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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

Black History Month: The Fight for Social and Economic Justice Continues

February 26, 2015

The civil rights movement was one of the most significant events in our country’s history.  From the March on Washington in 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech, to the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, the movement united people of all backgrounds for a common goal […]

Union Members Rally at Wisconsin Capitol to Stop Right To Work

February 25, 2015

Yesterday, approximately 2,000 union members, middle class workers, and community supporters thronged to the the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin, in a final push to stop the fast-tracking of Right to Work laws, which would make Wisconsin the 25th Right to Work (for less) state. While a Senate committee hearing on the legislation went on upstairs […]

After Successful First Year, UFCW GOLD Program Gears Up for 2015

February 25, 2015

In June 2014, the UFCW accepted 36 promising young members from across the country into the first-ever session of the UFCW GOLD Internship program, which launched in Chicago. Now, after a wildly successful first year, the GOLD program is preparing for its 2015 session. The UFCW GOLD Internship Program provides growth opportunities for learning and development […]

UFCW International President Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council, Executive Committee

February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council and Executive Committee. He released the following statement. I am honored and humbled to represent the 1.3 million members of the UFCW on the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO. […]

Black History Month: The #MoralMonday Movement and the Legacy of Selma

February 23, 2015

  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A diverse group of marchers walked to demand that the state of Alabama uphold the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted the right to vote to African Americans. In recent years, after regressive policies reminicent of laws that […]

Statement by UFCW International President Marc Perrone on Walmart’s Wage Announcement

February 20, 2015

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement about Walmart’s wage announcement: “Walmart’s announcement yesterday that it will raise wages for 500,000 hourly associates is an important step forward for Walmart workers and their families. This is not an act of corporate benevolence. It […]

UFCW Members Celebrate Defeated Kentucky Right to Work Legislation

February 19, 2015

Last week, in front of a standing room only crowd filled with UFCW members in gold, a Kentucky House committee defeated right to work legislation. A great deal of work from UFCW members in Kentucky went into this victory. For weeks, UFCW members have traveled to Frankfort to speak with their legislators and educate them […]

Union Workers Call for Boycott of El Super

February 19, 2015

Union members, clergy and more than 100 community groups gathered for an Ash Wednesday rally in support of UFCW members who are fighting for a fair contract at El Super grocery stores in southern California. Six hundred UFCW members have been working without a contract since September, 2013. In response to the company’s steadfast refusal […]

OUR Veterans Group Wins Victory After Delivering Petition to Walmart Asking for Fair Treatment of Military Families

February 18, 2015

This post was adapted from Making Change at Walmart Thanks to supporters around the country, members of our OUR Walmart are successfully encouraging Walmart to respect its military families, one step at a time. Recently, Lisa Austin and the Apple Valley, Minnesota community delivered the petition workers and supporters signed with more than 14,000 signatures calling on Walmart to […]

Black History Month: 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act

February 17, 2015

Fifty years ago at the height of the civil rights movement, our country’s immigration policy was radically changed. The Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, abolished the national origins quota system which favored some Europeans and excluded Asians and Africans and established a new immigration system that focused on attracting skilled […]

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre Honors the African-American Labor Leaders Who Have Inspired Him in His Work

February 11, 2015

Reposted from Huffington Post By Tefere Gebre: Every February, people across the country celebrate Black History Month. We honor the heritage and struggle of African-Americans in the United States while looking with hope towards the future. This year, I am honored to look back at organizers and activists who inspire me daily in my work […]

Show Your Fellow Union Members Some Love By Having a Union-Made Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2015

Whether you want to give your special valentine a sweet treat, find a great Valentine’s day gift for your best friend, or even satisfy your own sweet tooth this Valentine’s Day, show the hardworking men and women of the UFCW some love and support by shopping for union-made goods, or purchasing items from your favorite local union shop. […]

UFCW Celebrates Black History Month: Bayard Rustin–An Overlooked Champion of Civil and Labor Rights

February 9, 2015

One of the greatest moments of the Civil Rights era was the March on Washington in 1963–one of the largest non-violent protests to ever occur in America. The March on Washington brought thousands of people of all races together, in the name of equal rights for everyone–whether they were black or white, rich or poor, […]

