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


February 12, 2016 at 9:37 pm

Bill only serves to devastate West Virginia and hard-working families WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, made the following statement about the West Virginia Legislature overriding Governor Tomblin’s veto to pass a “right to work” law. “The […]

Black History Month: The Fight for Social and Economic Justice Continues

February 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm

One of the most significant events in our country’s history was the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. From the March on Washington in 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech, to the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, the movement showed that people of all races […]

Spread the Union-Made Love This Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Need a last minute gift for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? To support your union family, pick up any of the tasty treats that union members make, and shop at union label retail and grocery stores. Below are just a few of the things made by UFCW and other union members that might help you […]

UFCW Local 400 Decries Attack on Working Families in West Virginia

February 10, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Last week, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 54-46 to approve the Workplace Freedom Act, commonly known as “right to work.” Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400, issued the following statement in response to the vote: “Today’s partisan vote by the West Virginia state legislature is a major step backward for working families in West […]

Grocery Worker Retention Act Becomes Law

February 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

The following was originally posted by RWDSU New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday signed the Grocery Worker Retention Act (GWRA) into law. The GWRA provides for a 90-day transition period to eligible employees following a change in ownership of a grocery store. “We applaud Mayor de Blasio and the city council for passing […]

Every Super Bowl Football Starts in UFCW Hands

February 5, 2016 at 11:53 pm

UFCW members provide the leather to make every NFL game ball ever used CHICAGO – Super Bowl Sunday is an American tradition and the American ideals of hard work, excellent performance and durability under the toughest conditions are exemplified on and off the field. Those same qualities are exemplified by the craftsmanship of the ball […]

From Campaign Trail, Secretary Clinton Calls Into UFCW Event and Thanks Members

February 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Clinton: “The issues your members fight for are my fights.” WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton called into the 2016 meeting of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) International Executive Board and Advisory Council to thank its members for their efforts in Iowa and to highlight her commitment to hard-working families across […]

UFCW Names Esther López New International Secretary-Treasurer

February 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm

UFCW President Perrone Highlights Historic Announcement as Part of UFCW’s Commitment to Building a Diverse and Strong Union Family PHOENIX, AZ — Today, the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Executive Board elected Esther López as the new International Secretary-Treasurer. The historic announcement reflects the commitment by the UFCW, as the largest private sector […]

Today Marks First Day of Black History Month

February 1, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Every year in February, we take part in celebrating Black History Month.  Throughout the next four weeks, we will highlight and celebrate the rich history of African Americans, the achievements of the civil rights movement, and the impact that various civil rights leaders, labor leaders, and union members have had on the fight for civil and labor […]

Quest Diagnostics Workers Vote “Yes” to Join UFCW Local 135

January 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

Quest Diagnostics workers in San Diego voted to join UFCW Local 135. The workers join a growing movement of phlebotomist and lab technicians who have come together from the Northwest to the Southwest to raise standards in the health care industry. Workers wanted to join a union in order improve their jobs and workplace. Better wages, respect on […]

El Super Grocery Workers and their Supporters Protest Recently Opened El Super Store in Pico Rivera

January 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm

– El Super operates 54 grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, and is a subsidiary of Mexico retail giant Grupo Comercial Chedraui Community members and El Super workers rallied outside the chain’s newly opened El Super store in Pico Rivera yesterday. El Super has been under consumer boycott since December 2014, and its unionized workers have […]


January 22, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Making Change at Walmart (MCAW),  the national campaign to change Walmart, released the following statement in response to an NLRB ruling by an administrative law judge that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. “Today’s decision proves beyond doubt that Walmart unlawfully fired, threatened, and disciplined hard-working employees simply for speaking out,” said Jess […]

At MLK Conference, UFCW Plays Large Role in Fighting for Justice

January 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

The AFL-CIO held its annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Conference last week in Washington, D.C., where UFCW members from across the country attended and participated. The conference, titled “Change The Rules, Be The Power,” revolved around organizing, politics, and other issues, openly discussing race, and activism — including the in-the-neighborhoods activism by its 1,000 delegates. […]

How you can help the UFCW Canada workers at Covered Bridge Potato Chips

January 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm

The following was originally posted by UFCW Canada: Members on strike at Covered Bridge Potato Chips are holding strong, as two replacement workers walked out of the factory to join the picket line, and thousands of messages of support continue to pour in calling for a fair first contract. The members were forced on strike […]

Walmart Closing 269 Stores Sends “Chilling Message” to Workers

January 19, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart, released the following statement responding to news that the company will close 269 stores globally, including 154 in the United States. This announcement will affect 10,000 U.S. employees. “Walmart is a company that, time and again, will say one thing and then do the […]

Alabama RWDSU Rep. Helps Rescue, Reunite Family

January 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm

This article was originally published by ABC 33/40 A family swept away by floodwaters on Christmas Day got the chance to reunite with the Good Samaritan who helped them to safety. This month, they met at the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Hall in Birmingham with smiles and hugs. The last time Curtis Gray, who works […]

UFCW 227 Members Advocate for Workers During “We Are Kentuckians Rally”

January 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm

UFCW 227 members joined allies and friends in the Kentucky State Capitol on January 5 at the “We Are Kentuckians Rally” for the first day of the legislative session. During the rally, members joined activists from the faith, racial justice, voting rights, environmental rights and LGBTQ communities to share their ideas and visions to help […]

UFCW Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

January 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm

UFCW HIGHLIGHTS LENGTHY MEMBER DRIVEN ENDORSEMENT PROCESS IN ORDER TO SELECT STRONGEST 2016 CANDIDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since last year, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, has actively engaged and reached out to its 1.3 million diverse members about the issues they care about, and the positions they believe […]

UFCW Members Weigh in on What Issues They Want Addressed in Pres. Obama’s Final SOTU

January 7, 2016 at 7:24 pm

President Obama’s final State of the Union is Tuesday evening. We asked you what issues you want addressed, or what you’d like to hear President Obama mention in the #SOTU16. Here’s what you said: Rebuilding the Middle Class: “How is the middle class going to get back to being middle and not lower?” “Income inequality. Wall […]

Local 1529 Wins Class Action Grievance

January 6, 2016 at 6:01 pm

The following was shared by UFCW Local 1529: UFCW Local 1529 prides itself on making sure that all of its members are taken care of when it comes to their benefits, wages, and insurance. Wages are a big part of why all our hardworking members come to work–so they can provide for themselves and their families. During […]