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

Local & National Leaders Demand Justice for New York City Car Wash Workers

March 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm

National and local labor leaders, local elected and community leaders demonstrate and are arrested in support of Car Wash Accountability Act  BROOKLYN, NY– Today, in an act of civil disobedience, top leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) , as well as local elected and community leaders were arrested as part […]

Women’s History Month: Senator Barbara Mikulski and the Need for More Women in Congress

March 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

This week, Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Congress, announced that she will be retiring in 2017 when her term ends. The news of the the Maryland Democrat’s departure from Congress is somewhat hard to bear–Senator Mikulski, who began her career as a community organizer and worked her way up, has been a role model […]

UFCW Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 3, 2015 at 4:31 pm

The month of March marks Women’s History Month and provides us with an opportunity to honor women in the labor movement. Women’s History Month also provides us with an opportunity to examine how labor unions have benefited women, and the social and economic issues that affect women in the workplace, including the need for affordable, […]

Musician and “Workingman’s Warrior” Steve Earle Releases New Album

March 2, 2015 at 7:11 pm

Back in 2011, when the collective bargaining rights of public sector union members in Wisconsin were being threatened by union-busting Governor Scott Walker, legendary Steve Earle released two songs–‘Harlan Man’ and ‘The Mountain’–with all proceeds going the Labor Unity Fund. The songs were glimpses into the life of a union member. Just like the hundreds […]

UFCW Proud to be Recoginized by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

March 2, 2015 at 7:09 pm

Today, our partners at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) have recognized the UFCW in a full-page “thank you” ad in USA Today. In the ad, the LLS thanked each of its Light the Night partners who raised over $25,000 in 2014. Thanks to the work and generous donations from UFCW members, staff, and other groups, we are […]