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Health and Wellness

In addition to helping win reforms to our health care system, the UFCW also strongly supports anti-poverty, anti-hunger, and nutrition programs, and is committed to ensuring that both rural and urban communities have access to quality and affordable food options
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Economic Justice

In all the work we do, we fight for economic justice and the belief that anyone willing to work hard should have access to good, quality jobs, a safe work environment, and a dignified retirement.
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Social Justice

Discrimination on the job, be it for age, nationality, or gender identity, is unacceptable. We not only work directly with employers to agree on legally-binding nondiscrimination policies in the contracts we bargain, but we also fight to extend these protections to all workers.
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Corporate Greed

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.

Recent News

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: An Interview with Esther R. Lopez, International Vice President and Director of the UFCW’s Civil Rights and Community Action Department   

September 18, 2014

As part of the our ongoing celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, we sat down with UFCW International Vice President and Director of the Civil Rights and Community Action Department Esther Lopez to talk about the important relationship of the Labor movement and the achievements and contributions made by Hispanics.   What does your Hispanic Heritage Month […]

IKEA Worker: IKEA’s “Living Wage” Policy Still Leaving Many Workers Behind

September 18, 2014

Dan Stillwell, a “co-worker” at IKEA for 16 years, says he’s being left behind. According to an article that he authored in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, IKEA’s recent steps toward paying workers more is a step in the right direction, but its policies are still leaving many workers who have worked there for years without any […]

UFCW Local 2013 Fresh Direct Workers Ratify New Agreement

September 17, 2014

UFCW Local 2013 FreshDirect workers in New York City recently ratified a new three-year contract. The agreement went into effect September 1, and increased wages and benefits for nearly 1,000 FreshDirect employees. UFCW Local 2013 members will see wages increase an average of 20 percent over the life of the deal. FreshDirect transportation workers make an […]

UFCW Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2014

September 15 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month—a time for the UFCW to pay tribute to Hispanic Americans and their positive contributions to our communities and our country. The origins of this celebration date back to President Lyndon Johnson, who first established Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the […]

Help Support IKEA workers!

September 15, 2014

When IKEA workers in the United States started calling on their employer to provide jobs that enabled the employees to make ends meet, IKEA responded by raising the starting pay of workers to match the living wage of each community where they worked. This was a great step forward, however veteran employees who have worked […]

AFL-CIO Introduces The Koch Sisters Campaign

September 11, 2014

Last week, the AFL-CIO introduced “The Koch Sisters”– a national project featuring two women, Karen and Joyce, who share the same last name, but not the same values as the Koch Brothers. The Koch Sisters will bring the issues most Americans care about – from fair wages to protecting Social Security – to the forefront […]

UFCW Local 293 Members Ratify New Contract With JBS

September 10, 2014

UFCW Local 293 members working at the JBS beef slaughter and processing facility in Omaha, Neb.,  ratified a new contract on Thursday, September 4. The new five-year agreement went into effect on Monday, September 8 and will cover more than 300 workers in the plant. The contract in Omaha follows another contract ratification back in […]

UFCW and OUR Walmart Members Help Calif. Pass Paid Sick Day Legislation

September 9, 2014

After intense lobbying from UFCW members and members of OUR Walmart, both houses of the California legislature have passed a bill guaranteeing workers up to three paid sick days a year. The legislation includes part-time and temporary workers, making it one of the strongest in the nation. Home health care workers are exempted. Governor Jerry Brown […]

UFCW Members in Southern Calif. Ratify New Agreement with Food 4 Less

September 8, 2014

Members from UFCW Locals 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428, and 1442, have ratified a new three year agreement with the grocery chain Food 4 Less. The previous contract expired June 8 and workers were prepared to take a strike vote if necessary. The agreement covers more than 6,000 grocery workers at 100 Food 4 Less […]

Union Plus Job Loss Grant Helps UFCW Member Start Fresh

September 5, 2014

Losing a job can happen to the best of us. The challenge is to maintain your strength, your determination, your resiliency and of course your union values. Karyn Neeley of Rosamond, Calif., and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1036, is making it through a tough time with her head held high and her […]

UFCW International President Joe Hansen Co-Authors OpEd About Dangers of Walmart’s Reach into Our Classrooms

September 4, 2014

UFCW International President Joe Hansen and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten have teamed up in an Op-ed featured in the Huffington Post to warn about an epidemic that has been spreading across the country: the Walmart-ization of our schools and classrooms. Walmart, they say, wants classrooms to be run more like a business. […]

Market Basket Workers Secure a Win For CEO – But The Best Guarantee For Workers Is a Union

September 4, 2014

For the past few months, it’s been hard to escape news about the unprecedented actions of employees at the New England grocery chain Market Basket, who risked their jobs to stand up for their ousted CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas. After feuding within the family-owned chain’s leadership, “Arthur T.” as he was known by Market Basket workers, was […]

Tell Citra Mina to Respect Their Workers!

