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

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 […]

Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 Lobby for Health Care Workers in Albany

March 28, 2016

UFCW Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 brought more than 60 members to the Health Care Lobby Day in Albany, including home health aides, certified nursing assistants, medication technicians, dietary workers, and housekeepers from a variety of health care facilities. They met with legislators and staff from 23 Assembly and Senate districts, including the New […]

Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 Lobby for Health Care Workers in Albany

March 28, 2016

UFCW Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 brought more than 60 members to the Health Care Lobby Day in Albany, including home health aides, certified nursing assistants, medication technicians, dietary workers, and housekeepers from a variety of health care facilities. They met with legislators and staff from 23 Assembly and Senate districts, including the New […]

Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 Lobby for Health Care Workers in Albany

March 28, 2016

UFCW Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 brought more than 60 members to the Health Care Lobby Day in Albany, including home health aides, certified nursing assistants, medication technicians, dietary workers, and housekeepers from a variety of health care facilities. They met with legislators and staff from 23 Assembly and Senate districts, including the New […]

Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 Lobby for Health Care Workers in Albany

March 28, 2016

UFCW Local 2013 and RWDSU Local 338 brought more than 60 members to the Health Care Lobby Day in Albany, including home health aides, certified nursing assistants, medication technicians, dietary workers, and housekeepers from a variety of health care facilities. They met with legislators and staff from 23 Assembly and Senate districts, including the New […]

National Food Union & Food Companies Announce Major Donation to Help Feed Flint Families in Crisis

March 24, 2016

UFCW partners with Cargill, ConAgra Foods, Hormel Foods, JBS USA, Pinnacle Foods, Downs Food Group, Ryder Logistics for multi-ton donation of high-quality, high-protein food FLINT, MICH. – In an effort to help Flint families dealing with an unprecedented water and economic crisis, the nation’s largest union for food workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers […]

National Food Union & Food Companies Announce Major Donation to Help Feed Flint Families in Crisis

March 24, 2016

UFCW partners with Cargill, ConAgra Foods, Hormel Foods, JBS USA, Pinnacle Foods, Downs Food Group, Ryder Logistics for multi-ton donation of high-quality, high-protein food FLINT, MICH. – In an effort to help Flint families dealing with an unprecedented water and economic crisis, the nation’s largest union for food workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers […]

National Food Union & Food Companies Announce Major Donation to Help Feed Flint Families in Crisis

March 24, 2016

UFCW partners with Cargill, ConAgra Foods, Hormel Foods, JBS USA, Pinnacle Foods, Downs Food Group, Ryder Logistics for multi-ton donation of high-quality, high-protein food FLINT, MICH. – In an effort to help Flint families dealing with an unprecedented water and economic crisis, the nation’s largest union for food workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers […]

National Food Union & Food Companies Announce Major Donation to Help Feed Flint Families in Crisis

March 24, 2016

UFCW partners with Cargill, ConAgra Foods, Hormel Foods, JBS USA, Pinnacle Foods, Downs Food Group, Ryder Logistics for multi-ton donation of high-quality, high-protein food FLINT, MICH. – In an effort to help Flint families dealing with an unprecedented water and economic crisis, the nation’s largest union for food workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers […]