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 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 […]

New York Attorney General: Just-In-Time Scheduling May Violate Law

April 14, 2015

Retail chains like Target Corp. are under increased scrutiny in New York. On April 10, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to 13 retailers seeking information on their use of on-call shifts. Included in the letter was a warning that just-in-time scheduling practices may violate state employment law. New York requires employers to […]

Union Plus Benefits for UFCW Members

April 9, 2015

We all know that there are countless benefits to being a union member and the difference having a union voice makes.  And there’s another benefit for union workers: the UFCW Credit Card. The UFCW is endorsing this credit card program because it has been specially designed to meet the needs of hard-working UFCW members and […]

Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Begins to Take Effect

April 8, 2015

On April 1, the city of Seattle began phasing in a $15 minimum wage. The minimum wage for workers at large businesses and national chains was bumped up to $11 per hour and will gradually increase to $15 by 2017. From participating in actions throughout the city to sharing their personal stories at public testimony, […]

Strike Over as Brooklyn Car Wash Workers Win Landmark Pact

April 6, 2015

Adapted from RWDSU After a more than four-months on strike during the coldest winter in recent memory,  ‘carwasheros’ at Vegas Auto Spa in Brooklyn, New York, have won a landmark contract agreement that includes wage hikes, strong worker protections and a $1,500-per-person signing bonus. The owner also agreed to settle a suit the workers filed for […]

UFCW Local 655 Hosts Diversity Training for Local Leaders

April 2, 2015

UFCW Local 655 members and staff in Saint Louis, Mo., attended the first Equity and Inclusion Diversity Leadership Training put together by the UFCW Civil Rights and Community Action Department. Over the course of two and a half days, about a dozen UFCW Local 655 leaders from a variety of backgrounds participated in the first […]

Seattle UFCW Local 21 Member Helps to Kick-off “Lead on Leave” White House Tour

April 2, 2015

Calls On Washington State Senate & Federal Government to Enact Paid Leave Laws   Seattle, WA –Today, Ariana Davis, a member of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21, was featured at the kickoff event of the “Lead on Leave – Empowering Working Families Across America Tour” hosted by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. The roundtable discussion […]

UFCW Statement on Veto of Legislation Blocking NLRB Election Rule

March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today released the following statement after President Obama vetoed legislation that would have blocked the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule to streamline union elections. “As we have said from the very beginning, the NLRB’s modest rule to modernize and streamline union elections is a […]

Local 400 Member Writes Op-Ed About Kroger’s New Anti-Union Direction

March 30, 2015

Laverne Wrenn, a Local 400 member who works at a Kroger in Portsmouth, Virginia, wrote an op-ed this weekend that was published in the Virginian-Pilot. In her op-ed, Laverne discusses how she and her co-workers have been preparing for the upcoming closure of her store. She says it will be hard to say goodbye to the […]