Why Union?

Unions are making a difference. With most of the economic benefits of our economy going to corporate America, working people are using the power of collective action to get their fair share.

Workers never got anything without uniting for it.

The 40-hour work week | The 8-hour workday | Overtime | Sick Leave | Paid Vacation

Workers never got anything without uniting for it.

Employer-paid health insurance | Pensions | Safety and health protections | Grievance procedure for wrongful discharge and discipline | Fairness in promotions | Higher wages

Just think of what you and your coworkers may be able to win if you had a union contract.

You Are the Union

In the United Food and Commercial Workers, you are the union. You come together with your coworkers; you select your bargaining team; you determine the working conditions and concerns that will be bargained in a contract; you recommend your Shop Stewards; you will be part of a larger movement to improve the lives of working men and women in your workplace and ultimately in your communities.

The more workers join together for the good of all, the more management listens to what they have to say. In Union there is strength. Without a union, you have only a few rights such as minimum wage, overtime after 40 hours and unemployment insurance. With a union, you enjoy numerous other benefits guaranteed in a union contract, such as:

  • Negotiated wages, healthcare and retirement plans
  • Defined work schedules
  • Grievance procedures
  • Reasonable workload requirements
  • Protection from unfair treatment and favoritism by the boss
  • Job security and seniority rights
  • And a voice on the job to bargain for other benefits

UFCW Organizing Center

Forming a union at your workplace is the most important way to raise the working and living standards of workers.

Union workers earn 30 percent more money than non-union workers, and 44 percent more when you include the total compensation of health and welfare benefits.

The union advantage is clear. Organizing more workers will strengthen our union and our contracts, and our communities with good jobs. United, we are a powerful voice for justice at work. Together, we can protect the good jobs that workers need to achieve the American dream.

The Challenge

The first step is to contact Local 1994 Organizing Coordinator (301-977-2447) for more information. All forms of communication with the union are completely confidential!

Not all public employees have been granted collective bargaining rights – check with your local legislature to see if you are allowed to unionize.