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

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 […]

RWDSU and UNI Global Union Call for Change at Zara: Sign the Petition to Support Zara USA Workers

November 5, 2014

The RWDSU/UFCW and UNI Global Union are calling on Inditex, a multinational fashion retailer that owns Zara, to support workers in the US as well as globally. Inditex signed an international framework agreement with global union federation UNI in 2009 committing itself to respecting workers’ rights across the globe. In many countries, workers at Zara […]

UFCW Local 23 Members and Other Supporters Join Walmart Workers In PA in #FightFor15 Action

October 31, 2014

Yesterday, at a Walmart near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Walmart workers and supporters, many of whom were UFCW Local 23 members, held a protest as part of a growing movement of associates nationwide calling on the Waltons to publicly commit to pay a living wage of $15 an hour and give access to full-time hours for all. […]

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 […]