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 227 Members Get Out The Vote in Kentucky

October 22, 2014

Members of UFCW Local 227 are knocking on doors, making phone calls, and visiting worksites in an effort to get out the vote in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is home to one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the country. Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who introduced national right to work, is facing a […]

Flexon Workers in New Jersey Vote Union “Yes”, Join RWDSU

October 21, 2014

More than 120 workers at Flexon in Newark, New Jersey, overwhelmingly voted to join RWDSU Local 262. The workers – who manufacture lawn and garden hoses sold through retailers including Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and Costco – won the union voice they sought in order to address a number of problems in their workplace. “We […]

Member Spotlight: Jerry Knapp

October 17, 2014

Recently, long-time UFCW Local 1500 member Jerry Knapp was recognized for his years of active service to his union and fellow union members by Region 1, and was awarded with a member award along with several other members who have made a difference in their workplaces. He was taken aback when he learned he was […]

WALMART WORKERS, TAXPAYERS ARRESTED CALLING FOR WALMART OWNERS TO STOP ROBBING AMERICA

October 16, 2014

Group calls on Walton family to stop taking advantage of taxpayer programs to support low-wage model & instead, pay workers $15 an hour and provide full-time work  If the Waltons fail to respond, protestors promise to return to Walmart stores on Black Friday New York and Washington, DC – Forty-two Walmart workers and their supporters […]

Workers at 1695 Walmart Stores Sign Petition for $15 an Hour, Full-Time Work

October 16, 2014

If the Waltons fail to respond, protestors promise to return to Walmart stores on Black Friday  **Follow the conversation at #Fightfor15, @ForRespect, www.blackfridayprotests.org**  NATIONWIDE – Workers from 1695 Walmart stores in all 50 states are calling for the company to publicly commit to raise pay to $15 an hour and provide consistent, full-time work in […]

Walmart Workers & UFCW Region 1 Deliver Petitions in Support of Fair Wages and Full Time Work

October 14, 2014

This month, following the New York/New Jersey District Council Meeting, UFCW Local 152 members and Region 1 leaders joined Walmart workers for a store action in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Led by Walmart workers, the delegation kicked off nationwide deliveries of a Walmart worker petition. The petition has quickly gained momentum amongst workers. It calls […]

IKEA Workers Gather Thousands of Signatures From Across the Globe in Petition for Full-Time Hours

October 8, 2014

Last week, IKEA workers converged on the North American headquarters of IKEA to deliver a petition asking the company to invest in their American workers. The petition, started by workers at a Seattle Ikea store, had been signed by nearly 6,000 IKEA workers and customers with international support from 101 different countries. IKEA workers traveled to […]

Member Spotlight: Towanda Carter

October 7, 2014

Towanda Carter was recently recognized by UFCW Region 1 for her outstanding service as a union member and for helping her fellow workers, both at her own workplace and elsewhere. After noticing unfair treatment of workers at her job working at Catholic Charities Brooklyn & Queens Inc. in 2005, Towanda and her coworkers filed to unionize […]

Hispanic Heritage Month: Honoring Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta

October 6, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, two great labor leaders who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and helped to organize the Delano Grape Strike—one of the most successful strikes in labor history. On September 8, 1965, Filipino farm workers in Delano, Calif., who […]

Walmart Workers’ Respect the Bump Campaign Holds First National Meeting, Protest in Chicago

October 2, 2014

In response to the illegal and unethical treatment of pregnant workers and the widespread financial hardship forced onto working women at Walmart, Walmart moms met in Chicago to call for Walmart to publicly commit to better pay and protections at the country’s largest employer of women. With the support of the country’s leading women’s rights […]