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

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

February 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm

The civil rights movement was one of the most significant events in our country’s history.  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 united people of all backgrounds for a common goal […]

Union Members Rally at Wisconsin Capitol to Stop Right To Work

February 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Yesterday, approximately 2,000 union members, middle class workers, and community supporters thronged to the the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin, in a final push to stop the fast-tracking of Right to Work laws, which would make Wisconsin the 25th Right to Work (for less) state. While a Senate committee hearing on the legislation went on upstairs […]

After Successful First Year, UFCW GOLD Program Gears Up for 2015

February 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm

In June 2014, the UFCW accepted 36 promising young members from across the country into the first-ever session of the UFCW GOLD Internship program, which launched in Chicago. Now, after a wildly successful first year, the GOLD program is preparing for its 2015 session. The UFCW GOLD Internship Program provides growth opportunities for learning and development […]

UFCW International President Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council, Executive Committee

February 23, 2015 at 9:42 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council and Executive Committee. He released the following statement. I am honored and humbled to represent the 1.3 million members of the UFCW on the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO. […]

Black History Month: The #MoralMonday Movement and the Legacy of Selma

February 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A diverse group of marchers walked to demand that the state of Alabama uphold the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted the right to vote to African Americans. In recent years, after regressive policies reminicent of laws that […]

Statement by UFCW International President Marc Perrone on Walmart’s Wage Announcement

February 20, 2015 at 2:29 pm

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement about Walmart’s wage announcement: “Walmart’s announcement yesterday that it will raise wages for 500,000 hourly associates is an important step forward for Walmart workers and their families. This is not an act of corporate benevolence. It […]

UFCW Members Celebrate Defeated Kentucky Right to Work Legislation

February 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm

Last week, in front of a standing room only crowd filled with UFCW members in gold, a Kentucky House committee defeated right to work legislation. A great deal of work from UFCW members in Kentucky went into this victory. For weeks, UFCW members have traveled to Frankfort to speak with their legislators and educate them […]

Union Workers Call for Boycott of El Super

February 19, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Union members, clergy and more than 100 community groups gathered for an Ash Wednesday rally in support of UFCW members who are fighting for a fair contract at El Super grocery stores in southern California. Six hundred UFCW members have been working without a contract since September, 2013. In response to the company’s steadfast refusal […]

OUR Veterans Group Wins Victory After Delivering Petition to Walmart Asking for Fair Treatment of Military Families

February 18, 2015 at 5:11 pm

This post was adapted from Making Change at Walmart Thanks to supporters around the country, members of our OUR Walmart are successfully encouraging Walmart to respect its military families, one step at a time. Recently, Lisa Austin and the Apple Valley, Minnesota community delivered the petition workers and supporters signed with more than 14,000 signatures calling on Walmart to […]

Black History Month: 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act

February 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Fifty years ago at the height of the civil rights movement, our country’s immigration policy was radically changed. The Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, abolished the national origins quota system which favored some Europeans and excluded Asians and Africans and established a new immigration system that focused on attracting skilled […]

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre Honors the African-American Labor Leaders Who Have Inspired Him in His Work

February 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Reposted from Huffington Post By Tefere Gebre: Every February, people across the country celebrate Black History Month. We honor the heritage and struggle of African-Americans in the United States while looking with hope towards the future. This year, I am honored to look back at organizers and activists who inspire me daily in my work […]

Show Your Fellow Union Members Some Love By Having a Union-Made Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Whether you want to give your special valentine a sweet treat, find a great Valentine’s day gift for your best friend, or even satisfy your own sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day, show the hardworking men and women of the UFCW some love and support by shopping for union-made goods, or purchasing items from your favorite local union shop. […]

UFCW Celebrates Black History Month: Bayard Rustin–An Overlooked Champion of Civil and Labor Rights

February 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm

One of the greatest moments of the Civil Rights era was the March on Washington in 1963–one of the largest non-violent protests to ever occur in America. The March on Washington brought thousands of people of all races together, in the name of equal rights for everyone–whether they were black or white, rich or poor, […]

UFCW Members Take Action to Support Union Meatpacking Workers in Brazil

February 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

UFCW members from across the country are showing global solidarity for food processing workers in Brazil who were recently fired. Around 600 meatpackers who work for a company called Marfrig Global Foods and who are union members of the National Confederation of Workers in the Food and Allied (CNTA Afins) were fired without any merit […]

Black History Month: Selma to Montgomery March Captures the Nation’s Attention

February 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most important milestones of the civil rights movement—the march from Selma to Montgomery—which put a national spotlight on the barriers faced by African American voters in the South and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In 1965, a year after the Civil […]

Tell Walmart to Discipline Managers Who Illegally Target Workers For Standing Up For Their Rights

February 4, 2015 at 1:40 pm

In the past few years, OUR Walmart members have won hard-fought changes at America’s largest retailer. Their bravery, dedication and many actions calling on the Waltons and Walmart to treat Walmart workers better have led to reformed policies for pregnant workers, more transparent scheduling, a raise for Walmart’s lowest paid workers and improved working conditions […]

UFCW Celebrates Black History Month: Addie Wyatt

February 4, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Every year, The UFCW and its members take time to remember people in our union who broke barriers, fought for justice, and paved the way for working class Americans today. As part of our annual celebration of Black History Month, we’re looking back at beloved UFCW member Addie Wyatt’s story. Addie Loraine Cameron, better known […]

UFCW Celebrates Black History Month

February 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm

This week marks the beginning of Black History Month–a time to remember and celebrate the rich history of African Americans and the achievements of the civil rights movement. Black History Month dates back to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans dedicated the second week in February as “Negro History Week” […]

UFCW Intl President Marc Perrone on Safeway Albertsons Merger

January 30, 2015 at 9:28 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 Safeway’s merger with Albertsons: “More than 250,000 Safeway and Albertsons workers are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). UFCW members also work for several other Cerberus Capital Management-operated supermarkets […]

Make Your Super Bowl Celebration Union-Made!

January 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Originally posted by the AFL-CIO On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Glendale, Ariz., at Super Bowl XLIX (49 for those of us who are shaky on Roman numerals).  While the Super Bowl carries a union label, from […]