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

Celebrating UFCW Moms: New UFCW Member Loves Her Job and Security of Being a Union Member

May 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

To continue our celebration of UFCW moms, we’re sharing the story of Local 1000 member Maggie Duhig-Freeman. Maggie is a single divorced mom working at Kroger Marketplace in Lewisville, Texas, supporting her family and finishing college. A little over a month ago, Maggie began working at her store and had started training. After her orientation, […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: Local 655 Member Fights Right To Work; Stands Up for Union Rights that Gave Her and Her Daughter Better Life

May 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we couldn’t think of a better time to celebrate the great work that UFCW mothers do, each and every day! One such union mom, Theresa Hester of UFCW Local 655, recently shared her story of how the union has changed her life in a testimony before the Missouri […]

New City Ordinance Protects Grocery Workers

April 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Last week, the City Council in Alameda, Calif., signed a new ordinance requiring companies purchasing large grocery stores to retain workers for at least 90 days if the stores’ ownership changes. The ordinance will protect the jobs of grocery workers after a sale or transfer takes place for stores that are more than 15,000 square feet. Alameda […]

Remembering Fallen Workers on Workers Memorial Day

April 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Every year on April 28—Workers Memorial Day—the UFCW joins workers in the U.S. and around the world to remember and pay tribute to the thousands of workers who have been killed on the job and the millions of workers who have suffered from injuries, sickness or diseases in their places of work. While the efforts […]

We Must Make Workers Memorial Day a Catalyst for Great Change

April 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Statement by UFCW International President Marc Perrone on Workers Memorial Day Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement about Workers Memorial Day: This Workers Memorial Day, we remember the hard-working men and women who have sacrificed their bodies, and in some cases their lives, to make […]

UFCW Applauds Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

April 24, 2015 at 12:04 am

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), yesterday released the following statement in response to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States. “We congratulate Loretta Lynch on being confirmed as Attorney General. And we decry the Senate leadership for […]

Nation’s Largest Private Sector Union Calls on DOJ to Stop Merger Between Comcast and Time Warner

April 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

In letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, UFCW President Marc Perrone, citing impact on all hard-working families, calls on DOJ to oppose merger WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday urging the U.S. Department of Justice […]

UFCW Local 1500 Grocery Workers Ratify New Contracts

April 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm

UFCW Local 1500 members have ratified new agreements with Stop & Shop and King Kullen Supermarkets. The new contracts were ratified on Thursday, April 16th, and they cover more than 8,500 grocery workers across New York. The agreements provide wage increases and secure benefits for both full-time and part-time workers and protect medical and pension plans. The agreements […]

Following Retaliatory Closures, Walmart Workers Take Legal Action

April 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Supported by elected officials, clergy and community members, group files for injunctive relief with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of workers Local school board launches resolution calls on Walmart to consider economic impact to local community, transfer and reinstate workers NATIONWIDE —Yesterday Pico Rivera Walmart workers with OUR Walmart filed a charge with the […]

UFCW Local 227 Members Ratify New Kroger Contract

April 20, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  UFCW Local 227 members who work at Kroger overwhelmingly ratified a new agreement by a nearly 4 to 1 margin. The four year agreement covers approximately 13,900 hard working men and women across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The contract ensures quality, affordable health insurance that includes spousal coverage, and additional insurance options for part-time members. It […]

UFCW President Perrone: We are Determined to See Fast Track Defeated

April 16, 2015 at 7:27 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the agreement reached on trade promotion authority or fast track. “The TPP and fast track are not just wrong for America, they will hurt every hard-working family. The fact […]

UFCW Announces Strong Opposition to Fast Track and the TPP

April 15, 2015 at 6:18 pm

President Perrone calls for bipartisan opposition and says largest private sector union in the nation “will remember those elected officials who stood with America’s workers” WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today penned an op-ed in The Hill announcing his strong opposition to fast […]

UFCW Kroger Workers Rally to Keep Jobs

April 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Kroger workers, customers and community allies gathered in front of the Frederick Boulevard Kroger last week to protest the company’s unfair treatment of union store workers. The company closed the Portsmouth Kroger Food & Drug store on Saturday and is transferring most the store’s union workforce to a store in Yorktown, 25 miles away. Store […]

Equal Pay Day a Reminder It’s Time to Close the Gender Pay Gap

April 14, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Over half a century ago, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act, which mandated that “no employer…shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of […]

New York Attorney General: Just-In-Time Scheduling May Violate Law

April 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Retail chains like Target Corp. are under increased scrutiny in New York. On April 10, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to 13 retailers seeking information on their use of on-call shifts. Included in the letter was a warning that just-in-time scheduling practices may violate state employment law. New York requires employers to […]

Walmart Workers Join National 4/15 Protests

April 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

This Wednesday, Walmart workers with OUR Walmart will join with fast food strikers, home care providers, airport workers, adjunct professors and many others to stand up in the fight for $15 an hour. “I’m proud to be part of a growing movement of moms and dads, brothers and sisters like me, who are standing up […]

UFCW Local 655 Members Support Groundbreaking Candidate in Landmark Ferguson, Mo., Election

April 14, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Last week, Ella Jones became the first female African American candidate to be elected to the City Council in Ferguson, Mo., thanks in part to the endorsement and support of UFCW Local 655. UFCW members got involved in the local race because of their desire to elect local leadership that was a better reflection of […]

Tell Walmart: Help Striking Farm Workers

April 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

This post was written by our friends at UFW. On March 17th, thousands of farm workers toiling in the San Quintín Valley—an export oriented agricultural region in Baja California Norte—walked off their jobs in protest of low wages, poor working conditions, and alleged violations of Mexican labor law. Nearly three weeks later, key demands made […]

Union Plus Benefits for UFCW Members

April 9, 2015 at 12:58 pm

We all know that there are countless benefits to being a union member and the difference having a union voice makes.  And there’s another benefit for union workers: the UFCW Credit Card. The UFCW is endorsing this credit card program because it has been specially designed to meet the needs of hard-working UFCW members and […]

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Begins to Take Effect

April 8, 2015 at 1:48 pm

On April 1, the city of Seattle began phasing in a $15 minimum wage. The minimum wage for workers at large businesses and national chains was bumped up to $11 per hour and will gradually increase to $15 by 2017. From participating in actions throughout the city to sharing their personal stories at public testimony, […]