UFCW Members Take Action to Support Union Meatpacking Workers in Brazil

February 9, 2015

UFCW members from across the country are showing global solidarity for food processing workers in Brazil who were recently fired. Around 600 meatpackers who work for a company called Marfrig Global Foods and who are union members of the National Confederation of Workers in the Food and Allied (CNTA Afins) were fired without any merit […]

Black History Month: Selma to Montgomery March Captures the Nation’s Attention

February 5, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most important milestones of the civil rights movement—the march from Selma to Montgomery—which put a national spotlight on the barriers faced by African American voters in the South and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In 1965, a year after the Civil […]

Tell Walmart to Discipline Managers Who Illegally Target Workers For Standing Up For Their Rights

February 4, 2015

In the past few years, OUR Walmart members have won hard-fought changes at America’s largest retailer. Their bravery, dedication and many actions calling on the Waltons and Walmart to treat Walmart workers better have led to reformed policies for pregnant workers, more transparent scheduling, a raise for Walmart’s lowest paid workers and improved working conditions […]

UFCW Celebrates Black History Month: Addie Wyatt

February 4, 2015

Every year, The UFCW and its members take time to remember people in our union who broke barriers, fought for justice, and paved the way for working class Americans today. As part of our annual celebration of Black History Month, we’re looking back at beloved UFCW member Addie Wyatt’s story. Addie Loraine Cameron, better known […]

UFCW Celebrates Black History Month

February 2, 2015

This week marks the beginning of Black History Month–a time to remember and celebrate the rich history of African Americans and the achievements of the civil rights movement. Black History Month dates back to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans dedicated the second week in February as “Negro History Week” […]

UFCW Intl President Marc Perrone on Safeway Albertsons Merger

January 30, 2015

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to Safeway’s merger with Albertsons: “More than 250,000 Safeway and Albertsons workers are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). UFCW members also work for several other Cerberus Capital Management-operated supermarkets […]

Make Your Super Bowl Celebration Union-Made!

January 30, 2015

Originally posted by the AFL-CIO On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Glendale, Ariz., at Super Bowl XLIX (49 for those of us who are shaky on Roman numerals).  While the Super Bowl carries a union label, from […]

Working America has Health Care Options for Those Who Still Need Coverage

January 29, 2015

Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, has a Health Care program available to UFCW members who don’t have collectively bargained health insurance. The program provides a simple way for members to learn about health care options, the costs, and how to sign up for insurance. With the health care open enrollment ending date two […]

UFCW Local 540 Hosts Immigration Workshop

January 28, 2015

On January 23-25, UFCW Local 540 hosted an immigration workshop and informational session with more than 50 attendees as part of the UFCW’s Union Citizenship Action Network (UCAN). During the workshop, participants discussed President Obama’s recent executive action on immigration known as Deferred Action for Parents (DAP), along with learning about the naturalization process and […]

Member Spotlight: Local 1500’s ‘Battling’ Barbara Balos

January 27, 2015

Originally posted on Labor Press In her 25 years with UFCW Local 1500, Barbara Balos, 48, has helped run several major chain supermarkets throughout the city. For the last several years, the Long Island mom has been the non-foods manager at a bustling Bronx Pathmark, overseeing ordering, deliveries and more. Balos has a knack for getting things […]

Richest One Percent Will Own More Than Half the World’s Wealth by 2016

January 22, 2015

A new report by Oxfam underscores the fact that income inequality is continuing to rise to dangerous levels. The report, titled Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More, estimates that the combined wealth of the richest one percent will exceed that of the 99 percent next year unless actions are taken to curb inequality. According […]

UFCW Members in New Mexico Ready to Stop “Right to Work”

January 22, 2015

Last week, UFCW Local 1564 led a right to work training session for more than 100 New Mexico union members. At the training, members learned how much harm right to work would bring to workers in New Mexico. For the first time since 1952, New Mexico’s State House is controlled by Republicans. One of the State […]

President Obama Urges Strengthening of Unions in His 6th State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015

  Last night, UFCW members gathered around televisions, logged on to their computers, or followed along on their tablets and smart phones as President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address. President Obama unveiled a number of proposals aimed at strengthening working and middle class Americans. They included: Strengthening unions and building more worker […]

Member Spotlight: Rob Robertson

January 20, 2015

For our first member spotlight of 2015, we chatted with Local 464-A member Rob Robertson. Rob has been a UFCW member for six years now, starting at Food Town and now working in the Food Service Department at Shoprite in Cliffwood, New Jersey. Rob says he’s thankful to be a union member, because the benefits […]

