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

MCAW and UFCW OUTreach Respond to Walmart’s Silence on Bathroom Incident in Connecticut

May 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Last week, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) and UFCW OUTreach issued the following statement in response to reports that a Connecticut woman, who had just donated her hair to a cancer charity, was harassed in a Walmart bathroom by someone who mistook her as transgender: “Across the country, stores are proudly showing their support for […]

Twin City Tanning Workers Join Local 431

May 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On May 9, Twin City Tanning workers in Waterloo, Iowa, voted 39-1 to join UFCW Local 431. The workers had no idea how many hours they would be working on a given day and wanted respect on the job and consistent scheduling. The workers also wanted an affordable health insurance plan, paid time off and raises. “After […]

UFCW Stop & Shop Members Thank Customers for Support During Contract Fight

May 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Adapted from UFCW Local 1459 Last week, dozens of Stop & Shop union members, staff, and community members from New England UFCW locals went out to Stop & Shop stores as part of a Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the customers whose support helped win a strong union contract for over 35,000 Stop & Shop union members […]

Members of Congress Join UFCW to Stamp Out Hunger

May 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm

0 Last week, members of Congress from across the country, together with members of the UFCW, joined together to help launch the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. “Stamp Out Hunger,” the largest single-day food drive, invited Americans to leave food by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14 for collection by […]


May 18, 2016 at 2:05 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the UFCW made the following statement about the final overtime rule being released by the Department of Labor. “Because of outdated overtime rules, a management position in the retail sector too often comes with the expectation that you’ll work longer hours with no opportunity to earn overtime,” said UFCW International President […]

Mission Foods Workers Choose UFCW Representation with Local 1776

May 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

On May 12, nearly 450 workers at the Mission Foods plant in Mountain Top, Pa., voted to join UFCW Local 1776. Mission Foods workers make a full line of Mexican food products, including tortillas, wraps and salsas used in restaurants and sold in supermarkets on several continents. “This is one of the greatest moments of […]

“Exceptions are primarily in plants that have unions…” 

May 13, 2016 at 3:06 pm

  Oxfam reports unionized poultry workers have better workplace protection; non-unionized poultry workers in Pampers   Washington, D.C. – Yesterday’s Washington Post Wonk Blog post “I had to wear Pampers’: The cruel reality the people who bring you cheap chicken allegedly endure,” highlighted inhuman working conditions within the poultry industry, as documented by a new […]

ConAgra Workers Join Local 700

May 11, 2016 at 12:11 pm

On May 5, the hard-working men and women at a ConAgra plant in Indianapolis voted to join the UFCW union family and become part of UFCW Local 700. Nearly 300 workers make Marie Callendar’s pies at the plant, which was formerly owned by another company and purchased by ConAgra about three years ago. Organizers handbilled […]

UFCW Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their positive contributions to our country and communities. The origins of this celebration date back to 1977, when Representatives Frank Horton (R-NY) and Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA) introduced […]

New Report Highlights Uneven Access to Paid Leave and Predictable Schedules

May 9, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Image via Center for American Progress A new report by the Center for American Progress underscores the uneven access to paid leave and fair schedules in the American workforce and the need for legislation to address these issues. Titled Who Gets Time Off? Predicting Access to Paid Leave and Workplace Flexibility, the report examines the […]


May 6, 2016 at 1:31 pm

UFCW announces 100 organizing wins in roughly 100 days in 2016. Washington, D.C. –Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest private sector labor union, announced its 100th organizing campaign win of 2016. UFCW’s 100 wins in 100 days reflects the frustration felt by hard-working people across this country. The economic […]

UFCW Local 23 Member Pays Tribute to her Mom and the Values She Instilled

May 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

As we celebrate Mother’s Day throughout this week, we’re sharing the stories of #UFCWMoms, and of the mothers of members who want to share how great they are! Today, Kathy Tarka, a member of UFCW Local 23, shared with us about her “Mummy.” Here’s what she had to say: “Meet my mother, Mary Julia Teslovich Tarka.  Mummy […]

Mother of Local 1776 Member Fights to Honor His Memory and End Violence

May 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Catherine Kelly is the mother of former UFCW Local 1776 Acme Markets member Ryan Kelly.  Ryan was tragically killed on his way home from work one evening in a random act of violence.  Ryan was a hard-working, kind man who went above and beyond in the workplace.  Since his sudden death, his mother Catherine works […]

Viscofan Workers Launch Petition; Call for Safe Jobs

May 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm

The workers at the Viscofan plant in Danville, Illinois, deserve safe jobs, they say in a newly launched petition to The Viscofan Group Chairman Jose Domingo de Ampuero y Osma. The workers, who are members of UFCW Local 686, and their families shouldn’t have to worry whether their loved ones will come home in one piece when they […]

El Super Reports 5th Consecutive Quarter with a Decline in Customer Traffic Since Start of Union Initiated Consumer Boycott

May 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

—Negative El Super sales coincide with Formal Settlement Agreement with US Government ordering company to furnish information and bargain in good faith with UFCW — Los Angeles— Grupo Comercial Chedraui – the parent company of El Super grocery stores in the U.S. – has reported another quarter of disappointing sales growth. The company’s growth performance […]

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 […]