Latest United Food and Commercial Workers News

Starbucks workers agree to union in Buffalo, NY

Jan. 21, 2022 14:54 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Starbucks workers at a store in Buffalo, New York, voted to unionize on Thursday, the latest sign that the labor movement is stirring after decades of decline. The National Labor Relations Board said Thursday that workers voted 19-8 in favor of a union at the...

Correction: Starbucks-Union-Vote story

Jan. 21, 2022 13:36 PM EST

In a story published Dec. 9, 2021, and in prior stories on the same topic, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a Starbucks store in Buffalo was the first to unionize in the company’s history. The United Food and Commercial Workers union represented workers at six stores in the Seattle...

Denver-area grocery store strike ends with tentative deal

Jan. 21, 2022 10:46 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — A union representing grocery store workers ended a strike against Denver-area supermarkets owned by Kroger Co. on Friday after reaching a tentative contract deal for workers. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 and King Soopers and City Market both said...

Denver area grocery store workers go on strike

Jan. 12, 2022 13:25 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Grocery store workers in the Denver area went on strike Wednesday after their union rejected the latest contract offer from a chain of stores owned by Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery store chain. Members of the United Food and Commercial...

Poultry plant workers in Delaware vote to oust labor union

Dec. 17, 2021 15:05 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Workers at a Mountaire Farms poultry processing plant in southern Delaware have voted to decertify the labor union that has been representing them, the company said Friday. The company said more than 80% of workers who are members of the United Food and...

Fred Meyer, QFC grocery workers strike around Oregon

Dec. 17, 2021 13:34 PM EST

A week-long strike is underway affecting a number of Oregon grocery stores, barely a week before Christmas Day. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, representing many employees at Fred Meyer and QFC stores, confirmed early Friday morning that it is moving ahead with a...

Union urges CEOs of food chains to reinforce mask wearing

Dec. 10, 2021 11:09 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest food and retail union is urging more than 60 retail and grocery chains to implement stronger measures to help protect hourly workers amid a surge of virus infections and the new variant omicron. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union said...

OSHA, South Dakota pork plant settle coronavirus complaint

Nov. 15, 2021 19:52 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal workplace safety regulators announced Monday that they have reached an agreement with Smithfield Foods to settle a contested citation of the company’s coronavirus safety measures during a massive outbreak last year at a South Dakota pork processing plant....

Smithfield plant workers say they're "fed up" with treatment

Oct. 31, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Workers at a Sioux Falls pork processing plant that was overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic said the company is no longer working in good faith. A spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers local union said they are “fed up” with...

Report: At least 59,000 meat workers caught COVID, 269 died

Oct. 27, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At least 59,000 meatpacking workers caught COVID-19 and 269 workers died when the virus tore through the industry last year, which is significantly more than previously thought, according to a new U.S. House report released Wednesday. The meatpacking...