Defender of the Working Class "Fired"
for Taking A Stand for Grocery Workers!
Defender of the working class Roger Rivera was recently fired from his job as a union representative at Untied Food & Commercial Workers Local 5. The grocery workers union represents 28,000 workers throughout the Bay Area & Northern Ca. Roger Rivera was taking a stand for all of us.
Typically it's the corporate boss that does unjustified firings to working class, not this time! Roger was fired by the UFCW Local 5 union president. Grocery workers have been involved in a long 10 month negotiations process with the large grocery chains and are being forced to accept a contract that would cut workers wages buy $5.00 an hour, eliminate most paid holidays, Sunday premium pay, and overtime pay, etc...dismantling with one swoop of the pen what grocery workers had stood and fought for over the past 50 years! Our union president is more concerned with being "business partners" with the grocery corporate big-wigs than he is with taking care of us, the dues paying grocery workers. Angered by the hypocrisy of the whole deal, Roger Rivera was having none of it and challenged the union president of the local grocery workers. With the help of rank & file members Roger had enough signatures to be put on the ballot. Within days of announcing his candidacy Roger was "FIRED" from his job at UFCW Local 5 on trumped up charges of "insubordination".
After 33 years of dedicated service to "us" the rank & file members of UFCW Local 5 Roger Rivera a single father of two girls 9 & 14 is now unemployed only "one year" away from his eligibility to retire under the "Rule of 85". Roger's caring for the working class cost him everything and that's just intolerable.
We the rank & file would like to help Roger through this difficult time. We would like to help him keep his home & we hope to raise enough money to help him purchase a used car to be able to look for work.
Please help us the rank & file support The Roger Rivera Family during this difficult time. Any donation big or small would be greatly appreciated.