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

101-year-old UFCW Retiree Thanks Joe Hansen for Pension Increase

July 24, 2014

Mary Tomazi, a UFCW retiree and former employee of Local 655, recently sent a letter to UFCW International President Joe Hansen to thank him for the cost of living increase to her UFCW International Pension Plan.  Ms. Tomazi worked at the Health and Welfare Department at Local 655 for 18 years and retired in 1978.  […]

Get Involved: Minimum Wage Day of Action

July 24, 2014

Today is the Minimum Wage Day of Action. Advocates of an increased minimum wage can join the Department of Labor, workers, and allies such as the UFCW in promoting the importance of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Tweet the hashtags #1010now and #5Reasons, for the Department of Labor’s 5 […]

UFCW Region 1 and Local 359 Stand in Solidarity with Citra Mina Seafood Workers

July 23, 2014

On July 8th, Region 1 & Local 359 members attended a solidarity action for 78 Citra Mina Workers who are seeking justice. These seafood workers were fired from the General Santos plant in the Philippines, where the company is based, after they attempted to organize and form a union to demand better pay and working […]

UFCW President Hansen Statement on Schedules That Work Act

July 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Joe Hansen, International President of the UFCW, today released the following statement regarding introduction of the Schedules That Work Act. “If you ask a worker in the retail industry what improvements can be made to their job, the response is likely to include scheduling. Fair, flexible, and reliable scheduling is a simple […]

Sodexo Workers at Texas Christian University Ratify First Union Contract with Local 1000

July 22, 2014

On July 15, over 150 Sodexo USA campus food workers at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, voted unanimously to ratify their first union contract with UFCW Local 1000. The contract is a victory for the workers and guarantees new wage increases, job security, seniority rights, vacation and sick pay and other union […]

UFCW Grand Island JBS Beef Plant Members Ratify New Five-Year Contract

July 21, 2014

Grand Island, Nebraska – Workers at the JBS beef slaughter and processing facility in Grand Island, Nebraska, who belong to United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 293 ratified a new contract on Thursday, July 17. The new five-year agreement will cover more than 2,600 workers and will go into effect today. “This new contract […]

Southern California Locals Unite To Support Food 4 Less Grocery Workers

July 16, 2014

Workers at Southern California Food 4 Less locations from UFCW Locals 1428, 770, 135, 1167, 324, 1442, and 8GS all came together in a strong show of solidarity last week for a fair contract. Kroger, the parent company of Food 4 Less and Ralph’s, has been treating its Food 4 Less employees worse than those at Ralph’s, […]

Increase in Poverty in the U.S. Needs to be Addressed

July 15, 2014

One in four people in the U.S. live in areas with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The report, titled Changes in Areas With Concentrated Poverty: 2000 to 2010, reveals that the number of people living in poverty areas increased from 49.5 million (18.0 percent) […]

UFCW Local 538 Oscar Mayer Workers Ratify New Contract

July 15, 2014

UFCW Local 538 Oscar Mayer workers in Madison, Wis., voted to ratify a new four year agreement. The contract is set to take effect immediately and expire in December 2017.  Workers bargained a $1.40-an-hour increase over the next four years. The 650 members produce hot dogs, shaved deli meats, and cold cuts at the plant.

Port Truck Drivers Need Your Help!

July 10, 2014

Today, the nation’s port truck drivers are on strike, standing up and sticking together to put an end to sweatshop-like conditions and harassment at work. These port truck drivers are bravely putting themselves out there to stop such treatment–happening right here in America. But they need our help. Workers like Dennis Martinez and Byron Contreras, on […]