Grocery Workers United

Sticking Together

When we stand together, as workers in the retail grocery industry, we can fight for better wages and benefits and improve jobs not just for union workers, but throughout our whole industry.

UFCW members know all too well that non-union retail and grocery stores -like Walmart, Target, and Whole Foods- are often in direct competition with grocery and department stores where UFCW members work. As anti-worker chains like Walmart continue to grow and to bring down industry standards, UFCW members will have to fight harder and harder at the bargaining table to maintain good wages and benefits.

Recent News

“Give Back Friday” is First in Series of Holiday Actions to Help Support Workers

November 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Yesterday, the UFCW and Making Change at Walmart officially released a series of holiday actions against Walmart, beginning with a call to action during the week leading up to Black Friday called the “Give Back Friday” initiative. Give Back Friday is all about helping the hundreds of thousands of hard-working Walmart employees who are paid so poorly that […]

Member Spotlight: Peter Hoffman, Stop & Shop

November 24, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Originally posted by Local 1500 It’s not easy to be the first person to arrive at our Union’s General Membership Meeting.  It’s even more difficult to arrive eager, excited and alert after riding a bike through the rain for a few miles.  But rain or any negativity has never stopped Peter Hoffman, and won’t stop […]

Victory at Wedge Co-Op in Minneapolis

November 23, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Last Monday, workers at Wedge Community Co-op in Minneapolis voted to form a union with UFCW Local 1189, making it the first co-op grocery in the Twin Cities area, home to many co-ops, to unionize. The Wedge employees began their union drive last December, because they wanted to unionize in order to make their jobs […]

OUTreach Press Release in Response to Walmart’s CEI Score from HRC

November 19, 2015 at 10:55 pm

  For Immediate Release: November 19, 2015 Contact: Amy Gray,   LGBTQ LABOR GROUP DEMANDS HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN TO HOLD WALMART ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBTQ WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES Group calls for changes to Walmart’s high Corporate Equality Index score with the HRC in light of alleged discrimination cases involving LGBTQ workers […]

More Than One Dozen El Super Grocery Workers and Supporters Arrested During Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Candlelight Vigil

November 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm

—Protestors Take Over Busy “Five Points” Intersection in East LA in Defiance of LAPD “Order to Disperse”— East Los Angeles, California— On Wednesday, November 18, more than five hundred El Super workers, labor, community and clergy leaders staged a nonviolent civil disobedience and candlelight vigil at the busy “Five Points” intersection near El Super’s East […]

Retail and Walmart Worker Struggles Highlighted During Democratic Debate

November 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm

Last month, Making Change at Walmart aired ads during the first Democratic presidential debate with the purpose of bringing the struggles of Walmart workers and retail workers into America’s living rooms. The ads reached over 30 million people, got covered by national media outlets, and the #OurWalmartVoices hashtag was used by thousands on Twitter and […]

Hard-Working IKEA Retail Workers Strike for Union Recognition

November 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Workers Shut Down Normal Operations of Boston-Area Store BOSTON – Early this morning, workers at a Boston-area IKEA store went on strike, shutting down normal store operations in an effort to improve the lives of hard-working IKEA workers and their families. The striking workers are the first unionized retail workers at an American IKEA store, […]

IKEA Retail Workers Form First U.S. Retail Store Union

November 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Workers Challenge IKEA’s American Labor Relations Record by Calling for Union Recognition BOSTON – Today, workers at the IKEA furniture store in Stoughton, Mass. filed with the company for union recognition. While IKEA USA has union manufacturing plants in Danville, Va., and IKEA Group prides itself on positive relationships with unionized workers in stores around […]

Low Wage Workers Across the Country Call For “$15 and a Union” on National Day of Action

November 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

On Tuesday, UFCW staff joined several hundred federal contract workers to march on Capitol Hill as part of a “Fight For $15” national day of action. The national day of action took place in more than 500 cities and involved tens of thousands of fast food, retail, transportation, and other workers who are calling for $15 an hour […]

