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

Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50

July 30, 2015

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs—our country’s first major form of national health care. Prior to Medicare, very few Americans over the age of 65 had health care and many lived in poverty. Similar to the Affordable Care Act, the idea of […]

Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50

July 30, 2015

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs—our country’s first major form of national health care. Prior to Medicare, very few Americans over the age of 65 had health care and many lived in poverty. Similar to the Affordable Care Act, the idea of […]

Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50

July 30, 2015

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs—our country’s first major form of national health care. Prior to Medicare, very few Americans over the age of 65 had health care and many lived in poverty. Similar to the Affordable Care Act, the idea of […]

Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50

July 30, 2015

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs—our country’s first major form of national health care. Prior to Medicare, very few Americans over the age of 65 had health care and many lived in poverty. Similar to the Affordable Care Act, the idea of […]

Op-Ed from UFCW Local 21 Members Emphasize the Need for Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days

July 9, 2015

Two members from UFCW Local 21 wrote an op-ed that ran in The Seattle Timesabout the need for higher wages and paid sick days. Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days Matter for Everyone We know a thing or two about low wages and paid sick leave. We are two retail workers in King County. Our […]

Op-Ed from UFCW Local 21 Members Emphasize the Need for Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days

July 9, 2015

Two members from UFCW Local 21 wrote an op-ed that ran in The Seattle Timesabout the need for higher wages and paid sick days. Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days Matter for Everyone We know a thing or two about low wages and paid sick leave. We are two retail workers in King County. Our […]

Op-Ed from UFCW Local 21 Members Emphasize the Need for Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days

July 9, 2015

Two members from UFCW Local 21 wrote an op-ed that ran in The Seattle Timesabout the need for higher wages and paid sick days. Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days Matter for Everyone We know a thing or two about low wages and paid sick leave. We are two retail workers in King County. Our […]

Op-Ed from UFCW Local 21 Members Emphasize the Need for Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days

July 9, 2015

Two members from UFCW Local 21 wrote an op-ed that ran in The Seattle Timesabout the need for higher wages and paid sick days. Higher Wages and Paid Sick Days Matter for Everyone We know a thing or two about low wages and paid sick leave. We are two retail workers in King County. Our […]

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in All 50 States

June 25, 2015

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance subsidies as legal in a 6-3 ruling.  The decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who need financial assistance to purchase health insurance, and means that tax credits for middle class and low-income Americans will be available in all 50 states. The […]

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in All 50 States

June 25, 2015

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance subsidies as legal in a 6-3 ruling.  The decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who need financial assistance to purchase health insurance, and means that tax credits for middle class and low-income Americans will be available in all 50 states. The […]

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in All 50 States

June 25, 2015

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance subsidies as legal in a 6-3 ruling.  The decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who need financial assistance to purchase health insurance, and means that tax credits for middle class and low-income Americans will be available in all 50 states. The […]

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in All 50 States

June 25, 2015

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) insurance subsidies as legal in a 6-3 ruling.  The decision is a victory for the millions of Americans who need financial assistance to purchase health insurance, and means that tax credits for middle class and low-income Americans will be available in all 50 states. The […]