6,470 on a limousine service; $25,112 at a golf course; and $9,000 on a “cannibus consultant.”
How does UFCW Local 648 spend workers’ dues?
In 2019, UFCW Local 648 collected $1.914 million in union dues. That year, the union’s expenses included: $766k paid to the International as part of the per capita tax; nearly $500k to pay for officer salaries and disbursements, including a $113k salary for the President and a $98k salary for the Secretary-Treasurer; and $413k in employee salaries and disbursements.
If you’d like to further research the spending of each union local going back five years, links to the LM-2 filings are included below.
Shopper’s Question: If I join the UFCW, will the union expect more of me than just paying dues?
Instacart’s Answer: The answer is yes. The UFCW has a constitution and bylaws --- which you will be legally bound by if you decide to be represented by the UFCW. Learn more about the rules the union will require you to follow in the next section.