James Araby

Job title: 
Executive Director, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Western States Council

National Advisory Council: 2018

James Araby is the Director of Strategic Campaigns for UFCW local 5, a 30,000-member union based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Araby works across Northern California to build political power for UFCW members, who work in the grocery, retail, retail drug, cannabis, and agricultural industries. In addition to the political work, Mr. Araby leads UFCW 5’s organizing department. In 2019 UFCW 5 was able to organize 500 new members into the union.

Mr. Araby serves on the advisory board at the UC-Berkeley Labor Center, is an appointee on California’s Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (IACA) and is a former board chair for CORO Northern California.

Before joining UFCW 5, Mr. Araby was the Executive Director of UFCW Western States Council, where he helped lead coalitions in California to pass first in the nation laws on: paid-sick days, banning plastic bags, worker retention in the grocery industry and regulating medical cannabis.

Mr. Araby was born and raised in Boston, MA and attended school in Hawaii where he met his wife Trina Araby. Mr. Araby and Trina have two children and live in Briones, CA.