Economic Justice

Decent Quality of life

  • Living Wage- Earning a living wage is essential. However, many Americans are stuck in low-paying jobs that don’t compensate families enough to even put enough food on the table.  UFCW was an early supporter of Senator Harkin and Representative Miller’s legislation to increase the national minimum wage to $9.80/hour, the “Fair Minimum Wage Act” (S3453/HR6211) and continues to actively bargain for wages that workers can sustain themselves with.
  • Workplace Safety- The UFCW has consistently challenged not only our employers to hold high safety standards, but the government agencies responsible for enforcing our health and safety laws.
    • UFCW is leading the effort to demand sufficient data on the health impact of increased line speeds in poultry plants on workers.
    • As a result of pressure from UFCW, the USDA made plants that want to participate in the Salmonella Initiative Project provide access to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the purpose of gathering worker safety data.
  • While OSHA exists to protect workers, there are major gaps and weaknesses in job safety laws and even larger gaps in the practical application of them.  We continue to push for better OSHA regulations, including advocating on behalf of workers to move the combustible dust rule into the implementation phase.
  • Fought efforts to lower wage standards for H-2B guest workers

Dignified Retirement

Recent News

UFCW Local 400 Kroger Members Working at Kroger Ratify A New Contract

October 1, 2014

Members of UFCW Local 400 voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new, four-year contract with Kroger in the Richmond and Tidewater areas of Virginia. The contract preserves their health and retirement security and increases their wages. The collective bargaining agreement is retroactive to August 3, 2014. It expires on August 4, 2018, and covers 3,500 workers. The […]

2014 Voter Information Hub

September 30, 2014

The general election is less than two months away, and the stakes for UFCW members and working families couldn’t be higher. UFCW’s new voter information hub allows members to register to vote and make a pledge that they will go the polls on Election Day. The site also provides important election information for all 50 states. Find […]

IKEA Worker: IKEA’s “Living Wage” Policy Still Leaving Many Workers Behind

September 18, 2014

Dan Stillwell, a “co-worker” at IKEA for 16 years, says he’s being left behind. According to an article that he authored in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, IKEA’s recent steps toward paying workers more is a step in the right direction, but its policies are still leaving many workers who have worked there for years without any […]

UFCW Local 2013 Fresh Direct Workers Ratify New Agreement

September 17, 2014

UFCW Local 2013 FreshDirect workers in New York City recently ratified a new three-year contract. The agreement went into effect September 1, and increased wages and benefits for nearly 1,000 FreshDirect employees. UFCW Local 2013 members will see wages increase an average of 20 percent over the life of the deal. FreshDirect transportation workers make an […]

Help Support IKEA workers!

September 15, 2014

When IKEA workers in the United States started calling on their employer to provide jobs that enabled the employees to make ends meet, IKEA responded by raising the starting pay of workers to match the living wage of each community where they worked. This was a great step forward, however veteran employees who have worked […]

AFL-CIO Introduces The Koch Sisters Campaign

September 11, 2014

Last week, the AFL-CIO introduced “The Koch Sisters”– a national project featuring two women, Karen and Joyce, who share the same last name, but not the same values as the Koch Brothers. The Koch Sisters will bring the issues most Americans care about – from fair wages to protecting Social Security – to the forefront […]

UFCW Local 293 Members Ratify New Contract With JBS

September 10, 2014

UFCW Local 293 members working at the JBS beef slaughter and processing facility in Omaha, Neb.,  ratified a new contract on Thursday, September 4. The new five-year agreement went into effect on Monday, September 8 and will cover more than 300 workers in the plant. The contract in Omaha follows another contract ratification back in […]

UFCW and OUR Walmart Members Help Calif. Pass Paid Sick Day Legislation

September 9, 2014

After intense lobbying from UFCW members and members of OUR Walmart, both houses of the California legislature have passed a bill guaranteeing workers up to three paid sick days a year. The legislation includes part-time and temporary workers, making it one of the strongest in the nation. Home health care workers are exempted. Governor Jerry Brown […]

UFCW Members in Southern Calif. Ratify New Agreement with Food 4 Less

September 8, 2014

Members from UFCW Locals 8GS, 135, 324, 770, 1167, 1428, and 1442, have ratified a new three year agreement with the grocery chain Food 4 Less. The previous contract expired June 8 and workers were prepared to take a strike vote if necessary. The agreement covers more than 6,000 grocery workers at 100 Food 4 Less […]

Union Plus Job Loss Grant Helps UFCW Member Start Fresh

September 5, 2014

Losing a job can happen to the best of us. The challenge is to maintain your strength, your determination, your resiliency and of course your union values. Karyn Neeley of Rosamond, Calif., and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1036, is making it through a tough time with her head held high and her […]