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: “Browning-Ferris is a Victory for Hard-Working Men and Women”

August 28, 2015

WASHINGTON — Today, the National Labor Relations Board affirmed a regional director’s decision holding that waste disposal company Browning-Ferris is a joint employer with their staffing agency, Leadpoint Solutions. Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) had this statement:   “Today is victory for the hard working men and women […]

Social Security Turns 80

August 14, 2015

Eighty years ago today, President Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act (SSA), which guaranteed an income for the unemployed and retirees. While the future of Social Security continues to be a hot issue leading up to the 2016 election, there’s no doubt that the SSA changed what it meant to grow old in […]

El Super Workers Win Justice

August 6, 2015

In the wake of a nearly two year struggle, El Super’s workers and UFCW locals have won a significant legal victory against the California based grocer. Last week, a federal judge granted the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) request for a rare “10j” injunction to stop El Super’s unfair labor practices and immediately remedy their […]

The Voting Rights Act at 50: Progress, Then Peril

August 5, 2015

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the monumental Voting Rights Act. The Voting Rights Act ensured that no one would be barred from the right to vote based on the color of their skin. The right to vote is a civil right. Americans vote to elect people we believe will protect our rights and fight […]

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 […]

UFCW Statement on A&P Bankruptcy Developments

July 24, 2015

For Immediate Release: July 24, 2015 Contact: press@ufcw.org Montvale, N.J. – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union International President Marc Perrone, released the following statement on behalf of UFCW Locals 27, 100R, 152, 342, 371, 400, 464-A, 1245, 1262, 1360, 1500, 1776 and RWDSU Locals 338 and 1034, after meeting with A&P […]

New Report Shows Rise In Child Poverty After Great Recession

July 23, 2015

More children in the U.S. are living in poverty after the Great Recession than during the economic downturn, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation According to the report, titled Kids Count: 2015 State Trends In Child Well-Being, about 22 percent of America’s children—or one in four—lived below the poverty line […]

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 […]

Support #UFCWDads by Shopping Union-Made This Father’s Day!

June 19, 2015

Haven’t got a gift for dad yet? No worries! We’ve put together some great UFCW-made ideas for your Father’s Day shopping list! When you buy union, you’re supporting the men and women who work hard every day to make and sell these quality goods. You’re also supporting good union jobs, that enable working parents to support their families with […]

President Perrone: Today’s Fast Track Vote Displays Desperation

June 18, 2015

Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement in response to the U.S. House passing stand-alone fast track trade legislation. “Today’s vote in the U.S. House displays the desperate levels that supporters of this terrible […]