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

Viscofan Workers Launch Petition; Call for Safe Jobs

May 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm

The workers at the Viscofan plant in Danville, Illinois, deserve safe jobs, they say in a newly launched petition to The Viscofan Group Chairman Jose Domingo de Ampuero y Osma. The workers, who are members of UFCW Local 686, and their families shouldn’t have to worry whether their loved ones will come home in one piece when they […]

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 […]

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 […]