JCPenney Closes Stores, Lays Off Thousands

January 14, 2015

Is understaffing part of the problem? Last week, JCPenney announced that the company would close nearly 40 stores, costing 2,250 workers their jobs. JCPenney workers across the country are preparing to close their stores by the beginning of April. The closures represent nearly 4 per cent of JCPenney locations, and follows the failed reinvention plan […]

Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program Provides Great Opportunity for Union Leaders and Staff, Community Activists

January 13, 2015

Adapted from the AFL-CIO The AFL-CIO Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program (BLUS) 2015 classes are now open for registration. The program is designed for union leaders, staff and community activists and offers intensive hands-on training around the areas of collective bargaining; organizing; arbitration and grievance handling; leadership for new union officers; strategic campaigns for […]

Middle Class Struggles and Retailers Close Their Doors

January 13, 2015

While corporate profits soar in other sectors of the economy, retailers are closing stores. Middle-class wages have stagnated as health and education costs soar, leaving families with less discretionary income to spend at the mall. Wet Seal, a teen fashion retailer, closed 338 stores this month, giving 3,695 store workers as little as one day’s […]

UFCW Mourns the Loss of International Vice President Chad Young

January 12, 2015

Chad Young, International Vice President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) passed away at home on January 11, 2015.  He was 57. As a young man growing up in Austin, Minnesota, Chad was inspired by his father, Roger, who was an active union member and organizer in the United Packinghouse Workers […]

Inspiring Messages from Policymakers, Union Leaders, Workers at Summit on Raising Wages

January 9, 2015

This past Wednesday, the AFL-CIO sponsored a national Summit on Raising Wages. The summit featured a wide range of speakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and actress Piper Perabo, and was attended by the UFCW and many others who expressed the importance of higher wages for working Americans. Senator Elizabeth Warren was a […]

Spokane Hospital Workers Vote Union Yes

January 8, 2015

Last month, service and maintenance workers at Providence Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, Wash., voted ‘Union Yes’ to join UFCW Local 21. More than 240 workers at the hospital won union representation. UFCW Local 21 members from the nearby Providence Sacred Heart hospital were an active part of the campaign, reaching out to Holy Family […]

In Many States, the New Year Equals New Minimum Wage Increases

January 7, 2015

2015 brought a pay raise for millions of Americans as minimum wage increases go into effect across the country. Minimum wage workers in 21 states and the District of Columbia will see their pay rise. For the first time ever, a majority of U.S. states will have a minimum wage above the federal minimum. From supporting […]

Wednesday: Watch Live Stream of National Summit on Wages

January 6, 2015

Reposted from the AFL-CIO Be sure to tune in Wednesday on the AFL-CIO Now blog for the live stream of the first National Summit on Raising Wages. The summit, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues the […]

Get Last Minute Made-in-the-USA Holiday Gifts!

December 18, 2014

Adapted from Union Plus article from Consumer Reports Union members looking for complete ratings, as well as expert advice on the highest rated consumer products, make sure to sign up for ConsumerReports.org with your Union Plus 27% online subscription discount. Green and red may be the predominant colors of the season, but a lot of shoppers have […]

A Message From the New UFCW International President

December 17, 2014

To the hard working men and women of the UFCW: I am so incredibly honored to be your new International President. But this election is not about me, it is about the future we must and can build together. The choice we face, brothers and sisters, is what kind of America do we want to […]

Marc Perrone Elected President of 1.3 Million Member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

December 15, 2014

Says by uniting together, we can give workers the opportunities they deserve CHICAGO, IL—Today, Marc Perrone, a labor leader who has committed four decades to fighting for hard working families, was elected International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). As a proud leader and member of the […]

HUELGA! – 12,000 Walmart Workers In Chile Strike For Better Wages

December 15, 2014

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart The “Walmart Economy” isn’t just hurting America – the multi-billion dollar corporation’s impact extends globally. The Waltons, owners of Walmart, are the richest family in America, worth more than $150 billion. That’s equal to the wealth of 43% of American families combined. Yet many workers at Walmart stores, warehouses, […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Final NLRB Rule to Modernize Union Elections

December 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopting a final rule to modernize union elections. “When a majority of workers want to form a union, they should be able to do […]