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

New Report Says Virtual Labor Organizing Could Be Key In Organizing New Workers

June 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The Century Foundation has a new report suggesting that virtual labor organizing could be the key to getting a new generation of workers to join unions. According to the report, “Organizing a union through the use of online tools would allow employees to band together in a more organic, grassroots effort that does not require outside help […]

Indianapolis Retail Workers, Allies, Mobilize for Bill of Rights

June 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm

On June 17, members of the newly formed Lift Retail Jobs Campaign, held a press conference to highlight the economic plight of local retail workers and  unveiled a Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights. The Lift Retail Jobs Campaign is a coalition of retail workers, local businesses, and community groups who  have a vested interest in […]

UFCW Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges

June 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. “Today, marriage equality is finally the law of the land. This decision secures equality and dignity for every family in all fifty states. Our UFCW family […]

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in All 50 States

June 25, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance subsidies as legal in a 6-3 ruling.  The decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who need financial assistance to purchase health insurance, and means that tax credits for middle class and low-income Americans will be available in all 50 states. The […]

UFCW President Perrone: “Passage of Fast Track is a Historic Bipartisan Failure the American People Will Never Forget.”

June 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm

We will make sure that our 1.3 million members and their families know exactly who stood up for hard-working families and who did not.” 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 […]

President Perrone: U.S. Senators Should Stand with Hard-Working Families and Stop Stand-Alone Fast Track

June 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Letter Sent to All Members of the U.S. Senate states: “This current stand-alone fast track bill is even worse for workers than the previous Senate bill you voted on a few weeks ago.”  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of an expected vote on fast track in the U.S. Senate, Marc Perrone, International President of the […]

Support #UFCWDads by Shopping Union-Made This Father’s Day!

June 19, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Haven’t got a gift for dad yet? No worries! We’ve put together some great UFCW-made ideas for your Father’s Day shopping list! When you buy union, you’re supporting the men and women who work hard every day to make and sell these quality goods. You’re also supporting good union jobs, that enable working parents to support their families with […]

President Perrone: Today’s Fast Track Vote Displays Desperation

June 18, 2015 at 4:48 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 U.S. House passing stand-alone fast track trade legislation. “Today’s vote in the U.S. House displays the desperate levels that supporters of this terrible […]

New Report Sheds Light on Walmart’s Overseas Tax Havens

June 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Americans for Tax Fairness released a new report yesterday that sheds light on Walmart’s placement of at least $76 billion in assets into an elaborate, undisclosed web of 78 subsidiaries and branches in 15 offshore tax havens, which may be used to minimize foreign taxes where it has retail operations and avoid U.S. taxes on […]

Workers at Cannabis Club Collective Approve First-Ever Washington State Contract

June 18, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Workers at the Cannabis Club Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary in Tacoma, Wash., have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Washington state and have joined UFCW Local 367. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous, and sets a new standard for cannabis workers in Washington. “We’re going to set a high […]

More LabCorp Workers Say Union Yes and Join UFCW Local 1428

June 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

On Saturday, June 13, UFCW Local 1428 welcomed 40 new UFCW members who work at six different LabCorp facilities across southern Calif., after they overwhelmingly voted “yes” and won their election. Adrianna Beltran, a LabCorp worker from Covina, California spoke about gaining a voice on the job: “I am very happy to join my coworkers who voted in May! […]

Workers Win Impending Settlement Against Gourmet Boutique West with Support of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99

June 16, 2015 at 1:46 pm

(PHOENIX, Arizona) – Workers at the Gourmet Boutique West food processing plant are celebrating a tentative settlement agreement with the company. Along with the workers securing their right to freely pursue joining a union without the fear of retaliation, the tentative settlement also includes the reinstatement of two unjustly-terminated workers along with back pay. The pending […]

UFCW and LCLAA Bring Groundbreaking Immigration Program to Miami

June 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Workers, the labor movement, and allies continue organizing immigrant workers to file and fight for deferred actions on immigration and increased worker protections (Miami, Fla., Friday, June 12th) – In the wake of the ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, workers and labor leaders are gathering in Miami over the […]

President Perrone: “The Best Way to Help the Jobless is to Stop Passing Trade Agreements like TPP that Kill Jobs.”

June 12, 2015 at 6:15 pm

“Our campaign for trade policy that is fair and just will continue full speed ahead.” 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 U.S. House failing to advance fast track trade […]

New Report Reveals How Retail Industry is Failing Black and Latino Workers

June 11, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Demos and the NAACP released a  report last week titled, “The Retail Race Divide: How the Retail Industry is Perpetuating Racial Inequality in the 21st Century.” The paper examines the differences in retail workers’ occupations, earnings, and schedules to reveal how employment in the retail industry fails to meet the needs of the Black and […]

New TPP Ad Released Urging a “No” Vote on Fast Track

June 9, 2015 at 6:09 pm

Letter Sent to All Members of the House of Representatives Asking: “Will you do what is right for America’s hard-working men and women who you are sworn to serve?” WASHINGTON, D.C.—Highlighting the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the reluctance of the Obama administration to release details, the UFCW today released a new ad urging members […]

Mexican Workers Protest Against Chedraui in Mexico City in Support of El Super Workers in the U.S.

June 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

More than 150 members of Mexican trade unions participated last week in a demonstration against Grupo Comercial Chedraui in Mexico City to protest unfair working conditions at El Super stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. This protest was part of the International Day of Action in Solidarity with El Super employees. Members of the National […]

Union Plus Reminds Us All Why #ItsGoodToBeUnion

June 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Union members have been joining in on why #ItsGoodToBeUnion, but let’s really turn it up! Every weekend in June, Union Plus will be adding a challenge to the mix, and offering a prize. Why? Because unions created the weekend, the weekly reminder that #ItsGoodToBeUnion. Saturday, June 6th, through Sunday, June 7th, union members who follow Union Plus on Facebook, […]

UFCW Members in Missouri Will Not Rest Until Right to Work is Defeated Once and for All

June 4, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Missouri — Dave Cook, President of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 655, Steven Straher, President of UFCW Local 88, and Tom Price, President of UFCW Local 2, representing 20,000 workers across Missouri, today released the following statement in response to Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of right to work legislation. “On behalf of the […]

Food Front Co-Op Workers Vote Union Yes

June 3, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Workers at Food Front Co-op stores have voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 555. After an overwhelming vote in favor of joining the union, 91 workers will become members of UFCW Local 555. Food Front Co-op has two stores in the Northwest and Hillsdale neighborhoods of Portland. With more […]