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

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 […]

UFCW Local 400 Shoppers Workers Ratify New Agreement

December 3, 2014

Last week, UFCW Local 400 members working at Shoppers Food & Pharmacy overwhelmingly ratified a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement that increases their wages and maintains their health and retirement security. The contract culminates a months-long, difficult round of bargaining that required multiple extensions of the old agreement to resolve complex issues, many of which revolved […]

Calls for $15 an Hour, Full Time Work at Walmart Sweep Country

December 1, 2014

Walmart workers continued strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights     NATIONWIDE – Tens of thousands of Americans protested at 1,600 Walmart stores across the country on Friday, calling on the company to pay associates a minimum of $15 an hour and provide full-time work. The broad group said the country’s largest employer […]

Walmart workers continue strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights

November 28, 2014

As nation rallies against abuse of power, CALLS FOR $15 AN HOUR, FULL-TIME WORK AT WALMART SWEEP COUNTRY Walmart workers continue strikes in protest of company’s disregard for their rights   ***Follow the conversation and see photos at #WalmartStrikers, @ChangeWalmart and blackfridayprotests.org. NATIONWIDE – Tens of thousands of Americans are protesting at 1,600 Walmart stores […]

New Black Friday Solidarity Materials Available for UFCW Members

November 26, 2014

As Black Friday approaches it is more important than ever that UFCW members stand together with Walmart workers as they fight to make their jobs better. By standing together in solidarity, UFCW and Walmart workers can send the message that all workers have the right for fair wages and better schedules. Every step forward for […]

Walmart Workers Hold Protests in 10 Countries

November 20, 2014

Following historic sit-down strikes in Los Angeles last week, Walmart workers in 10 countries joined American workers’ protests yesterday, calling for change at Walmart. Citing similar concerns, Walmart workers in Brazil, Mexico, the UK, Colombia, Argentina, India, Canada, Switzerland and the US said they were tired of Walmart’s failure to respect basic workers’ rights. Workers around the […]

We Want to Work Full-Time: IKEA Worker Speaks Out

November 18, 2014

For thousands of workers in the retail industry, working full-time doesn’t mean the security of a full-time job. Instead, many workers cobble together multiple part-time jobs with no benefits. The result, predictably, is lower wages, fewer benefits, and schedules that make life impossible for families. But workers at IKEA are coming together in a campaign […]

WALMART WORKERS ANNOUNCE BLACK FRIDAY STRIKES

November 14, 2014

Tens of thousands of teachers, voters, clergy, environmentalists, civil rights leaders to join workers at 1600 protests, calling on Walton family to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time work NATIONWIDE – In the wake of the first-ever sit down strike at Walmart, members of OUR Walmart announced today that they will strike across the […]

#WalmartStrikers Hold First-Ever Walmart Sit-Down Strikes, Protesters Arrested

November 14, 2014

In a clear indication of mounting frustration with Walmart and the Walton family’s failure to respect workers’ rights, Walmart workers in California have gone on strike. Today, Los Angeles Walmart workers participated in their boldest action to date: the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. Workers entered the store at approximately 11 a.m. and […]

BREAKING: WALMART WORKERS HOLD SIT IN AT LOS ANGELES STORE

November 13, 2014

Workers in Southern California Begin First Sit-Down Strike in Company History to Protest Retaliation — ***Follow the conversation at #WalmartStrikers and watch live stream at Blackfridayprotests.org***  LOS ANGELES – OUR Walmart members, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a […]

Member Spotlight: John Cevasco

November 12, 2014

In this week’s member spotlight, we’re highlighting UFCW Local 1459 Member John Cevasco. John works in the grocery department at Greenfield’s Market of Franklin Community Co-op in Greenfield, Massachusetts. This is John’s 17th year working at the co-op. Throughout his time there, he has enjoyed educating other members about dietary options offered at the co-op […]

RWDSU and UNI Global Union Call for Change at Zara: Sign the Petition to Support Zara USA Workers

November 5, 2014

The RWDSU/UFCW and UNI Global Union are calling on Inditex, a multinational fashion retailer that owns Zara, to support workers in the US as well as globally. Inditex signed an international framework agreement with global union federation UNI in 2009 committing itself to respecting workers’ rights across the globe. In many countries, workers at Zara […]

UFCW Local 23 Members and Other Supporters Join Walmart Workers In PA in #FightFor15 Action

October 31, 2014

Yesterday, at a Walmart near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Walmart workers and supporters, many of whom were UFCW Local 23 members, held a protest as part of a growing movement of associates nationwide calling on the Waltons to publicly commit to pay a living wage of $15 an hour and give access to full-time hours for all. […]