History of the Fund


The Southern California United Food & Commercial Workers Unions and Food Employers Joint Benefit Funds were created more than 40 years ago, as a result of collective bargaining between the Southern California Retail Food Employers and the Southern California UFCW Union Locals. The Funds cover close to 100,000 members. There are two Funds – the Pension Fund and the Benefit Fund – through which member retirement and health and welfare benefits are provided.


Each Fund operates under the direction of its Joint Board of Trustees, consisting of Union and Employer representatives with equal voting rights. The Union and Employer Collective Bargaining parties work together to determine the plans’ benefits during contract negotiations, and direct the Trustees to set policy and manage the plans in accordance with the contract’s terms.


Your Employer pays the cost of your health care, dental care, death benefits, scholarship and tuition assistance benefits, and pension benefits through contributions to the Trust Funds. These contributions reflect a specified amount for each hour you work, and for your paid holidays, paid sick leave, paid jury duty, and paid vacation days. Benefits – for example, a retiree’s monthly pension benefit payment or a portion of the costs incurred for a doctor’s visit – are paid by Trust Fund assets, which are comprised of Employer contributions and investment earnings on those contributions.


The Fund Office, located in Cypress, California, carries out the day-to-day operations of the Funds, which includes payment of benefits and administration of the rules of the retirement and health and welfare plans. Fund Office employees report to the Joint (Union and Employer) Board of Trustees.


Please refer to the Contact Us section of this site for Fund Office contact information, including our phone number and hours of operation.