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

Global Day of Action will Mark Anniversary of Rana Plaza Garment Building Collapse in Bangladesh

April 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Making Change at Walmart is joining Jobs with Justice, the International Labor Rights Forum, and community allies from around the world on April 24, in a day of action to stand in solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh. One year after the Rana Plaza building collapse killed at least 1,138 people and injured more than […]

UFCW Members in Ohio Lobby Against Right to Work

April 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm

More than 100 members from UFCW Locals 17A, 75, 1059, and RWDSU traveled to Columbus last Wednesday to lobby their state legislators against possible right to work legislation. “I’m here because I’m afraid that they’re going to pass right to work and take so much away from working people,” said Anne Bauer, a seven-year UFCW […]

Region 1 Retail Locals Reach Out to Non-Union Retail Workers

April 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

In an on-going effort, UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445, and 1458, Region 1 and the Rhode Island chapter of Jobs with Justice are cooperating in an multi-state outreach effort to non-union retail workers in their area. For two weeks now, stewards, board members, local staff, and community allies have been talking to workers about […]

UFCW Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

April 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

This week, President Obama paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act during a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin and paved the way for the […]

New Government Study Confirms Dangers of Working in Poultry Industry

April 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

WASHINGTON, DC—A new study released by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) confirms what workers in the poultry industry have been saying for decades—it is among the most dangerous places to work in America. Among the key findings of the report: 42 percent of workers had evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome 41 […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Senate Vote Blocking Paycheck Fairness Act

April 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would stiffen penalties for corporations that discriminate against women. “The average woman still makes only 77 cents for every dollar a man does. Over […]

UFCW JBS Workers Lobby to Protect Workers in the Beef and Pork Industries

April 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Last week, UFCW JBS beef and pork workers traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of lobby days to advocate for workers who are facing hardships in the meatpacking industry. Members from UFCW Locals 7R, 227, 293, 435, 540, 951, 1149, 1161, 1473, and 1776 visited with White House staff, numerous members of Congress, the […]

This Equal Pay Day, We Still Strive for Equal Pay for Equal Work

April 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Here’s a sad fact: the average working woman would have to keep working until today, almost two weeks into April, to make what a man doing the same job made in 2013. We call today Equal Pay Day, a day to remember that women still only get paid 77 cents for every dollar their male […]

Moms Take On Walmart, AND WIN!

April 8, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart Under pressure from mothers working in their stores and women’s groups, Walmart recently altered its policy around accommodating pregnant women. As reported last weekend in the Washington Post, Walmart reworked its policy so that women with pregnancy-related complications that could be considered “temporary disabled” and would be eligible for “reasonable […]

Walmart and the Food Stamp Economy

April 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm

“Walmart takes in about 18 percent of U.S. food stamp dollars, a share that amounted to more than $13 billion last year.” However, with cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Walmart is seeing a huge portion of its customer base drop off, no longer able to afford to shop there. Instead, many are […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on House Passage of Deceptively Named Save American Workers Act

April 3, 2014 at 7:50 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the House passed the Save American Workers Act—legislation that would change the definition of full-time under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from 30 hours to 40. “The Save American Workers Act is a good […]

Labor Unions Make a Difference in Working Lives of Black Women, New Report Finds

April 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm

A new report released last week by Black Women’s Roundtable examines the state of black women across the country over the last six decades and shows that while significant progress has been made since Brown v. Board of Education, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other key historic markers, there are many crucial social and […]

UFCW Decries Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling

April 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission which removed limits on the total amount a person can donate to political campaigns in an election season. “The Supreme Court has once again struck […]

UFCW Local 75 Cincinnati Processing Workers Ratify Their First Contract

April 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

UFCW Local 75 workers at Cincinnati Processing, a plant that supplies pork products to Kroger stores in four states, ratified their first contract on March 26. Organizing at the plant was a multi-decade struggle for plant workers and the first contract marks the successful conclusion of that campaign. The cutting of pork products used to […]

UFCW Members in Minnesota Lobby Their Legislators

April 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Members from UFCW Locals 653 and 1189 talked with their Representatives at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. The members lobbied for increasing the minimum wage, for the passage of paid sick leave, and medical cannabis laws. UFCW Local 1189 member Dave Vasquez, who works on the kill floor at Dakota Premium, was happy […]

UFCW Celebrates Women’s History Month and the Future of the Labor Movement

March 31, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Women’s History Month has provided us with an opportunity to highlight the lives of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Frances Perkins, Dolores Huerta and Addie Wyatt—remarkable women who made significant contributions to the labor movement. These women’s lives have served as an inspiration to today’s female labor activists. From the brave women of OUR Walmart to […]

Remembering the legacy of César Chávez

March 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Eighty seven years ago this Monday, César Chávez, a hero of the labor and civil rights movements, was born on a small ranch in Yuma, Arizona. Like thousands of others Chávez’s family lost its land in the Great Depression and headed to work in the fields of California’s central valley, where he would spend the […]

Women’s History Month: UFCW Celebrates the Life of Addie Wyatt

March 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Addie Loraine Cameron, better known as Addie L. Wyatt (1924 –2012), was born in Mississippi and moved to Chicago with her family in 1930.  When she was 17 years old, she married Claude S. Wyatt, Jr. She began working in the meatpacking industry in 1941.  Although she applied for a job as a typist for […]

103 Years Later: Unions Still Fight to Improve Safety Standards at Work

March 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm

On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the cramped floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City.  When the workers—mostly young female immigrants—tried to escape, they encountered locked doors and broken fire escapes.  Rather than be burned alive, the workers began jumping out of windows and fell to their deaths on the […]

UFCW President Hansen Urges Support for Discharge Petition on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

March 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement supporting the discharge petition filed by House Democrats which seeks a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. “It has been 272 days since the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform on a bipartisan basis. For nearly 9 […]