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 Intl President Marc Perrone on Safeway Albertsons Merger

January 30, 2015 at 9:28 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 Safeway’s merger with Albertsons: “More than 250,000 Safeway and Albertsons workers are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). UFCW members also work for several other Cerberus Capital Management-operated supermarkets […]

Make Your Super Bowl Celebration Union-Made!

January 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Originally posted by the AFL-CIO On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Glendale, Ariz., at Super Bowl XLIX (49 for those of us who are shaky on Roman numerals).  While the Super Bowl carries a union label, from […]

UFCW Local 540 Hosts Immigration Workshop

January 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

On January 23-25, UFCW Local 540 hosted an immigration workshop and informational session with more than 50 attendees as part of the UFCW’s Union Citizenship Action Network (UCAN). During the workshop, participants discussed President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration known as Deferred Action for Parents (DAP), along with learning about the naturalization process and […]

Member Spotlight: Local 1500’s ‘Battling’ Barbara Balos

January 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Originally posted on Labor Press In her 25 years with UFCW Local 1500, Barbara Balos, 48, has helped run several major chain supermarkets throughout the city. For the last several years, the Long Island mom has been the non-foods manager at a bustling Bronx Pathmark, overseeing ordering, deliveries and more. Balos has a knack for getting things […]

Richest One Percent Will Own More Than Half the World’s Wealth by 2016

January 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

A new report by Oxfam underscores the fact that income inequality is continuing to rise to dangerous levels. The report, titled Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More, estimates that the combined wealth of the richest one percent will exceed that of the 99 percent next year unless actions are taken to curb inequality. According […]