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.

Recent News

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strike

October 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

This year, Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Delano Grape Strike, and provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to two great labor leaders who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and helped to organize one of the most successful strikes in labor history—Cesar Chavez and […]

UFCW President Perrone Statement on TPP Negotiators Reaching a Final Agreement

October 5, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement regarding news that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators had reached a final agreement. “The only good thing about a TPP agreement being reached is that the American people […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: Local 770 Member Lydia Flores Fighting for Justice at El Super

October 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Originally posted by the AFL-CIO On Oct. 7, the White House is holding a summit with leaders in the various movements to improve the lives of working people across the country, with a focus on how to make sure that economic growth is broad-based and that workers share in the benefits they help create with their labor. […]

“Dear Ambassador Froman, Americans Need and Deserve Higher Wages, Not Higher Health Care and Drug Costs.”

September 29, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman that details his frustration with U.S. negotiators pushing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to include 12 years of data protection for […]

11 Important Facts About Latinos in the U.S. Workforce to Keep in Mind During Hispanic Heritage Month

September 29, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Originally posted by AFL-CIO In a new report released this week, Latino Workers and Unions: A Strategic Partnership for America’s Progress, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement details the work environment for Latinos in the U.S. workforce. The picture the report paints isn’t a pretty one. Here are 11 important facts about Latino workers […]

Statement on Haggen Bankruptcy Developments “Haggen Has a Responsibility to Do What Is Right”

September 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Washington, D.C. – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union released the following statement regarding the Haggen bankruptcy as it relates to the motion filed to close 100 stores, as well as the recent approval of Albertson’s to hire back Haggen employees. “Across our communities, the hard-working men and women of Haggen, their […]

UFCW Local 538 Retirees Take Stand Against Kraft-Heinz Benefit Cuts

September 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Retirees from the Kraft-Heinz company in Wisconsin became concerned when they began receiving letters telling them that their health care was changing to give them more “flexibility, choice and control.” Because they had a union while they worked, they reached out to UFCW Local 538 in Madison, Wis., which confirmed that the “choice and control” […]

UFCW Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for the UFCW to pay tribute to Hispanic Americans and their positive contributions to our communities and our country. The origins of this celebration date back to President Lyndon Johnson, who first established Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration to cover a […]

President Perrone Statement on the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the U.S.

September 24, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement regarding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. “In the face of growing income inequality and poverty, Pope Francis has inspired not only his Catholic […]

Why Unions Matter: Helping Families Through Times of Need

September 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

A year and a half ago, when Richard Kern was 18, he was diagnosed with malignant Melanoma. While going through treatment, his medical bills soared to exceed $100,000. Thankfully, Richard’s mom is a member of UFCW Local 1059. Because of the collective bargaining agreement UFCW Local 1059 fought for at Kroger where Mrs. Kern works, her […]


September 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm

Jefferson City, Missouri – Dave Cook, President of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 655, Steven Straher, President of UFCW Local 88, and Tom Price, President of UFCW Local 2, representing 20,000 workers across Missouri, released the following statement today in response to Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of right to work legislation being sustained […]

CTI Foods Employees Overwhelmingly Vote YES to Become UFCW Local 1776 Members

September 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm

On August 26, CTI Foods employees became the newest members of UFCW Local 1776 as they overwhelmingly voted “Yes” to have Local 1776 represent them for the purposes of collective bargaining.  The official vote tally from this secret ballot election, run by the National Labor Relations Board, was 50 Yes to 19 No.  CTI Foods […]

Walmart Workers Launch Second Legal Action Against the Company

September 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

On September 10, Walmart workers, with the help of the UFCW, Making Change at Walmart, and OUR Walmart, announced at a press conference that they had filed a second charge against Walmart with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding the retaliatory closing of the Pico Rivera, Calif., Walmart store. In the charge, workers allege that […]

Union, Yes: Unions Help Kids in Our Communities

September 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm

A new study shows yet another benefit of unions you may not be aware of: The New York Times this week wrote about a study that “suggests that unions may also help children move up the economic ladder.” The paper–written by researchers at Harvard, Wellesley and the Center for American Progress–essentially finds that children born into low-income families […]

UFCW Locals Make Headlines This Labor Day

September 10, 2015 at 12:09 pm

This Labor Day weekend, UFCW locals across the country joined together with other unions and their communities to celebrate the true meaning of Labor Day. Many locals including UFCW locals 5, 38,227, and Region 1, sent a message about the need to improve the lives of hard-working men and women through fair wages, good schedules, and paid […]

Workers at Pinova Solutions Ratify First Contract, Charter New Union Local

September 9, 2015 at 1:28 pm

More than 100 workers at Pinova Solutions, in Brunswick, Ga., have ratified their first contract and become members of a newly-chartered International Chemical Workers Council of the UFCW local – Local 1050C. The plant manufactures specialty resins and rosins from naturally-occurring sources for worldwide distribution and has been in operation for more than 100 years. After […]

Workers at Ledbetter Foods’ Denver Processing Meat Plant Ratify New Contract

September 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Members of UFCW Local 7 win wage increases, better benefits and a safer workplace Wheat Ridge, Colo. – Around 300 workers at Denver Processing, a meatpacking facility owned by Ledbetter Foods, have voted overwhelmingly to approve a new four-year contract with their employer. The workers are members of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local […]


September 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Partners for A Better Life. An Open Letter to America’s Hard-Working Families. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Erratic scheduling, low-wage part-time jobs, trade deals that ship good jobs overseas, and skyrocketing income inequality are all themes of a national print ad that will be released Labor Day weekend by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union […]

Honoring the History of Labor Day

September 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm

While most Americans view Labor Day as the last long weekend of the summer and another day off work, the history behind the holiday was actually a result of one of the most intense and violent struggles for workers’ rights. In 1894, during a time of severe economic and social unrest, thousands of workers at […]

President Perrone Statement on Extreme Poverty Increasing in America

September 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the largest private sector union in the nation, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement in response to news that the number of people struggling to survive on just $2 per day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million […]