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

El Super Reports 5th Consecutive Quarter with a Decline in Customer Traffic Since Start of Union Initiated Consumer Boycott

May 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

—Negative El Super sales coincide with Formal Settlement Agreement with US Government ordering company to furnish information and bargain in good faith with UFCW — Los Angeles— Grupo Comercial Chedraui – the parent company of El Super grocery stores in the U.S. – has reported another quarter of disappointing sales growth. The company’s growth performance […]

Stop & Shop Workers Ratify New Contracts

April 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Last week, the hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop in New England ratified new contracts with their employer by an overwhelming majority. The contracts cover 35,000 union members represented by UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459. The new contracts secure wage increases for all the men and women whose hard work […]

Perrone and Johnson: Food safety, Local Agriculture at Risk if Congress Passes TPP

April 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm

via the Colorado Statesman by Marc Perrone and Roger Johnson on April 27, 2016 Do you care about the quality of your food and where it comes from? If you do, and you should, it is time to be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The TPP, like other trade deals before it, is […]

What Work Does to a Person

April 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Union President Statement for Workers Memorial Day Washington, D.C. – Today Marc Perrone, International President of the UFCW released the following statement in advance of Workers Memorial Day – April 28th. “Work can do amazing things for a person,” said UFCW President Marc Perrone. “But, we also know what work can do to a person physically. […]

Local 400 “Save My Store” Campaign Aims to Prevent Job Losses During Potential Corporate Merger

April 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

On March 15, following the shareholders’ approval of a merger between Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of the grocery chains Giant Food, Food Lion, and Martin’s, employees at eight stores in Maryland and Virginia were informed that their stores may be sold as a result of the merger. With the future of so many jobs […]