Making an Impact

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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

Member Spotlight: Jerry Knapp

October 17, 2014

Recently, long-time UFCW Local 1500 member Jerry Knapp was recognized for his years of active service to his union and fellow union members by Region 1, and was awarded with a member award along with several other members who have made a difference in their workplaces. He was taken aback when he learned he was […]

WALMART WORKERS, TAXPAYERS ARRESTED CALLING FOR WALMART OWNERS TO STOP ROBBING AMERICA

October 16, 2014

Group calls on Walton family to stop taking advantage of taxpayer programs to support low-wage model & instead, pay workers $15 an hour and provide full-time work  If the Waltons fail to respond, protestors promise to return to Walmart stores on Black Friday New York and Washington, DC – Forty-two Walmart workers and their supporters […]

Workers at 1695 Walmart Stores Sign Petition for $15 an Hour, Full-Time Work

October 16, 2014

If the Waltons fail to respond, protestors promise to return to Walmart stores on Black Friday  **Follow the conversation at #Fightfor15, @ForRespect, www.blackfridayprotests.org**  NATIONWIDE – Workers from 1695 Walmart stores in all 50 states are calling for the company to publicly commit to raise pay to $15 an hour and provide consistent, full-time work in […]

UFCW Releases Online Ads in 4 Key Battleground Elections

October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today announced an aggressive online advertisement campaign in four key battleground elections. The ads are running through Election Day in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin. In Iowa, the UFCW launched a video that is a twist on Joni Ernst’s original campaign […]

Walmart Workers & UFCW Region 1 Deliver Petitions in Support of Fair Wages and Full Time Work

October 14, 2014

This month, following the New York/New Jersey District Council Meeting, UFCW Local 152 members and Region 1 leaders joined Walmart workers for a store action in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Led by Walmart workers, the delegation kicked off nationwide deliveries of a Walmart worker petition. The petition has quickly gained momentum amongst workers. It calls […]

Aurora Products Workers Win Election for Union Representation at Plant

October 9, 2014

Orange, Conn. – On Wednesday, October 8, 175 workers at Aurora Products, a natural food processing company in Orange, Conn. voted to join the 9,000 member strong United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 371 (UFCW Local 371) based in Westport, Conn. “Our votes were hard fought and won by Aurora workers who are on […]

IKEA Workers Gather Thousands of Signatures From Across the Globe in Petition for Full-Time Hours

October 8, 2014

Last week, IKEA workers converged on the North American headquarters of IKEA to deliver a petition asking the company to invest in their American workers. The petition, started by workers at a Seattle Ikea store, had been signed by nearly 6,000 IKEA workers and customers with international support from 101 different countries. IKEA workers traveled to […]

Congratulations to the 2014 UFCW International Scholarship Winners

October 7, 2014

Every year the UFCW International offers scholarships to union members or their immediate family who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values. Below are this year’s winners. Congratulations to each of these hard-working individuals. We know that they will go far in their education and continue […]

Member Spotlight: Towanda Carter

October 7, 2014

Towanda Carter was recently recognized by UFCW Region 1 for her outstanding service as a union member and for helping her fellow workers, both at her own workplace and elsewhere. After noticing unfair treatment of workers at her job working at Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens Inc. in 2005, Towanda and her coworkers filed to unionize […]

Hispanic Heritage Month: Honoring Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta

October 6, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, two great labor leaders who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and helped to organize the Delano Grape Strike—one of the most successful strikes in labor history. On September 8, 1965, Filipino farm workers in Delano, Calif., who […]

Sign the Petition to Support Bloomingfoods Workers and Their Right to Organize!

October 2, 2014

Sign the Petition Here to Take Action! Workers at Bloomingfoods Market & Deli co-op grocery store in Indiana have been standing together, calling for a recognition and neutrality agreement while they exercise their right to organize, as well as for their employer to stop consulting with anti-union law firms in order to interfere with the workers’ […]

Walmart Workers’ Respect the Bump Campaign Holds First National Meeting, Protest in Chicago

October 2, 2014

In response to the illegal and unethical treatment of pregnant workers and the widespread financial hardship forced onto working women at Walmart, Walmart moms met in Chicago to call for Walmart to publicly commit to better pay and protections at the country’s largest employer of women. With the support of the country’s leading women’s rights […]

UFCW Local 400 Kroger Members Working at Kroger Ratify A New Contract

October 1, 2014

Members of UFCW Local 400 voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new, four-year contract with Kroger in the Richmond and Tidewater areas of Virginia. The contract preserves their health and retirement security and increases their wages. The collective bargaining agreement is retroactive to August 3, 2014. It expires on August 4, 2018, and covers 3,500 workers. The […]

2014 Voter Information Hub

September 30, 2014

The general election is less than two months away, and the stakes for UFCW members and working families couldn’t be higher. UFCW’s new voter information hub allows members to register to vote and make a pledge that they will go the polls on Election Day. The site also provides important election information for all 50 states. Find […]

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: UFCW Steward Idalid Guerrero

September 29, 2014

It’s now the third week of Hispanic Heritage Month, and we’re celebrating by showcasing the story of a UFCW steward named Idalid Guerrero. Read her story about making a difference in one’s union and community, below: UFCW stewards play a special role in their plants. They are leaders who protect their co-workers and ensure that our plants […]

Justice for Jen

September 25, 2014

A UFCW Local 1473 Steward and advocate for her coworkers was unjustly fired by Hormel last week. Jen Pulaski, a steward at the Beloit, Wisconsin, Hormel plant and a 12 year veteran of the plant was fired in retaliation for her advocacy on behalf of her coworkers. Jen has been an active steward this year, and […]

Call Walmart Now and Tell the Company Women Shouldn’t Be Fired Just for Being Pregnant

September 25, 2014

This article was originally posted by Jobs with Justice. It’s been more than six months since Walmart, which was under pressure from associates and women’s organizations, agreed to change its pregnancy policy to provide basic accommodations for employees experiencing complications with their pregnancies. But a Walmart store in Chicago reveals the company has fallen far short of truly […]

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Walter Garron

September 24, 2014

As we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–October 15) we wanted to share the story of UFCW Local 1473 Member and Staff Walter Garron. Walter became a member of Local 1473 when he started working in the maintenance department at Strauss Brands in Franklin, Wisconsin. When his employer started giving his fellow coworkers […]

It’s Officially Fall! Jump on the Pumpkin-Flavored Bandwagon with Union-Made products!

September 23, 2014

Although grocery stores have been trying to convince us it’s been fall for weeks now, today marks the official start of fall, or the Autumnal Equinox. You may have noticed that there’s been a craze for Pumpkin Spice this, and pumpkin-flavored that in stores everywhere–with new pumpkin and fall-flavored or scented products popping up left and […]

UFCW Members Are Making the News

September 23, 2014

UFCW members are making their voices heard on the opinion pages of newspapers across the country. In the past few weeks, UFCW members have had op-eds and a letter to the editor published on topics ranging from Labor Day and the benefits of union membership to the recent Market Basket grocery boycott. Susan Richardson, a […]

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 […]