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

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 […]

101-year-old UFCW Retiree Thanks Joe Hansen for Pension Increase

July 24, 2014

Mary Tomazi, a UFCW retiree and former employee of Local 655, recently sent a letter to UFCW International President Joe Hansen to thank him for the cost of living increase to her UFCW International Pension Plan.  Ms. Tomazi worked at the Health and Welfare Department at Local 655 for 18 years and retired in 1978.  […]

Get Involved: Minimum Wage Day of Action

July 24, 2014

Today is the Minimum Wage Day of Action. Advocates of an increased minimum wage can join the Department of Labor, workers, and allies such as the UFCW in promoting the importance of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Tweet the hashtags #1010now and #5Reasons, for the Department of Labor’s 5 […]

National Hot Dog Day

July 23, 2014

You might not know about it, but you definitely will love it – today’s National Hot Dog Day! Today people all over the nation are grilling up and chowing down on the all-American staple of summer. Whether you’re celebrating Hot Dog Day today or sticking to your veggies, you’ll probably indulge in the franks quite […]

UFCW Region 1 and Local 359 Stand in Solidarity with Citra Mina Seafood Workers

July 23, 2014

On July 8th, Region 1 & Local 359 members attended a solidarity action for 78 Citra Mina Workers who are seeking justice. These seafood workers were fired from the General Santos plant in the Philippines, where the company is based, after they attempted to organize and form a union to demand better pay and working […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Schedules That Work Act

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement regarding introduction of the Schedules That Work Act. “If you ask a worker in the retail industry what improvements can be made to their job, the response is likely to include scheduling. Fair, flexible, and reliable scheduling is a simple […]

Sodexo Workers at Texas Christian University Ratify First Union Contract with Local 1000

July 22, 2014

On July 15, over 150 Sodexo USA campus food workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract with UFCW Local 1000. The contract is a victory for the workers and guarantees new wage increases, job security, seniority rights, vacation and sick pay and other union […]

UFCW Grand Island JBS Beef Plant Members Ratify New Five-Year Contract

July 21, 2014

Grand Island, Nebraska – Workers at the JBS beef slaughter and processing facility in Grand Island, Nebraska, who belong to United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 293 ratified a new contract on Thursday, July 17. The new five-year agreement will cover more than 2,600 workers and will go into effect today. “This new contract […]

“Battleground 2014” Is Underway

July 21, 2014

UFCW members must be prepared for the November 4thmidterm elections – 2014 cannot be a repeat of 2010. To help make it easier for members to engage politically, we have launched Battleground 2014. Battleground 2014 provides information about the most important Congressional and Gubernatorial races. UFCW members will be able to use this site to find out […]

Safety and Health: Hazards in the Retail Workplace

July 17, 2014

The UFCW Occupational Safety and Health Office has released a guide that lists the workplace hazards that may occur in a retail workplace. The hazards listed in the guide are all violations of the standards set forth in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and should be immediately reported to a supervisor and a […]

The BPA Act: Fighting Breast Cancer among Women in Manufacturing

July 17, 2014

Even today, women who work in middle-class jobs across America face pronounced barriers and gender discrimination in the workplace, as exemplified by the recent Demos report on gender inequality in retail wages. However, workplace inequality can manifest in other, more subtle ways – such as the manufacture of products containing Bisphenol-A, or BPA. BPA is […]

Southern California Locals Unite To Support Food 4 Less Grocery Workers

July 16, 2014

Workers at Southern California Food 4 Less locations from UFCW Locals 1428, 770, 135, 1167, 324, 1442, and 8GS all came together in a strong show of solidarity last week for a fair contract. Kroger, the parent company of Food 4 Less and Ralph’s, has been treating its Food 4 Less employees worse than those at Ralph’s, […]

Increase in Poverty in the U.S. Needs to be Addressed

July 15, 2014

One in four people in the U.S. live in areas with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The report, titled Changes in Areas With Concentrated Poverty: 2000 to 2010, reveals that the number of people living in poverty areas increased from 49.5 million (18.0 percent) […]

UFCW Local 538 Oscar Mayer Workers Ratify New Contract

July 15, 2014

UFCW Local 538 Oscar Mayer workers in Madison, Wis., voted to ratify a new four year agreement. The contract is set to take effect immediately and expire in December 2017.  Workers bargained a $1.40-an-hour increase over the next four years. The 650 members produce hot dogs, shaved deli meats, and cold cuts at the plant.

Book Culture Workers Win Strike

July 14, 2014

Four terminated workers at two New York City Book Culture bookstores were re-hired a day after their colleagues walked off the job to support them. The workers were fired from Book Culture last week after casting votes to have a union voice on the job and join the RWDSU. “I feel great. I’m so relieved and […]

Port Truck Drivers Need Your Help!

July 10, 2014

Today, the nation’s port truck drivers are on strike, standing up and sticking together to put an end to sweatshop-like conditions and harassment at work. These port truck drivers are bravely putting themselves out there to stop such treatment–happening right here in America. But they need our help. Workers like Dennis Martinez and Byron Contreras, on […]

UFCW Locals Participate in AFL-CIO’s Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program

July 9, 2014

UFCW local staff members are upgrading their skills at the AFL-CIO’s Bonnie Ladin Union Skills (BLUS) Training Program.  The program is designed for union leaders, staff and community activists and offers hands-on training around the areas of union administration; collective bargaining; organizing; arbitration and grievance handling; communications and media; and best financial practices. Taught by […]

UFCW Local 21 Hospital Workers Ratify Their First Contract

July 9, 2014

More than 900 workers at Skagit Regional Health voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first contract as UFCW Local 21 members. The contract includes wage increases based on a worker’s length of service, respect at work, and a voice on the job. Members also secured affordable health benefits with the three-year contract.  The historic first contract covers one of the largest health […]

