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

One Year After Deadly Factory Collapse, Workers Still Fighting for Compensation

April 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

On April 24th last year, garment workers in a Bangladeshi factory were reassured that the cracks that had appeared in the walls the previous day where they were working had been repaired. Just an hour later, the building collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring at least 2,500. Two of the factories in the building have […]

AFL-CIO Releases 2014 Executive PayWatch Series

April 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Last week, the AFL-CIO unveiled the 2014 Executive PayWatch report. According to the data, U.S. CEOs pocketed, on average, $11.7 million in 2013 compared to the average worker who earned $35,293. That means CEOs were paid 331 times that of the average worker. Many of the CEOs highlighted in PayWatch head companies like Walmart. In […]

UFCW Releases 2013 Congressional Scorecard

April 21, 2014 at 3:48 pm

The UFCW has released a scorecard for the first session of the 113th Congress. Members of both the House and Senate were graded on a series of bills that impacted workers and their families. The House of Representatives scorecard included measures to gut workers’ rights, end the government shutdown, and reauthorize the Violence Against Women […]

UFCW Local 876 Rite Aid Pharmacy Workers Ratify a New Agreement

April 17, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Yesterday, UFCW Local 876 Rite Aid Pharmacy workers voted to ratify a new, three-year agreement. The contract guarantees 7% wage increases for all members over the course of the contract and also protects pension and health care benefits, and preserves all current holiday, vacation, and personal days. Nearly 800 Rite Aid Pharmacy workers across 77 […]

Global Day of Action will Mark Anniversary of Rana Plaza Garment Building Collapse in Bangladesh

April 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Making Change at Walmart is joining Jobs with Justice, the International Labor Rights Forum, and community allies from around the world on April 24, in a day of action to stand in solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh. One year after the Rana Plaza building collapse killed at least 1,138 people and injured more than […]