Fairness for Foodworkers

Over 240,000 UFCW members work in the packing and food processing industry. We work the kill floors and processing sides of beef, pork, lamb, and chicken plants. We process meat in refrigerated plants making hams, bacon, and ground beef. 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. We have hundreds of thousands of UFCW union brothers and sisters that 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.

Recent News

New Government Study Confirms Dangers of Working in Poultry Industry

April 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

WASHINGTON, DC—A new study released by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) confirms what workers in the poultry industry have been saying for decades—it is among the most dangerous places to work in America. Among the key findings of the report: 42 percent of workers had evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome 41 […]

UFCW JBS Workers Lobby to Protect Workers in the Beef and Pork Industries

April 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Last week, UFCW JBS beef and pork workers traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of lobby days to advocate for workers who are facing hardships in the meatpacking industry. Members from UFCW Locals 7R, 227, 293, 435, 540, 951, 1149, 1161, 1473, and 1776 visited with White House staff, numerous members of Congress, the […]

UFCW Local 75 Cincinnati Processing Workers Ratify Their First Contract

April 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

UFCW Local 75 workers at Cincinnati Processing, a plant that supplies pork products to Kroger stores in four states, ratified their first contract on March 26. Organizing at the plant was a multi-decade struggle for plant workers and the first contract marks the successful conclusion of that campaign. The cutting of pork products used to […]

UFCW Members in Minnesota Lobby Their Legislators

April 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Members from UFCW Locals 653 and 1189 talked with their Representatives at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. The members lobbied for increasing the minimum wage, for the passage of paid sick leave, and medical cannabis laws. UFCW Local 1189 member Dave Vasquez, who works on the kill floor at Dakota Premium, was happy […]

103 Years Later: Unions Still Fight to Improve Safety Standards at Work

March 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm

On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the cramped floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City.  When the workers—mostly young female immigrants—tried to escape, they encountered locked doors and broken fire escapes.  Rather than be burned alive, the workers began jumping out of windows and fell to their deaths on the […]