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

UFCW International Vice President Pat O’Neill Honored for Efforts to Help Walmart Workers

October 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Last week, UFCW International Executive Vice President Pat O’Neill was honored by the UMass Dartmouth Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center during their annual awards banquet. For 35 years, the center has served “as a bridge between working people, their communities, organizations, and UMass Dartmouth.” Their awards and dinner banquet are one of the largest gatherings of labor […]

UFCW Members Sound Off on Why Voting in This Election Is So Important!

October 27, 2014 at 6:50 pm

We asked UFCW members from all around the country why they took a pledge to vote this Novemeber 4th in the mid-term elections. Here’s what some of you said: “To elect candidates who want to protect the middle class, not destroy it.” --Andrew Myers; Swanton, Ohio “Too many people died to give me this right […]

UFCW Local 227 Members Get Out The Vote in Kentucky

October 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Members of UFCW Local 227 are knocking on doors, making phone calls, and visiting worksites in an effort to get out the vote in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is home to one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the country. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who introduced national right to work, is facing a […]

Flexon Workers in New Jersey Vote Union “Yes”, Join RWDSU

October 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

More than 120 workers at Flexon in Newark, New Jersey, overwhelmingly voted to join RWDSU Local 262. The workers – who manufacture lawn and garden hoses sold through retailers including Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and Costco – won the union voice they sought in order to address a number of problems in their workplace. “We […]

Member Spotlight: Jerry Knapp

October 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Recently, long-time UFCW Local 1500 member Jerry Knapp was recognized for his years of active service to his union and fellow union members by Region 1, and was awarded with a member award along with several other members who have made a difference in their workplaces. He was taken aback when he learned he was […]

WALMART WORKERS, TAXPAYERS ARRESTED CALLING FOR WALMART OWNERS TO STOP ROBBING AMERICA

October 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Group calls on Walton family to stop taking advantage of taxpayer programs to support low-wage model & instead, pay workers $15 an hour and provide full-time work  If the Waltons fail to respond, protestors promise to return to Walmart stores on Black Friday New York and Washington, DC – Forty-two Walmart workers and their supporters […]

Workers at 1695 Walmart Stores Sign Petition for $15 an Hour, Full-Time Work

October 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm

If the Waltons fail to respond, protestors promise to return to Walmart stores on Black Friday  **Follow the conversation at #Fightfor15, @ForRespect, www.blackfridayprotests.org**  NATIONWIDE – Workers from 1695 Walmart stores in all 50 states are calling for the company to publicly commit to raise pay to $15 an hour and provide consistent, full-time work in […]

UFCW Releases Online Ads in 4 Key Battleground Elections

October 16, 2014 at 1:11 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today announced an aggressive online advertisement campaign in four key battleground elections. The ads are running through Election Day in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In Iowa, the UFCW launched a video that is a twist on Joni Ernst’s original campaign […]

Walmart Workers & UFCW Region 1 Deliver Petitions in Support of Fair Wages and Full Time Work

October 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm

This month, following the New York/New Jersey District Council Meeting, UFCW Local 152 members and Region 1 leaders joined Walmart workers for a store action in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Led by Walmart workers, the delegation kicked off nationwide deliveries of a Walmart worker petition. The petition has quickly gained momentum amongst workers. It calls […]

Aurora Products Workers Win Election for Union Representation at Plant

October 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Orange, Conn. – On Wednesday, October 8, 175 workers at Aurora Products, a natural food processing company in Orange, Conn. voted to join the 9,000 member strong United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 371 (UFCW Local 371) based in Westport, Conn. “Our votes were hard fought and won by Aurora workers who are on […]

IKEA Workers Gather Thousands of Signatures From Across the Globe in Petition for Full-Time Hours

October 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Last week, IKEA workers converged on the North American headquarters of IKEA to deliver a petition asking the company to invest in their American workers. The petition, started by workers at a Seattle Ikea store, had been signed by nearly 6,000 IKEA workers and customers with international support from 101 different countries. IKEA workers traveled to […]

Congratulations to the 2014 UFCW International Scholarship Winners

October 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Every year the UFCW International offers scholarships to union members or their immediate family who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values. Below are this year’s winners. Congratulations to each of these hard-working individuals. We know that they will go far in their education and continue […]

Member Spotlight: Towanda Carter

October 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Towanda Carter was recently recognized by UFCW Region 1 for her outstanding service as a union member and for helping her fellow workers, both at her own workplace and elsewhere. After noticing unfair treatment of workers at her job working at Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens Inc. in 2005, Towanda and her coworkers filed to unionize […]

Hispanic Heritage Month: Honoring Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta

October 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Hispanic Heritage Month provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, two great labor leaders who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and helped to organize the Delano Grape Strike—one of the most successful strikes in labor history. On September 8, 1965, Filipino farm workers in Delano, Calif., who […]

Sign the Petition to Support Bloomingfoods Workers and Their Right to Organize!

October 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Sign the Petition Here to Take Action! Workers at Bloomingfoods Market & Deli co-op grocery store in Indiana have been standing together, calling for a recognition and neutrality agreement while they exercise their right to organize, as well as for their employer to stop consulting with anti-union law firms in order to interfere with the workers’ […]

Walmart Workers’ Respect the Bump Campaign Holds First National Meeting, Protest in Chicago

October 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm

In response to the illegal and unethical treatment of pregnant workers and the widespread financial hardship forced onto working women at Walmart, Walmart moms met in Chicago to call for Walmart to publicly commit to better pay and protections at the country’s largest employer of women. With the support of the country’s leading women’s rights […]

UFCW Local 400 Kroger Members Working at Kroger Ratify A New Contract

October 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Members of UFCW Local 400 voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new, four-year contract with Kroger in the Richmond and Tidewater areas of Virginia. The contract preserves their health and retirement security and increases their wages. The collective bargaining agreement is retroactive to August 3, 2014. It expires on August 4, 2018, and covers 3,500 workers. The […]

2014 Voter Information Hub

September 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

The general election is less than two months away, and the stakes for UFCW members and working families couldn’t be higher. UFCW’s new voter information hub allows members to register to vote and make a pledge that they will go the polls on Election Day. The site also provides important election information for all 50 states. Find […]

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: UFCW Steward Idalid Guerrero

September 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm

It’s now the third week of Hispanic Heritage Month, and we’re celebrating by showcasing the story of a UFCW steward named Idalid Guerrero. Read her story about making a difference in one’s union and community, below: UFCW stewards play a special role in their plants. They are leaders who protect their co-workers and ensure that our plants […]

Justice for Jen

September 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

A UFCW Local 1473 Steward and advocate for her coworkers was unjustly fired by Hormel last week. Jen Pulaski, a steward at the Beloit, Wisconsin, Hormel plant and a 12 year veteran of the plant was fired in retaliation for her advocacy on behalf of her coworkers. Jen has been an active steward this year, and […]