You don’t have to work in danger.
You should go to work knowing that you will come home safe at the end of the day. That’s why our contracts have strong, enforceable safety language that goes beyond just what’s in laws and regulations to protect hard-working UFCW members. Our team works together – through training, enforcement and contract negotiation to bring real expertise and collective power to ensure every member’s safety.
“We’ve worked hard over the years to create a culture where everyone is comfortable to speak up about safety issues. Because we all want the safest workplace possible, there is an environment of empowerment where we can be honest about safety concerns and fix them before somebody gets hurt…I can say ‘I’ve got your back’ because the company and the union have mine.”– Sherry Louk, UFCW Local 1149
Safety isn’t just a one and done deal – it’s a process. As our knowledge of the workplace grows so do the steps we can take to keep each other safe at work. That’s why we’re pioneering new safety programs like ergonomics monitoring and pandemic compliance monitors and working with employers to innovate for safer workplaces.
Safety programs and rules are also only as good as the enforcement in the workplace keeping the employer honest. We know government agencies like OSHA are overburdened and underfunded which is why our staff, stewards and safety monitors work every day to ensure safety programs are rigorously followed to the letter of the law, the regulation and our contract – even while we fight in Washington, D.C. and your state capitol for better, stricter safety rules.