Local 1500 Keeps the Pressure on Mrs. Green’s to Be Responsible Employer

November 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Adapted from the New York Post: Just a few weeks after opening a new outpost in the West Village in New York City, Mrs. Green’s, an upscale, organic grocer has managed to put off its left-leaning customer base and renew the motivations of UFCW Local 1500 to keep pressure on the chain to be a responsible […]

UFCW President Perrone Statement on Release of TPP Text

November 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement in response to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal text becoming public. “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton don’t agree on much, but both believe that the Trans-Pacific […]

UFCW Members Get Out the Vote in Key Races

November 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

UFCW members across the country have been busy phone calling and canvassing to help ensure our union family turns out to vote. Despite being an “off-year” election, the 2015 ballot was filled with issues and races that matter to UFCW members and their families. In Kentucky, a closely watched race for Governor between Attorney General […]

UFCW Local 653 Ends Picket of Grocery Store with News of New Union Buyer

November 3, 2015 at 1:41 pm

UFCW Local 653’s picket line at the Glen Lake Market in Minnesota ended with the news that the store is being bought by union grocer Lunds & Byerlys. UFCW Local 653 has a long-standing good relationship with Lunds & Byerlys and workers at the store will have a union voice on the job. The pickets […]

Why we Need Unions

October 26, 2015 at 7:07 pm

We know already that the prosperity of workers is closely tied to that of labor unions. As the number of unionized hardworking men and women has decreased in our country, we’ve seen the middle class eroded. New research supports just how closely those two trends are linked. “Richard Freeman at the National Bureau of Economic […]

Why do Labor Unions Oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

October 23, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Currently, many of the country’s largest unions oppose the TPP. On October 5, 2015, the day the member nations finalized the agreement in Atlanta, the presidents of five of the most powerful unions – the Teamsters (IBT), United Steelworkers (USW), Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Machinists (IAM), and Communication Workers (CWA) – issued statements declaring their opposition to the trade deal. So, […]

Community Allies Across Several States Rally to “Change Price Rite for the Better”

October 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm

On October 15 and 16, UFCW, Jobs With Justice, and community partners from across Conn., N.Y., Mass., R.I., and Md., rallied to take aim at Wakefern Food Corporation’s Price Rite grocery store brand as part of the “Change Price Rite Supermarkets for the Better” campaign. The Price Rite campaign is part of a national and regional effort of […]

New UFCW Canada Flags Abuse of Migrant Agriculture Workers in Canada

October 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm

A new report from UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance reveals how many of Canada’s more than 45,000 migrant and temporary agriculture workers regularly face workplace and human rights abuse. The Status of Migrant Farm Workers in Canada 2015 details how this mostly invisible workforce, hidden away in agriculture centers across Canada, is left […]

LabCorp Workers Vote Union Yes

October 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm

LabCorp workers at labs across San Diego and Los Angeles County voted union Yes this week to join UFCW Local 135 and UFCW Local 770. The workers join a growing movement of phlebotamists and lab technicians who have come together from the Northwest to the Southwest to raise standards in the health-care industry. LabCorp is […]

Honoring a Devoted UFCW “Cancer Kicker”

October 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Originally posted by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Frank Meehan spent two decades spearheading the United Food & Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) effort to raise money to defeat blood cancers. As president of the Long Island, NY Local, he was one of the first leaders to act upon the union’s national relationship withThe Leukemia & Lymphoma […]


October 13, 2015 at 8:26 pm

#OurWalmartVoices ad campaign to air during first Democratic presidential debate, features voices of real Walmart workers Washington, DC — “Making Change at Walmart (MCAW),” the national campaign to change Walmart, announced a new ad campaign called #OurWalmartVoices that will begin airing this Tuesday during the first Democratic presidential debate on CNN. In a direct effort […]