September 2, 2014

In July, UFCW Local 359 Members who work at Fulton’s Fish Market in New York, took part in a solidarity action for the seafood workers at Citra Mina in the Philippines, who are fighting for justice on the job. As the workers continue to stand up for better working conditions and for the jobs of […]

The Way They Worked: UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Marc Perrone Shares How His Grandparents Shaped His Work Ethic

August 29, 2014

This Labor Day weekend, Jobs with Justice has launched a series of stories called The Way They Worked to collect and share stories from people in the labor movement about how their grandparents worked, and what they learned from them. We sat down with our own UFCW International Secretary-Treasurer Marc Perrone to hear about his grandfather […]

This Labor Day UFCW and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Celebrate Their Partnership to End Blood Cancer

August 29, 2014

Shortly after Labor Day, September 6th will mark the beginning of Blood Cancer Awareness month–and is a reminder to us why the partnership between the UFCW and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is so important. Working together since 1983, the UFCW has helped raise over $60 million dollars for LLS through charity golf tournaments, auctions, bottle drives […]

UFCW Statement on Market Basket Sale

August 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, Richard Charette, UFCW International Vice President and President of UFCW Local 1445, and Dave Fleming, President of UFCW Local 328, today released the following joint statement in response to the sale of Market Basket. “Market Basket workers have secured the return of their preferred corporate […]

However you Celebrate Labor This Holiday, Celebrate Union-Made!

August 27, 2014

Every year, we celebrate Labor Day as a reminder and tribute to all the men and women who work to make our economy and our country strong, and to provide for their families. Whether you have the day off, or are getting in one last cookout of the summer in after work, help support your […]

A Labor Day Message from Bill Fletcher, Chair of the Retail Justice Alliance

August 26, 2014

Originally posted on The Retail Justice Alliance There is no company more responsible for creating and reinforcing the wealth gap through its low-wage, part-time business practices than Walmart, our country’s largest private employer.  At the company’s own admission, the majority of Walmart’s 1.4 million workers are paid less than $25,000 a year. That means that too many […]

Texas Cargill Workers Vote Union “Yes”

August 25, 2014

Cargill workers in Fort Worth, Texas, voted to join UFCW Local 540. There are more than 200 workers at the ground beef processing plant where they produce hamburger patties and sausage.  Workers decided to come together for a union voice for several reasons. Workers claim that many of their peers have been unjustly fired. And, […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on the Mother of Michael Brown

August 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement regarding UFCW member Lesley McSpadden whose son Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. “At the UFCW, we are a family.  When tragedy strikes one of us, it is […]

UFCW Member Elected Co-Chair of AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Council

August 20, 2014

Last week, UFCW Local 1059 member Erica Clemmons was elected co-chair of the AFL-CIO’s Young Workers Advisory Council (YWAC). YWAC is comprised of 30 young workers from various AFL-CIO affiliate unions across the United States. The purpose of YWAC is to foster dialogue among young workers who are active in the labor movement, with the hope of creating resources […]

UFCW Local 400 Police Officers Fundraise for Special Olympics Torch Run

August 19, 2014

Two Annapolis, Maryland police officers, both members of UFCW Local 400 were recently spotted at a Dunkin Donuts, where they were fundraising for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Known as the LETR, the torch run raises funds for the Special Olympics. To learn more about the LETR, click here.      

Member Profile: Mike Davis

August 19, 2014

For 38 years, retired UFCW member Mike Davis worked at Kroger as a member of Local 550 and later Local 700. We chatted with him this week about his experience as a union member: Beginning work at Kroger at age 17 in 1969 in Indiana, Mike says he decided to work there because it was […]

UFCW Gold Internship Recap

August 18, 2014

The GOLD Internship Program came to a close last week at a final debrief in Chicago. Thirty six interns reflected upon their four week action projects and planned for how they could be effective activists when they return to their local unions. Action projects took place all across the country. In Chicago: GOLD interns helped deliver […]

UFCW Local 1776 Workers at JBS Ratify New Contract

August 14, 2014

This week, JBS workers in Souderton, Pa., overwhelmingly voted to accept a new five-year contract. The contract covers more than 1,100 workers. Negotiations for a new agreement began last December. UFCW Local 1776 members bargained in solidarity for affordable health care and fair wage increases.  Many members participated in various chain activities leading up to ratifying the […]

