Health and Wellness

Food Deserts and Access

  • 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, even in areas sometimes called “food deserts.”
  • UFCW is working with coalitions to make labor standards part of regional food system plans.
  • Fought steep cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) funding – or the food stamps program.
  • The UFCW is the food workers’ union, with members working in grocery stores, packing plants, and food processing plants, and our members and our locals have long been involved in programs to help the hungry and provide for those in need. One of the most successful, and certainly the largest, of these programs is the joint UFCW/Smithfield Feeding the Hungry (FTH) Program. Our Feeding the Hungry program, a joint venture with Smithfield, is a three-year, multi-city, coast to coast effort to donate and deliver more than 20 million servings of protein to food banks.

Health Care

  • UFCW strongly believes that everyone in this country should have accessible, affordable, quality health care in which no one is left out – that is why UFCW fought so hard for comprehensive healthcare reform. UFCW has bargained for hallmark benefits for its members for decades despite skyrocketing health care costs. UFCW President Joe Hansen began working to address the healthcare crisis by participating in the Citizens’ Healthcare Working Group. To achieve comprehensive healthcare reform, UFCW joined Healthcare for America Now (HCAN) and its national grassroots campaign to fight for affordable, quality health care. Healthcare reform is a key social issue for the United States and UFCW members know how important this is for maintaining strong union benefits.
  • UFCW is working with public health and family advocates to gather support for paid sick leave for American workers and is an active supporter of The Health Families Act (HR 1876/S 984).

 

Recent News

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]