Local 400 Joins Community, Other Labor Groups at AFL-CIO Citizenship Clinic to Help Those with Greencards Become Citizens

July 8, 2014

On Saturday, June 28th, Local 400 joined other labor and immigration groups and community organizers such as DC Labor and Working America at the AFL-CIO’s international headquarters in Washington, D.C. to put on a workshop that assisted green card-holders in applying for citizenship. The workshop was designed for workers who are legal permanent residents eligible for citizenship […]

UFCW Members, Family Members Awarded 2014 Union Plus Scholarships

July 7, 2014

Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 116 students representing 39 unions, including 10 winners representing the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), in the 2014 Union Plus Scholarship Program. In this 23rd year of the program, more than 5,300 applications were received from union members and families in all 50 states. […]

HOT WEATHER ADVISORY: Preventing Heat Stress at Work

July 2, 2014

With outside temperatures starting to soar, now is the time to make sure employers are taking the steps necessary to protect workers from heat stress and heat-related illness. Heat can cause more than just discomfort. Exposure to high heat and high humidity can be life threatening. Employers should make sure workers know the signs, symptoms and appropriate first-aid procedures for serious heat illnesses.

UFCW President Hansen Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Senate Passage of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement regarding the one-year anniversary of Senate passage of comprehensive immigration reform. “One year ago last week, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation that created a path to citizenship for aspiring Americans and strengthened protections for immigrant workers. The bill, which also […]

Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn Decision Harms Workers and the Middle Class

July 1, 2014

The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday regarding Harris v. Quinn threatens the livelihood of home health care workers and their families, and puts the quality of our country’s patient care services at risk.  The 5-4 ruling will drive down wages and benefits for homecare workers—a mostly female workforce—who provide care for seniors and people with disabilities. […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on the Supreme Court’s Decision in Harris v. Quinn

June 30, 2014

Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn. “In today’s Harris v. Quinn ruling, the anti-worker Supreme Court sided with those who want to deprive employees of any ability to collectively bargain with their employers. This decision primarily affects home […]

Former Walmart Associates in Canada Win Justice

June 30, 2014

Good news for former Walmart associates in Canada was announced last week, as the country’s Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that the company clearly broke Quebec labor laws when it closed a store location in Jonquière without notice, following the decision by the store’s workers to unionize with UFCW Canada. The decision by the Canada’s highest court reaffirms that […]

UFCW Members Can Save on Auto Services, Higher Education Prep with Union Plus!

June 30, 2014

Union Plus offers many auto services such as Auto Insurance, an Auto Buying Service, a Motor Club, and more. With Union Plus, union members save on auto purchases. Union Plus Auto Insurance, with policies through 21st Century Insurance, offers: -        Competitive group auto insurance rates – members who’ve switched have saved an average of $565* […]

Shop Union-Made for Your Fourth of July Celebrations!

June 27, 2014

originally posted by the AFL-CIO A week from today, we’ll be gathering with families and friends for the nation’s birthday, July 4. Many of us will celebrate with a barbecue. We can keep the red, white and blue in the holiday with this made-in-America, union label backyard barbecue checklist, compiled from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco […]

Workers in Mountaire Farms Plant Unite for a Voice

June 27, 2014

Workers at a Mountaire Farms poultry plant in Lumber Bridge, NC, are uniting together and organizing themselves into a union in order to ably negotiate fair wages, benefits, and better working conditions. With the help of activists from UFCW Local 1208, the group has shown substantial progress in garnering support from coworkers, with at least […]

UFCW Members in New York Rally at State Capitol in Support of Minimum Wage Hike

June 26, 2014

Members from UFCW Locals 1 and 1500, along with community groups and other unions, participated at a rally at the New York State Capitol building in support of raising the state’s minimum wage. Hundreds of supporters rallied at the Empire State Plaza in front of a fast food restaurant to demonstrate their support for fast food workers and other low […]

UFCW Member Attends White House Summit on Working Families

June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Kim Mitchell, who works at Macy’s in Washington D.C. and is a member of United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 400, today attended the White House Summit on Working Families to bring attention to the union difference in the retail industry. As a result of the strong union contract between Macy’s and […]

Working Women, Community Supporters, and Labor Allies Call for Improvements for Working Women and Families at the “Working Families Speak Up!” Event

June 23, 2014

Yesterday, hundreds of women workers, union members, and community supporters from across the country traveled to the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. to participate in the “Working Families Speak Up!” event.  “Working Families Speak Up!” focused on the needs of working women and served as a rallying pre-event for the White House Working Families Summit […]

CertainTeed Workers Say “Yes” to a Union Voice with the Chemical Workers

June 23, 2014

Eighty workers at the CertainTeed drywall plant in Proctor, West Virginia, voted “Union Yes” on June 6 to join the International Chemical Workers Union Council. Lance Heasley is a former steward and member-activist with UFCW Local 45C and works as an instrument technician at Axiall, where he and his fellow union members make chlorine and […]

“The White House Summit on Working Families Needs to Hear Worker Voices”–A Guest Blog by OUR Walmart Member Bene’t Holmes

June 19, 2014

As a 25 year old single mother I know the realities of trying to survive on low wages. I live with my five-year old son in Chicago and I work for Walmart, the world’s largest private employer and a company that made over $16 billion in profits last year.  In the nine short months I […]

UFCW Local 1208 Members Take Action N.C. Moral Monday

June 18, 2014

Following a court victory reaffirming the right of people to protest in the General Assembly, members of UFCW Local 1208 joined labor groups and protesters at the last Moral Monday of the North Carolina General Assembly Legislative Session. Mass Moral Mondays is a North Carolina NAACP coalition-led movement fighting regressive legislation in the GOP controlled […]