Making an Impact

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
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.
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.
Corporate Greed
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

UFCW Local 876 Rite Aid Pharmacy Workers Ratify a New Agreement

April 17, 2014

Yesterday, UFCW Local 876 Rite Aid Pharmacy workers voted to ratify a new, three-year agreement. The contract guarantees 7% wage increases for all members over the course of the contract and also protects pension and health care benefits, and preserves all current holiday, vacation, and personal days. Nearly 800 Rite Aid Pharmacy workers across 77 […]

Global Day of Action will Mark Anniversary of Rana Plaza Garment Building Collapse in Bangladesh

April 16, 2014

Making Change at Walmart is joining Jobs with Justice, the International Labor Rights Forum, and community allies from around the world on April 24, in a day of action to stand in solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh. One year after the Rana Plaza building collapse killed at least 1,138 people and injured more than […]

UFCW Members in Ohio Lobby Against Right to Work

April 15, 2014

More than 100 members from UFCW Locals 17A, 75, 1059, and RWDSU traveled to Columbus last Wednesday to lobby their state legislators against possible right to work legislation. “I’m here because I’m afraid that they’re going to pass right to work and take so much away from working people,” said Anne Bauer, a seven-year UFCW […]

Region 1 Retail Locals Reach Out to Non-Union Retail Workers

April 14, 2014

In an on-going effort, UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445, and 1458, Region 1 and the Rhode Island chapter of Jobs with Justice are cooperating in an multi-state outreach effort to non-union retail workers in their area. For two weeks now, stewards, board members, local staff, and community allies have been talking to workers about […]

UFCW Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

April 11, 2014

This week, President Obama paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act during a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin and paved the way for the […]

New Government Study Confirms Dangers of Working in Poultry Industry

April 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC—A new study released by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) confirms what workers in the poultry industry have been saying for decades—it is among the most dangerous places to work in America. Among the key findings of the report: 42 percent of workers had evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome 41 […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Senate Vote Blocking Paycheck Fairness Act

April 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would stiffen penalties for corporations that discriminate against women. “The average woman still makes only 77 cents for every dollar a man does. Over […]

UFCW JBS Workers Lobby to Protect Workers in the Beef and Pork Industries

April 8, 2014

Last week, UFCW JBS beef and pork workers traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of lobby days to advocate for workers who are facing hardships in the meatpacking industry. Members from UFCW Locals 7R, 227, 293, 435, 540, 951, 1149, 1161, 1473, and 1776 visited with White House staff, numerous members of Congress, the […]

This Equal Pay Day, We Still Strive for Equal Pay for Equal Work

April 8, 2014

Here’s a sad fact: the average working woman would have to keep working until today, almost two weeks into April, to make what a man doing the same job made in 2013. We call today Equal Pay Day, a day to remember that women still only get paid 77 cents for every dollar their male […]

Moms Take On Walmart, AND WIN!

April 8, 2014

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart Under pressure from mothers working in their stores and women’s groups, Walmart recently altered its policy around accommodating pregnant women. As reported last weekend in the Washington Post, Walmart reworked its policy so that women with pregnancy-related complications that could be considered “temporary disabled” and would be eligible for “reasonable […]

Walmart and the Food Stamp Economy

April 4, 2014

“Walmart takes in about 18 percent of U.S. food stamp dollars, a share that amounted to more than $13 billion last year.” However, with cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Walmart is seeing a huge portion of its customer base drop off, no longer able to afford to shop there. Instead, many are […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on House Passage of Deceptively Named Save American Workers Act

April 3, 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 House passed the Save American Workers Act—legislation that would change the definition of full-time under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from 30 hours to 40. “The Save American Workers Act is a good […]

Labor Unions Make a Difference in Working Lives of Black Women, New Report Finds

April 3, 2014

A new report released last week by Black Women’s Roundtable examines the state of black women across the country over the last six decades and shows that while significant progress has been made since Brown v. Board of Education, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and other key historic markers, there are many crucial social and […]

UFCW Decries Supreme Court Campaign Finance Ruling

April 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission which removed limits on the total amount a person can donate to political campaigns in an election season. “The Supreme Court has once again struck […]

UFCW Local 75 Cincinnati Processing Workers Ratify Their First Contract

April 2, 2014

UFCW Local 75 workers at Cincinnati Processing, a plant that supplies pork products to Kroger stores in four states, ratified their first contract on March 26. Organizing at the plant was a multi-decade struggle for plant workers and the first contract marks the successful conclusion of that campaign. The cutting of pork products used to […]

