Health and Wellness

Food Deserts and Access

  • UFCW also strongly supports anti-poverty, anti-hunger, and nutrition programs, and is committed to ensuring that both rural and urban communities have access to quality and affordable food options, even in areas sometimes called “food deserts.”
  • UFCW is working with coalitions to make labor standards part of regional food system plans.
  • Fought steep cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) funding – or the food stamps program.
  • The UFCW is the food workers’ union, with members working in grocery stores, packing plants, and food processing plants, and our members and our locals have long been involved in programs to help the hungry and provide for those in need. One of the most successful, and certainly the largest, of these programs is the joint UFCW/Smithfield Feeding the Hungry (FTH) Program. Our Feeding the Hungry program, a joint venture with Smithfield, is a three-year, multi-city, coast to coast effort to donate and deliver more than 20 million servings of protein to food banks.

Health Care

  • UFCW strongly believes that everyone in this country should have accessible, affordable, quality health care in which no one is left out – that is why UFCW fought so hard for comprehensive healthcare reform. UFCW has bargained for hallmark benefits for its members for decades despite skyrocketing health care costs. UFCW President Joe Hansen began working to address the healthcare crisis by participating in the Citizens’ Healthcare Working Group. To achieve comprehensive healthcare reform, UFCW joined Healthcare for America Now (HCAN) and its national grassroots campaign to fight for affordable, quality health care. Healthcare reform is a key social issue for the United States and UFCW members know how important this is for maintaining strong union benefits.
  • UFCW is working with public health and family advocates to gather support for paid sick leave for American workers and is an active supporter of The Health Families Act (HR 1876/S 984).

 

Recent News

Hillary Clinton Meets with Retail Workers at UFCW Conference

May 26, 2016

In sit down with Sec. Clinton, retail workers talk about organizing and their fight for fair work practices  (LAS VEGAS, NV) – Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton met with hard-working retail workers from across the industry to discuss the  issues impacting them, their families, and co-workers.  During the meeting, the workers talked about their day-to-day challenges, […]

Hillary Clinton Meets with Retail Workers at UFCW Conference

May 26, 2016

In sit down with Sec. Clinton, retail workers talk about organizing and their fight for fair work practices  (LAS VEGAS, NV) – Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton met with hard-working retail workers from across the industry to discuss the  issues impacting them, their families, and co-workers.  During the meeting, the workers talked about their day-to-day challenges, […]

Hillary Clinton Meets with Retail Workers at UFCW Conference

May 26, 2016

In sit down with Sec. Clinton, retail workers talk about organizing and their fight for fair work practices  (LAS VEGAS, NV) – Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton met with hard-working retail workers from across the industry to discuss the  issues impacting them, their families, and co-workers.  During the meeting, the workers talked about their day-to-day challenges, […]

Hillary Clinton Meets with Retail Workers at UFCW Conference

May 26, 2016

In sit down with Sec. Clinton, retail workers talk about organizing and their fight for fair work practices  (LAS VEGAS, NV) – Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton met with hard-working retail workers from across the industry to discuss the  issues impacting them, their families, and co-workers.  During the meeting, the workers talked about their day-to-day challenges, […]

Members of Congress Join UFCW to Stamp Out Hunger

May 19, 2016

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 […]

Members of Congress Join UFCW to Stamp Out Hunger

May 19, 2016

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 […]

Members of Congress Join UFCW to Stamp Out Hunger

May 19, 2016

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 […]

Members of Congress Join UFCW to Stamp Out Hunger

May 19, 2016

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 […]

Perrone and Johnson: Food safety, Local Agriculture at Risk if Congress Passes TPP

April 28, 2016

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 […]

Perrone and Johnson: Food safety, Local Agriculture at Risk if Congress Passes TPP

April 28, 2016

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 […]

Perrone and Johnson: Food safety, Local Agriculture at Risk if Congress Passes TPP

April 28, 2016

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 […]

Perrone and Johnson: Food safety, Local Agriculture at Risk if Congress Passes TPP

April 28, 2016

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 […]

Nursing Home Workers Vote for a Voice on the Job with Local 1625

April 20, 2016

Last week, 12 workers in the dietary department at the Woodland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Fla., voted overwhelmingly to join UFCW Local 1625 for a voice on the job. Local 1625 represents over 100 health care facilities in Florida. “We were tired of the favoritism when it came to raises and working […]

Nursing Home Workers Vote for a Voice on the Job with Local 1625

April 20, 2016

Last week, 12 workers in the dietary department at the Woodland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Fla., voted overwhelmingly to join UFCW Local 1625 for a voice on the job. Local 1625 represents over 100 health care facilities in Florida. “We were tired of the favoritism when it came to raises and working […]

Nursing Home Workers Vote for a Voice on the Job with Local 1625

April 20, 2016

Last week, 12 workers in the dietary department at the Woodland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Fla., voted overwhelmingly to join UFCW Local 1625 for a voice on the job. Local 1625 represents over 100 health care facilities in Florida. “We were tired of the favoritism when it came to raises and working […]

Nursing Home Workers Vote for a Voice on the Job with Local 1625

April 20, 2016

Last week, 12 workers in the dietary department at the Woodland Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, Fla., voted overwhelmingly to join UFCW Local 1625 for a voice on the job. Local 1625 represents over 100 health care facilities in Florida. “We were tired of the favoritism when it came to raises and working […]

One Thousand March Through South Los Angeles in Support of Respect and a Fair Union Contract for El Super Grocery Workers

April 5, 2016

—March coincides with El Super’s parent company -Grupo Comercial Chedraui- Board of Directors meeting in Mexico— Los Angeles— On Monday, April 4, El Super grocery workers represented by the UFCW marched together with more than 1,000 supporters -through the streets of South Los Angeles- to demand respect and a fair contract. The march coincided with […]

One Thousand March Through South Los Angeles in Support of Respect and a Fair Union Contract for El Super Grocery Workers

April 5, 2016

—March coincides with El Super’s parent company -Grupo Comercial Chedraui- Board of Directors meeting in Mexico— Los Angeles— On Monday, April 4, El Super grocery workers represented by the UFCW marched together with more than 1,000 supporters -through the streets of South Los Angeles- to demand respect and a fair contract. The march coincided with […]

One Thousand March Through South Los Angeles in Support of Respect and a Fair Union Contract for El Super Grocery Workers

April 5, 2016

—March coincides with El Super’s parent company -Grupo Comercial Chedraui- Board of Directors meeting in Mexico— Los Angeles— On Monday, April 4, El Super grocery workers represented by the UFCW marched together with more than 1,000 supporters -through the streets of South Los Angeles- to demand respect and a fair contract. The march coincided with […]

One Thousand March Through South Los Angeles in Support of Respect and a Fair Union Contract for El Super Grocery Workers

April 5, 2016

—March coincides with El Super’s parent company -Grupo Comercial Chedraui- Board of Directors meeting in Mexico— Los Angeles— On Monday, April 4, El Super grocery workers represented by the UFCW marched together with more than 1,000 supporters -through the streets of South Los Angeles- to demand respect and a fair contract. The march coincided with […]