Corporate Responsibility

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.  But all too often, that power is abused, and employees of giant corporations suffer the consequences.

  • UFCW-supported campaigns like Making Change at Walmart and OUR Walmart are designed to not attack these companies, but ensure they are responsible and treat their workers fairly rather than driving down standards across the industry.
  • Work with allies in Congress to make sure current accountability standards remain in place and are enforced.

Recent News

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 […]

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) […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers from Discrimination

June 17, 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 reports that President Obama plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. “Denying someone a job or a promotion because […]

UFCW Western States Council Release Report Studying Grocery Workers and Grocery Industry

June 12, 2014

UFCW Western States Council has released a report written by Saru Jayaraman and the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and researched by Professor Chris Benner and the Food Chain Workers Alliance from the University of California, Davis. The report is titled, Shelved: How Wages and Working Conditions for California’s Food […]

NLRB Finds Merit to UFCW Local 1500 ULP Filed Against Mrs. Green’s

June 10, 2014

After an internal investigation by a Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Director found merit to UFCW Local 1500’s unfair labor practice charges alleging that Mrs. Green’s Natural Market unlawfully terminated eight employees because they supported having a union voice on the job. The Regional Director also revoked a previous settlement […]

Members of UFCW Local 1161 Ratify New Union Contract with JBS

June 6, 2014

New union contract includes raises, maintains affordable, quality health care plan Worthington, Mn. – Workers at the JBS pork processing facility in Worthington, Minnesota who belong to United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1161 have ratified a new union contract. “This is a great agreement, not only for JBS workers but the entire Worthington […]

Demos Report: Walmart Would Benefit From a Higher Wage

June 6, 2014

Demos, a think tank based in New York City, this week released an updated version of its 2013 report on the feasibility of raising the wages of Walmart employees to at least $25,000 a year. A $25K annual wage has been a commonly-quoted figure when discussing the wages of Walmart employees, 825,000 of whom earn […]

Women in Retail: Equality is a Long Way Off

June 6, 2014

Despite advances in gender equality, female retail workers in the U.S. continue to work with less pay than their male counterparts. According to a recent Demos report, female retail workers earn just $10.58 an hour on average, compared to male retail workers’ $14.62 an hour. This pay inequality is experienced by 2.2 million women working […]

UFCW Local 23 and Other Allies Launch ‘Pittsburgh Works’

June 5, 2014

Along with Pittsburgh UNITED and other allies like Working America, UFCW Local 23 is helping to launch a new good jobs initiative called Pittsburgh Works. The program will shine a light on good employers who invest in their workers, support workers–particularly low wage service workers–wherever they are, and call out employers who do not invest […]

Nationwide Strikes and Protests Begin Following Protest at Chair’s Home

June 5, 2014

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart As Walmart gears up for its annual shareholders meetings, strikes and protests are spreading at stores around the country. In 20 cities nationwide, Walmart moms, working families and their supporters challenged Walmart to stop retaliating against workers who simply speak out for better wages or work conditions. The protests […]

Walmart Workers Lead Candle-Lit March to Walmart Heir’s Estate in Lead Up to Shareholders’ Meeting

June 3, 2014

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart Last night, more than 100 Walmart workers and their community supporters gathered at in Phoenix, Arizona for a town hall meeting on the growing inequality that impacts all of us in this country. From there, the group headed out into the evening on a candle-lit march to the home […]