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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]