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

SCOTUS Ruling on DACA and DAPA: Justice Delayed Once Again for Immigrant Workers

June 23, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Court ruling on anti-immigrant lawsuit points to the need for comprehensive immigration reform, says Union President Washington, D.C. – As the Supreme Court suspends President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest private sector labor union, released the following statement: “Immigrant workers are by far the […]

Local 135 Helps Pass Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Law in San Diego

June 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm

On June 8, San Diego passed legislation that will immediately increase the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, and then to $11.50 an hour in January. This bill also provides five days of annual paid sick leave. Members of UFCW Local 135 played an important role in the fight for this legislation, which will help […]

Local 400 Members Ratify New Contract with Kroger

June 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

On June 8, more than 800 members of UFCW Local 400 who work at Kroger voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. The new four-year contract includes higher starting pay, raises for department heads and full-time and part-time clerks, four personal holidays (one per year), retiree healthcare extended to June 2017, and maintained healthcare […]

Perma Workers Ratify First Union Contract

June 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

On June 9, history was made as the hard-working women and men at Perma, a cannabis producer-processer in Tacoma, Wash., unanimously approved the first union contract for a recreational cannabis business in Washington state. The workers at Perma are members of UFCW Local 367. “My grandfathers would be so proud of us for organizing,” said […]

UALE Women’s Summer Schools Are Taking Registrations

June 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

The four regional United Association for Labor Education (UALE) summer schools are now accepting registrations!  These are wonderful opportunities for women activists, electeds, staff, and community allies to grow their leadership in an empowering learning community.  Scholarships are available for women ages 35 and younger (info found in links below). Check out the programs in […]