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 Statement on Veto of Legislation Blocking NLRB Election Rule

March 31, 2015 at 7:42 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today released the following statement after President Obama vetoed legislation that would have blocked the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule to streamline union elections. “As we have said from the very beginning, the NLRB’s modest rule to modernize and streamline union elections is a […]

UFCW President Perrone in Response to Governor Pence: Fully Repeal Indiana’s Discriminatory Law

March 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), called for a full repeal of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s press conference where he offered to fix the law without providing specifics. “This law is not about freedom, it […]

Celebrate Spring Holidays the Union-Made Way!

March 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm

With the help of the AFL-CIO and Union Plus, we’ve compiled a UFCW-made shopping list and some UFCW-made recipes so that you can enjoy whichever Spring holidays you celebrate–whether it be Easter, Passover, or just celebrating the nice weather, while supporting your union brothers and sisters at the same time! If you’re looking for some sweet […]

Local 400 Member Writes Op-Ed About Kroger’s New Anti-Union Direction

March 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Laverne Wrenn, a Local 400 member who works at a Kroger in Portsmouth, Virginia, wrote an op-ed this weekend that was published in the Virginian-Pilot. In her op-ed, Laverne discusses how she and her co-workers have been preparing for the upcoming closure of her store. She says it will be hard to say goodbye to the […]

Women’s History Month: From Woolworth’s to Walmart, the Fight for Workplace Justice Continues

March 30, 2015 at 3:42 pm

The last few days of Women’s History Month present us with an opportunity to pay tribute to women past and present who have taken a stand against the biggest employers in our country—Woolworth’s and Walmart—in the continued fight for social and economic justice. Seventy-eight years ago during the Great Depression, over 100 female employees of […]

Perrone: House GOP Budget Would Make Life Harder for Tens of Millions of Hard-Working American Families

March 25, 2015 at 10:55 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 passage of the House Republican budget. “Budgets are more than just numbers; they are a statement of values. House Republicans talk a lot about family values, but this budget cruelly and needlessly […]

Nursing Assistants Unionize at Allegro Nursing Home

March 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Vote Overwhelmingly to Join UFCW Local 1625 St. Petersburg, Fla. — Last night, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) at the Allegro Nursing Home in St. Petersburg, Fla., voted ‘Union Yes’ to join the 7,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1625. Thirty CNAs on staff came together to form a union […]

UFCW International President Marc Perrone Releases Statement on Kraft Heinz Merger

March 25, 2015 at 9:13 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 merger of Kraft and Heinz: “We have a profound responsibility to provide our hard-working families the opportunity for a better life. It is why we have a proud history of negotiating union […]

Massachusetts, Vermont and New York Co-op Workers Gather for First Ever Co-op Worker Summit

March 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Workers meet to discuss future of co-ops and the food industry Charlemont, Mass. – Dozens of co-op workers from three states and representing six both worker- and member-owned co-ops met Saturday at the first-ever regional co-op workers summit. The event, hosted by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1459, was the first of its […]

Young Workers From Across the Country Participate in the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit

March 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Last week, over 1,000 young workers and union activists headed to the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit in Chicago, eager to share and learn more about how we can work together for economic and social justice. Over 70 UFCW and RWDSU members were in attendance, including many of the 2014 GOLD internship program participants. UFCW member and […]

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Lives of Addie Wyatt and Dolores Huerta

March 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm

The third week of Women’s History Month gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to Addie Wyatt and Dolores Huerta, two extraordinary women who were shaped by the Great Depression, fought for workers’ rights during the height of the American Feminist Movement, and changed the face of organized labor. Addie Loraine Cameron, better known as […]

Statement from UFCW International President Marc Perrone on News of Target Wage Increase

March 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Every Retail Worker has the Right to a Decent Living, a Reliable Schedule, Quality Affordable Health Care, and Respect on the Job WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement about the news reports on Target’s wage increase and the collective gains secured […]

Perrone: President Obama Should Veto NLRB Legislation & Election Rule Should Be Implemented Without Delay

March 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement after the House voted to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule to streamline union elections. “The NLRB rule to streamline the union election process is long overdue and should be implemented without delay. Today the House voted to allow irresponsible […]

UFCW Launches Groundbreaking Immigration Program in Omaha

March 19, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Hundreds of union members mobilize in advance of executive action OMAHA, NE—Hundreds of UFCW members and staff from across the United States came together over the last two days in Omaha, Nebraska, at a groundbreaking training session with meatpacking and food processing workers in preparation for President Obama’s executive action on immigration, known as Deferred […]

Local 400 Member Detective Tom Pyles of the Annapolis Police Department Is Making an Impact in More Ways Than One

March 19, 2015 at 1:17 pm

This is a cross-post from Local 400 Detective Tom Pyles used to be a DJ at a local Annapolis, Maryland radio station, but left the broadcast industry for the badge at the age of 30 and hasn’t looked back. He’s always wanted to help people in his community, and boy, is he ever! In addition […]

UFCW Immigration Workshop Helps Local 75 Member Achieve Dream of Citizenship

March 18, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Ernestina Aldana has been a UFCW Local 75 member since she started working at the John Morrell meat processing plant in Cincinnati in 1996. She moved to the U.S. from Guatemala with her husband and son in 1990. The family left Guatemala in search of opportunity and a better life. Ernestina and her husband, who […]

Women’s History Month Member Profile: Local 5 Safeway Workers Joanne and Denise

March 17, 2015 at 2:05 pm

We asked UFCW members across the country to share stories about women in their union as part of our ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month. Denise Ward, a passionate Local 5 steward working at Safeway in Soquel, California, was eager to tell us about her coworker Joanne Murtha, who has worked at her store for […]

Women’s History Month: The Fight for Maternity Leave and Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers Continues

March 16, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Did you know that the U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t mandate maternity leave? The rest of North America, most of South America, Russia and Europe, Australia and some African an Asian countries all mandate both maternity AND paternity leave, but in the U.S., leave isn’t guaranteed by law for either parent. Only nine […]

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Union Way!

March 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Even if you’re not Irish, it’s always fun to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by sporting some green, looking for lucky shamrocks, or just eating some great Irish food! Union Plus gathered some great Irish recipes that you can make with UFCW-made ingredients! Scroll down to see a few!  The AFL-CIO has also compiled a great list […]

Women’s History Month: Honoring the Legacies of Mother Jones and Frances Perkins

March 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Women’s History Month provides us with an opportunity to honor two extraordinary women who were born in the 19th century and made significant contributions to the labor movement—labor activist Mother Jones and Frances Perkins, the first woman to hold a cabinet position as Secretary of Labor. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1837-1930) was a prominent labor […]