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

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 […]

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 […]

UFCW Local 431 Oscar Mayer Workers Ratify New Contract

November 19, 2014

UFCW Local 431 at the Kraft Foods-Oscar Mayer workers in Davenport, Iowa, ratified a new four-year contract last Thursday. Members overwhelmingly passed the new contract that covers about 1,200 workers at the plant. They have been working under an extended contract since July. The contract includes a $1.40 per hour raise over the four years and maintains […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]