Unionized grocery workers are on the front lines of food access.
The UFCW’s grocery clerk unions represents 835,000 grocery store workers at major employers such as Kroger (including banners such as Ralphs, King Soopers, and Fred Meyer); Albertsons (including its various banners such as Safeway, Albertsons, and Jewel-Osco); and Ahold Delhaize (Stop & Shop and Giant). We fight for the hardworking men and women of the grocery industry by enabling workers to negotiate collectively for the better wages and benefits they have earned.
Grocery workers are an essential part of any community. From the butchers at the meat counter to the grocery workers who handle produce, the hardworking men and women of the grocery industry are on the front lines of protecting the integrity of our food system.
Despite their importance to our communities, some irresponsible employers have turned the grocery industry into a race to the bottom with low wages, lack of benefits and inadequate schedules.
The UFCW believes it’s time for the grocery industry to do the right thing and offer the kind of wages, benefits, and schedules that help strengthen workers, families, and communities. By working together, we are able to help workers reclaim the dignity of their jobs and hold employers accountable to promises made.
The top five UFCW Locals with the highest grocery worker membership include:
- Local 881 (Rosemont, Ill.)
- Local 951 (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
- Local 400 (Landover, Md.)
- Local 99 (Phoenix, Ariz.)
- Local 5 (San Jose, Calif.)
Union Healthcare Means a Better Life for My Kids
“My union healthcare benefits take care of my daughter and my special needs son. We ran the numbers, and my union insurance plan was a better value for our family. The low copays and premiums mean that I can provide a better life for my kids.”
Mike Watts, UFCW Local 227
UFCW grocery contracts routinely include health benefits, but overall, only 42 percent of businesses in the retail industry offer health benefits to their employees. Likewise, UFCW retail food contracts routinely include retirement benefits, but overall, only 48 percent of businesses in the wholesale and retail trade industry sector offer any form of retirement benefits to their employees.
Real hourly wages of frontline grocery workers have decreased by nearly seven percent over the last 25 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The UFCW is fighting to reverse this trend by organizing more stores and empowering workers to negotiate collectively for the better wages and benefits they have earned.