The 1.3 million qualified and empowered working men and women are guiding change in today’s evolving workplace. We are working with employers around the world to ensure workplace safety, wages, benefits, and quality of life keep pace with the demands of the modern world. We are the UFCW.
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UFCW members are eligible for a number of scholarships and life-building opportunities. Her union job and a Union Plus scholarship helped UFCW Local 8 member Vera Wolfenbarger pursue her dream of becoming a speech language pathologist. “Through this program I’ve been able to achieve my career goals,” says Wolfenbarger. “I’m also able to work and raise my children with the extra assistance from this program.”
The UFCW is committed to making sure our members are equipped with the tools and training they need to stay safe on the job. UFCW members are eligible for trainings in Materials Handling, Extreme Temperatures, Ergonomics, Risk Assessment, Chromate Exposure/Stainless Steel Welding, Powered Industrial Trucks, Lock Out, Illness & Injury Reporting among other safety trainings. Many local unions also offer their own specialized safety and health trainings to meet the specific needs of the type of work done by their membership.
If it wasn't for the union I wouldn't have a livable wage that I could raise my kids with. I have a guarantee of hours. Of benefits. I have a guarantee of medical for my children. I don't have to worry if they get sick. I know that I'm going to work so many hours a week and be able to provide for them. I would not be able to do any of that if it were not for the union. Vera Wolfenbarger, UFCW Local 8