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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.

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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 […]

Bloomingfoods Workers Win Voice on the Job with Local 700

November 13, 2014

In an accelerated, fair process marked by company neutrality and community involvement, around 250 workers across five Bloomingfoods Coop grocery stores and a commissary that supplies ready-made food have chosen a real voice at work with UFCW Local 700. Bloomingfoods workers had reached out and asked UFCW members for help in getting their company to remain neutral […]

Member Spotlight: John Cevasco

November 12, 2014

In this week’s member spotlight, we’re highlighting UFCW Local 1459 Member John Cevasco. John works in the grocery department at Greenfield’s Market of Franklin Community Co-op in Greenfield, Massachusetts. This is John’s 17th year working at the co-op. Throughout his time there, he has enjoyed educating other members about dietary options offered at the co-op […]

Raising the Minimum Wage Was a Winning Issue on Election Day

November 7, 2014

On Election Day, voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota rejected the notion that the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 is sufficient for workers, and passed binding referendums to increase their minimum wages. Alaska’s minimum wage will increase to $9.75 by 2016. In Arkansas, the minimum wage will increase to $8.50 by 2017. […]

RWDSU and UNI Global Union Call for Change at Zara: Sign the Petition to Support Zara USA Workers

November 5, 2014

The RWDSU/UFCW and UNI Global Union are calling on Inditex, a multinational fashion retailer that owns Zara, to support workers in the US as well as globally. Inditex signed an international framework agreement with global union federation UNI in 2009 committing itself to respecting workers’ rights across the globe. In many countries, workers at Zara […]

UFCW Local 23 Members and Other Supporters Join Walmart Workers In PA in #FightFor15 Action

October 31, 2014

Yesterday, at a Walmart near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Walmart workers and supporters, many of whom were UFCW Local 23 members, held a protest as part of a growing movement of associates nationwide calling on the Waltons to publicly commit to pay a living wage of $15 an hour and give access to full-time hours for all. […]

UFCW Applauds OSHA’S Effort to Protect Poultry Workers from Musculoskeletal Disorders, Hazardous Workplace Conditions

October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today released the following statement regarding OSHA’s decision to exercise the seldom-used “general duty clause” of the Occupational Safety and Health Act to protect poultry workers from workplace injuries or death. “The UFCW applauds OSHA’s decision to use the “general duty clause” to […]

UFCW Executive Vice President Pat O’Neill Honored for Efforts to Help Walmart Workers

October 29, 2014

Last week, UFCW Executive Vice President Pat O’Neill was honored by the UMass Dartmouth Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center during their annual awards banquet. For 35 years, the center has served “as a bridge between working people, their communities, organizations, and UMass Dartmouth.” Their awards and dinner banquet are one of the largest gatherings of labor leaders […]

UFCW Members Sound Off on Why Voting in This Election Is So Important!

October 27, 2014

We asked UFCW members from all around the country why they took a pledge to vote this November 4th in the mid-term elections. Here’s what some of you said: “To elect candidates who want to protect the middle class, not destroy it.” --Andrew Myers; Swanton, Ohio “Too many people died to give me this right […]

UFCW Local 227 Members Get Out The Vote in Kentucky

October 22, 2014

Members of UFCW Local 227 are knocking on doors, making phone calls, and visiting worksites in an effort to get out the vote in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is home to one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the country. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who introduced national right to work, is facing a […]

Flexon Workers in New Jersey Vote Union “Yes”, Join RWDSU

October 21, 2014

More than 120 workers at Flexon in Newark, New Jersey, overwhelmingly voted to join RWDSU Local 262. The workers – who manufacture lawn and garden hoses sold through retailers including Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and Costco – won the union voice they sought in order to address a number of problems in their workplace. “We […]

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 […]