Join With Other Members and Ask the 2016 Presidential Candidates the Tough Questions – #AnswerMyQuestions2016

Dem Debate 2015 Selfie QuestionsIf we want to create a better life for all our members and hard-working families, we need to hold presidential candidates, from both parties, accountable. And, that starts with them answering your tough questions.

So we’re doing something a little different this presidential cycle, and it starts with new effort were calling #AnswerMyQuestion2016.

The goal is really simple.

We want all the 2016 presidential candidates, Democratic and Republican, to answer your questions and those of all of our hard-working members – and there is no better time to ask tough questions than a debate.

So, the first phase of our grassroots social media effort begins with the first Democratic Debate. As you know, this coming Tuesday, October 13th, at 9pm EST, CNN will televise this year’s first Democratic Debate from Las Vegas. The world will be watching to see what Presidential candidates Hilary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee will have to say.

So, our goal, is to pressure the candidates to answer your questions and that is why we need your help. We all know how difficult it today for so many families, but do they have answers on how they will solve the problems that will create a better life for you and your family?

We all want to know, and we need your help to get answers.

Tell us what questions you have for the presidential candidates at this first Democratic debate. Take a video of you holding a sign with your question, or just your picture of your question. Either way, post your submissions at http://ufcw.tumblr.com/. We hope you encourage your friends and co-workers to do the same.

We’ll not only post these questions on our tumblr and ufcw.org, we’ll retweet, repost, and share what you’re saying across social media so we can let these candidates know that your questions matter.

To help spread the word, we hope you’ll post your question on your facebook page or tweet it out. And, if you do remember to use the hashtags #AnswerMyQuestion2016 or #DemDebate. Share it on Instagram too! And, make sure to tag us @ufcw_international)

So join with us. Let’s get our voices heard, and our 2016 questions answered. Because you and every hard-working family deserve to know how those running for President will build a better life for the people we all care about.


UFCW President Perrone Statement on Adoption of Right to Work in Wisconsin

“By standing against hard-working families, Governor Walker should be ashamed, but we know he is not.”

UFCWnewsWASHINGTON, D.C.Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the adoption of right to work in Wisconsin.

“Every elected leader has a sacred responsibility to stand up for America’s hard-working families and to help them achieve a better life. Higher wages, better benefits, equal pay for equal work, protection from discrimination and exploitation; those are the rights that unions offer and which we fight for every single day. These are the true rights that Governor Scott Walker wants to take away from the union men and women who work hard, sacrifice, and help make Wisconsin and America a better place.

The truth is by standing against hard-working families, Governor Scott Walker should be ashamed, but we know he is not. He has chosen to pursue a radical agenda that willingly ignores that this law will devastate countless workers and their families. Make no mistake, this law gives irresponsible corporations, let alone politicians, the right to exploit and mistreat countless men and women all across Wisconsin.

Let me be clear, this fight is not over. We will stand up and fight for the right to protect our hard-working union family and the rights of countless families in Wisconsin and all across America who earn and deserve a better life.”wisconsin


Key Facts: Value of Union Membership for Hard-Working Men and Women

  • Union workers vs non-union workers earn higher wages, receive better benefits, and have more job security than non-union workers. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Union Members – 2014”, January 2015, Table 2. Available at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm
  • Women are more likely to get equal pay for equal work by being a union member. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Union Members – 2014”, January 2015, Table 2. Available at: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm
  • LGBT workers are less likely to be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity as a union member.  Source: Frank, Miriam. “Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America”, Temple University Press, 2014.


The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.

UFCW Members Sound Off on Why Voting in This Election Is So Important!

1836618_10150621440574945_8676524051162735750_oWe asked UFCW members from all around the country why they took a pledge to vote this November 4th in the mid-term elections. Here’s what some of you said:

“To elect candidates who want to protect the middle class, not destroy it.” –-Andrew Myers; Swanton, Ohio

“Too many people died to give me this right and it dishonors their legacy for me not to vote.” —Ericka Ferrell; Oxon Hill, Maryland

“Because we need to oust these career corrupt politicians who don’t listen to what we want or need!” —Anthony Giordano; Hamden, Connecticut

“I am voting to protect women’s rights, to protect unions, elderly, students, the environment, voters, the economy and all of the 99%.” —Member from Chillicothe, Ohio

“To stop anti-union candidates!” —Andrew Carillo; Denver, Colorado

“I’m voting this year because I want a governor that is not going to decimate the private sector unions by introducing right to work.” —Donovan Jurss, UFCW Local 1473

“To exercise my right to have my opinion heard and get rid of Mitch” —Jeanelle Fuson; Covington, Kentucky

“I vote every year!!! We need keep Democrats in office!!!!” —Karen; Dalton, Georgia

“Because it’s the right thing to do.” —Leinaala Furtado; Santee, California

“Because it is time to get all the officials elected that care about working people.” —Mary Spicher

“For a better future for my children” —Nikki Rich; House Springs, Montana

“To try to move this country forward–we have been at this road block way too long” —Pam; Spring, Texas

“To make America a better place, and to help the American worker any way I can…go union–keep fighting for America…” —Prisco; Guilford, Connecticut

“To keep the super-rich from completely taking over this country.” —Tom; Feasterville, Pennsylvania

“It takes the entire community to make a change. As a society, if we don’t start picking our leaders more carefully, we will never progress past the sorry state we are in.” —Member from Indianapolis, Indiana

“I’m voting to insure a Democratic victory for this country and the people who are pushed aside and ignored. It’s time to push back.”

“Yes I am [voting]–also doing door knocking and phone-banking.”

“I’m voting because my vote might help to make a difference in the middle class and the lower class in reference to jobs, economy and education.”


We couldn’t be more proud of all of our engaged members who will be voting to make a difference in their communities, and standing up for working people! Make sure you cast your vote on November 4th if you haven’t already voted early. You can make sure you have everything you need by heading to our voter information hub!