Our Industries

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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.
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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.
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Retail

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

Local 400 Members Ratify New Contract with Kroger

June 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

On June 8, more than 800 members of UFCW Local 400 who work at Kroger voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. The new four-year contract includes higher starting pay, raises for department heads and full-time and part-time clerks, four personal holidays (one per year), retiree healthcare extended to June 2017, and maintained healthcare […]

UFCW Local 21 Member Speaks at the White House United State of Women

June 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Ariana Davis, a UFCW Local 21 member who works at Safeway, spoke at the White House United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. She shared the stage with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, actress Kerry Washington and Oprah to discuss key gender equality issues. Ariana presented with AFL-CIO […]

Walmart Workers Take a Stand at Company’s Shareholders’ Meeting

June 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

On June 3, Walmart worker Margaret Hooten and former Walmart customer Jason Cooper Grabb gave speeches during Walmart’s annual shareholders’ meeting at the Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. Sponsored by Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), Hooten and Cooper Grabb wanted the company and its shareholders to hear some real stories about their experiences with […]

Macy’s Workers and Supporters Rally for a Fair Contract

June 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Last week, hundreds of Macy’s workers and their supporters rallied in front of the Macy’s Herald Square flagship store in New York City, the largest department store in the United States, to demand a fair contract for 5,000 RWDSU Local 1-S members employed at Macy’s. The workers called for a fair contract that provides living […]

Crème of the Crop Workers Ratify First Union Contract

June 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

On May 25, Crème of the Crop workers in Tacoma, Washington, voted to ratify their first union contract. Crème of the Crop is a women-owned and operated cannabis retail shop, and 100 percent of the workers, who are members of UFCW Local 367, voted to ratify the contract. The two-year contract raises wages for budtenders […]