Member Spotlight: Patricia Bryant

August 12, 2014

In this week’s member spotlight, we spoke with Local 1208 Member Patricia Bryant who works at Smithfield Foods in North Carolina. Patricia’s story is an inspiring one. Originally from Ontario, Canada, where she grew up around uncles who had been active in auto unions at the nearby GM plants, Patricia worked as both an illustrator and […]

Paid Family Leave Benefits Working Mothers

August 11, 2014

Paid family leave has long been an important issue to both working families nationwide and the UFCW, and recent economic data has shown support for instituting paid family leave in America. A recent New York Times article by Claire Cain Miller looks at the recent drop in the percentage of women in the U.S. workforce […]

UFCW Members Hold Actions in Support of El Super Workers

August 11, 2014

On July 23, hundreds of UFCW members and their supporters joined workers from El Super stores throughout Southern California in a bus tour that brought protests to 37 of the chain’s stores in a single day. Protests were held in support of El Super workers as they continue to fight for a good contract. Workers […]

UFCW Region 1 Locals Come Together to Support Mrs. Green’s Workers

August 8, 2014

UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU Locals 338, 371, 464-A, 888, 919, 1245, 1360 participated in UFCW Local 1500’s day of action on July 22 to support eight Mrs. Green’s Natural Market workers who are returning to work after being unlawfully fired. The day of action commemorated the workers’ victory, fighting back against a multi-national employer. The eight workers were […]

Macy’s Workers in Saugus, Mass., Finally Get a Voice on the Job with Local 1445

August 6, 2014

On July 31, cosmetics and fragrances workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Mass., finally got a union voice on the job with Local 1445 after the National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-1 ruling earlier in July that the group of 41 workers was large enough to unionize. The cosmetics and fragrances workers at […]

UFCW Local 75 Members in Ohio Approve New Kroger Contract

August 5, 2014

UFCW Local 75 members in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, Kroger stores have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. The new contract merges the formerly separate Cincinnati and Dayton contracts. Through the hard work of the members of the Cincinnati and Dayton Bargaining Committee, and by sticking together through the negotiations process, members were able […]

Failure to Heed Concerns of Workers Playing Role in Walmart’s Poor Sales

August 4, 2014

Recently, some Wall Street analysts have predicted that big box stores like Walmart will meet their demise. Why? Not only are customers turning increasingly to online retailers or smaller, more convenient stores—which cut into the market share of big box retailers—but also because business practices like those of Walmart continually disregard the well-being of their workers, which […]

UFCW Statement on Market Basket Replacement Worker Job Fair

August 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, Richard Charette, UFCW International Vice President and President of UFCW Local 1445, and Dave Fleming, President of UFCW Local 328, today released the following joint statement in response to the deadline that Market Basket executives set for workers to return to work before replacement workers […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Final USDA Poultry Modernization Rule

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the USDA published a final poultry modernization rule.  “For more than two years, UFCW members have spoken out with a simple and compelling message: safe line speeds mean safe workers. “With today’s […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Executive Order Creating a Pro-Worker Procurement Process

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s executive order designed to ensure that the United States only does business with companies that respect workers’ rights. “The President’s executive order makes clear that the U.S. will not do business with companies that violate […]

UFCW Members Stand with Market Basket

July 31, 2014

You may have heard a lot about a grocery chain in New England named Market Basket in the news a lot lately. Here’s why: Since its founding, Market Basket has been owned and operated by the DeMoulas family, but for several decades, different branches of the family have been fighting for control. In June, longtime […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement in Support of Making Union Organizing a Civil Right

July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement regarding the Employee Empowerment Act. “Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to organized labor as the ‘principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.’ He believed, as we do, that union […]

Smithfield’s Farmland Food Plant Workers Join UFCW Local 400

July 30, 2014

Last Wednesday, more than 50 workers at Smithfield’s Farmland Food plant in Newport News, Va., voted to join UFCW Local 400, winning the election 47-5. Workers at the plant are uniting for a voice on the job. UFCW Local 400 will continue to work with Smithfield workers as they take action and address what they […]

Member Spotlight: Keith Phillips

July 28, 2014

In this week’s member spotlight, we chatted with UFCW Local 951 member Keith Phillips, who works at Meijer in East Lansing, Michigan. Keith has been a UFCW member for two years now, but has been a member of various unions over the years–so he knows the value of belonging to one, especially in a right-to-work […]

UFCW and RWDSU Members Support Guitar Center Workers with National Day of Action

July 28, 2014

UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU members participated in a national day of action on July 11 to show their support for Guitar Center workers. Members leafleted customers and talked to workers at Guitar Center stores about workers joining the UFCW/RWDSU to have a union voice on the job and to also call on the company to bargain […]