Social Justice

Equality and Non-Discrimination

At UFCW, we believe that discrimination on the job, be it for race, country of origin, gender, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation, is unacceptable.

To promote these values, we not only work directly with employers to agree on legally-binding nondiscrimination policies in the contracts we bargain, but we also fight to extend these protections to all workers through national legislation such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA ” S811/HR1397), to ensure LGBTQ  Ameri­cans do not have to live in fear of being looked over for a position, fired from a job or denied promotion because of their orientation or gender identity. Recently, President Joe Hansen released a statement in support of President Obama’s support for marriage equality. We’ve also been strong advocates for Equal Pay for Equal Work legislation. Also, the UFCW Women’s Network, the UFCW Minority Coalition, and the UFCW United Latinos promote diversity and inclusion within the labor movement and encourage women and minority leadership.

  • UFCW is a long-time supporter of legislation to eliminate gender-based pay discrimination (“Paycheck Fairness Act” S797/HR1519), and workplace discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community (“ENDA” S811/HR1397).

Right to Organize

When workers stick together as a union, they have bargaining power and a collective voice that they simply do not have when they are not unionized.  Being a member of a union not only gives you a better position to get better wages, benefits and working conditions, you also get job security.  Non-union workers have limited rights and can be fired “at-will”, for no reason.  Just because your boss is having a bad day and decides he/she doesn’t want you around anymore. Non-union workers also find that the rules can change at the whim of the employer.

  • Fought efforts to cut funding for the NLRB and to remove the board’s authority to enforce labor laws.

Immigration Reform

Employers who take advantage of immigrant workers drive down wages and benefits for all of us. It’s clear—our current immigration law is broken. Immigration reform is important to UFCW members, many of whom know from personal experience working with the wide range of cultures and backgrounds in places like our nation’s packing and processing plants that the role of immigration in our communities is very complex and comprehensive reform is going to take more than partisan, political mudslinging.

  • Fought efforts to lower wage standards for H-2B guest workers

Recent News

Making Change at Walmart Marches in NYC and San Francisco Pride Parades

June 28, 2016

Reposted from Making Change at Walmart: As the nation celebrated LGBT Pride throughout the month of June, Making Change at Walmart campaigned to not let Walmart get away with their attempted “rainbow washing,” instead of being a true ally to LGBT workers and customers. Read more about the MCAW and UFCWOutreach campaign here. The campaign […]

SCOTUS Ruling on DACA and DAPA: Justice Delayed Once Again for Immigrant Workers

June 23, 2016

Court ruling on anti-immigrant lawsuit points to the need for comprehensive immigration reform, says Union President Washington, D.C. – As the Supreme Court suspends President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), America’s largest private sector labor union, released the following statement: “Immigrant workers are by far the […]

UFCW Local 21 Member Speaks at the White House United State of Women

June 15, 2016

Ariana Davis, a UFCW Local 21 member who works at Safeway, spoke at the White House United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C. She shared the stage with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, actress Kerry Washington and Oprah to discuss key gender equality issues. Ariana presented with AFL-CIO […]

Hillary Clinton Meets with Retail Workers at UFCW Conference

May 26, 2016

In sit down with Sec. Clinton, retail workers talk about organizing and their fight for fair work practices  (LAS VEGAS, NV) – Today, Secretary Hillary Clinton met with hard-working retail workers from across the industry to discuss the  issues impacting them, their families, and co-workers.  During the meeting, the workers talked about their day-to-day challenges, […]

MCAW and UFCW OUTreach Respond to Walmart’s Silence on Bathroom Incident in Connecticut

May 26, 2016

Last week, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW) and UFCW OUTreach issued the following statement in response to reports that a Connecticut woman, who had just donated her hair to a cancer charity, was harassed in a Walmart bathroom by someone who mistook her as transgender: “Across the country, stores are proudly showing their support for […]

Members of Congress Join UFCW to Stamp Out Hunger

May 19, 2016

0 Last week, members of Congress from across the country, together with members of the UFCW, joined together to help launch the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. “Stamp Out Hunger,” the largest single-day food drive, invited Americans to leave food by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14 for collection by […]

UFCW Joins Immigrant Rights Groups at the Supreme Court to Demand Justice for Immigrant Workers

April 19, 2016

In the midst of an ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the UFCW joined labor leaders and immigrant families as they gathered at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday to demand the implementation of the president’s immigration programs. The deferred action programs, known as DAPA (Deferred Action […]

April 12 Is Equal Pay Day

April 12, 2016

April 12 marks Equal Pay Day, which was established by the National Committee on Pay Equity to shed light on the gender pay gap, and encourage equal pay for equal work. Decades after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women are still lagging behind in terms of wages. In the United States, women are […]