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

The Way They Worked: UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Marc Perrone Shares How His Grandparents Shaped His Work Ethic

August 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

This Labor Day weekend, Jobs with Justice has launched a series of stories called The Way They Worked to collect and share stories from people in the labor movement about how their grandparents worked, and what they learned from them. We sat down with our own UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Marc Perrone to hear about his grandfather […]

This Labor Day UFCW and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Celebrate Their Partnership to End Blood Cancer

August 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Shortly after Labor Day, September 6th will mark the beginning of Blood Cancer Awareness month–and is a reminder to us why the partnership between the UFCW and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is so important. Working together since 1983, the UFCW has helped raise over $60 million dollars for LLS through charity golf tournaments, auctions, bottle drives […]

UFCW Statement on Market Basket Sale

August 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, Richard Charette, UFCW International Vice President and President of UFCW Local 1445, and Dave Fleming, President of UFCW Local 328, today released the following joint statement in response to the sale of Market Basket. “Market Basket workers have secured the return of their preferred corporate […]

However you Celebrate Labor This Holiday, Celebrate Union-Made!

August 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day as a reminder and tribute to all the men and women who work to make our economy and our country strong, and to provide for their families. Whether you have the day off, or are getting in one last cookout of the summer in after work, help support your […]

A Labor Day Message from Bill Fletcher, Chair of the Retail Justice Alliance

August 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Originally posted on The Retail Justice Alliance As we approach Labor Day, the growing divide between the rich and poor continues to dominate the national conversation and, in some parts of the country, has led to social unrest.  While many politicians, academics and economists agree that our country’s wealth gap is bad for the economy and our […]