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UFCW Statement on USDA Announcement of First-Round Investments Through the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program

November 4, 2022

Union Applauds Effort, But Calls for Labor Standards to Protect Workers

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, responded to the USDA’s announcement of additional investments into 21 grant projects through the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP).

UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement:

“As America’s meatpacking and food processing union, UFCW applauds the Biden Administration and the Department of Agriculture for working to improve capacity and create a fairer, more diverse meat and poultry industry. The investments announced this week through the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program are admirable, but they’re missing a crucial focus: workers.

“Any attempt to expand or improve this industry moving forward must include specific provisions for fair labor standards that protect workers and safeguards the hard-fought protections they’ve already won at unionized processing facilities around the country. The goal of expanding capacity and diversifying the amount of producers in the industry is naturally aligned with the needs of the workforce who will ultimately make these operations run.“

Let’s not leave those processing and agriculture workers behind and diligently build programs that prioritize their needs too.”


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.

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