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 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 […]

UFCW Members in Ohio Lobby Against Right to Work

April 15, 2014

More than 100 members from UFCW Locals 17A, 75, 1059, and RWDSU traveled to Columbus last Wednesday to lobby their state legislators against possible right to work legislation. “I’m here because I’m afraid that they’re going to pass right to work and take so much away from working people,” said Anne Bauer, a seven-year UFCW […]

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 President Hansen Statement on House Passage of Deceptively Named Save American Workers Act

April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the House passed the Save American Workers Act—legislation that would change the definition of full-time under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from 30 hours to 40. “The Save American Workers Act is a good […]