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

UFCW Local 367 Fights to Stop Fast Track and the TPP

May 29, 2015 at 3:38 pm

At their office in Tacoma, Wash., UFCW Local 367 has been busy hosting and organizing phone banks to rally people across the state against fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Every Thursday, staff members from UFCW Local 367 phone bank for a few hours and then throughout the week, members from the UFCW and other labor […]

LabCorp Workers Vote Union “Yes” with the Support of UFCW Locals 1167 and 1428

May 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Last week, LabCorp phlebotomists voted to join UFCW Locals 1167 and 1428. The 40 workers are located in seven locations across Southern California. The phlebotomists work in either off-site lab testing facilities, clinics, or doctor offices. LabCorp workers decided to come together and join a union for better wages, working conditions, and improved safety measures. Negotiations […]

Workers in LA begin 24-Hour fast & will rally for an end to retaliation and call for $15 an hour and full-time hours

May 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm

While Walmart continues to dodge questions about the recent sudden layoff of 2,200 workers ahead of upcoming shareholder meeting LOS ANGELES – Ahead of the company’s June 5 shareholder meeting, Walmart workers in major cities across the country are holding rallies and marches this week, calling for CEO Doug McMillon and the Walton family to […]

UFCW President Perrone: TPP Battle is Far From Over

May 26, 2015 at 12:10 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member UFCW, released the following statement last week after the Senate passed fast track legislation. “Rest assured, the battle over TPP is far from over. President Obama and the supporters of fast track and the TPP want us to believe that this deal is worthy of […]

Local 1776 and Its Members Give a Helping Hand to Our Veterans

May 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm

This Memorial Day, Local 1776 will be sponsoring a local radio station’s Veteran’s Marathon, which assists veterans who have bravely served our country. The WMGK 201.9 Radiothon lasts for 12 hours to raise money for the area’s Veterans’ Multiservice Center (VMC). As a sponsor of last year’s Radiothon, Local 1776 directly donated $3,000 to the […]

UFCW Constituency Groups Hold Summit to Strategize for the Future

May 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

On May 11-13, all four of the UFCW constituency groups held a summit to lay out goals and strategize new organizational plans for the next few years. More than 20 members attended the summit to represent the different groups which include the UFCW Women’s Network, United Latinos, UFCW Minority Coalition, and UFCW OUTreach. During the summit, members […]

Local 23 Member Who Served in Army Now Fights Against Privatization, Volunteers In His Community, and Isn’t Slowing Down

May 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm

To continue honoring those who have fallen defending our country and its freedom as we approach Memorial Day, here is another Member profile, this time of Local 23 member Bill Swartz, who served in the Army: For some folks, service to others – whether through the military or charitable endeavors – is just a way […]

Walmart Worker-Shareholder Reacts to Q1 Earnings Report

May 19, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Overview of Walmart’s first quarter sales report: WMT reports 1st quarter results below expectations EPS was $1.03 vs an expected $1.05; revenue was $114 billion vs an expected $116.2 billion Same store sales of 1.1% at WMT US and just 0.4% at Sam’s Club were below the 1.5% gain expected for both segments Promised investments […]

After Serving Our Country in the Marines, Local 227 Member Continues to Serve in His Union

May 18, 2015 at 1:30 pm

This week, as Memorial Day approaches, we are honoring the memory of those who have fallen defending our country and its freedom. By spotlighting UFCW members who have served in our country’s military or who give their time to help those who have, we hope to continue the legacy of the heroes who have passed on. […]

CEO Pay Continues to Rise; Walmart Workers Prepare to Call for Change at Shareholders Meeting

May 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

CEOs paid 373 times average worker pay, according to 2015 Executive PayWatch WASHINGTON, DC—As Americans rally behind initiatives to raise pay for working families, CEO pay for major U.S. companies has skyrocketed. According to new AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch data, CEO pay increased nearly 16 percent in 2014, while Walmart and the Walton family continue to […]

OK Foods Fires Maintenance Workers Illegally

May 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

UFCW Alleges Company Fired Workers for Union Activity in Unfair Labor Practice Charges Heavener, OK: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000 is formally filing Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that two UFCW organizing committee members were illegally fired last week by OK Foods in Heavener, OK. Local 1000 […]

UFCW President Perrone: Hard-Working Americans Have Sent a Message Loud and Clear—No TPP

May 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Says Failure to Advance Fast Track a Stinging Defeat for TPP Proponents WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance fast track legislation. “All across this country, hard-working Americans from every political stripe have […]

New Charge Against Hanover-Lebanon Cooperative Society Alleges Unlawful Anti-Worker Conduct

May 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Co-op Charged with Intimidating and Interfering with its Workers’ Rights Last week, the UFCW filed a federal charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that management at the Hanover-Lebanon Cooperative Society in New Hampshire unlawfully stifled workers’ rights to organize – including preventing them from talking about unions inside the store and intimidating workers […]

UFCW Local 555 President Dan Clay: This trade deal may help Nike, but it won’t help workers in Oregon

May 8, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Portland, OR—Today, Dan Clay, President of UFCW Local 555, the largest private sector union in Oregon, released the following statement concerning President Obama pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal in a speech at Nike headquarters in Beaverton. “It is very disappointing to see President Obama push a trade deal that will hurt hard-working […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: UFCW/ICWUC Local 995C Member Thankful Union Has Her Back When It Comes To Spending Time With Her Kids

May 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm

So many UFCW moms have been eager to share their stories with us this week! Here’s one from Local 995C Member Wilma: My name is Wilma Morales and I work at SoCalGas as a Customer Service Representative and I’m a member of UFCW/ICWUC Local 995C. I’m a proud mother of two young kids, and I […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: Have a Union-Made Mother’s Day!

May 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm

We’ve been celebrating UFCW members who are moms all this week by sharing their stories and highlighting the great work they do. Another way to celebrating UFCW moms? Make sure her gift is union-made! With the help of Union Plus and Labor 411, we’ve got plenty of ideas for Mom’s gift this year, all made […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: Local 1189 Rep and Single Mother Tamara Jones on The Importance of the Labor Movement and Why She Loves Being Union

May 6, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Tamara Jones has been a proud UFCW member for 14 years, and has been on staff since 2007.  She worked in activities at Viewcrest Health Center, in Duluth, Minnesota where she was a union steward and then became a member of the UFCW Local 1116 Executive Board prior to becoming a Union Representative.  She is also the Region 6 […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: Single Mom Sought Education and Career for Better Life, Gives Back to Union and Community

May 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm

At age 25, Amy was a single parent raising two children with no job, no car, no education and no place to live. She knew the only way to give her children the life they deserved would be through hard work and determination – and when Amy walked across the stage to receive her GED, […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: New UFCW Member Loves Her Job and Security of Being a Union Member

May 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

To continue our celebration of UFCW moms, we’re sharing the story of Local 1000 member Maggie Duhig-Freeman. Maggie is a single divorced mom working at Kroger Marketplace in Lewisville, Texas, supporting her family and finishing college. A little over a month ago, Maggie began working at her store and had started training. After her orientation, […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: Local 655 Member Fights Right To Work; Stands Up for Union Rights that Gave Her and Her Daughter Better Life

May 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we couldn’t think of a better time to celebrate the great work that UFCW mothers do, each and every day! One such union mom, Theresa Hester of UFCW Local 655, recently shared her story of how the union has changed her life in a testimony before the Missouri […]