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

One Year Later, Garment Workers in Bangladesh Continue to Suffer

April 24, 2014

One year ago, on April 24, our sisters and brothers who worked at the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh were told to report to work in a building that had severe structural cracks and over 1,100 workers lost their lives when the building collapsed. While decades of struggle by workers and their unions have […]

One Year After Deadly Factory Collapse, Workers Still Fighting for Compensation

April 23, 2014

On April 24th last year, garment workers in a Bangladeshi factory were reassured that the cracks that had appeared in the walls the previous day where they were working had been repaired. Just an hour later, the building collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring at least 2,500. Two of the factories in the building have […]

AFL-CIO Releases 2014 Executive PayWatch Series

April 22, 2014

Last week, the AFL-CIO unveiled the 2014 Executive PayWatch report. According to the data, U.S. CEOs pocketed, on average, $11.7 million in 2013 compared to the average worker who earned $35,293. That means CEOs were paid 331 times that of the average worker. Many of the CEOs highlighted in PayWatch head companies like Walmart. In […]

UFCW Local 876 Rite Aid Pharmacy Workers Ratify a New Agreement

April 17, 2014

Yesterday, UFCW Local 876 Rite Aid Pharmacy workers voted to ratify a new, three-year agreement. The contract guarantees 7% wage increases for all members over the course of the contract and also protects pension and health care benefits, and preserves all current holiday, vacation, and personal days. Nearly 800 Rite Aid Pharmacy workers across 77 […]

Global Day of Action will Mark Anniversary of Rana Plaza Garment Building Collapse in Bangladesh

April 16, 2014

Making Change at Walmart is joining Jobs with Justice, the International Labor Rights Forum, and community allies from around the world on April 24, in a day of action to stand in solidarity with garment workers in Bangladesh. One year after the Rana Plaza building collapse killed at least 1,138 people and injured more than […]

Region 1 Retail Locals Reach Out to Non-Union Retail Workers

April 14, 2014

In an on-going effort, UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445, and 1458, Region 1 and the Rhode Island chapter of Jobs with Justice are cooperating in an multi-state outreach effort to non-union retail workers in their area. For two weeks now, stewards, board members, local staff, and community allies have been talking to workers about […]

UFCW Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

April 11, 2014

This week, President Obama paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act during a visit to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas.  The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin and paved the way for the […]

UFCW JBS Workers Lobby to Protect Workers in the Beef and Pork Industries

April 8, 2014

Last week, UFCW JBS beef and pork workers traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of lobby days to advocate for workers who are facing hardships in the meatpacking industry. Members from UFCW Locals 7R, 227, 293, 435, 540, 951, 1149, 1161, 1473, and 1776 visited with White House staff, numerous members of Congress, the […]

This Equal Pay Day, We Still Strive for Equal Pay for Equal Work

April 8, 2014

Here’s a sad fact: the average working woman would have to keep working until today, almost two weeks into April, to make what a man doing the same job made in 2013. We call today Equal Pay Day, a day to remember that women still only get paid 77 cents for every dollar their male […]

Moms Take On Walmart, AND WIN!

April 8, 2014

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart Under pressure from mothers working in their stores and women’s groups, Walmart recently altered its policy around accommodating pregnant women. As reported last weekend in the Washington Post, Walmart reworked its policy so that women with pregnancy-related complications that could be considered “temporary disabled” and would be eligible for “reasonable […]

Walmart and the Food Stamp Economy

April 4, 2014

“Walmart takes in about 18 percent of U.S. food stamp dollars, a share that amounted to more than $13 billion last year.” However, with cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Walmart is seeing a huge portion of its customer base drop off, no longer able to afford to shop there. Instead, many are […]

UFCW Celebrates Women’s History Month and the Future of the Labor Movement

March 31, 2014

Women’s History Month has provided us with an opportunity to highlight the lives of Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, Frances Perkins, Dolores Huerta and Addie Wyatt—remarkable women who made significant contributions to the labor movement. These women’s lives have served as an inspiration to today’s female labor activists. From the brave women of OUR Walmart to […]

Women’s History Month: UFCW Celebrates the Life of Addie Wyatt

March 27, 2014

Addie Loraine Cameron, better known as Addie L. Wyatt (1924 –2012), was born in Mississippi and moved to Chicago with her family in 1930.  When she was 17 years old, she married Claude S. Wyatt, Jr. She began working in the meatpacking industry in 1941.  Although she applied for a job as a typist for […]

University Food Service Workers Vote to Join UFCW Local 1000

March 26, 2014

More than 150 Sodexo food service workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) voted to have a union voice on the job Monday night and join UFCW Local 1000. According to the workers, the vote was motivated by a change in Sodexo company policy that resulted in roughly 70 percent of TCU dining employees losing benefits […]

OUR Walmart Members and Making Change at Walmart Campaign in the News

March 24, 2014

Since its inception, former and current Walmart workers who are members of OUR Walmart have called on the retailer to publicly commit to raising wages and increasing access to full-time hours. OUR Walmart members have also asked the retailer to stop its practice of retaliating against workers who are simply exercising their right to speak […]

New Report Reveals Impact of “Just-in-Time” Scheduling on Workers, Families and Businesses

March 20, 2014

A new report by the Center for Law and Social Policy, Retail Action Project, and Women Employed shows the negative impact of unpredictable work schedules on workers, families and businesses. Titled Tackling Unstable and Unpredictable Work Schedules, the report examines the recent trend toward “just-in-time” scheduling practices, where employers match workers’ hours to consumer demand. […]

Women’s History Month: UFCW Celebrates the Life of Dolores Huerta

March 20, 2014

“I think organized labor is a necessary part of democracy. Organized labor is the only way to have fair distribution of wealth.” (Dolores Huerta) Dolores Clara Fernandez, better known as Dolores Huerta, was born in 1930 in New Mexico, and grew up in the farming community of Stockton, California. She earned a teaching degree at […]

UFCW California Members Lobby Their Legislators

March 18, 2014

The UFCW Western States Council, along with members and leaders from Locals 5, 8, 135, 324, 648, 770, 1167, 1428, and 1442, recently went to the State Capitol in Sacramento to lobby California legislators about issues important to working families. UFCW members spoke about two key bills they will be pushing this session: SB270, which […]

Walmart CEO Acknowledges Lack of Opportunities for Workers

March 13, 2014

A recent AP article by Josh Boak finds that Walmart—our country’s largest employer—does not provide its employees with enough opportunities for professional advancement or a pathway to a middle class life.  As a result of the Great Recession, many older and more educated workers are turning to the retail giant as a way to support […]

El Super Workers Rally for a Fair Contract and to Raise Standards Across the Grocery Chain

March 13, 2014

More than 100 workers, labor leaders, community activists, students, and clergy members gathered outside a South Los Angeles El Super store last week to demand a fair contract for union grocery workers employed by the chain. Workers at seven El Super stores across California, Nevada and Arizona currently have a union voice on the job. […]