Our Industries


Retail Food

Hundreds of thousands of UFCW union brothers and sisters work in supermarkets across the country—slicing our meat in their delis and stocking shelves with the cereal, soup, and frozen foods that we produce.

Packing and Food Processing

UFCW members produce Oscar Mayer hot dogs, Campbell’s Soup, Tyson chicken fingers and even Crunch-n-Munch—everything from chicken and steaks to vegetables and snacks.


Retail jobs are the future of work in America. UFCW members at stores like Macy's, H&M, and Bloomingdales are helping make sure a career in retail still means being able to support yourself and your family.

A Voice for Working America

The future of working families depends on a united voice that can stand up to powerful corporate interests.

The working men and women of the UFCW are that voice.

UFCW members work in a wide range of fields in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada but are concentrated in grocery stores, meatpacking and poultry plants, food processing and manufacturing plants, and retail stores. We’re proud of the jobs we work and are dedicated to improving not only the standards at our union workplaces, but raising the bar for jobs throughout the entirety of our industries.

Together, we can help rebuild American jobs through:

  • Negotiating good contracts with our employers that allow employers and employees to find common ground and hold both sides to a high level of excellence.
  • Advocating for workers’ issues on the local, state, and national levels so we can make sure our concerns are heard above the drone of corporate lobbyists.
  • Organizing more workers in our industries, not only because it grows our movement, but because greater representation within a given industry makes it easier for good employers to reward their employees.When big companies like Walmart slash benefits and wages, it has a negative effect on job standards not only within the company, but has a ripple effect throughout the entire global retail industry. But when workers come together to achieve improvements in their workplaces, that also has an impact that is greater than just their companys. The more workers with representation, the more influence we have to affect positive change and restore balance to our economy.


Recent News

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Local 770 Member Lydia Flores Fighting for Justice at El Super

October 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Originally posted by the AFL-CIO On Oct. 7, the White House is holding a summit with leaders in the various movements to improve the lives of working people across the country, with a focus on how to make sure that economic growth is broad-based and that workers share in the benefits they help create with their labor. […]

Statement on Haggen Bankruptcy Developments “Haggen Has a Responsibility to Do What Is Right”

September 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Washington, D.C. – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union released the following statement regarding the Haggen bankruptcy as it relates to the motion filed to close 100 stores, as well as the recent approval of Albertson’s to hire back Haggen employees. “Across our communities, the hard-working men and women of Haggen, their […]

UFCW Local 538 Retirees Take Stand Against Kraft-Heinz Benefit Cuts

September 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Retirees from the Kraft-Heinz company in Wisconsin became concerned when they began receiving letters telling them that their health care was changing to give them more “flexibility, choice and control.” Because they had a union while they worked, they reached out to UFCW Local 538 in Madison, Wis., which confirmed that the “choice and control” […]

Why Unions Matter: Helping Families Through Times of Need

September 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

A year and a half ago, when Richard Kern was 18, he was diagnosed with malignant Melanoma. While going through treatment, his medical bills soared to exceed $100,000. Thankfully, Richard’s mom is a member of UFCW Local 1059. Because of the collective bargaining agreement UFCW Local 1059 fought for at Kroger where Mrs. Kern works, her […]

CTI Foods Employees Overwhelmingly Vote YES to Become UFCW Local 1776 Members

September 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

On August 26, CTI Foods employees became the newest members of UFCW Local 1776 as they overwhelmingly voted “Yes” to have Local 1776 represent them for the purposes of collective bargaining.  The official vote tally from this secret ballot election, run by the National Labor Relations Board, was 50 Yes to 19 No.  CTI Foods […]