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

Stop & Shop Workers Ratify New Contracts

April 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm

Last week, the hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop in New England ratified new contracts with their employer by an overwhelming majority. The contracts cover 35,000 union members represented by UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459. The new contracts secure wage increases for all the men and women whose hard work […]

Perrone and Johnson: Food safety, Local Agriculture at Risk if Congress Passes TPP

April 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm

via the Colorado Statesman by Marc Perrone and Roger Johnson on April 27, 2016 Do you care about the quality of your food and where it comes from? If you do, and you should, it is time to be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. The TPP, like other trade deals before it, is […]

What Work Does to a Person

April 27, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Union President Statement for Workers Memorial Day Washington, D.C. – Today Marc Perrone, International President of the UFCW released the following statement in advance of Workers Memorial Day – April 28th. “Work can do amazing things for a person,” said UFCW President Marc Perrone. “But, we also know what work can do to a person physically. […]

Local 400 “Save My Store” Campaign Aims to Prevent Job Losses During Potential Corporate Merger

April 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

On March 15, following the shareholders’ approval of a merger between Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of the grocery chains Giant Food, Food Lion, and Martin’s, employees at eight stores in Maryland and Virginia were informed that their stores may be sold as a result of the merger. With the future of so many jobs […]

Wedge Co-op Workers Ratify First Union Contract

April 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

On April 5, workers at the Wedge Community Co-op in Minneapolis voted to ratify their first union contract, becoming the first unionized co-op in in the state of Minnesota as members of UFCW Local 1189. In November of 2015, workers at the Wedge Community Co-op, also known as ‘The Wedge,” overwhelmingly voted in favor of […]

Nursing Home Workers Vote for a Voice on the Job with Local 1625

April 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Last week, 12 workers in the dietary department at the Woodland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Fla., voted overwhelmingly to join UFCW Local 1625 for a voice on the job. Local 1625 represents over 100 health care facilities in Florida. “We were tired of the favoritism when it came to raises and working […]

UFCW Joins Immigrant Rights Groups at the Supreme Court to Demand Justice for Immigrant Workers

April 19, 2016 at 4:25 pm

In the midst of an ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the UFCW joined labor leaders and immigrant families as they gathered at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday to demand the implementation of the president’s immigration programs. The deferred action programs, known as DAPA (Deferred Action […]

El Super Must Provide 549 Workers with Back Pay as Labor Dispute Continues

April 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the El Super grocery store chain to pay 549 current and former employees a total of $363,000 in back pay. The NLRB began mailing letters notifying affected employees of the forthcoming payouts late last week. The payouts are part of an agreement the company signed to settle […]

UFCW Local 480 and Green Aloha Create First Hawaii Cannabis Labor Agreement

April 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm

On April 2, in a first for the state of Hawaii, UFCW Local 480 and Green Aloha, Ltd. announced an agreement giving their workers a fair process to form a union, ensuring good jobs and a highly trained workforce in the emerging medical marijuana industry. “This is an exciting day for cannabis patients and workers […]

UFCW and Stop & Shop Reach Tentative Agreements

April 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

On Saturday, the hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop reached tentative agreements for a new contract with their employer in New England. The tentative agreements will cover 35,000 members of UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459 if members ratify. The local unions will hold ratification votes next week. The previous contracts […]

April 12 Is Equal Pay Day

April 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm

April 12 marks Equal Pay Day, which was established by the National Committee on Pay Equity to shed light on the gender pay gap, and encourage equal pay for equal work. Decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women are still lagging behind in terms of wages. In the United States, women are […]

West Plains Community Rallies Around Fired Walmart Worker

April 12, 2016 at 2:24 pm

On April 2, Frank Swanson, a Walmart cashier in West Plains, Missouri, who was 20 days shy of his 20th anniversary with Walmart, was terminated. At the time, Frank made $13.92/hour. Frank is 52 years-old, and suffered brain damage from an accident that took place when he was in 8th grade. He is also partially […]

UFCW Pleased to See Albertsons Purchase Haggen Stores in Northwest

April 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Last week, the UFCW issued the following statement in response to Albertsons’ approved purchase of 29 Haggen stores in the Northwest: “For several months now, the Haggen bankruptcy process has brought a great deal of uncertainty to hard-working UFCW members and their families. With the sale of these 29 stores to Albertsons, we are optimistic […]

Supreme Court Sides with Labor

April 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a tied decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.  The case involved a group of non-union public school teachers from California who objected to paying fair-share fees to the California Teachers Association. The 4-4 decision leaves intact the right of public sector unions to require fair-share fees from non-members. […]

Stop & Shop Unity Bargaining Effort Expands to 12 UFCW Locals

April 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Last week, International President Marc Perrone called a meeting with the UFCW locals who represent the thousands of our union brothers and sisters employed by Ahold. Leadership from a dozen local unions met in Little Falls, N.J., to discuss the collective interests of 75,000 Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s and Peapod members. The local presidents worked […]

One Thousand March Through South Los Angeles in Support of Respect and a Fair Union Contract for El Super Grocery Workers

April 5, 2016 at 12:11 pm

—March coincides with El Super’s parent company -Grupo Comercial Chedraui- Board of Directors meeting in Mexico— Los Angeles— On Monday, April 4, El Super grocery workers represented by the UFCW marched together with more than 1,000 supporters -through the streets of South Los Angeles- to demand respect and a fair contract. The march coincided with […]

Local Texans Who Were Illegally Fired Tell Walmart: Obey the Law

March 31, 2016 at 12:39 pm

On March 24, two former Walmart workers, Colby Harris and Marc Bowers, joined labor leaders at the Lancaster, Texas, Walmart Supercenter (store #471) to protest Walmart’s illegal actions against striking workers. The group was also protesting Walmart’s appeal of an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling that said Walmart unlawfully retaliated against workers […]

Local 400 Hosts Rally and Petition Delivery for Kroger Member Who is Forced to Make Two-Hour Commute to Work

March 30, 2016 at 1:05 pm

On March 25, UFCW Local 400 members and supporters held a rally at a Portsmouth, Va., Kroger Marketplace in order to send a message to the company that it needed to do the right thing by letting Felecia Mayes, a long-time Kroger employee, transfer to a store closer to her home. After her store closed last […]

Stop & Shop Locals Turn a Contract Campaign into a Grocery Workers’ Movement

March 29, 2016 at 3:23 pm

‘Stronger Together’ is more than a slogan for Stop & Shop workers in New England. In an unprecedented display of solidarity, 35,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England, represented by five UFCW locals, have come together to strengthen their position at the bargaining table. Bargaining committees from UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and […]

Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 Lobby for Health Care Workers in Albany

March 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm

UFCW Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 brought more than 60 members to the Health Care Lobby Day in Albany, including home health aides, certified nursing assistants, medication technicians, dietary workers, and housekeepers from a variety of health care facilities. They met with legislators and staff from 23 Assembly and Senate districts, including the New […]