Corporate Responsibility

When a corporation becomes so powerful that it greatly influences the American economy, it’s important to ensure they don’t abuse the financial power they wield.  But all too often, that power is abused, and employees of giant corporations suffer the consequences.

  • UFCW-supported campaigns like Making Change at Walmart and OUR Walmart are designed to not attack these companies, but ensure they are responsible and treat their workers fairly rather than driving down standards across the industry.
  • Work with allies in Congress to make sure current accountability standards remain in place and are enforced.

Recent News

MCAW and UFCW OUTreach Respond to Walmart’s Silence on Bathroom Incident in Connecticut

May 26, 2016

Last week, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) and UFCW OUTreach issued the following statement in response to reports that a Connecticut woman, who had just donated her hair to a cancer charity, was harassed in a Walmart bathroom by someone who mistook her as transgender: “Across the country, stores are proudly showing their support for […]

UFCW Stop & Shop Members Thank Customers for Support During Contract Fight

May 24, 2016

Adapted from UFCW Local 1459 Last week, dozens of Stop & Shop union members, staff, and community members from New England UFCW locals went out to Stop & Shop stores as part of a Customer Appreciation Day to celebrate the customers whose support helped win a strong union contract for over 35,000 Stop & Shop union members […]

“Exceptions are primarily in plants that have unions…” 

May 13, 2016

  Oxfam reports unionized poultry workers have better workplace protection; non-unionized poultry workers in Pampers   Washington, D.C. – Yesterday’s Washington Post Wonk Blog post “I had to wear Pampers’: The cruel reality the people who bring you cheap chicken allegedly endure,” highlighted inhuman working conditions within the poultry industry, as documented by a new […]

MORE WORKERS ORGANIZING IN THE FACE OF WEALTH INEQUALITY

May 6, 2016

UFCW announces 100 organizing wins in roughly 100 days in 2016. Washington, D.C. –Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest private sector labor union, announced its 100th organizing campaign win of 2016. UFCW’s 100 wins in 100 days reflects the frustration felt by hard-working people across this country. The economic […]

Stop & Shop Workers Ratify New Contracts

April 29, 2016

Last week, the hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop in New England ratified new contracts with their employer by an overwhelming majority. The contracts cover 35,000 union members represented by UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459. The new contracts secure wage increases for all the men and women whose hard work […]

Local 400 “Save My Store” Campaign Aims to Prevent Job Losses During Potential Corporate Merger

April 25, 2016

On March 15, following the shareholders’ approval of a merger between Ahold and Delhaize, the parent companies of the grocery chains Giant Food, Food Lion, and Martin’s, employees at eight stores in Maryland and Virginia were informed that their stores may be sold as a result of the merger. With the future of so many jobs […]

El Super Must Provide 549 Workers with Back Pay as Labor Dispute Continues

April 18, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ordered the El Super grocery store chain to pay 549 current and former employees a total of $363,000 in back pay. The NLRB began mailing letters notifying affected employees of the forthcoming payouts late last week. The payouts are part of an agreement the company signed to settle […]

UFCW and Stop & Shop Reach Tentative Agreements

April 13, 2016

On Saturday, the hard-working men and women of Stop & Shop reached tentative agreements for a new contract with their employer in New England. The tentative agreements will cover 35,000 members of UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459 if members ratify. The local unions will hold ratification votes next week. The previous contracts […]

April 12 Is Equal Pay Day

April 12, 2016

April 12 marks Equal Pay Day, which was established by the National Committee on Pay Equity to shed light on the gender pay gap, and encourage equal pay for equal work. Decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women are still lagging behind in terms of wages. In the United States, women are […]

West Plains Community Rallies Around Fired Walmart Worker

April 12, 2016

On April 2, Frank Swanson, a Walmart cashier in West Plains, Missouri, who was 20 days shy of his 20th anniversary with Walmart, was terminated. At the time, Frank made $13.92/hour. Frank is 52 years-old, and suffered brain damage from an accident that took place when he was in 8th grade. He is also partially […]

Stop & Shop Unity Bargaining Effort Expands to 12 UFCW Locals

April 6, 2016

Last week, International President Marc Perrone called a meeting with the UFCW locals who represent the thousands of our union brothers and sisters employed by Ahold. Leadership from a dozen local unions met in Little Falls, N.J., to discuss the collective interests of 75,000 Stop & Shop, Giant, Martin’s and Peapod members. The local presidents worked […]

Local Texans Who Were Illegally Fired Tell Walmart: Obey the Law

March 31, 2016

On March 24, two former Walmart workers, Colby Harris and Marc Bowers, joined labor leaders at the Lancaster, Texas, Walmart Supercenter (store #471) to protest Walmart’s illegal actions against striking workers. The group was also protesting Walmart’s appeal of an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling that said Walmart unlawfully retaliated against workers […]

Local 400 Hosts Rally and Petition Delivery for Kroger Member Who is Forced to Make Two-Hour Commute to Work

March 30, 2016

On March 25, UFCW Local 400 members and supporters held a rally at a Portsmouth, Va., Kroger Marketplace in order to send a message to the company that it needed to do the right thing by letting Felecia Mayes, a long-time Kroger employee, transfer to a store closer to her home. After her store closed last […]

Stop & Shop Locals Turn a Contract Campaign into a Grocery Workers’ Movement

March 29, 2016

‘Stronger Together’ is more than a slogan for Stop & Shop workers in New England. In an unprecedented display of solidarity, 35,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England, represented by five UFCW locals, have come together to strengthen their position at the bargaining table. Bargaining committees from UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and […]

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 […]

Stop & Shop Workers Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Mass Rallies in Boston

March 24, 2016

While their bargaining committees make progress in negotiating a fair deal with the company in Providence, Stop & Shop workers in Massachusetts held two major rallies last week, building power and support for their contract campaign. As part of a unity bargaining initiative, the members of five UFCW locals have come together to fight for […]

Main & Vine Workers Join Local 367

March 23, 2016

Nearly 150 brothers and sisters at Main & Vine in Gig Harbor, Washington, were granted recognition to be represented by Local 367. Main & Vine is a new store concept from Kroger that focuses on fresh local produce and high quality prepared foods. The Gig Harbor Main & Vine is the first shop that Kroger […]

MCAW Press Conference Highlights Struggles of Injured Walmart Worker

March 17, 2016

On March 10, the California Making Change at Walmart team held a press conference at the Walmart in Union City, Calif., to highlight one former Walmart worker’s struggle to get the company to fairly compensate her after an injury at work. Maria Umali worked in customer service at Walmart for 16 years until she broke […]

UFCW Members in Missouri Lobby Legislators in Jefferson City

March 14, 2016

Earlier this month, UFCW members from Locals 2, 88 and 655 went to the Capitol in Jefferson City to encourage legislators to stop paycheck deception and an unfair “right to work” law. They were there at the right time, too. The paycheck deception bill was in the process of passing the Senate and being sent […]

HUNDREDS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF FAIR DEAL FOR STOP & SHOP WORKERS

March 10, 2016

Workers, Community Hold Large Rally in Braintree to Call on Stop & Shop to Do What’s Right and Agree to a Fair Deal (BRAINTREE, MA) – Today, hundreds of Stop & Shop workers, customers, community leaders, clergy and union members gathered to call on Stop & Shop, and its parent company Ahold, to provide a […]