Executive Vice President
William T. McDonough is an activist, issue-oriented leader dedicated to building the broad-based worker movement that will make economic justice possible for 21st century workers. As the Director of Collective Bargaining, Bill utilizes new strategies; unity bargaining campaigns; and innovative, broad-based actions to mobilize UFCW members so they can build a powerful voice in the workplace and a better life for themselves and their families. Under McDonough’s leadership, UFCW unions are bargaining to organize, winning industry-leading contracts, and proving again and again that workers truly are more powerful when they speak together.
Bill’s three decades of experience as a union builder and rank-and-file organizer inform his role as Director of Collective Bargaining. At the heart of McDonough’s leadership is a belief that rank-and-file members must truly be engaged in the fight for economic justice and that worker voices are the key to building enough power to fight national and international corporate giants at the bargaining table.
Bill traces his union activism back to his days as a stock boy at Filene’s Department Store in Boston, Massachusetts, where his own rank-and-file activism helped build his union. Since that time, he has risen quickly through the ranks, dedicating his life to helping workers achieve economic justice by securing union contracts and a UFCW voice on the job.
Bill was elected International Vice President in 1998. In 2002, he became Director of UFCW Region 8 – Western, serving in that position during the historic Southern California grocery strike. Bill was elected Executive Vice President and appointed Organizing Director in 2004. In that capacity, he established a multi-layered, union-wide UFCW core-industry organizing program to build UFCW density and member power at the bargaining table.