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

Grocery Worker Retention Act Becomes Law

February 9, 2016

The following was originally posted by RWDSU New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday signed the Grocery Worker Retention Act (GWRA) into law. The GWRA provides for a 90-day transition period to eligible employees following a change in ownership of a grocery store. “We applaud Mayor de Blasio and the city council for passing […]

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 […]

NLRB DECLARES WALMART UNLAWFULLY FIRED WORKERS

January 22, 2016

Making Change at Walmart (MCAW),  the national campaign to change Walmart, released the following statement in response to an NLRB ruling by an administrative law judge that Walmart retaliated against workers for participating in strikes. “Today’s decision proves beyond doubt that Walmart unlawfully fired, threatened, and disciplined hard-working employees simply for speaking out,” said Jess […]

How you can help the UFCW Canada workers at Covered Bridge Potato Chips

January 20, 2016

The following was originally posted by UFCW Canada: Members on strike at Covered Bridge Potato Chips are holding strong, as two replacement workers walked out of the factory to join the picket line, and thousands of messages of support continue to pour in calling for a fair first contract. The members were forced on strike […]

Walmart Closing 269 Stores Sends “Chilling Message” to Workers

January 19, 2016

Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the national campaign to change Walmart, released the following statement responding to news that the company will close 269 stores globally, including 154 in the United States. This announcement will affect 10,000 U.S. employees. “Walmart is a company that, time and again, will say one thing and then do the […]

Dolores Huerta Joins Grocery Workers’ Unfair Labor Practices Strike at El Super

December 17, 2015

Workers at the Latino grocery chain strike in response to current violations of their rights under U.S. labor law. Grocery employees are joined by human rights legend Dolores Huerta at an El Super Store in Los Angeles. Today’s action comes one day after 19 members of Congress called on the Obama administration to uphold international […]

Stand with Price Rite Workers–Sign the Petition!

December 10, 2015

A new petition in support of Price Rite workers is now available online. Now more than ever, it is time for companies like Price Rite to do the right thing and publicly commit to provide better wages, better benefits, and better schedules that help improve the lives of workers. The petition features the story of Price […]

UFCW Local 400 Applauds Introduction of “Just Hours” Legislation in D.C.

December 10, 2015

Last week, Mark Federici, President of UFCW Local 400, which has more than 3,000 members living in Washington, D.C., released the following statement in response to the introduction of the “Hours and Scheduling Stability Act.” “If you ask anyone who works at a retail store in D.C. how to improve their job, the response is likely to […]

UFCW Members at El Super Strike In Protest Against the Company’s Unfair Labor Practices

December 3, 2015

On the day before Thanksgiving, El Super workers at seven unionized locations in Southern California decided to strike the company over unfair labor practices. Picket lines were established at 4 a.m. asking consumers to do their Thanksgiving shopping elsewhere. El Super union members have been working without a new and fair contract since September 2013. In […]

Making Change at Walmart Launches National “Are You With Us” Campaign

December 2, 2015

Making Change at Walmart’s national “Are You With Us?” tour will include rallies at Walmart stores and other retail locations in cities in all 50 states across the country in the coming weeks. The kick-off is in Quincy, Mass., on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The tour and campaign are meant to showcase and highlight the negative impact that […]

“Give Back Friday” is First in Series of Holiday Actions to Help Support Workers

November 25, 2015

Yesterday, the UFCW and Making Change at Walmart officially released a series of holiday actions against Walmart, beginning with a call to action during the week leading up to Black Friday called the “Give Back Friday” initiative. Give Back Friday is all about helping the hundreds of thousands of hard-working Walmart employees who are paid so poorly that […]

Victory at Wedge Co-Op in Minneapolis

November 23, 2015

Last Monday, workers at Wedge Community Co-op in Minneapolis voted to form a union with UFCW Local 1189, making it the first co-op grocery in the Twin Cities area, home to many co-ops, to unionize. The Wedge employees began their union drive last December, because they wanted to unionize in order to make their jobs […]

OUTreach Press Release in Response to Walmart’s CEI Score from HRC

November 19, 2015

  For Immediate Release: November 19, 2015 Contact: Amy Gray, agray@ufcw.org   LGBTQ LABOR GROUP DEMANDS HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN TO HOLD WALMART ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBTQ WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES Group calls for changes to Walmart’s high Corporate Equality Index score with the HRC in light of alleged discrimination cases involving LGBTQ workers […]

Retail and Walmart Worker Struggles Highlighted During Democratic Debate

November 18, 2015

Last month, Making Change at Walmart aired ads during the first Democratic presidential debate with the purpose of bringing the struggles of Walmart workers and retail workers into America’s living rooms. The ads reached over 30 million people, got covered by national media outlets, and the #OurWalmartVoices hashtag was used by thousands on Twitter and […]

Hard-Working IKEA Retail Workers Strike for Union Recognition

November 16, 2015

Workers Shut Down Normal Operations of Boston-Area Store BOSTON – Early this morning, workers at a Boston-area IKEA store went on strike, shutting down normal store operations in an effort to improve the lives of hard-working IKEA workers and their families. The striking workers are the first unionized retail workers at an American IKEA store, […]

UFCW Local 653 Ends Picket of Grocery Store with News of New Union Buyer

November 3, 2015

UFCW Local 653’s picket line at the Glen Lake Market in Minnesota ended with the news that the store is being bought by union grocer Lunds & Byerlys. UFCW Local 653 has a long-standing good relationship with Lunds & Byerlys and workers at the store will have a union voice on the job. The pickets […]