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

Quest Diagnostics Workers Vote “Yes” to Join UFCW Local 135

January 29, 2016

Quest Diagnostics workers in San Diego voted to join UFCW Local 135. The workers join a growing movement of phlebotomist and lab technicians who have come together from the Northwest to the Southwest to raise standards in the health care industry. Workers wanted to join a union in order improve their jobs and workplace. Better wages, respect on […]

Quest Diagnostics Workers Vote “Yes” to Join UFCW Local 135

January 29, 2016

Quest Diagnostics workers in San Diego voted to join UFCW Local 135. The workers join a growing movement of phlebotomist and lab technicians who have come together from the Northwest to the Southwest to raise standards in the health care industry. Workers wanted to join a union in order improve their jobs and workplace. Better wages, respect on […]

Quest Diagnostics Workers Vote “Yes” to Join UFCW Local 135

January 29, 2016

Quest Diagnostics workers in San Diego voted to join UFCW Local 135. The workers join a growing movement of phlebotomist and lab technicians who have come together from the Northwest to the Southwest to raise standards in the health care industry. Workers wanted to join a union in order improve their jobs and workplace. Better wages, respect on […]

Quest Diagnostics Workers Vote “Yes” to Join UFCW Local 135

January 29, 2016

Quest Diagnostics workers in San Diego voted to join UFCW Local 135. The workers join a growing movement of phlebotomist and lab technicians who have come together from the Northwest to the Southwest to raise standards in the health care industry. Workers wanted to join a union in order improve their jobs and workplace. Better wages, respect on […]

El Super Grocery Workers and their Supporters Protest Recently Opened El Super Store in Pico Rivera

January 28, 2016

– El Super operates 54 grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, and is a subsidiary of Mexico retail giant Grupo Comercial Chedraui Community members and El Super workers rallied outside the chain’s newly opened El Super store in Pico Rivera yesterday. El Super has been under consumer boycott since December 2014, and its unionized workers have […]

El Super Grocery Workers and their Supporters Protest Recently Opened El Super Store in Pico Rivera

January 28, 2016

– El Super operates 54 grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, and is a subsidiary of Mexico retail giant Grupo Comercial Chedraui Community members and El Super workers rallied outside the chain’s newly opened El Super store in Pico Rivera yesterday. El Super has been under consumer boycott since December 2014, and its unionized workers have […]

El Super Grocery Workers and their Supporters Protest Recently Opened El Super Store in Pico Rivera

January 28, 2016

– El Super operates 54 grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, and is a subsidiary of Mexico retail giant Grupo Comercial Chedraui Community members and El Super workers rallied outside the chain’s newly opened El Super store in Pico Rivera yesterday. El Super has been under consumer boycott since December 2014, and its unionized workers have […]

El Super Grocery Workers and their Supporters Protest Recently Opened El Super Store in Pico Rivera

January 28, 2016

– El Super operates 54 grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada, and is a subsidiary of Mexico retail giant Grupo Comercial Chedraui Community members and El Super workers rallied outside the chain’s newly opened El Super store in Pico Rivera yesterday. El Super has been under consumer boycott since December 2014, and its unionized workers have […]

UFCW Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

January 12, 2016

UFCW HIGHLIGHTS LENGTHY MEMBER DRIVEN ENDORSEMENT PROCESS IN ORDER TO SELECT STRONGEST 2016 CANDIDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since last year, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, has actively engaged and reached out to its 1.3 million diverse members about the issues they care about, and the positions they believe […]

UFCW Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

January 12, 2016

UFCW HIGHLIGHTS LENGTHY MEMBER DRIVEN ENDORSEMENT PROCESS IN ORDER TO SELECT STRONGEST 2016 CANDIDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since last year, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, has actively engaged and reached out to its 1.3 million diverse members about the issues they care about, and the positions they believe […]

UFCW Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

January 12, 2016

UFCW HIGHLIGHTS LENGTHY MEMBER DRIVEN ENDORSEMENT PROCESS IN ORDER TO SELECT STRONGEST 2016 CANDIDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since last year, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, has actively engaged and reached out to its 1.3 million diverse members about the issues they care about, and the positions they believe […]

UFCW Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

January 12, 2016

UFCW HIGHLIGHTS LENGTHY MEMBER DRIVEN ENDORSEMENT PROCESS IN ORDER TO SELECT STRONGEST 2016 CANDIDATE WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since last year, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, has actively engaged and reached out to its 1.3 million diverse members about the issues they care about, and the positions they believe […]

UFCW Partners with NLAC for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

December 22, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the UFCW has signed on as a national partner for the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which will take place in 2016 on its traditional second Saturday in May: Saturday, May 14! The partnership between UFCW and letter carriers is a natural one. Working families […]

UFCW Partners with NLAC for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

December 22, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the UFCW has signed on as a national partner for the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which will take place in 2016 on its traditional second Saturday in May: Saturday, May 14! The partnership between UFCW and letter carriers is a natural one. Working families […]

UFCW Partners with NLAC for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

December 22, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the UFCW has signed on as a national partner for the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which will take place in 2016 on its traditional second Saturday in May: Saturday, May 14! The partnership between UFCW and letter carriers is a natural one. Working families […]

UFCW Partners with NLAC for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

December 22, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the UFCW has signed on as a national partner for the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which will take place in 2016 on its traditional second Saturday in May: Saturday, May 14! The partnership between UFCW and letter carriers is a natural one. Working families […]

More Than One Dozen El Super Grocery Workers and Supporters Arrested During Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Candlelight Vigil

November 19, 2015

—Protestors Take Over Busy “Five Points” Intersection in East LA in Defiance of LAPD “Order to Disperse”— East Los Angeles, California— On Wednesday, November 18, more than five hundred El Super workers, labor, community and clergy leaders staged a nonviolent civil disobedience and candlelight vigil at the busy “Five Points” intersection near El Super’s East […]

More Than One Dozen El Super Grocery Workers and Supporters Arrested During Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Candlelight Vigil

November 19, 2015

—Protestors Take Over Busy “Five Points” Intersection in East LA in Defiance of LAPD “Order to Disperse”— East Los Angeles, California— On Wednesday, November 18, more than five hundred El Super workers, labor, community and clergy leaders staged a nonviolent civil disobedience and candlelight vigil at the busy “Five Points” intersection near El Super’s East […]

More Than One Dozen El Super Grocery Workers and Supporters Arrested During Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Candlelight Vigil

November 19, 2015

—Protestors Take Over Busy “Five Points” Intersection in East LA in Defiance of LAPD “Order to Disperse”— East Los Angeles, California— On Wednesday, November 18, more than five hundred El Super workers, labor, community and clergy leaders staged a nonviolent civil disobedience and candlelight vigil at the busy “Five Points” intersection near El Super’s East […]

More Than One Dozen El Super Grocery Workers and Supporters Arrested During Nonviolent Civil Disobedience and Candlelight Vigil

November 19, 2015

—Protestors Take Over Busy “Five Points” Intersection in East LA in Defiance of LAPD “Order to Disperse”— East Los Angeles, California— On Wednesday, November 18, more than five hundred El Super workers, labor, community and clergy leaders staged a nonviolent civil disobedience and candlelight vigil at the busy “Five Points” intersection near El Super’s East […]