Making an Impact

feedingthehungry

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
ourwalmart

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.
fightingforjustice

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 Statement on Veto of Legislation Blocking NLRB Election Rule

March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) today released the following statement after President Obama vetoed legislation that would have blocked the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule to streamline union elections. “As we have said from the very beginning, the NLRB’s modest rule to modernize and streamline union elections is a […]

UFCW President Perrone in Response to Governor Pence: Fully Repeal Indiana’s Discriminatory Law

March 31, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), called for a full repeal of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s press conference where he offered to fix the law without providing specifics. “This law is not about freedom, it […]

Celebrate Spring Holidays the Union-Made Way!

March 31, 2015

With the help of the AFL-CIO and Union Plus, we’ve compiled a UFCW-made shopping list and some UFCW-made recipes so that you can enjoy whichever Spring holidays you celebrate–whether it be Easter, Passover, or just celebrating the nice weather, while supporting your union brothers and sisters at the same time! If you’re looking for some sweet […]

Local 400 Member Writes Op-Ed About Kroger’s New Anti-Union Direction

March 30, 2015

Laverne Wrenn, a Local 400 member who works at a Kroger in Portsmouth, Virginia, wrote an op-ed this weekend that was published in the Virginian-Pilot. In her op-ed, Laverne discusses how she and her co-workers have been preparing for the upcoming closure of her store. She says it will be hard to say goodbye to the […]

Women’s History Month: From Woolworth’s to Walmart, the Fight for Workplace Justice Continues

March 30, 2015

The last few days of Women’s History Month present us with an opportunity to pay tribute to women past and present who have taken a stand against the biggest employers in our country—Woolworth’s and Walmart—in the continued fight for social and economic justice. Seventy-eight years ago during the Great Depression, over 100 female employees of […]

Perrone: House GOP Budget Would Make Life Harder for Tens of Millions of Hard-Working American Families

March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to passage of the House Republican budget. “Budgets are more than just numbers; they are a statement of values. House Republicans talk a lot about family values, but this budget cruelly and needlessly […]

Nursing Assistants Unionize at Allegro Nursing Home

March 25, 2015

Vote Overwhelmingly to Join UFCW Local 1625 St. Petersburg, Fla. — Last night, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) at the Allegro Nursing Home in St. Petersburg, Fla., voted ‘Union Yes’ to join the 7,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1625. Thirty CNAs on staff came together to form a union […]

UFCW International President Marc Perrone Releases Statement on Kraft Heinz Merger

March 25, 2015

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the merger of Kraft and Heinz: “We have a profound responsibility to provide our hard-working families the opportunity for a better life. It is why we have a proud history of negotiating union […]

Massachusetts, Vermont and New York Co-op Workers Gather for First Ever Co-op Worker Summit

March 24, 2015

Workers meet to discuss future of co-ops and the food industry Charlemont, Mass. – Dozens of co-op workers from three states and representing six both worker- and member-owned co-ops met Saturday at the first-ever regional co-op workers summit. The event, hosted by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1459, was the first of its […]

Young Workers From Across the Country Participate in the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit

March 24, 2015

Last week, over 1,000 young workers and union activists headed to the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit in Chicago, eager to share and learn more about how we can work together for economic and social justice. Over 70 UFCW and RWDSU members were in attendance, including many of the 2014 GOLD internship program participants. UFCW member and […]

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the Lives of Addie Wyatt and Dolores Huerta

March 23, 2015

The third week of Women’s History Month gives us an opportunity to pay tribute to Addie Wyatt and Dolores Huerta, two extraordinary women who were shaped by the Great Depression, fought for workers’ rights during the height of the American Feminist Movement, and changed the face of organized labor. Addie Loraine Cameron, better known as […]

Statement from UFCW International President Marc Perrone on News of Target Wage Increase

March 19, 2015

Every Retail Worker has the Right to a Decent Living, a Reliable Schedule, Quality Affordable Health Care, and Respect on the Job WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement about the news reports on Target’s wage increase and the collective gains secured […]

Perrone: President Obama Should Veto NLRB Legislation & Election Rule Should Be Implemented Without Delay

March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement after the House voted to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule to streamline union elections. “The NLRB rule to streamline the union election process is long overdue and should be implemented without delay. Today the House voted to allow irresponsible […]

