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

UFCW President Hansen Statement in Response to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

November 21, 2014 at 1:11 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to take executive action on immigration. “Today the President announced he will take belated but necessary action to provide relief to immigrant workers, families, and communities. Make […]

Walmart Workers Hold Protests in 10 Countries

November 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Following historic sit-down strikes in Los Angeles last week, Walmart workers in 10 countries joined American workers’ protests yesterday, calling for change at Walmart. Citing similar concerns, Walmart workers in Brazil, Mexico, the UK, Colombia, Argentina, India, Canada, Switzerland and the US said they were tired of Walmart’s failure to respect basic workers’ rights. Workers around the […]

Rep. Gutierrez Joins Farm Workers behind the Thanksgiving Meal to Hold Holiday Feast in front of White House

November 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Farm & Food Processing Workers Deliver Letters Calling for Executive Action See here for archived footage and other important information from today’s event. Washington, DC—Today, on the cusp of one of America’s most celebrated holidays, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) alongside immigrant farm, food and commercial workers from across the country gathered in front of the […]

UFCW Local 431 Oscar Mayer Workers Ratify New Contract

November 19, 2014 at 5:19 pm

UFCW Local 431 at the Kraft Foods-Oscar Mayer workers in Davenport, Iowa, ratified a new four-year contract last Thursday. Members overwhelmingly passed the new contract that covers about 1,200 workers at the plant. They have been working under an extended contract since July. The contract includes a $1.40 per hour raise over the four years and maintains […]

We Want to Work Full-Time: IKEA Worker Speaks Out

November 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm

For thousands of workers in the retail industry, working full-time doesn’t mean the security of a full-time job. Instead, many workers cobble together multiple part-time jobs with no benefits. The result, predictably, is lower wages, fewer benefits, and schedules that make life impossible for families. But workers at IKEA are coming together in a campaign […]

WALMART WORKERS ANNOUNCE BLACK FRIDAY STRIKES

November 14, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Tens of thousands of teachers, voters, clergy, environmentalists, civil rights leaders to join workers at 1600 protests, calling on Walton family to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time work NATIONWIDE – In the wake of the first-ever sit down strike at Walmart, members of OUR Walmart announced today that they will strike across the […]

#WalmartStrikers Hold First-Ever Walmart Sit-Down Strikes, Protesters Arrested

November 14, 2014 at 3:05 am

In a clear indication of mounting frustration with Walmart and the Walton family’s failure to respect workers’ rights, Walmart workers in California have gone on strike. Today, Los Angeles Walmart workers participated in their boldest action to date: the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. Workers entered the store at approximately 11 a.m. and […]

BREAKING: WALMART WORKERS HOLD SIT IN AT LOS ANGELES STORE

November 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Workers in Southern California Begin First Sit-Down Strike in Company History to Protest Retaliation — ***Follow the conversation at #WalmartStrikers and watch live stream at Blackfridayprotests.org***  LOS ANGELES – OUR Walmart members, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a […]

Bloomingfoods Workers Win Voice on the Job with Local 700

November 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

In an accelerated, fair process marked by company neutrality and community involvement, around 250 workers across five Bloomingfoods Coop grocery stores and a commissary that supplies ready-made food have chosen a real voice at work with UFCW Local 700. Bloomingfoods workers had reached out and asked UFCW members for help in getting their company to remain neutral […]

Member Spotlight: John Cevasco

November 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

In this week’s member spotlight, we’re highlighting UFCW Local 1459 Member John Cevasco. John works in the grocery department at Greenfield’s Market of Franklin Community Co-op in Greenfield, Massachusetts. This is John’s 17th year working at the co-op. Throughout his time there, he has enjoyed educating other members about dietary options offered at the co-op […]

Raising the Minimum Wage Was a Winning Issue on Election Day

November 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm

On Election Day, voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota rejected the notion that the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 is sufficient for workers, and passed binding referendums to increase their minimum wages. Alaska’s minimum wage will increase to $9.75 by 2016. In Arkansas, the minimum wage will increase to $8.50 by 2017. […]

RWDSU and UNI Global Union Call for Change at Zara: Sign the Petition to Support Zara USA Workers

November 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm

The RWDSU/UFCW and UNI Global Union are calling on Inditex, a multinational fashion retailer that owns Zara, to support workers in the US as well as globally. Inditex signed an international framework agreement with global union federation UNI in 2009 committing itself to respecting workers’ rights across the globe. In many countries, workers at Zara […]

UFCW Local 23 Members and Other Supporters Join Walmart Workers In PA in #FightFor15 Action

October 31, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Yesterday, at a Walmart near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Walmart workers and supporters, many of whom were UFCW Local 23 members, held a protest as part of a growing movement of associates nationwide calling on the Waltons to publicly commit to pay a living wage of $15 an hour and give access to full-time hours for all. […]

UFCW Applauds OSHA’S Effort to Protect Poultry Workers from Musculoskeletal Disorders, Hazardous Workplace Conditions

October 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today released the following statement regarding OSHA’s decision to exercise the seldom-used “general duty clause” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act to protect poultry workers from workplace injuries or death. “The UFCW applauds OSHA’s decision to use the “general duty clause” to […]

UFCW Executive Vice President Pat O’Neill Honored for Efforts to Help Walmart Workers

October 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Last week, UFCW Executive Vice President Pat O’Neill was honored by the UMass Dartmouth Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center during their annual awards banquet. For 35 years, the center has served “as a bridge between working people, their communities, organizations, and UMass Dartmouth.” Their awards and dinner banquet are one of the largest gatherings of labor leaders […]

UFCW Members Sound Off on Why Voting in This Election Is So Important!

October 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm

We asked UFCW members from all around the country why they took a pledge to vote this November 4th in the mid-term elections. Here’s what some of you said: “To elect candidates who want to protect the middle class, not destroy it.” --Andrew Myers; Swanton, Ohio “Too many people died to give me this right […]

UFCW Local 227 Members Get Out The Vote in Kentucky

October 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Members of UFCW Local 227 are knocking on doors, making phone calls, and visiting worksites in an effort to get out the vote in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is home to one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the country. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who introduced national right to work, is facing a […]

Flexon Workers in New Jersey Vote Union “Yes”, Join RWDSU

October 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

More than 120 workers at Flexon in Newark, New Jersey, overwhelmingly voted to join RWDSU Local 262. The workers – who manufacture lawn and garden hoses sold through retailers including Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and Costco – won the union voice they sought in order to address a number of problems in their workplace. “We […]

Member Spotlight: Jerry Knapp

October 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Recently, long-time UFCW Local 1500 member Jerry Knapp was recognized for his years of active service to his union and fellow union members by Region 1, and was awarded with a member award along with several other members who have made a difference in their workplaces. He was taken aback when he learned he was […]

WALMART WORKERS, TAXPAYERS ARRESTED CALLING FOR WALMART OWNERS TO STOP ROBBING AMERICA

October 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Group calls on Walton family to stop taking advantage of taxpayer programs to support low-wage model & instead, pay workers $15 an hour and provide full-time work  If the Waltons fail to respond, protestors promise to return to Walmart stores on Black Friday New York and Washington, DC – Forty-two Walmart workers and their supporters […]