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

The Way They Worked: UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Marc Perrone Shares How His Grandparents Shaped His Work Ethic

August 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

This Labor Day weekend, Jobs with Justice has launched a series of stories called The Way They Worked to collect and share stories from people in the labor movement about how their grandparents worked, and what they learned from them. We sat down with our own UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Marc Perrone to hear about his grandfather […]

This Labor Day UFCW and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Celebrate Their Partnership to End Blood Cancer

August 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Shortly after Labor Day, September 6th will mark the beginning of Blood Cancer Awareness month–and is a reminder to us why the partnership between the UFCW and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is so important. Working together since 1983, the UFCW has helped raise over $60 million dollars for LLS through charity golf tournaments, auctions, bottle drives […]

UFCW Statement on Market Basket Sale

August 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, Richard Charette, UFCW International Vice President and President of UFCW Local 1445, and Dave Fleming, President of UFCW Local 328, today released the following joint statement in response to the sale of Market Basket. “Market Basket workers have secured the return of their preferred corporate […]

However you Celebrate Labor This Holiday, Celebrate Union-Made!

August 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day as a reminder and tribute to all the men and women who work to make our economy and our country strong, and to provide for their families. Whether you have the day off, or are getting in one last cookout of the summer in after work, help support your […]

A Labor Day Message from Bill Fletcher, Chair of the Retail Justice Alliance

August 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Originally posted on The Retail Justice Alliance As we approach Labor Day, the growing divide between the rich and poor continues to dominate the national conversation and, in some parts of the country, has led to social unrest.  While many politicians, academics and economists agree that our country’s wealth gap is bad for the economy and our […]

Texas Cargill Workers Vote Union “Yes”

August 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Cargill workers in Fort Worth, Texas, voted to join UFCW Local 540. There are more than 200 workers at the ground beef processing plant where they produce hamburger patties and sausage.  Workers decided to come together for a union voice for several reasons. Workers claim that many of their peers have been unjustly fired. And, […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on the Mother of Michael Brown

August 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement regarding UFCW member Lesley McSpadden whose son Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. “At the UFCW, we are a family.  When tragedy strikes one of us, it is […]

UFCW Member Elected Co-Chair of AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Council

August 20, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Last week, UFCW Local 1059 member Erica Clemmons was elected co-chair of the AFL-CIO’s Young Workers Advisory Council (YWAC). YWAC is comprised of 30 young workers from various AFL-CIO affiliate unions across the United States. The purpose of YWAC is to foster dialogue among young workers who are active in the labor movement, with the hope of creating resources […]

UFCW Local 400 Police Officers Fundraise for Special Olympics Torch Run

August 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Two Annapolis, Maryland police officers, both members of UFCW Local 400 were recently spotted at a Dunkin Donuts, where they were fundraising for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Known as the LETR, the torch run raises funds for the Special Olympics. To learn more about the LETR, click here.      

Member Profile: Mike Davis

August 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

For 38 years, retired UFCW member Mike Davis worked at Kroger as a member of Local 550 and later Local 700. We chatted with him this week about his experience as a union member: Beginning work at Kroger at age 17 in 1969 in Indiana, Mike says he decided to work there because it was […]

UFCW Gold Internship Recap

August 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

The GOLD Internship Program came to a close last week at a final debrief in Chicago. Thirty six interns reflected upon their four week action projects and planned for how they could be effective activists when they return to their local unions. Action projects took place all across the country. In Chicago: GOLD interns helped deliver […]

UFCW Local 1776 Workers at JBS Ratify New Contract

August 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

This week, JBS workers in Souderton, Pa., overwhelmingly voted to accept a new five-year contract. The contract covers more than 1,100 workers. Negotiations for a new agreement began last December. UFCW Local 1776 members bargained in solidarity for affordable health care and fair wage increases.  Many members participated in various chain activities leading up to ratifying the […]

Member Spotlight: Patricia Bryant

August 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm

In this week’s member spotlight, we spoke with Local 1208 Member Patricia Bryant who works at Smithfield Foods in North Carolina. Patricia’s story is an inspiring one. Originally from Ontario, Canada, where she grew up around uncles who had been active in auto unions at the nearby GM plants, Patricia worked as both an illustrator and […]

Paid Family Leave Benefits Working Mothers

August 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Paid family leave has long been an important issue to both working families nationwide and the UFCW, and recent economic data has shown support for instituting paid family leave in America. A recent New York Times article by Claire Cain Miller looks at the recent drop in the percentage of women in the U.S. workforce […]

UFCW Members Hold Actions in Support of El Super Workers

August 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm

On July 23, hundreds of UFCW members and their supporters joined workers from El Super stores throughout Southern California in a bus tour that brought protests to 37 of the chain’s stores in a single day. Protests were held in support of El Super workers as they continue to fight for a good contract. Workers […]

UFCW Region 1 Locals Come Together to Support Mrs. Green’s Workers

August 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU Locals 338, 371, 464-A, 888, 919, 1245, 1360 participated in UFCW Local 1500’s day of action on July 22 to support eight Mrs. Green’s Natural Market workers who are returning to work after being unlawfully fired. The day of action commemorated the workers’ victory, fighting back against a multi-national employer. The eight workers were […]

Macy’s Workers in Saugus, Mass., Finally Get a Voice on the Job with Local 1445

August 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

On July 31, cosmetics and fragrances workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Mass., finally got a union voice on the job with Local 1445 after the National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-1 ruling earlier in July that the group of 41 workers was large enough to unionize. The cosmetics and fragrances workers at […]

UFCW Local 75 Members in Ohio Approve New Kroger Contract

August 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

UFCW Local 75 members in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, Kroger stores have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. The new contract merges the formerly separate Cincinnati and Dayton contracts. Through the hard work of the members of the Cincinnati and Dayton Bargaining Committee, and by sticking together through the negotiations process, members were able […]

Failure to Heed Concerns of Workers Playing Role in Walmart’s Poor Sales

August 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Recently, some Wall Street analysts have predicted that big box stores like Walmart will meet their demise. Why? Not only are customers turning increasingly to online retailers or smaller, more convenient stores—which cut into the market share of big box retailers—but also because business practices like those of Walmart continually disregard the well-being of their workers, which […]

UFCW Statement on Market Basket Replacement Worker Job Fair

August 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, Richard Charette, UFCW International Vice President and President of UFCW Local 1445, and Dave Fleming, President of UFCW Local 328, today released the following joint statement in response to the deadline that Market Basket executives set for workers to return to work before replacement workers […]