WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million workers in grocery stores, meatpacking plants, and other essential industries across North America, released the following statement regarding the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights hearing on the proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons, two of UFCW’s largest employers.
UFCW International President Marc Perrone said:
“As America’s grocery union, which represents the overwhelming majority of essential workers at both Kroger and Albertsons, the UFCW has been clear about our unbreakable commitment to protect the jobs and livelihoods of our members and their families.
“Since the moment this proposed merger was announced, our union has stated that we would oppose any merger that undermines the wages, jobs, benefits, and security of Kroger and Albertsons workers. We have repeatedly called on both Kroger and Albertsons to be fully transparent about this merger and to provide the information that every UFCW Local and member deserves. Our members have already sacrificed much over these many years, and they need to have a comprehensive understanding about what this deal means for them, their families, and the communities they serve.
“Now, more than ever, Kroger and Albertsons executives must provide the answers and information needed to address the serious concerns our members and the American people have about this proposed merger. Doing so is the only way to determine the path forward that will safeguard America’s essential grocery workers and the American families who rely on these incredibly hardworking men and women.”
The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States. UFCW International represents 1.3 million professionals and their families in healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at ufcw.org.