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

Get Last Minute Made-in-the-USA Holiday Gifts!

December 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Adapted from Union Plus article from Consumer Reports Union members looking for complete ratings, as well as expert advice on the highest rated consumer products, make sure to sign up for ConsumerReports.org with your Union Plus 27% online subscription discount. Green and red may be the predominant colors of the season, but a lot of shoppers have […]

A Message From the New UFCW International President

December 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

To the hard working men and women of the UFCW: I am so incredibly honored to be your new International President. But this election is not about me, it is about the future we must and can build together. The choice we face, brothers and sisters, is what kind of America do we want to […]

Marc Perrone Elected President of 1.3 Million Member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

December 15, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Says by uniting together, we can give workers the opportunities they deserve CHICAGO, IL—Today, Marc Perrone, a labor leader who has committed four decades to fighting for hard working families, was elected International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). As a proud leader and member of the […]

HUELGA! – 12,000 Walmart Workers In Chile Strike For Better Wages

December 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart The “Walmart Economy” isn’t just hurting America – the multi-billion dollar corporation’s impact extends globally. The Waltons, owners of Walmart, are the richest family in America, worth more than $150 billion. That’s equal to the wealth of 43% of American families combined. Yet many workers at Walmart stores, warehouses, […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Final NLRB Rule to Modernize Union Elections

December 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopting a final rule to modernize union elections. “When a majority of workers want to form a union, they should be able to do […]

Union Membership Boosts Life Satisfaction

December 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Patrick Flavin from Baylor University and Gregory Shufeldt from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock released a study on “Labor Union Membership and Life Satisfaction” that suggests that organized labor in the United States can have a significant impact on peoples’ quality of life. Using data from the World Values Survey, they uncovered evidence […]

FEDERAL LABOR BOARD JUDGE: Walmart Violated Workers’ Rights

December 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Orders Walmart to Stop its Illegal Threats to Workers in One of Many Expected Decisions against Walmart Workers, Supporters Say Walmart Must End Its Abuse of Power and Improve Jobs WASHINGTON — A National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge issued a sweeping decision yesterday against Walmart for its […]

UFCW’s Making Change at Walmart Campaign Recognized at UNI World Congress

December 10, 2014 at 3:38 pm

A delegation of UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU local union presidents along with local and International staff from the United States and Canada is attending the 4th UNI World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from December 7-10. The UFCW delegation, led by International President Joe Hansen, was recognized by the UNI World Congress for the leadership and […]

Follow WIN Labor Report for the Latest Union News

December 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

A new app is available to download Workers Independent News (WIN) Labor Report. WIN is a podcast series that is focused on the issues and concerns of working people. As a news service, WIN is devoted to bringing the voices of workers, their families, communities and organizations to the widest public possible, using all means […]

UFCW Applauds Kurt Brandt’s Appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

December 4, 2014 at 8:21 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kurt Brandt, UFCW’s Assistant to the Director of the Food Processing, Packing, and Manufacturing Division, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). Kurt will be the only union representative on the advisory committee, making this well-deserved appointment welcome news for workers. With over 30 years’ […]

This Holiday Season, Take Advantage of Union Plus Discounts!

December 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Adapted post from the AFL-CIO It’s easy to get into the better-to-give-than-receive generous holiday shopping spirit. But it doesn’t hurt to save a few bucks, too, and Union Plus can help you stretch your holiday budget with money-saving discounts and special deals exclusively for union families. There are Union Plus discounts on laptops, wireless phones, […]

UFCW Local 400 Shoppers Workers Ratify New Agreement

December 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Last week, UFCW Local 400 members working at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy overwhelmingly ratified a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement that increases their wages and maintains their health and retirement security. The contract culminates a months-long, difficult round of bargaining that required multiple extensions of the old agreement to resolve complex issues, many of which revolved […]

Calls for $15 an Hour, Full Time Work at Walmart Sweep Country

December 1, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Walmart workers continued strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights     NATIONWIDE – Tens of thousands of Americans protested at 1,600 Walmart stores across the country on Friday, calling on the company to pay associates a minimum of $15 an hour and provide full-time work. The broad group said the country’s largest employer […]

Walmart workers continue strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights

November 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

As nation rallies against abuse of power, CALLS FOR $15 AN HOUR, FULL-TIME WORK AT WALMART SWEEP COUNTRY Walmart workers continue strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights   ***Follow the conversation and see photos at #WalmartStrikers, @ChangeWalmart and blackfridayprotests.org. NATIONWIDE – Tens of thousands of Americans are protesting at 1,600 Walmart stores […]

New Black Friday Solidarity Materials Available for UFCW Members

November 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

As Black Friday approaches it is more important than ever that UFCW members stand together with Walmart workers as they fight to make their jobs better. By standing together in solidarity, UFCW and Walmart workers can send the message that all workers have the right for fair wages and better schedules. Every step forward for […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement in Response to Grand Jury Decision in the Death of Michael Brown

November 25, 2014 at 7:14 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. “Today, first and foremost, we mourn for our sister Lesley McSpadden, a member […]

UFCW OUTreach Hear from LGBT Leaders During Executive Board Meeting

November 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm

UFCW’s LGBT constituency group OUTreach held their executive board meeting on November 12-13. During the meetings, executive board members heard from numerous leaders in the LGBT community. Speakers included Mara Keisling, Executive Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Jerame Davis, Executive Director for the AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work, Daniel Pino from the National Gay […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement in Response to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

November 21, 2014 at 1:11 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s plan to take executive action on immigration. “Today the President announced he will take belated but necessary action to provide relief to immigrant workers, families, and communities. Make […]

Walmart Workers Hold Protests in 10 Countries

November 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Following historic sit-down strikes in Los Angeles last week, Walmart workers in 10 countries joined American workers’ protests yesterday, calling for change at Walmart. Citing similar concerns, Walmart workers in Brazil, Mexico, the UK, Colombia, Argentina, India, Canada, Switzerland and the US said they were tired of Walmart’s failure to respect basic workers’ rights. Workers around the […]

Rep. Gutierrez Joins Farm Workers behind the Thanksgiving Meal to Hold Holiday Feast in front of White House

November 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Farm & Food Processing Workers Deliver Letters Calling for Executive Action See here for archived footage and other important information from today’s event. Washington, DC—Today, on the cusp of one of America’s most celebrated holidays, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) alongside immigrant farm, food and commercial workers from across the country gathered in front of the […]