UFCW Members in Minnesota Lobby Their Legislators

April 1, 2014

Members from UFCW Locals 653 and 1189 talked with their Representatives at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. The members lobbied for increasing the minimum wage, for the passage of paid sick leave, and medical cannabis laws. UFCW Local 1189 member Dave Vasquez, who works on the kill floor at Dakota Premium, was happy […]

UFCW Celebrates Women’s History Month and the Future of the Labor Movement

March 31, 2014

Women’s History Month has provided us with an opportunity to highlight the lives of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Frances Perkins, Dolores Huerta and Addie Wyatt—remarkable women who made significant contributions to the labor movement. These women’s lives have served as an inspiration to today’s female labor activists. From the brave women of OUR Walmart to […]

Remembering the legacy of César Chávez

March 28, 2014

Eighty seven years ago this Monday, César Chávez, a hero of the labor and civil rights movements, was born on a small ranch in Yuma, Arizona. Like thousands of others Chávez’s family lost its land in the Great Depression and headed to work in the fields of California’s central valley, where he would spend the […]

Women’s History Month: UFCW Celebrates the Life of Addie Wyatt

March 27, 2014

Addie Loraine Cameron, better known as Addie L. Wyatt (1924 –2012), was born in Mississippi and moved to Chicago with her family in 1930.  When she was 17 years old, she married Claude S. Wyatt, Jr. She began working in the meatpacking industry in 1941.  Although she applied for a job as a typist for […]

103 Years Later: Unions Still Fight to Improve Safety Standards at Work

March 26, 2014

On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the cramped floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City.  When the workers—mostly young female immigrants—tried to escape, they encountered locked doors and broken fire escapes.  Rather than be burned alive, the workers began jumping out of windows and fell to their deaths on the […]

UFCW President Hansen Urges Support for Discharge Petition on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement supporting the discharge petition filed by House Democrats which seeks a vote on comprehensive immigration reform. “It has been 272 days since the Senate passed comprehensive immigration reform on a bipartisan basis. For nearly 9 […]

University Food Service Workers Vote to Join UFCW Local 1000

March 26, 2014

More than 150 Sodexo food service workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) voted to have a union voice on the job Monday night and join UFCW Local 1000. According to the workers, the vote was motivated by a change in Sodexo company policy that resulted in roughly 70 percent of TCU dining employees losing benefits […]

OUR Walmart Members and Making Change at Walmart Campaign in the News

March 24, 2014

Since its inception, former and current Walmart workers who are members of OUR Walmart have called on the retailer to publicly commit to raising wages and increasing access to full-time hours. OUR Walmart members have also asked the retailer to stop its practice of retaliating against workers who are simply exercising their right to speak […]

New Report Reveals Impact of “Just-in-Time” Scheduling on Workers, Families and Businesses

March 20, 2014

A new report by the Center for Law and Social Policy, Retail Action Project, and Women Employed shows the negative impact of unpredictable work schedules on workers, families and businesses. Titled Tackling Unstable and Unpredictable Work Schedules, the report examines the recent trend toward “just-in-time” scheduling practices, where employers match workers’ hours to consumer demand. […]

UFCW Member Faces Life after Surgery— with Disability Assistance from Union Plus

March 20, 2014

From Union Plus For 17 years, Michael Roque of Somers Point, N.J.–a member of UFCW Local 152–did a job he was good at, caring for the elderly and bringing joy to their lives. But, after having to undergo brain surgery, the long recovery has brought big changes to his life, along with the financial strain […]

Women’s History Month: UFCW Celebrates the Life of Dolores Huerta

March 20, 2014

“I think organized labor is a necessary part of democracy. Organized labor is the only way to have fair distribution of wealth.” (Dolores Huerta) Dolores Clara Fernandez, better known as Dolores Huerta, was born in 1930 in New Mexico, and grew up in the farming community of Stockton, California. She earned a teaching degree at […]

President Obama, Flanked by UFCW Member, Pushes to Expand Overtime Pay

March 20, 2014

President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to expand federal rules so that more salaried workers would be able to qualify for overtime pay. Currently, any salaried employee making more than $455 per week is not required to be given overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours in a week. The current $455 […]

