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

There’s Another “Equal Pay Day” We Should Be Talking About

July 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm

The gender pay gap is one of the contributing factors to economic inequality. Women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This means women have to work longer before they can retire, don’t earn as much as they need to raise the families they want, and are more likely to be in […]

Upgrading Malaysia’s Status: Bad for Human Rights and American Workers

July 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm

“It’s a shame President Obama and his administration will go to such lengths to impose another free trade agreement on American workers.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s decision to upgrade Malaysia’s position […]

UFCW Statement on A&P Bankruptcy Developments

July 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2015 Contact: press@ufcw.org Montvale, N.J. – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union International President Marc Perrone, released the following statement on behalf of UFCW Locals 27, 100R, 152, 342, 371, 400, 464-A, 1245, 1262, 1360, 1500, 1776 and RWDSU Locals 338 and 1034, after meeting with A&P […]

New Report Shows Rise In Child Poverty After Great Recession

July 23, 2015 at 5:36 pm

More children in the U.S. are living in poverty after the Great Recession than during the economic downturn, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation According to the report, titled Kids Count: 2015 State Trends In Child Well-Being, about 22 percent of America’s children—or one in four—lived below the poverty line […]

UFCW President Perrone Statement on the Equality Act

July 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm

“No one should be fired or discriminated against because of who they are or love.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in support of the introduction of the Equality Act. “Workers across America go to work every day in […]

Workers at Stoney Brothers Approve First-Ever Oregon Contract for Marijuana Workers

July 22, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Workers at Stoney Brothers, a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Ore., have approved the first-ever union contract for cannabis workers in Oregon and have joined UFCW Local 555. The vote to approve the contract was unanimous and sets a new standard for cannabis workers in Oregon. “With our new contract, I am excited to have paid […]

UFCW Statement on A&P Bankruptcy Filing

July 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Montvale, N.J. — The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union, the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement today regarding A&P’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. “For decades, the dedication and sacrifices of hard-working UFCW members have been instrumental in keeping A&P’s doors open. Every day, they have shown their […]

President Perrone in The Hill: Overtime Pay is Long Overdue

July 17, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Yesterday The Hill published UFCW International President Marc Perrone’s op-ed on the importance of expanding overtime pay to increase the threshold of salaried employees working more than 40 hours a week and not making time-and-a-half pay. You can read the op-ed below: Every day, millions of hard-working Americans wake up to the realization that they […]

President Perrone Speaks at Re-Introduction of the Schedules That Work Act

July 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm

Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, attended and spoke at the re-introduction of the Schedules That Work Act. In his remarks, Perrone described how unfair work schedules put people at a disadvantage. “Every day, in the interest […]

Jewel-Osco Pharmacy Workers Vote Union “Yes” with UFCW Local 431

July 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

Jewel-Osco Pharmacy workers in Clinton, Iowa, have voted to join UFCW Local 431. The 16 workers decided to come together to join UFCW Local 431 to be able to negotiate a fair and systematic way to solve workplace issues, secure schedules, and improve wages and benefits. Several workers have been working at the location for years without a pay […]

Let’s Fix Overtime!

July 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

At the UFCW, we believe that if you do the work, you deserve to be compensated. Unfortunately, not everyone has a voice on the job, and every day, millions of Americans work more than 40 hours per week with no pay. That’s because the salary threshold for overtime pay has been raised only once since […]

UFCW Joins Members of Congress and Immigrants’ Rights Groups to Demand Justice for Immigrant Workers

July 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

“Granting temporary relief to hard working aspiring Americans is not enough. It is time to fix our broken immigration system.” NEW ORLEANS, La. – In the midst of an ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, members of Congress, labor leaders, and immigrant families gathered in New Orleans to demand […]

Op-Ed from UFCW Local 21 Members Emphasize the Need for Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days

July 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Two members from UFCW Local 21 wrote an op-ed that ran in The Seattle Timesabout the need for higher wages and paid sick days. Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days Matter for Everyone We know a thing or two about low wages and paid sick leave. We are two retail workers in King County. Our […]

UFCW and JBS Partner Together for Joint Safety Trainings

July 8, 2015 at 12:12 pm

The UFCW has initiated a new health and safety program for workers in UFCW JBS plants. The program is a new joint effort with JBS to establish a uniform safety program for workers and management throughout the chain. This is the first time JBS and the UFCW have come together to create a program that […]

UFCW International President Marc Perrone and Executive Vice President Esther López on “Fulfilling America’s Promise for Immigrants”

July 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, an op-ed penned by UFCW International President Marc Perrone and Executive Vice President Esther López was published in The Hill. Titled “Fulfilling America’s Promise for Immigrants,” the piece talks about the urgent need to reform our broken immigration system. You can read the full text of the op-ed below: […]

Take Part in a Great Cause and Join a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk

July 1, 2015 at 4:29 pm

  UFCW members all across the country are excited for the 2015 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Light the Night Walks. We hope you will consider joining us this year at this great event. Light the Night Walks happen in communities all across the country. During these evening walks, participants carry illuminated lanterns – white […]

Support America, Support Unions–Your UFCW-Made Fourth of July Shopping List!

July 1, 2015 at 3:37 pm

This Independence Day, aside from sporting red, white, and blue, show your patriotism by supporting union jobs. If you’re shopping for a 4th of July BBQ, we’ve got a handy shopping list full of products made by UFCW brothers and sisters across the country. And if you have to run to the store on the […]

New Report Says Virtual Labor Organizing Could Be Key In Organizing New Workers

June 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The Century Foundation has a new report suggesting that virtual labor organizing could be the key to getting a new generation of workers to join unions. According to the report, “Organizing a union through the use of online tools would allow employees to band together in a more organic, grassroots effort that does not require outside help […]

Indianapolis Retail Workers, Allies, Mobilize for Bill of Rights

June 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm

On June 17, members of the newly formed Lift Retail Jobs Campaign, held a press conference to highlight the economic plight of local retail workers and  unveiled a Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights. The Lift Retail Jobs Campaign is a coalition of retail workers, local businesses, and community groups who  have a vested interest in […]

UFCW Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges

June 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. “Today, marriage equality is finally the law of the land. This decision secures equality and dignity for every family in all fifty states. Our UFCW family […]