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.

Company Profiles

Some of the major retail food companies where UFCW members work are:

Recent News

Member Spotlight: Keith Phillips

July 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

In this week’s member spotlight, we chatted with UFCW Local 951 member Keith Phillips, who works at Meijer in East Lansing, Michigan. Keith has been a UFCW member for two years now, but has been a member of various unions over the years–so he knows the value of belonging to one, especially in a right-to-work […]

UFCW and RWDSU Members Support Guitar Center Workers with National Day of Action

July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU members participated in a national day of action on July 11 to show their support for Guitar Center workers. Members leafleted customers and talked to workers at Guitar Center stores about workers joining the UFCW/RWDSU to have a union voice on the job and to also call on the company to bargain […]

101-year-old UFCW Retiree Thanks Joe Hansen for Pension Increase

July 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Mary Tomazi, a UFCW retiree and former employee of Local 655, recently sent a letter to UFCW International President Joe Hansen to thank him for the cost of living increase to her UFCW International Pension Plan.  Ms. Tomazi worked at the Health and Welfare Department at Local 655 for 18 years and retired in 1978.  […]

Get Involved: Minimum Wage Day of Action

July 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Today is the Minimum Wage Day of Action. Advocates of an increased minimum wage can join the Department of Labor, workers, and allies such as the UFCW in promoting the importance of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Tweet the hashtags #1010now and #5Reasons, for the Department of Labor’s 5 […]

National Hot Dog Day

July 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm

You might not know about it, but you definitely will love it – today’s National Hot Dog Day! Today people all over the nation are grilling up and chowing down on the all-American staple of summer. Whether you’re celebrating Hot Dog Day today or sticking to your veggies, you’ll probably indulge in the franks quite […]

UFCW Region 1 and Local 359 Stand in Solidarity with Citra Mina Seafood Workers

July 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

On July 8th, Region 1 & Local 359 members attended a solidarity action for 78 Citra Mina Workers who are seeking justice. These seafood workers were fired from the General Santos plant in the Philippines, where the company is based, after they attempted to organize and form a union to demand better pay and working […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Schedules That Work Act

July 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement regarding introduction of the Schedules That Work Act. “If you ask a worker in the retail industry what improvements can be made to their job, the response is likely to include scheduling. Fair, flexible, and reliable scheduling is a simple […]

Sodexo Workers at Texas Christian University Ratify First Union Contract with Local 1000

July 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

On July 15, over 150 Sodexo USA campus food workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract with UFCW Local 1000. The contract is a victory for the workers and guarantees new wage increases, job security, seniority rights, vacation and sick pay and other union […]

UFCW Grand Island JBS Beef Plant Members Ratify New Five-Year Contract

July 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Grand Island, Nebraska – Workers at the JBS beef slaughter and processing facility in Grand Island, Nebraska, who belong to United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 293 ratified a new contract on Thursday, July 17. The new five-year agreement will cover more than 2,600 workers and will go into effect today. “This new contract […]

“Battleground 2014” Is Underway

July 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

UFCW members must be prepared for the November 4thmidterm elections – 2014 cannot be a repeat of 2010. To help make it easier for members to engage politically, we have launched Battleground 2014. Battleground 2014 provides information about the most important Congressional and Gubernatorial races. UFCW members will be able to use this site to find out […]

Safety and Health: Hazards in the Retail Workplace

July 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

The UFCW Occupational Safety and Health Office has released a guide that lists the workplace hazards that may occur in a retail workplace. The hazards listed in the guide are all violations of the standards set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and should be immediately reported to a supervisor and a […]

The BPA Act: Fighting Breast Cancer among Women in Manufacturing

July 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Even today, women who work in middle-class jobs across America face pronounced barriers and gender discrimination in the workplace, as exemplified by the recent Demos report on gender inequality in retail wages. However, workplace inequality can manifest in other, more subtle ways – such as the manufacture of products containing Bisphenol-A, or BPA. BPA is […]

Southern California Locals Unite To Support Food 4 Less Grocery Workers

July 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Workers at Southern California Food 4 Less locations from UFCW Locals 1428, 770, 135, 1167, 324, 1442, and 8GS all came together in a strong show of solidarity last week for a fair contract. Kroger, the parent company of Food 4 Less and Ralph’s, has been treating its Food 4 Less employees worse than those at Ralph’s, […]

Increase in Poverty in the U.S. Needs to be Addressed

July 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm

One in four people in the U.S. live in areas with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The report, titled Changes in Areas With Concentrated Poverty: 2000 to 2010, reveals that the number of people living in poverty areas increased from 49.5 million (18.0 percent) […]

UFCW Local 538 Oscar Mayer Workers Ratify New Contract

July 15, 2014 at 1:29 pm

UFCW Local 538 Oscar Mayer workers in Madison, Wis., voted to ratify a new four year agreement. The contract is set to take effect immediately and expire in December 2017.  Workers bargained a $1.40-an-hour increase over the next four years. The 650 members produce hot dogs, shaved deli meats, and cold cuts at the plant.

Book Culture Workers Win Strike

July 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Four terminated workers at two New York City Book Culture bookstores were re-hired a day after their colleagues walked off the job to support them. The workers were fired from Book Culture last week after casting votes to have a union voice on the job and join the RWDSU. “I feel great. I’m so relieved and […]

Port Truck Drivers Need Your Help!

July 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Today, the nation’s port truck drivers are on strike, standing up and sticking together to put an end to sweatshop-like conditions and harassment at work. These port truck drivers are bravely putting themselves out there to stop such treatment–happening right here in America. But they need our help. Workers like Dennis Martinez and Byron Contreras, on […]

UFCW Locals Participate in AFL-CIO’s Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program

July 9, 2014 at 5:59 pm

UFCW local staff members are upgrading their skills at the AFL-CIO’s Bonnie Ladin Union Skills (BLUS) Training Program.  The program is designed for union leaders, staff and community activists and offers hands-on training around the areas of union administration; collective bargaining; organizing; arbitration and grievance handling; communications and media; and best financial practices. Taught by […]

UFCW Local 21 Hospital Workers Ratify Their First Contract

July 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm

More than 900 workers at Skagit Regional Health voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first contract as UFCW Local 21 members. The contract includes wage increases based on a worker’s length of service, respect at work, and a voice on the job. Members also secured affordable health benefits with the three-year contract.  The historic first contract covers one of the largest health […]

Local 400 Joins Community, Other Labor Groups at AFL-CIO Citizenship Clinic to Help Those with Greencards Become Citizens

July 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

On Saturday, June 28th, Local 400 joined other labor and immigration groups and community organizers such as DC Labor and Working America at the AFL-CIO’s international headquarters in Washington, D.C. to put on a workshop that assisted green card-holders in applying for citizenship. The workshop was designed for workers who are legal permanent residents eligible for citizenship […]