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

UFCW Member Elected Co-Chair of AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Council

August 20, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Last week, UFCW Local 1059 member Erica Clemmons was elected co-chair of the AFL-CIO’s Young Workers Advisory Council (YWAC). YWAC is comprised of 30 young workers from various AFL-CIO affiliate unions across the United States. The purpose of YWAC is to foster dialogue among young workers who are active in the labor movement, with the hope of creating resources […]

UFCW Local 400 Police Officers Fundraise for Special Olympics Torch Run

August 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Two Annapolis, Maryland police officers, both members of UFCW Local 400 were recently spotted at a Dunkin Donuts, where they were fundraising for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Known as the LETR, the torch run raises funds for the Special Olympics. To learn more about the LETR, click here.      

Member Profile: Mike Davis

August 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

For 38 years, retired UFCW member Mike Davis worked at Kroger as a member of Local 550 and later Local 700. We chatted with him this week about his experience as a union member: Beginning work at Kroger at age 17 in 1969 in Indiana, Mike says he decided to work there because it was […]

UFCW Gold Internship Recap

August 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

The GOLD Internship Program came to a close last week at a final debrief in Chicago. Thirty six interns reflected upon their four week action projects and planned for how they could be effective activists when they return to their local unions. Action projects took place all across the country. In Chicago: GOLD interns helped deliver […]

UFCW Local 1776 Workers at JBS Ratify New Contract

August 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

This week, JBS workers in Souderton, Pa., overwhelmingly voted to accept a new five-year contract. The contract covers more than 1,100 workers. Negotiations for a new agreement began last December. UFCW Local 1776 members bargained in solidarity for affordable health care and fair wage increases.  Many members participated in various chain activities leading up to ratifying the […]