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

Richest One Percent Will Own More Than Half the World’s Wealth by 2016

January 22, 2015 at 6:02 pm

A new report by Oxfam underscores the fact that income inequality is continuing to rise to dangerous levels. The report, titled Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More, estimates that the combined wealth of the richest one percent will exceed that of the 99 percent next year unless actions are taken to curb inequality. According […]

UFCW Members in New Mexico Ready to Stop “Right to Work”

January 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Last week, UFCW Local 1564 led a right to work training session for more than 100 New Mexico union members. At the training, members learned how much harm right to work would bring to workers in New Mexico. For the first time since 1952, New Mexico’s State House is controlled by Republicans. One of the State […]

President Obama Urges Strengthening of Unions in His 6th State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  Last night, UFCW members gathered around televisions, logged on to their computers, or followed along on their tablets and smart phones as President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address. President Obama unveiled a number of proposals aimed at strengthening working and middle class Americans. They included: Strengthening unions and building more worker […]

Member Spotlight: Rob Robertson

January 20, 2015 at 4:41 pm

For our first member spotlight of 2015, we chatted with Local 464-A member Rob Robertson. Rob has been a UFCW member for six years now, starting at Food Town and now working in the Food Service Department at Shoprite in Cliffwood, New Jersey. Rob says he’s thankful to be a union member, because the benefits […]

JCPenney Closes Stores, Lays Off Thousands

January 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Is understaffing part of the problem? Last week, JCPenney announced that the company would close nearly 40 stores, costing 2,250 workers their jobs. JCPenney workers across the country are preparing to close their stores by the beginning of April. The closures represent nearly 4 per cent of JCPenney locations, and follows the failed reinvention plan […]

Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program Provides Great Opportunity for Union Leaders and Staff, Community Activists

January 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Adapted from the AFL-CIO The AFL-CIO Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program (BLUS) 2015 classes are now open for registration. The program is designed for union leaders, staff and community activists and offers intensive hands-on training around the areas of collective bargaining; organizing; arbitration and grievance handling; leadership for new union officers; strategic campaigns for […]

Middle Class Struggles and Retailers Close Their Doors

January 13, 2015 at 2:14 pm

While corporate profits soar in other sectors of the economy, retailers are closing stores. Middle-class wages have stagnated as health and education costs soar, leaving families with less discretionary income to spend at the mall. Wet Seal, a teen fashion retailer, closed 338 stores this month, giving 3,695 store workers as little as one day’s […]

UFCW Mourns the Loss of International Vice President Chad Young

January 12, 2015 at 6:21 pm

Chad Young, International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) passed away at home on January 11, 2015.  He was 57. As a young man growing up in Austin, Minnesota, Chad was inspired by his father, Roger, who was an active union member and organizer in the United Packinghouse Workers […]

Inspiring Messages from Policymakers, Union Leaders, Workers at Summit on Raising Wages

January 9, 2015 at 3:25 pm

This past Wednesday, the AFL-CIO sponsored a national Summit on Raising Wages. The summit featured a wide range of speakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and actress Piper Perabo, and was attended by the UFCW and many others who expressed the importance of higher wages for working Americans. Senator Elizabeth Warren was a […]

Spokane Hospital Workers Vote Union Yes

January 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Last month, service and maintenance workers at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash., voted ‘Union Yes’ to join UFCW Local 21. More than 240 workers at the hospital won union representation. UFCW Local 21 members from the nearby Providence Sacred Heart hospital were an active part of the campaign, reaching out to Holy Family […]

In Many States, the New Year Equals New Minimum Wage Increases

January 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

2015 brought a pay raise for millions of Americans as minimum wage increases go into effect across the country. Minimum wage workers in 21 states and the District of Columbia will see their pay rise. For the first time ever, a majority of U.S. states will have a minimum wage above the federal minimum. From supporting […]

Wednesday: Watch Live Stream of National Summit on Wages

January 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Reposted from the AFL-CIO Be sure to tune in Wednesday on the AFL-CIO Now blog for the live stream of the first National Summit on Raising Wages. The summit, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues the […]

Get Last Minute Made-in-the-USA Holiday Gifts!

December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Adapted from Union Plus article from Consumer Reports Union members looking for complete ratings, as well as expert advice on the highest rated consumer products, make sure to sign up for ConsumerReports.org with your Union Plus 27% online subscription discount. Green and red may be the predominant colors of the season, but a lot of shoppers have […]

A Message From the New UFCW International President

December 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

To the hard working men and women of the UFCW: I am so incredibly honored to be your new International President. But this election is not about me, it is about the future we must and can build together. The choice we face, brothers and sisters, is what kind of America do we want to […]

Marc Perrone Elected President of 1.3 Million Member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

December 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Says by uniting together, we can give workers the opportunities they deserve CHICAGO, IL—Today, Marc Perrone, a labor leader who has committed four decades to fighting for hard working families, was elected International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). As a proud leader and member of the […]

HUELGA! – 12,000 Walmart Workers In Chile Strike For Better Wages

December 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart The “Walmart Economy” isn’t just hurting America – the multi-billion dollar corporation’s impact extends globally. The Waltons, owners of Walmart, are the richest family in America, worth more than $150 billion. That’s equal to the wealth of 43% of American families combined. Yet many workers at Walmart stores, warehouses, […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Final NLRB Rule to Modernize Union Elections

December 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopting a final rule to modernize union elections. “When a majority of workers want to form a union, they should be able to do […]

Union Membership Boosts Life Satisfaction

December 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Patrick Flavin from Baylor University and Gregory Shufeldt from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock released a study on “Labor Union Membership and Life Satisfaction” that suggests that organized labor in the United States can have a significant impact on peoples’ quality of life. Using data from the World Values Survey, they uncovered evidence […]

FEDERAL LABOR BOARD JUDGE: Walmart Violated Workers’ Rights

December 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Orders Walmart to Stop its Illegal Threats to Workers in One of Many Expected Decisions against Walmart Workers, Supporters Say Walmart Must End Its Abuse of Power and Improve Jobs WASHINGTON — A National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge issued a sweeping decision yesterday against Walmart for its […]

UFCW’s Making Change at Walmart Campaign Recognized at UNI World Congress

December 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

A delegation of UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU local union presidents along with local and International staff from the United States and Canada is attending the 4th UNI World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from December 7-10. The UFCW delegation, led by International President Joe Hansen, was recognized by the UNI World Congress for the leadership and […]