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

Retailers Starting To Get The Message: It’s Time to Raise Wages

March 5, 2015

This month, Walmart announced that the company will be hiking wages for 500,000 of its employees nationwide, raising pay to $9 an hour in April and $10 an hour by February of 2016. This decision came after years of pressure from members of OUR Walmart, who have bravely been standing up to the world’s largest […]

Local & National Leaders Demand Justice for New York City Car Wash Workers

March 4, 2015

National and local labor leaders, local elected and community leaders demonstrate and are arrested in support of Car Wash Accountability Act  BROOKLYN, NY– Today, in an act of civil disobedience, top leaders of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) , as well as local elected and community leaders were arrested as part […]

UFCW Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 3, 2015

The month of March marks Women’s History Month and provides us with an opportunity to honor women in the labor movement. Women’s History Month also provides us with an opportunity to examine how labor unions have benefited women, and the social and economic issues that affect women in the workplace, including the need for affordable, […]

Black History Month: The Fight for Social and Economic Justice Continues

February 26, 2015

The civil rights movement was one of the most significant events in our country’s history.  From the March on Washington in 1963, where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech, to the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, the movement united people of all backgrounds for a common goal […]

After Successful First Year, UFCW GOLD Program Gears Up for 2015

February 25, 2015

In June 2014, the UFCW accepted 36 promising young members from across the country into the first-ever session of the UFCW GOLD Internship program, which launched in Chicago. Now, after a wildly successful first year, the GOLD program is preparing for its 2015 session. The UFCW GOLD Internship Program provides growth opportunities for learning and development […]

UFCW Members Celebrate Defeated Kentucky Right to Work Legislation

February 19, 2015

Last week, in front of a standing room only crowd filled with UFCW members in gold, a Kentucky House committee defeated right to work legislation. A great deal of work from UFCW members in Kentucky went into this victory. For weeks, UFCW members have traveled to Frankfort to speak with their legislators and educate them […]

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre Honors the African-American Labor Leaders Who Have Inspired Him in His Work

February 11, 2015

Reposted from Huffington Post By Tefere Gebre: Every February, people across the country celebrate Black History Month. We honor the heritage and struggle of African-Americans in the United States while looking with hope towards the future. This year, I am honored to look back at organizers and activists who inspire me daily in my work […]

Tell Walmart to Discipline Managers Who Illegally Target Workers For Standing Up For Their Rights

February 4, 2015

In the past few years, OUR Walmart members have won hard-fought changes at America’s largest retailer. Their bravery, dedication and many actions calling on the Waltons and Walmart to treat Walmart workers better have led to reformed policies for pregnant workers, more transparent scheduling, a raise for Walmart’s lowest paid workers and improved working conditions […]

Working America has Health Care Options for Those Who Still Need Coverage

January 29, 2015

Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, has a Health Care program available to UFCW members who don’t have collectively bargained health insurance. The program provides a simple way for members to learn about health care options, the costs, and how to sign up for insurance. With the health care open enrollment ending date two […]

Member Spotlight: Local 1500’s ‘Battling’ Barbara Balos

January 27, 2015

Originally posted on Labor Press In her 25 years with UFCW Local 1500, Barbara Balos, 48, has helped run several major chain supermarkets throughout the city. For the last several years, the Long Island mom has been the non-foods manager at a bustling Bronx Pathmark, overseeing ordering, deliveries and more. Balos has a knack for getting things […]