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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

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 […]

Union Membership Boosts Life Satisfaction

December 11, 2014

Patrick Flavin from Baylor University and Gregory Shufeldt from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock released a study on “Labor Union Membership and Life Satisfaction” that suggests that organized labor in the United States can have a significant impact on peoples’ quality of life. Using data from the World Values Survey, they uncovered evidence […]

FEDERAL LABOR BOARD JUDGE: Walmart Violated Workers’ Rights

December 10, 2014

National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge Orders Walmart to Stop its Illegal Threats to Workers in One of Many Expected Decisions against Walmart Workers, Supporters Say Walmart Must End Its Abuse of Power and Improve Jobs WASHINGTON — A National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge issued a sweeping decision yesterday against Walmart for its […]

UFCW’s Making Change at Walmart Campaign Recognized at UNI World Congress

December 10, 2014

A delegation of UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU local union presidents along with local and International staff from the United States and Canada is attending the 4th UNI World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from December 7-10. The UFCW delegation, led by International President Joe Hansen, was recognized by the UNI World Congress for the leadership and […]

Follow WIN Labor Report for the Latest Union News

December 8, 2014

A new app is available to download Workers Independent News (WIN) Labor Report. WIN is a podcast series that is focused on the issues and concerns of working people. As a news service, WIN is devoted to bringing the voices of workers, their families, communities and organizations to the widest public possible, using all means […]

UFCW Applauds Kurt Brandt’s Appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection

December 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kurt Brandt, UFCW’s Assistant to the Director of the Food Processing, Packing, and Manufacturing Division, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI). Kurt will be the only union representative on the advisory committee, making this well-deserved appointment welcome news for workers. With over 30 years’ […]

This Holiday Season, Take Advantage of Union Plus Discounts!

December 4, 2014

Adapted post from the AFL-CIO It’s easy to get into the better-to-give-than-receive generous holiday shopping spirit. But it doesn’t hurt to save a few bucks, too, and Union Plus can help you stretch your holiday budget with money-saving discounts and special deals exclusively for union families. There are Union Plus discounts on laptops, wireless phones, […]

UFCW Local 400 Shoppers Workers Ratify New Agreement

December 3, 2014

Last week, UFCW Local 400 members working at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy overwhelmingly ratified a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement that increases their wages and maintains their health and retirement security. The contract culminates a months-long, difficult round of bargaining that required multiple extensions of the old agreement to resolve complex issues, many of which revolved […]

Calls for $15 an Hour, Full Time Work at Walmart Sweep Country

December 1, 2014

Walmart workers continued strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights     NATIONWIDE – Tens of thousands of Americans protested at 1,600 Walmart stores across the country on Friday, calling on the company to pay associates a minimum of $15 an hour and provide full-time work. The broad group said the country’s largest employer […]

Walmart workers continue strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights

November 28, 2014

As nation rallies against abuse of power, CALLS FOR $15 AN HOUR, FULL-TIME WORK AT WALMART SWEEP COUNTRY Walmart workers continue strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights   ***Follow the conversation and see photos at #WalmartStrikers, @ChangeWalmart and blackfridayprotests.org. NATIONWIDE – Tens of thousands of Americans are protesting at 1,600 Walmart stores […]

New Black Friday Solidarity Materials Available for UFCW Members

November 26, 2014

As Black Friday approaches it is more important than ever that UFCW members stand together with Walmart workers as they fight to make their jobs better. By standing together in solidarity, UFCW and Walmart workers can send the message that all workers have the right for fair wages and better schedules. Every step forward for […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement in Response to Grand Jury Decision in the Death of Michael Brown

November 25, 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 decision by a grand jury not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. “Today, first and foremost, we mourn for our sister Lesley McSpadden, a member […]

UFCW OUTreach Hear from LGBT Leaders During Executive Board Meeting

November 24, 2014

UFCW’s LGBT constituency group OUTreach held their executive board meeting on November 12-13. During the meetings, executive board members heard from numerous leaders in the LGBT community. Speakers included Mara Keisling, Executive Director for the National Center for Transgender Equality, Jerame Davis, Executive Director for the AFL-CIO’s Pride at Work, Daniel Pino from the National Gay […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement in Response to President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

November 21, 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 President Obama’s plan to take executive action on immigration. “Today the President announced he will take belated but necessary action to provide relief to immigrant workers, families, and communities. Make […]

Walmart Workers Hold Protests in 10 Countries

November 20, 2014

Following historic sit-down strikes in Los Angeles last week, Walmart workers in 10 countries joined American workers’ protests yesterday, calling for change at Walmart. Citing similar concerns, Walmart workers in Brazil, Mexico, the UK, Colombia, Argentina, India, Canada, Switzerland and the US said they were tired of Walmart’s failure to respect basic workers’ rights. Workers around the […]

Rep. Gutierrez Joins Farm Workers behind the Thanksgiving Meal to Hold Holiday Feast in front of White House

November 19, 2014

Farm & Food Processing Workers Deliver Letters Calling for Executive Action See here for archived footage and other important information from today’s event. Washington, DC—Today, on the cusp of one of America’s most celebrated holidays, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) alongside immigrant farm, food and commercial workers from across the country gathered in front of the […]

UFCW Local 431 Oscar Mayer Workers Ratify New Contract

November 19, 2014

UFCW Local 431 at the Kraft Foods-Oscar Mayer workers in Davenport, Iowa, ratified a new four-year contract last Thursday. Members overwhelmingly passed the new contract that covers about 1,200 workers at the plant. They have been working under an extended contract since July. The contract includes a $1.40 per hour raise over the four years and maintains […]

We Want to Work Full-Time: IKEA Worker Speaks Out

November 18, 2014

For thousands of workers in the retail industry, working full-time doesn’t mean the security of a full-time job. Instead, many workers cobble together multiple part-time jobs with no benefits. The result, predictably, is lower wages, fewer benefits, and schedules that make life impossible for families. But workers at IKEA are coming together in a campaign […]

WALMART WORKERS ANNOUNCE BLACK FRIDAY STRIKES

November 14, 2014

Tens of thousands of teachers, voters, clergy, environmentalists, civil rights leaders to join workers at 1600 protests, calling on Walton family to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time work NATIONWIDE – In the wake of the first-ever sit down strike at Walmart, members of OUR Walmart announced today that they will strike across the […]

#WalmartStrikers Hold First-Ever Walmart Sit-Down Strikes, Protesters Arrested

November 14, 2014

In a clear indication of mounting frustration with Walmart and the Walton family’s failure to respect workers’ rights, Walmart workers in California have gone on strike. Today, Los Angeles Walmart workers participated in their boldest action to date: the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. Workers entered the store at approximately 11 a.m. and […]

BREAKING: WALMART WORKERS HOLD SIT IN AT LOS ANGELES STORE

November 13, 2014

Workers in Southern California Begin First Sit-Down Strike in Company History to Protest Retaliation — ***Follow the conversation at #WalmartStrikers and watch live stream at Blackfridayprotests.org***  LOS ANGELES – OUR Walmart members, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a […]