UFCW Submits Petition to DOL on Behalf of UFCW Local 540 Cargill Plant Workers

March 19, 2014

Union Seeks Federal Assistance for Workers through Program Meant to Mitigate Effects of Trade and Imports The UFCW has submitted a petition to the Department of Labor on behalf of 2000 workers formerly employed at the shuttered Plainview, Texas, Cargill meatpacking plant. The petition seeks assistance in the form of extended unemployment insurance, health care […]

Women’s History Month: UFCW Celebrates the Life of Frances Perkins

March 19, 2014

“I came to Washington to work for God, FDR, and the millions of forgotten, plain common workingmen.”  (Frances Perkins) Frances Perkins (1880-1965) graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1902 and earned a Master’s Degree in sociology from Columbia University in 1910.  After graduate school, she worked as a social worker and became involved in labor reform […]

UFCW California Members Lobby Their Legislators

March 18, 2014

The UFCW Western States Council, along with members and leaders from Locals 5, 8, 135, 324, 648, 770, 1167, 1428, and 1442, recently went to the State Capitol in Sacramento to lobby California legislators about issues important to working families. UFCW members spoke about two key bills they will be pushing this session: SB270, which […]

Women’s History Month: UFCW Celebrates the Life of Mother Jones

March 17, 2014

The month of March marks Women’s History Month and provides us with an opportunity to honor the many women who have who have fought for social and economic justice in the workplace. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1837-1930) was a prominent labor activist and cofounder of the Industrial Workers of the World.  As a young woman, […]

Walmart CEO Acknowledges Lack of Opportunities for Workers

March 13, 2014

A recent AP article by Josh Boak finds that Walmart—our country’s largest employer—does not provide its employees with enough opportunities for professional advancement or a pathway to a middle class life.  As a result of the Great Recession, many older and more educated workers are turning to the retail giant as a way to support […]

El Super Workers Rally for a Fair Contract and to Raise Standards Across the Grocery Chain

March 13, 2014

More than 100 workers, labor leaders, community activists, students, and clergy members gathered outside a South Los Angeles El Super store last week to demand a fair contract for union grocery workers employed by the chain. Workers at seven El Super stores across California, Nevada and Arizona currently have a union voice on the job. […]

UFCW JBS Workers Handbill to Protest Bad Health Plans That Could Bankrupt Workers

March 12, 2014

JBS workers from across the country held a handbill action last week in protest of a proposed health plan that contains devastating increases in co-pays and deductibles. Other proposals in the plan would shift significant costs to workers. The coverage cuts and increased costs of the proposed plan are so severe, workers could be left […]

UFCW Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 11, 2014

The month of March marks Women’s History Month and provides us with an opportunity to honor the many women who have who have fought for social and economic justice in the workplace. From Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, the “grandmother of all agitators,” to Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet as […]

Wellness Connection of Maine Settles NLRB Charges With UFCW

March 10, 2014

For the first time, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recognized that federal labor law protects workers in the medical marijuana industry. The government authorized a complaint absent settlement of the charges that Wellness Connection of Maine, a medical marijuana company, repeatedly retaliated against and interfered with workers who were exercising their right to […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Safeway’s Announced Sale to Cerberus

March 7, 2014

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following in response to Safeway’s announced sale to Cerberus Capital Management: “Safeway announced today that it has reached an agreement to be purchased by Cerberus Capital Management which currently operates supermarkets across the country under […]

Local 1208 Hosts “Poultry Worker Appreciation Day”

March 6, 2014

Local 1208, which is largely made up of Smithfield Foods workers in Tar Heel, North Carolina, recently hosted a rally as part of a “Poultry Worker Appreciation Day“. The event was created to bring awareness to the need for improved working conditions and living wages for the workers at the Mountaire Farms plant, which processes […]

UFCW Members Lobby State Legislators in Kentucky and Missouri

March 6, 2014

UFCW members in Kentucky and Missouri lobbied their state legislators last week. In Kentucky members, UFCW Locals 75 and 227 traveled to Frankfort where they spoke with legislators about raising the state’s minimum wage and preventing Kentucky from becoming a right to work for less state. In Missouri, UFCW Locals 2, 88, and 655 lobbied […]

New Jersey Truck Stop Workers Vote to Join the RWDSU

March 5, 2014

Workers at the Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Bloomsbury, New Jersey, voted overwhelmingly last week to join the RWDSU/UFCW Local 108. Pilot Flying J is the largest travel center chain in the country with over 550 locations under the Pilot and Flying J brands. The chain is owned by the family of Tennessee Governor […]