Economic Justice

Decent Quality of life

  • Living Wage– Earning a living wage is essential. However, many Americans are stuck in low-paying jobs that don’t compensate families enough to even put enough food on the table.  UFCW was an early supporter of Senator Harkin and Representative Miller’s legislation to increase the national minimum wage to $9.80/hour, the “Fair Minimum Wage Act” (S3453/HR6211) and continues to actively bargain for wages that workers can sustain themselves with.
  • Workplace Safety– The UFCW has consistently challenged not only our employers to hold high safety standards, but the government agencies responsible for enforcing our health and safety laws.
    • UFCW is leading the effort to demand sufficient data on the health impact of increased line speeds in poultry plants on workers.
    • As a result of pressure from UFCW, the USDA made plants that want to participate in the Salmonella Initiative Project provide access to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the purpose of gathering worker safety data.
  • While OSHA exists to protect workers, there are major gaps and weaknesses in job safety laws and even larger gaps in the practical application of them.  We continue to push for better OSHA regulations, including advocating on behalf of workers to move the combustible dust rule into the implementation phase.
  • Fought efforts to lower wage standards for H-2B guest workers

Dignified Retirement

Recent News

UFCW President Perrone: TPP Battle is Far From Over

May 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member UFCW, released the following statement last week after the Senate passed fast track legislation. “Rest assured, the battle over TPP is far from over. President Obama and the supporters of fast track and the TPP want us to believe that this deal is worthy of […]

UFCW President Perrone: Hard-Working Americans Have Sent a Message Loud and Clear—No TPP

May 12, 2015

Says Failure to Advance Fast Track a Stinging Defeat for TPP Proponents WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance fast track legislation. “All across this country, hard-working Americans from every political stripe have […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: Local 1189 Rep and Single Mother Tamara Jones on The Importance of the Labor Movement and Why She Loves Being Union

May 6, 2015

Tamara Jones has been a proud UFCW member for 14 years, and has been on staff since 2007.  She worked in activities at Viewcrest Health Center, in Duluth, Minnesota where she was a union steward and then became a member of the UFCW Local 1116 Executive Board prior to becoming a Union Representative.  She is also the Region 6 […]

Celebrating UFCW Moms: Local 655 Member Fights Right To Work; Stands Up for Union Rights that Gave Her and Her Daughter Better Life

May 1, 2015

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we couldn’t think of a better time to celebrate the great work that UFCW mothers do, each and every day! One such union mom, Theresa Hester of UFCW Local 655, recently shared her story of how the union has changed her life in a testimony before the Missouri […]

Nation’s Largest Private Sector Union Calls on DOJ to Stop Merger Between Comcast and Time Warner

April 23, 2015

In letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, UFCW President Marc Perrone, citing impact on all hard-working families, calls on DOJ to oppose merger WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday urging the U.S. Department of Justice […]

UFCW Local 1500 Grocery Workers Ratify New Contracts

April 22, 2015

UFCW Local 1500 members have ratified new agreements with Stop & Shop and King Kullen Supermarkets. The new contracts were ratified on Thursday, April 16th, and they cover more than 8,500 grocery workers across New York. The agreements provide wage increases and secure benefits for both full-time and part-time workers and protect medical and pension plans. The agreements […]

Following Retaliatory Closures, Walmart Workers Take Legal Action

April 21, 2015

Supported by elected officials, clergy and community members, group files for injunctive relief with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of workers Local school board launches resolution calls on Walmart to consider economic impact to local community, transfer and reinstate workers NATIONWIDE —Yesterday Pico Rivera Walmart workers with OUR Walmart filed a charge with the […]

UFCW Local 227 Members Ratify New Kroger Contract

April 20, 2015

  UFCW Local 227 members who work at Kroger overwhelmingly ratified a new agreement by a nearly 4 to 1 margin. The four year agreement covers approximately 13,900 hard working men and women across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The contract ensures quality, affordable health insurance that includes spousal coverage, and additional insurance options for part-time members. It […]

UFCW Announces Strong Opposition to Fast Track and the TPP

April 15, 2015

President Perrone calls for bipartisan opposition and says largest private sector union in the nation “will remember those elected officials who stood with America’s workers” WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today penned an op-ed in The Hill announcing his strong opposition to fast […]

UFCW Kroger Workers Rally to Keep Jobs

April 15, 2015

Kroger workers, customers and community allies gathered in front of the Frederick Boulevard Kroger last week to protest the company’s unfair treatment of union store workers. The company closed the Portsmouth Kroger Food & Drug store on Saturday and is transferring most the store’s union workforce to a store in Yorktown, 25 miles away. Store […]