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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UFCW Members Take Action to Support Union Meatpacking Workers in Brazil

February 9, 2015

UFCW members from across the country are showing global solidarity for food processing workers in Brazil who were recently fired. Around 600 meatpackers who work for a company called Marfrig Global Foods and who are union members of the National Confederation of Workers in the Food and Allied (CNTA Afins) were fired without any merit […]

Tell Walmart to Discipline Managers Who Illegally Target Workers For Standing Up For Their Rights

February 4, 2015

In the past few years, OUR Walmart members have won hard-fought changes at America’s largest retailer. Their bravery, dedication and many actions calling on the Waltons and Walmart to treat Walmart workers better have led to reformed policies for pregnant workers, more transparent scheduling, a raise for Walmart’s lowest paid workers and improved working conditions […]

Richest One Percent Will Own More Than Half the World’s Wealth by 2016

January 22, 2015

A new report by Oxfam underscores the fact that income inequality is continuing to rise to dangerous levels. The report, titled Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More, estimates that the combined wealth of the richest one percent will exceed that of the 99 percent next year unless actions are taken to curb inequality. According […]

Middle Class Struggles and Retailers Close Their Doors

January 13, 2015

While corporate profits soar in other sectors of the economy, retailers are closing stores. Middle-class wages have stagnated as health and education costs soar, leaving families with less discretionary income to spend at the mall. Wet Seal, a teen fashion retailer, closed 338 stores this month, giving 3,695 store workers as little as one day’s […]

Inspiring Messages from Policymakers, Union Leaders, Workers at Summit on Raising Wages

January 9, 2015

This past Wednesday, the AFL-CIO sponsored a national Summit on Raising Wages. The summit featured a wide range of speakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and actress Piper Perabo, and was attended by the UFCW and many others who expressed the importance of higher wages for working Americans. Senator Elizabeth Warren was a […]

In Many States, the New Year Equals New Minimum Wage Increases

January 7, 2015

2015 brought a pay raise for millions of Americans as minimum wage increases go into effect across the country. Minimum wage workers in 21 states and the District of Columbia will see their pay rise. For the first time ever, a majority of U.S. states will have a minimum wage above the federal minimum. From supporting […]

Wednesday: Watch Live Stream of National Summit on Wages

January 6, 2015

Reposted from the AFL-CIO Be sure to tune in Wednesday on the AFL-CIO Now blog for the live stream of the first National Summit on Raising Wages. The summit, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, will examine concrete and progressive steps to raise wages for working people to help solve the dilemma of income inequality that plagues 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, […]

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 […]