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

Honoring the History of Labor Day

September 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm

While most Americans view Labor Day as the last long weekend of the summer and another day off work, the history behind the holiday was actually a result of one of the most intense and violent struggles for workers’ rights. In 1894, during a time of severe economic and social unrest, thousands of workers at […]

President Perrone Statement on Extreme Poverty Increasing in America

September 1, 2015 at 8:47 pm

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the largest private sector union in the nation, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement in response to news that the number of people struggling to survive on just $2 per day has more than doubled since 1996, placing 1.5 million […]

The True Meaning of Labor Day

September 1, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Today, The Hill published an Op-Ed by UFCW International President Marc Perrone and Executive Vice President Esther Lopez. In it, they remind us all that Labor Day isn’t just about celebrating the end of summer and cooking out. It’s a day to celebrate all hard-working men and women in America, including those who have been […]

Celebrate Labor by Shopping Union-Made

September 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm

Labor Day is the symbolic end of summer for many, but as always, it’s a holiday to honor hardworking men and women who make our country great. Many of our UFCW members will be working on Labor Day, but for those who get to take the day off and enjoy time with family and BBQ, […]

Join the UFCW Women’s Network in Supporting Union Women’s Health

August 31, 2015 at 6:19 pm

The UFCW Women’s Network is a proud supporter of  Coalition of Labor Union Women’s (CLUW) “Getting to Know You and Your Health Needs” campaign. CLUW’s commitment to empower union women includes providing health information. To assist in tailoring that information, CLUW created a short survey with HealthyWomen. Survey results will allow CLUW to provide union women […]

UFCW President Perrone: “Browning-Ferris is a Victory for Hard-Working Men and Women”

August 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm

WASHINGTON — Today, the National Labor Relations Board affirmed a regional director’s decision holding that waste disposal company Browning-Ferris is a joint employer with their staffing agency, Leadpoint Solutions. Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) had this statement:   “Today is victory for the hard working men and women […]

UFCW President Perrone: “We Will End LGBTQ Discrimination in the Workplace”

August 27, 2015 at 7:09 pm

UFCW Vows to Fight for LGBTQ Rights at Work and Advocate for Comprehensive Healthcare for Transgendered Workers   ORLANDO — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, addressed LGBTQ union members at the AFL-CIO Pride at Work conference in Orlando, […]

MultiCare Workers Vote “Yes” to Join UFCW Local 21

August 27, 2015 at 3:27 pm

On August 11, MultiCare workers from Covington Emergency Department in Washington state, voted to join UFCW Local 21. With a union voice, the health care workers will now have the tools to provide better quality care to patients and support each other in the workplace. Key issues that were important to workers include job security and […]

Why Unions Matter: Fighting to Protect Our Jobs

August 26, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Sylvia Hovington knows first-hand just how important unions are. Sylvia is a member of UFCW Local 1776 and works for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). The Local represents 3,500 members working retail at PA Wine and Spirits Stores and in the warehouses that deliver to licensees such as bars, restaurants, and sporting facilities. Coming […]

UFCW International President Perrone: “Mr. Trump’s Circus Aside, we Need a Serious Debate on Immigration Reform”

August 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Today in the Washington Post, UFCW International President Marc Perrone, in a letter to the editor, wrote about how it’s time to focus on real ideas for immigration reform: “The circus surrounding Donald Trump and his presidential campaign paralyzes our country, preventing it from having a constructive debate about immigration [“Trump driving migrant debate,” front page, […]

UFCW Members in Missouri Host Teletownhall with Governor Nixon

August 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

Earlier this year, the Missouri legislature passed an anti-worker “right to work” bill. Fortunately, the bill was vetoed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, but on September 16, the legislature will convene a special session where they will attempt to override the Governor’s veto. In order for the veto to be overridden, 17 House members and […]

Gallup Poll Shows Americans’ Support for Labor Unions Continues to Recover

August 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

The latest results from the 2015 installment of Gallup’s annual Work and Education survey show that Americans’ approval of labor unions has jumped five percentage points to 58% over the past year, and is now at its highest point since 2008, when 59% approved. Consistent with the recent increase in approval of unions, the percentage of […]

Social Security Turns 80

August 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Eighty years ago today, President Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act (SSA), which guaranteed an income for the unemployed and retirees. While the future of Social Security continues to be a hot issue leading up to the 2016 election, there’s no doubt that the SSA changed what it meant to grow old in […]

UFCW Immigration Work will be Honored in September

August 14, 2015 at 12:17 pm

The UFCW’s immigration programs will be honored by the Center for Community Change at its annual “Change Champion Awards” ceremony on September 17 in Washington, D.C. Under the leadership of UFCW International President Marc Perrone and UFCW Executive Vice President Esther López, the UFCW is proud to lead the fight for immigration reform through two signature immigration […]

UFCW Local 23 Helps Pass Paid Sick Leave Law in Pittsburgh

August 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Last week, Pittsburgh passed a law that guarantees paid sick days for every worker in the city. The victory was made possible by UFCW Local 23 members who spent weeks canvassing and building community support for the law. Thanks to their hard work, more than 50,000 Pittsburgh workers will be eligible to earn paid time […]

Stand With Fresh Seasons Workers in Their Fight to Be Paid

August 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

When Fresh Seasons Markets in Victoria and Glen Lake, Minnesota, closed a year ago, owner Tom Wartman failed to pay his employees the vacation and personal holiday pay they had earned. Now, the stores in Victoria and Glen Lake have reopened under slightly changed names and the former Fresh Seasons workers are still not getting […]

On the Ground with a GOLD Intern

August 11, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Myron Coguox works at Food 4 Less and is a member of UFCW Local 324. I spent my GOLD internship working alongside Jobs with Justice in Atlanta. The overall goal of the summer was to help motivate people to organize and have a union voice on the job to help them improve their jobs and lives. When […]

Bloomingfoods Workers Ratify Their First Union Contract

August 7, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Workers at Bloomingfoods Co-op in Bloomington, Ind., have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first union contract as members of UFCW Local 700. Bloomingfoods workers successfully negotiated a contract that ensures fair wage increases, a process for resolving workplace issues, and a voice for all workers in the cooperative. Following an accelerated, fair election process marked […]

El Super Workers Win Justice

August 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm

In the wake of a nearly two year struggle, El Super’s workers and UFCW locals have won a significant legal victory against the California based grocer. Last week, a federal judge granted the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) request for a rare “10j” injunction to stop El Super’s unfair labor practices and immediately remedy their […]

The Voting Rights Act at 50: Progress, Then Peril

August 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the monumental Voting Rights Act. The Voting Rights Act ensured that no one would be barred from the right to vote based on the color of their skin. The right to vote is a civil right. Americans vote to elect people we believe will protect our rights and fight […]