Who We Are

Our Voice

Our union is founded on workers empowering workers to unite and find their voice. We are made up of more than 1.3 million people working primarily in grocery and retail stores, and in the food processing and meat packing industries. Together, we are proud to put the food on America’s tables.

UFCW members work in all 50 states, and in Canada, and belong to more than 400 local unions. We’re also the union with the largest percentage of members under the age of 35 and are made up of both full and part-time workers.

If you shop in a grocery store, chances are you’ve been helped by a UFCW member or purchased products made in one of the plants we work in.

UFCW members are:

  • ADVOCATES for grocery, retail, meat packing, and food processing workers;
  • A COLLECTIVE VOICE for working people and the middle class;
  • A UNION of worker-activists fighting for social and economic justice, and the American Dream

ADVOCATES for Grocery, Retail, Meat Packing, and Food Processing Workers

Together in our union, UFCW members work to improve wages, benefits, and conditions on the job. We negotiate with our employers to make sure they compensate workers with kind of pay and benefits that allow us the dignity of a fair paycheck and the ability to support ourselves.

We advocate for laws and policies that bring up the economic standards in our communities, and we work to elect candidates who really go to bat for working people. We organize, inspire, and mobilize our co-workers, neighbors, and communities and bring people into our nationwide movement for social and economic justice.

A COLLECTIVE VOICE for Working People

Workers have the right to stick together on the job, to go to the boss and negotiate the kind of wages, benefits, and safe working conditions we need to raise our kids, to live a decent life, to put a little something aside for a rainy day, and to retire with dignity.This right to stick together is a basic, fundamental right at the heart of the labor movement, and our union.

We join together in our union because we know the fate of the American worker can’t be left entirely in the hands of the wealthiest one percent. After all, no one knows the issues that impact working America better than the workers themselves.

A UNION OF WORKER-ACTIVISTS FIGHTING FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE

We know and understand what workers face on the job. Workers need career jobs with affordable health care; decent, middle-class wages; and safe working environments. We work to improve the opportunities for families. We work to improve jobs so we can turn our dreams into reality and raise the standards for everyone.

In addition to pushing for respect on the job, we also are active in fighting to strengthen our communities as a whole. Check out just a small snapshot of some of the work we’re doing and ways we are engaging our community members.

 UFCW News

Take Part in a Great Cause and Join a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk

July 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

UFCW members all across the country are excited for the 2015 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Light the Night Walks. We hope you will consider joining us this year at this great event. Light the Night Walks happen in communities all across the country. During these evening walks, participants carry illuminated lanterns – white for […]

Support America, Support Unions–Your UFCW-Made Fourth of July Shopping List!

July 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

This Independence Day, aside from sporting red, white, and blue, show your patriotism by supporting union jobs. If you’re shopping for a 4th of July BBQ, we’ve got a handy shopping list full of products made by UFCW brothers and sisters across the country. And if you have to run to the store on the […]

New Report Says Virtual Labor Organizing Could Be Key In Organizing New Workers

June 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The Century Foundation has a new report suggesting that virtual labor organizing could be the key to getting a new generation of workers to join unions. According to the report, “Organizing a union through the use of online tools would allow employees to band together in a more organic, grassroots effort that does not require outside help […]

Indianapolis Retail Workers, Allies, Mobilize for Bill of Rights

June 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm

On June 17, members of the newly formed Lift Retail Jobs Campaign, held a press conference to highlight the economic plight of local retail workers and  unveiled a Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights. The Lift Retail Jobs Campaign is a coalition of retail workers, local businesses, and community groups who  have a vested interest in […]

UFCW Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges

June 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. “Today, marriage equality is finally the law of the land. This decision secures equality and dignity for every family in all fifty states. Our UFCW family […]