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

Grocery Worker Retention Act Becomes Law

February 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

The following was originally posted by RWDSU New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday signed the Grocery Worker Retention Act (GWRA) into law. The GWRA provides for a 90-day transition period to eligible employees following a change in ownership of a grocery store. “We applaud Mayor de Blasio and the city council for passing […]

How you can help the UFCW Canada workers at Covered Bridge Potato Chips

January 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

The following was originally posted by UFCW Canada: Members on strike at Covered Bridge Potato Chips are holding strong, as two replacement workers walked out of the factory to join the picket line, and thousands of messages of support continue to pour in calling for a fair first contract. The members were forced on strike […]

Walmart Closing 269 Stores Sends “Chilling Message” to Workers

January 19, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart, released the following statement responding to news that the company will close 269 stores globally, including 154 in the United States. This announcement will affect 10,000 U.S. employees. “Walmart is a company that, time and again, will say one thing and then do the […]

Local 1529 Wins Class Action Grievance

January 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

The following was shared by UFCW Local 1529: UFCW Local 1529 prides itself on making sure that all of its members are taken care of when it comes to their benefits, wages, and insurance. Wages are a big part of why all our hardworking members come to work–so they can provide for themselves and their families. During […]

Member Spotlight: Kristen Clark, Meijer Grocery Store

December 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Sometimes the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference. It’s not easy to be personable, upbeat, and polite every day and all the time doing any job, but that’s what’s expected out of cashiers to give great customer service. However, Kristen Clark, a UFCW Local 75 member, who works as cashier at an Ohio Meijer […]