UFCW Launches Groundbreaking Immigration Program in Omaha

March 19, 2015

Hundreds of union members mobilize in advance of executive action OMAHA, NE—Hundreds of UFCW members and staff from across the United States came together over the last two days in Omaha, Nebraska, at a groundbreaking training session with meatpacking and food processing workers in preparation for President Obama’s executive action on immigration, known as Deferred […]

Local 400 Member Detective Tom Pyles of the Annapolis Police Department Is Making an Impact in More Ways Than One

March 19, 2015

This is a cross-post from Local 400 Detective Tom Pyles used to be a DJ at a local Annapolis, Maryland radio station, but left the broadcast industry for the badge at the age of 30 and hasn’t looked back. He’s always wanted to help people in his community, and boy, is he ever! In addition […]

UFCW Immigration Workshop Helps Local 75 Member Achieve Dream of Citizenship

March 18, 2015

Ernestina Aldana has been a UFCW Local 75 member since she started working at the John Morrell meat processing plant in Cincinnati in 1996. She moved to the U.S. from Guatemala with her husband and son in 1990. The family left Guatemala in search of opportunity and a better life. Ernestina and her husband, who […]

Women’s History Month Member Profile: Local 5 Safeway Workers Joanne and Denise

March 17, 2015

We asked UFCW members across the country to share stories about women in their union as part of our ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month. Denise Ward, a passionate Local 5 steward working at Safeway in Soquel, California, was eager to tell us about her coworker Joanne Murtha, who has worked at her store for […]

Women’s History Month: The Fight for Maternity Leave and Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers Continues

March 16, 2015

Did you know that the U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t mandate maternity leave? The rest of North America, most of South America, Russia and Europe, Australia and some African an Asian countries all mandate both maternity AND paternity leave, but in the U.S., leave isn’t guaranteed by law for either parent. Only nine […]

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Union Way!

March 12, 2015

Even if you’re not Irish, it’s always fun to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by sporting some green, looking for lucky shamrocks, or just eating some great Irish food! Union Plus gathered some great Irish recipes that you can make with UFCW-made ingredients! Scroll down to see a few!  The AFL-CIO has also compiled a great list […]

Women’s History Month: Honoring the Legacies of Mother Jones and Frances Perkins

March 11, 2015

Women’s History Month provides us with an opportunity to honor two extraordinary women who were born in the 19th century and made significant contributions to the labor movement—labor activist Mother Jones and Frances Perkins, the first woman to hold a cabinet position as Secretary of Labor. Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1837-1930) was a prominent labor […]

Healthcare Workers Vote “Union Yes!” to Join UFCW Local 1189

March 10, 2015

Healthcare workers at United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wis., voted “Union Yes” in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. Workers showed their strong support for having a union voice and joined UFCW Local 1189. Dignity, respect, and a voice on the job were among the reasons the workers felt they needed to belong to […]

UFCW President Perrone Statement on Adoption of Right to Work in Wisconsin

March 9, 2015

“By standing against hard-working families, Governor Walker should be ashamed, but we know he is not.” WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the adoption of right to work in Wisconsin. “Every elected leader has a […]

Women’s History Month: International Women’s Day Highlights Female Activists and Women’s Issues Across the Globe

March 8, 2015

This Sunday on International Women’s Day, women all over the world celebrated those who have made a difference in the lives of women everywhere, and called attention to issues like gender equality. Actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson took advantage of this world holiday by hosting a Facebook conversation as part of her HeForShe […]

Retailers Starting To Get The Message: It’s Time to Raise Wages

March 6, 2015

This month, Walmart announced that the company will be hiking wages for 500,000 of its employees nationwide, raising pay to $9 an hour in April and $10 an hour by February of 2016. This decision came after years of pressure from members of OUR Walmart, who have bravely been standing up to the world’s largest […]

Local & National Leaders Demand Justice for New York City Car Wash Workers

March 4, 2015

National and local labor leaders, local elected and community leaders demonstrate and are arrested in support of Car Wash Accountability Act  BROOKLYN, NY– Today, in an act of civil disobedience, top leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) , as well as local elected and community leaders were arrested as part […]

Women’s History Month: Senator Barbara Mikulski and the Need for More Women in Congress

March 4, 2015

This week, Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Congress, announced that she will be retiring in 2017 when her term ends. The news of the the Maryland Democrat’s departure from Congress is somewhat hard to bear–Senator Mikulski, who began her career as a community organizer and worked her way up, has been a role model […]

