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

UFCW Immigration Work will be Honored in September

August 14, 2015

The UFCW’s immigration programs will be honored by the Center for Community Change at its annual “Change Champion Awards” ceremony on September 17 in Washington, D.C. Under the leadership of UFCW International President Marc Perrone and UFCW Executive Vice President Esther López, the UFCW is proud to lead the fight for immigration reform through two signature immigration […]

The Voting Rights Act at 50: Progress, Then Peril

August 5, 2015

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the monumental Voting Rights Act. The Voting Rights Act ensured that no one would be barred from the right to vote based on the color of their skin. The right to vote is a civil right. Americans vote to elect people we believe will protect our rights and fight […]

UFCW President Perrone Statement on the Equality Act

July 23, 2015

“No one should be fired or discriminated against because of who they are or love.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in support of the introduction of the Equality Act. “Workers across America go to work every day in […]

UFCW Joins Members of Congress and Immigrants’ Rights Groups to Demand Justice for Immigrant Workers

July 10, 2015

“Granting temporary relief to hard working aspiring Americans is not enough. It is time to fix our broken immigration system.” NEW ORLEANS, La. – In the midst of an ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, members of Congress, labor leaders, and immigrant families gathered in New Orleans to demand […]

UFCW International President Marc Perrone and Executive Vice President Esther López on “Fulfilling America’s Promise for Immigrants”

July 6, 2015

Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, an op-ed penned by UFCW International President Marc Perrone and Executive Vice President Esther López was published in The Hill. Titled “Fulfilling America’s Promise for Immigrants,” the piece talks about the urgent need to reform our broken immigration system. You can read the full text of the op-ed below: […]

UFCW Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. “Today, marriage equality is finally the law of the land. This decision secures equality and dignity for every family in all fifty states. Our UFCW family […]

Support #UFCWDads by Shopping Union-Made This Father’s Day!

June 19, 2015

Haven’t got a gift for dad yet? No worries! We’ve put together some great UFCW-made ideas for your Father’s Day shopping list! When you buy union, you’re supporting the men and women who work hard every day to make and sell these quality goods. You’re also supporting good union jobs, that enable working parents to support their families with […]

UFCW and LCLAA Bring Groundbreaking Immigration Program to Miami

June 12, 2015

Workers, the labor movement, and allies continue organizing immigrant workers to file and fight for deferred actions on immigration and increased worker protections (Miami, Fla., Friday, June 12th) – In the wake of the ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, workers and labor leaders are gathering in Miami over the […]

New Report Reveals How Retail Industry is Failing Black and Latino Workers

June 11, 2015

Demos and the NAACP released a  report last week titled, “The Retail Race Divide: How the Retail Industry is Perpetuating Racial Inequality in the 21st Century.” The paper examines the differences in retail workers’ occupations, earnings, and schedules to reveal how employment in the retail industry fails to meet the needs of the Black and […]