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

Massachusetts, Vermont and New York Co-op Workers Gather for First Ever Co-op Worker Summit

March 24, 2015

Workers meet to discuss future of co-ops and the food industry Charlemont, Mass. – Dozens of co-op workers from three states and representing six both worker- and member-owned co-ops met Saturday at the first-ever regional co-op workers summit. The event, hosted by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1459, was the first of its […]

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 […]

Women’s History Month Member Profile: Local 5 Safeway Workers Joanne and Denise

March 17, 2015

We asked UFCW members across the country to share stories about women in their union as part of our ongoing celebration of Women’s History Month. Denise Ward, a passionate Local 5 steward working at Safeway in Soquel, California, was eager to tell us about her coworker Joanne Murtha, who has worked at her store for […]

Women’s History Month: The Fight for Maternity Leave and Fair Treatment for Pregnant Workers Continues

March 16, 2015

Did you know that the U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t mandate maternity leave? The rest of North America, most of South America, Russia and Europe, Australia and some African an Asian countries all mandate both maternity AND paternity leave, but in the U.S., leave isn’t guaranteed by law for either parent. Only nine […]

Women’s History Month: International Women’s Day Highlights Female Activists and Women’s Issues Across the Globe

March 8, 2015

This Sunday on International Women’s Day, women all over the world celebrated those who have made a difference in the lives of women everywhere, and called attention to issues like gender equality. Actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson took advantage of this world holiday by hosting a Facebook conversation as part of her HeForShe […]

Retailers Starting To Get The Message: It’s Time to Raise Wages

March 6, 2015

This month, Walmart announced that the company will be hiking wages for 500,000 of its employees nationwide, raising pay to $9 an hour in April and $10 an hour by February of 2016. This decision came after years of pressure from members of OUR Walmart, who have bravely been standing up to the world’s largest […]

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 […]