UFCW Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 3, 2015

The month of March marks Women’s History Month and provides us with an opportunity to honor women in the labor movement. Women’s History Month also provides us with an opportunity to examine how labor unions have benefited women, and the social and economic issues that affect women in the workplace, including the need for affordable, […]

Musician and “Workingman’s Warrior” Steve Earle Releases New Album

March 2, 2015

Back in 2011, when the collective bargaining rights of public sector union members in Wisconsin were being threatened by union-busting Governor Scott Walker, legendary Steve Earle released two songs–‘Harlan Man’ and ‘The Mountain’–with all proceeds going the Labor Unity Fund. The songs were glimpses into the life of a union member. Just like the hundreds […]

UFCW Proud to be Recoginized by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

March 2, 2015

Today, our partners at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) have recognized the UFCW in a full-page “thank you” ad in USA Today. In the ad, the LLS thanked each of its Light the Night partners who raised over $250,000 in 2014. Thanks to the work and generous donations from UFCW members, staff, and other groups, we are […]

Black History Month: The Fight for Social and Economic Justice Continues

February 26, 2015

The civil rights movement was one of the most significant events in our country’s history.  From the March on Washington in 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech, to the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, the movement united people of all backgrounds for a common goal […]

Union Members Rally at Wisconsin Capitol to Stop Right To Work

February 25, 2015

Yesterday, approximately 2,000 union members, middle class workers, and community supporters thronged to the the state capital in Madison, Wisconsin, in a final push to stop the fast-tracking of Right to Work laws, which would make Wisconsin the 25th Right to Work (for less) state. While a Senate committee hearing on the legislation went on upstairs […]

After Successful First Year, UFCW GOLD Program Gears Up for 2015

February 25, 2015

In June 2014, the UFCW accepted 36 promising young members from across the country into the first-ever session of the UFCW GOLD Internship program, which launched in Chicago. Now, after a wildly successful first year, the GOLD program is preparing for its 2015 session. The UFCW GOLD Internship Program provides growth opportunities for learning and development […]

UFCW International President Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council, Executive Committee

February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council and Executive Committee. He released the following statement. I am honored and humbled to represent the 1.3 million members of the UFCW on the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO. […]

Black History Month: The #MoralMonday Movement and the Legacy of Selma

February 23, 2015

  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A diverse group of marchers walked to demand that the state of Alabama uphold the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted the right to vote to African Americans. In recent years, after regressive policies reminicent of laws that […]

Statement by UFCW International President Marc Perrone on Walmart’s Wage Announcement

February 20, 2015

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement about Walmart’s wage announcement: “Walmart’s announcement yesterday that it will raise wages for 500,000 hourly associates is an important step forward for Walmart workers and their families. This is not an act of corporate benevolence. It […]

UFCW Members Celebrate Defeated Kentucky Right to Work Legislation

February 19, 2015

Last week, in front of a standing room only crowd filled with UFCW members in gold, a Kentucky House committee defeated right to work legislation. A great deal of work from UFCW members in Kentucky went into this victory. For weeks, UFCW members have traveled to Frankfort to speak with their legislators and educate them […]

Union Workers Call for Boycott of El Super

February 19, 2015

Union members, clergy and more than 100 community groups gathered for an Ash Wednesday rally in support of UFCW members who are fighting for a fair contract at El Super grocery stores in southern California. Six hundred UFCW members have been working without a contract since September, 2013. In response to the company’s steadfast refusal […]

OUR Veterans Group Wins Victory After Delivering Petition to Walmart Asking for Fair Treatment of Military Families

February 18, 2015

This post was adapted from Making Change at Walmart Thanks to supporters around the country, members of our OUR Walmart are successfully encouraging Walmart to respect its military families, one step at a time. Recently, Lisa Austin and the Apple Valley, Minnesota community delivered the petition workers and supporters signed with more than 14,000 signatures calling on Walmart to […]

Black History Month: 50th Anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act

February 17, 2015

Fifty years ago at the height of the civil rights movement, our country’s immigration policy was radically changed. The Immigration and Nationality Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, abolished the national origins quota system which favored some Europeans and excluded Asians and Africans and established a new immigration system that focused on attracting skilled […]

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre Honors the African-American Labor Leaders Who Have Inspired Him in His Work

February 11, 2015

Reposted from Huffington Post By Tefere Gebre: Every February, people across the country celebrate Black History Month. We honor the heritage and struggle of African-Americans in the United States while looking with hope towards the future. This year, I am honored to look back at organizers and activists who inspire me daily in my work […]