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

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: An Interview with Esther R. Lopez, International Vice President and Director of the UFCW’s Civil Rights and Community Action Department   

September 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm

As part of the our ongoing celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, we sat down with UFCW International Vice President and Director of the Civil Rights and Community Action Department Esther Lopez to talk about the important relationship of the Labor movement and the achievements and contributions made by Hispanics.   What does your Hispanic Heritage Month […]

IKEA Worker: IKEA’s “Living Wage” Policy Still Leaving Many Workers Behind

September 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Dan Stillwell, a “co-worker” at IKEA for 16 years, says he’s being left behind. According to an article that he authored in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, IKEA’s recent steps toward paying workers more is a step in the right direction, but its policies are still leaving many workers who have worked there for years without any […]

UFCW Local 2013 Fresh Direct Workers Ratify New Agreement

September 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm

UFCW Local 2013 FreshDirect workers in New York City recently ratified a new three-year contract. The agreement went into effect September 1, and increased wages and benefits for nearly 1,000 FreshDirect employees. UFCW Local 2013 members will see wages increase an average of 20 percent over the life of the deal. FreshDirect transportation workers make an […]

UFCW Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month—a time for the UFCW to pay tribute to Hispanic Americans and their positive contributions to our communities and our country. The origins of this celebration date back to President Lyndon Johnson, who first established Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the […]

Help Support IKEA workers!

September 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

When IKEA workers in the United States started calling on their employer to provide jobs that enabled the employees to make ends meet, IKEA responded by raising the starting pay of workers to match the living wage of each community where they worked. This was a great step forward, however veteran employees who have worked […]

AFL-CIO Introduces The Koch Sisters Campaign

September 11, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Last week, the AFL-CIO introduced “The Koch Sisters”– a national project featuring two women, Karen and Joyce, who share the same last name, but not the same values as the Koch Brothers. The Koch Sisters will bring the issues most Americans care about – from fair wages to protecting Social Security – to the forefront […]

UFCW Local 293 Members Ratify New Contract With JBS

September 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

UFCW Local 293 members working at the JBS beef slaughter and processing facility in Omaha, Neb.,  ratified a new contract on Thursday, September 4. The new five-year agreement went into effect on Monday, September 8 and will cover more than 300 workers in the plant. The contract in Omaha follows another contract ratification back in […]

UFCW and OUR Walmart Members Help Calif. Pass Paid Sick Day Legislation

September 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm

After intense lobbying from UFCW members and members of OUR Walmart, both houses of the California legislature have passed a bill guaranteeing workers up to three paid sick days a year. The legislation includes part-time and temporary workers, making it one of the strongest in the nation. Home health care workers are exempted. Governor Jerry Brown […]

UFCW Members in Southern Calif. Ratify New Agreement with Food 4 Less

September 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Members from UFCW Locals 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428, and 1442, have ratified a new three year agreement with the grocery chain Food 4 Less. The previous contract expired June 8 and workers were prepared to take a strike vote if necessary. The agreement covers more than 6,000 grocery workers at 100 Food 4 Less […]

Union Plus Job Loss Grant Helps UFCW Member Start Fresh

September 5, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Losing a job can happen to the best of us. The challenge is to maintain your strength, your determination, your resiliency and of course your union values. Karyn Neeley of Rosamond, Calif., and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1036, is making it through a tough time with her head held high and her […]

UFCW International President Joe Hansen Co-Authors OpEd About Dangers of Walmart’s Reach into Our Classrooms

September 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

UFCW International President Joe Hansen and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten have teamed up in an Op-ed featured in the Huffington Post to warn about an epidemic that has been spreading across the country: the Walmart-ization of our schools and classrooms. Walmart, they say, wants classrooms to be run more like a business. […]

Market Basket Workers Secure a Win For CEO – But The Best Guarantee For Workers Is a Union

September 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

For the past few months, it’s been hard to escape news about the unprecedented actions of employees at the New England grocery chain Market Basket, who risked their jobs to stand up for their ousted CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. After feuding within the family-owned chain’s leadership, “Arthur T.” as he was known by Market Basket workers, was […]

Tell Citra Mina to Respect Their Workers!

September 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

In July, UFCW Local 359 Members who work at Fulton’s Fish Market in New York, took part in a solidarity action for the seafood workers at Citra Mina in the Philippines, who are fighting for justice on the job. As the workers continue to stand up for better working conditions and for the jobs of […]

The Way They Worked: UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Marc Perrone Shares How His Grandparents Shaped His Work Ethic

August 29, 2014 at 7:44 pm

This Labor Day weekend, Jobs with Justice has launched a series of stories called The Way They Worked to collect and share stories from people in the labor movement about how their grandparents worked, and what they learned from them. We sat down with our own UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Marc Perrone to hear about his grandfather […]

This Labor Day UFCW and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Celebrate Their Partnership to End Blood Cancer

August 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Shortly after Labor Day, September 6th will mark the beginning of Blood Cancer Awareness month–and is a reminder to us why the partnership between the UFCW and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is so important. Working together since 1983, the UFCW has helped raise over $60 million dollars for LLS through charity golf tournaments, auctions, bottle drives […]

UFCW Statement on Market Basket Sale

August 28, 2014 at 4:52 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 sale of Market Basket. “Market Basket workers have secured the return of their preferred corporate […]

However you Celebrate Labor This Holiday, Celebrate Union-Made!

August 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day as a reminder and tribute to all the men and women who work to make our economy and our country strong, and to provide for their families. Whether you have the day off, or are getting in one last cookout of the summer in after work, help support your […]

A Labor Day Message from Bill Fletcher, Chair of the Retail Justice Alliance

August 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Originally posted on The Retail Justice Alliance There is no company more responsible for creating and reinforcing the wealth gap through its low-wage, part-time business practices than Walmart, our country’s largest private employer.  At the company’s own admission, the majority of Walmart’s 1.4 million workers are paid less than $25,000 a year. That means that too many […]

Texas Cargill Workers Vote Union “Yes”

August 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Cargill workers in Fort Worth, Texas, voted to join UFCW Local 540. There are more than 200 workers at the ground beef processing plant where they produce hamburger patties and sausage.  Workers decided to come together for a union voice for several reasons. Workers claim that many of their peers have been unjustly fired. And, […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on the Mother of Michael Brown

August 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement regarding UFCW member Lesley McSpadden whose son Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. “At the UFCW, we are a family.  When tragedy strikes one of us, it is […]