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

SCOTUS Ruling on DACA and DAPA: Justice Delayed Once Again for Immigrant Workers

June 23, 2016 at 4:42 pm

Court ruling on anti-immigrant lawsuit points to the need for comprehensive immigration reform, says Union President Washington, D.C. – As the Supreme Court suspends President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest private sector labor union, released the following statement: “Immigrant workers are by far the […]

Local 135 Helps Pass Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave Law in San Diego

June 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm

On June 8, San Diego passed legislation that will immediately increase the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, and then to $11.50 an hour in January. This bill also provides five days of annual paid sick leave. Members of UFCW Local 135 played an important role in the fight for this legislation, which will help […]

Local 400 Members Ratify New Contract with Kroger

June 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm

On June 8, more than 800 members of UFCW Local 400 who work at Kroger voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. The new four-year contract includes higher starting pay, raises for department heads and full-time and part-time clerks, four personal holidays (one per year), retiree healthcare extended to June 2017, and maintained healthcare […]

Perma Workers Ratify First Union Contract

June 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

On June 9, history was made as the hard-working women and men at Perma, a cannabis producer-processer in Tacoma, Wash., unanimously approved the first union contract for a recreational cannabis business in Washington state. The workers at Perma are members of UFCW Local 367. “My grandfathers would be so proud of us for organizing,” said […]

UALE Women’s Summer Schools Are Taking Registrations

June 17, 2016 at 12:39 pm

The four regional United Association for Labor Education (UALE) summer schools are now accepting registrations!  These are wonderful opportunities for women activists, electeds, staff, and community allies to grow their leadership in an empowering learning community.  Scholarships are available for women ages 35 and younger (info found in links below). Check out the programs in […]

UFCW Local 21 Member Speaks at the White House United State of Women

June 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm

Ariana Davis, a UFCW Local 21 member who works at Safeway, spoke at the White House United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. She shared the stage with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, actress Kerry Washington and Oprah to discuss key gender equality issues. Ariana presented with AFL-CIO […]

UFCW Member Explains Why Working Women Win With a Union

June 14, 2016 at 8:31 pm

Story shared in front of 5,000 at White House United State of Women Summit    Washington, D.C. – Today, Ariana Davis, a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) member from Local 21 in Seattle, Washington, shared the stage with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Oprah at the White […]

Walmart Workers Take a Stand at Company’s Shareholders’ Meeting

June 14, 2016 at 1:49 pm

On June 3, Walmart worker Margaret Hooten and former Walmart customer Jason Cooper Grabb gave speeches during Walmart’s annual shareholders’ meeting at the Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. Sponsored by Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), Hooten and Cooper Grabb wanted the company and its shareholders to hear some real stories about their experiences with […]

As the Equal Pay Act Turns 53, More Needs to Be Done to Address the Gender Pay Gap

June 13, 2016 at 12:45 pm

On June 10, 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law. “This act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations not associated with labor or management, to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job. This measure adds […]

Macy’s Workers and Supporters Rally for a Fair Contract

June 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Last week, hundreds of Macy’s workers and their supporters rallied in front of the Macy’s Herald Square flagship store in New York City, the largest department store in the United States, to demand a fair contract for 5,000 RWDSU Local 1-S members employed at Macy’s. The workers called for a fair contract that provides living […]

Crème of the Crop Workers Ratify First Union Contract

June 9, 2016 at 1:25 pm

On May 25, Crème of the Crop workers in Tacoma, Washington, voted to ratify their first union contract. Crème of the Crop is a women-owned and operated cannabis retail shop, and 100 percent of the workers, who are members of UFCW Local 367, voted to ratify the contract. The two-year contract raises wages for budtenders […]

Eastland Food Workers Join Local 328

June 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm

On May 20, the hard-working men and women at Eastland Food Products Inc. in Cranston, Rhode Island, took a major step to address workplace issues by voting 74-37 to join UFCW Local 328. Despite the anti-union tactics of management, they remained united and proved once again that when workers choose to stand together, they can […]

Stamp Out Hunger Recap

June 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

This year, UFCW members and locals played an active role in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The following photos are just a a fraction of the astounding donations of non-perishable food and time volunteered by UFCW folks in their communities. (Click to advance)

RWDSU Members and Activists Leaflet at Macy’s

May 31, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Adapted from RWDSU This Memorial Day, RWDSU members and other worker activists distributed leaflets outside of Macy’s Herald Square, the retail chain’s flagship location, to remind customers doing their Memorial Day sales shopping that Local 1-S members are “the real magic of Macy’s.” Besides giving Macy’s workers the recognition they deserve for making shopping at […]

Hillary Clinton Meets with Retail Workers at UFCW Conference

May 26, 2016 at 6:01 pm

In sit down with Sec. Clinton, retail workers talk about organizing and their fight for fair work practices  (LAS VEGAS, NV) – Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton met with hard-working retail workers from across the industry to discuss the  issues impacting them, their families, and co-workers.  During the meeting, the workers talked about their day-to-day challenges, […]

MCAW and UFCW OUTreach Respond to Walmart’s Silence on Bathroom Incident in Connecticut

May 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Last week, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) and UFCW OUTreach issued the following statement in response to reports that a Connecticut woman, who had just donated her hair to a cancer charity, was harassed in a Walmart bathroom by someone who mistook her as transgender: “Across the country, stores are proudly showing their support for […]

Twin City Tanning Workers Join Local 431

May 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On May 9, Twin City Tanning workers in Waterloo, Iowa, voted 39-1 to join UFCW Local 431. The workers had no idea how many hours they would be working on a given day and wanted respect on the job and consistent scheduling. The workers also wanted an affordable health insurance plan, paid time off and raises. “After […]

UFCW Stop & Shop Members Thank Customers for Support During Contract Fight

May 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Adapted from UFCW Local 1459 Last week, dozens of Stop & Shop union members, staff, and community members from New England UFCW locals went out to Stop & Shop stores as part of a Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the customers whose support helped win a strong union contract for over 35,000 Stop & Shop union members […]

Members of Congress Join UFCW to Stamp Out Hunger

May 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm

0 Last week, members of Congress from across the country, together with members of the UFCW, joined together to help launch the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. “Stamp Out Hunger,” the largest single-day food drive, invited Americans to leave food by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14 for collection by […]

FINAL OVERTIME RULE IS WELCOME NEWS TO RETAIL WORKERS

May 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the UFCW made the following statement about the final overtime rule being released by the Department of Labor. “Because of outdated overtime rules, a management position in the retail sector too often comes with the expectation that you’ll work longer hours with no opportunity to earn overtime,” said UFCW International President […]