Who We Are

Your Friends and Neighbors

We’re the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) – a proud union family that helps feed, serve, and provide for America’s hard-working families.

From retail stores to pharmacies, food processing to manufacturing, our incredible members work hard because America’s working and middle class families work hard. Whether it’s at your grocery or a department store, or even your local pharmacy, our 1.3 million members are your friends and neighbors, and we’re there to help your family achieve a better life.

It’s why every day, all across the towns and cities we call home, we’re united behind one goal: helping to improve the lives and futures of working and middle-class families all across America.

We See You Every Day

Our members are proud to be part of your daily lives. From regional to national grocery chains—like Kroger (including Fred Meyer, Ralphs and King Soopers), Albertsons (including Safeway, Vons, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Cars, Pavilion, Acme, Shaw’s, Star, Jewel-Osco and Lucky), Supervalu (Cub Foods, Rainbow, and Shoppers Food)—or the processing facilities that make iconic foods like Campbell’s soup, Welch’s jelly, or Kraft mac and cheese—we help put food on America’s tables.

Whether you’re filling your prescription at CVS or Osco pharmacy, or buying clothes for back-to-school at Macy’s, Bloomingdales, or H&M, it’s our members, at so many of these stores, who stand with union pride ready to help.

Good, Safe Food is a Priority

Nothing is more important than providing safe food for you and your family. Because of the hard work of hundreds of thousands of UFCW members behind the scenes preparing the food and treats your family loves, we’re making sure that it’s prepared safely and correctly. In fact, more than 70% of the beef (and 60% of the pork) that our families eat is produced by our members at UFCW-represented packing plants.

Best of all, whether it’s the sandwich you prepare for lunch, the bacon you have for breakfast, or the dry goods you pick up at the supermarket, it’s our members who help make sure the food you want is ready for you. While you may already have heard of brands like Smithfield, Hormel, Oscar Mayer, Heinz, or Campbell’s, we want you to know that the men and women of the UFCW prepare the foods your family loves.

Standing Up for Hard-Working Families

Every hard-working family, no matter where they live, has earned the right to a better life. It’s what we believe, and it’s why we fight for the issues that can make a real difference in the lives of working and middle-class families. Better wages, better benefits, schedules that give working people control over their lives, and safe and just workplaces are what truly matter.

Whether or not you are a member of the UFCW, providing a better life for others is a responsibility we all share. It’s why we are committed to fighting for a living wage, for more affordable health care, for good jobs that can support a family, and for making sure that every worker has the right to negotiate a brighter future.

 UFCW News

RWDSU Members and Activists Leaflet at Macy’s

May 31, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Adapted from RWDSU This Memorial Day, RWDSU members and other worker activists distributed leaflets outside of Macy’s Herald Square, the retail chain’s flagship location, to remind customers doing their Memorial Day sales shopping that Local 1-S members are “the real magic of Macy’s.” Besides giving Macy’s workers the recognition they deserve for making shopping at […]

Hillary Clinton Meets with Retail Workers at UFCW Conference

May 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

In sit down with Sec. Clinton, retail workers talk about organizing and their fight for fair work practices  (LAS VEGAS, NV) – Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton met with hard-working retail workers from across the industry to discuss the  issues impacting them, their families, and co-workers.  During the meeting, the workers talked about their day-to-day challenges, […]

MCAW and UFCW OUTreach Respond to Walmart’s Silence on Bathroom Incident in Connecticut

May 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Last week, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) and UFCW OUTreach issued the following statement in response to reports that a Connecticut woman, who had just donated her hair to a cancer charity, was harassed in a Walmart bathroom by someone who mistook her as transgender: “Across the country, stores are proudly showing their support for […]

Twin City Tanning Workers Join Local 431

May 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On May 9, Twin City Tanning workers in Waterloo, Iowa, voted 39-1 to join UFCW Local 431. The workers had no idea how many hours they would be working on a given day and wanted respect on the job and consistent scheduling. The workers also wanted an affordable health insurance plan, paid time off and raises. “After […]

UFCW Stop & Shop Members Thank Customers for Support During Contract Fight

May 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Adapted from UFCW Local 1459 Last week, dozens of Stop & Shop union members, staff, and community members from New England UFCW locals went out to Stop & Shop stores as part of a Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the customers whose support helped win a strong union contract for over 35,000 Stop & Shop union members […]