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 Local 400 Police Officers Fundraise for Special Olympics Torch Run

August 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Two Annapolis, Maryland police officers, both members of UFCW Local 400 were recently spotted at a Dunkin Donuts, where they were fundraising for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Known as the LETR, the torch run raises funds for the Special Olympics. To learn more about the LETR, click here.      

Member Profile: Mike Davis

August 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

For 38 years, retired UFCW member Mike Davis worked at Kroger as a member of Local 550 and later Local 700. We chatted with him this week about his experience as a union member: Beginning work at Kroger at age 17 in 1969 in Indiana, Mike says he decided to work there because it was […]

UFCW Gold Internship Recap

August 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

The GOLD Internship Program came to a close last week at a final debrief in Chicago. Thirty six interns reflected upon their four week action projects and planned for how they could be effective activists when they return to their local unions. Action projects took place all across the country. In Chicago: GOLD interns helped deliver […]

UFCW Local 1776 Workers at JBS Ratify New Contract

August 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

This week, JBS workers in Souderton, Pa., overwhelmingly voted to accept a new five-year contract. The contract covers more than 1,100 workers. Negotiations for a new agreement began last December. UFCW Local 1776 members bargained in solidarity for affordable health care and fair wage increases.  Many members participated in various chain activities leading up to ratifying the […]

Member Spotlight: Patricia Bryant

August 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm

In this week’s member spotlight, we spoke with Local 1208 Member Patricia Bryant who works at Smithfield Foods in North Carolina. Patricia’s story is an inspiring one. Originally from Ontario, Canada, where she grew up around uncles who had been active in auto unions at the nearby GM plants, Patricia worked as both an illustrator and […]

Paid Family Leave Benefits Working Mothers

August 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Paid family leave has long been an important issue to both working families nationwide and the UFCW, and recent economic data has shown support for instituting paid family leave in America. A recent New York Times article by Claire Cain Miller looks at the recent drop in the percentage of women in the U.S. workforce […]

UFCW Members Hold Actions in Support of El Super Workers

August 11, 2014 at 3:53 pm

On July 23, hundreds of UFCW members and their supporters joined workers from El Super stores throughout Southern California in a bus tour that brought protests to 37 of the chain’s stores in a single day. Protests were held in support of El Super workers as they continue to fight for a good contract. Workers […]

UFCW Region 1 Locals Come Together to Support Mrs. Green’s Workers

August 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU Locals 338, 371, 464-A, 888, 919, 1245, 1360 participated in UFCW Local 1500’s day of action on July 22 to support eight Mrs. Green’s Natural Market workers who are returning to work after being unlawfully fired. The day of action commemorated the workers’ victory, fighting back against a multi-national employer. The eight workers were […]

Macy’s Workers in Saugus, Mass., Finally Get a Voice on the Job with Local 1445

August 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

On July 31, cosmetics and fragrances workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Mass., finally got a union voice on the job with Local 1445 after the National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-1 ruling earlier in July that the group of 41 workers was large enough to unionize. The cosmetics and fragrances workers at […]

UFCW Local 75 Members in Ohio Approve New Kroger Contract

August 5, 2014 at 9:24 pm

UFCW Local 75 members in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, Kroger stores have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. The new contract merges the formerly separate Cincinnati and Dayton contracts. Through the hard work of the members of the Cincinnati and Dayton Bargaining Committee, and by sticking together through the negotiations process, members were able […]

Failure to Heed Concerns of Workers Playing Role in Walmart’s Poor Sales

August 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Recently, some Wall Street analysts have predicted that big box stores like Walmart will meet their demise. Why? Not only are customers turning increasingly to online retailers or smaller, more convenient stores—which cut into the market share of big box retailers—but also because business practices like those of Walmart continually disregard the well-being of their workers, which […]

UFCW Statement on Market Basket Replacement Worker Job Fair

August 1, 2014 at 5:12 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, Richard Charette, UFCW International Vice President and President of UFCW Local 1445, and Dave Fleming, President of UFCW Local 328, today released the following joint statement in response to the deadline that Market Basket executives set for workers to return to work before replacement workers […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Final USDA Poultry Modernization Rule

July 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the USDA published a final poultry modernization rule.  “For more than two years, UFCW members have spoken out with a simple and compelling message: safe line speeds mean safe workers. “With today’s […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Executive Order Creating a Pro-Worker Procurement Process

July 31, 2014 at 6:12 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive order designed to ensure that the United States only does business with companies that respect workers’ rights. “The President’s executive order makes clear that the U.S. will not do business with companies that violate […]

UFCW Members Stand with Market Basket

July 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

You may have heard a lot about a grocery chain in New England named Market Basket in the news a lot lately. Here’s why: Since its founding, Market Basket has been owned and operated by the DeMoulas family, but for several decades, different branches of the family have been fighting for control. In June, longtime […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement in Support of Making Union Organizing a Civil Right

July 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement regarding the Employee Empowerment Act. “Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to organized labor as the ‘principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.’ He believed, as we do, that union […]

Smithfield’s Farmland Food Plant Workers Join UFCW Local 400

July 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Last Wednesday, more than 50 workers at Smithfield’s Farmland Food plant in Newport News, Va., voted to join UFCW Local 400, winning the election 47-5. Workers at the plant are uniting for a voice on the job. UFCW Local 400 will continue to work with Smithfield workers as they take action and address what they […]

Member Spotlight: Keith Phillips

July 28, 2014 at 3:26 pm

In this week’s member spotlight, we chatted with UFCW Local 951 member Keith Phillips, who works at Meijer in East Lansing, Michigan. Keith has been a UFCW member for two years now, but has been a member of various unions over the years–so he knows the value of belonging to one, especially in a right-to-work […]

UFCW and RWDSU Members Support Guitar Center Workers with National Day of Action

July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU members participated in a national day of action on July 11 to show their support for Guitar Center workers. Members leafleted customers and talked to workers at Guitar Center stores about workers joining the UFCW/RWDSU to have a union voice on the job and to also call on the company to bargain […]

101-year-old UFCW Retiree Thanks Joe Hansen for Pension Increase

July 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Mary Tomazi, a UFCW retiree and former employee of Local 655, recently sent a letter to UFCW International President Joe Hansen to thank him for the cost of living increase to her UFCW International Pension Plan.  Ms. Tomazi worked at the Health and Welfare Department at Local 655 for 18 years and retired in 1978.  […]