Who We Are

Your Friends and Neighbors

Everyday, our incredible UFCW members provide the ingredients for daily life to tens of millions of families all across America and Canada. From your favorite retail stores, to local supermarkets, pharmacies, health care, food and meat processing, and manufacturing, we’re proud to help serve and feed our neighbors and the communities we call home. In fact, we work hard because we know the people we serve work hard.

It’s also why, as members of the UFCW, we believe that hard work should be rewarded with a better life. Working together, we’re united behind one goal: to improve the lives of working and middle-class families all across America and Canada who needlessly struggle alone.

We’re the United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW), a proud union family of 1.3 million hard-working men and women working together to provide a better life for our families and yours.

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HealthWorks October Newsletter

HMCHealthWorks is a program designed specifically with your well-being in mind. Made available to participants of our Health & Welfare Fund, this benefit is provided to improve our quality of life. All of our members can benefit from this monthly newsletter.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Click Here to learn more on how to protect our kids from abuse, tips on fall season exercise, and much more…

This is What America Looks Like

GebreAfter escaping Ethiopia as a child, Gebre came to the US. In his role at the AFL-CIO he has traveled across the country sharing his experience. In addition to discussing racial and economic justice, Gebre helped lead the union’s effort to naturalize immigrants across the nation so.

Click here to view his powerful testimony in which Gebre describes what our America is all about; an America that belongs to us all…

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May 2016 Newsletter

Final website cover pageIn this edition of Local 1996’s News, read Steve’s message on our political climate.

Meet Esther Lopez; our newly elected International Union Secretary-Treasurer.

Find information about our proud partnership on this year’s NALC Stamp Out Hunger Drive.  Learn how you can help feed America’s working families!

And much more…

Click here for the May 2016 Newsletter.



Rick BrownThe United Food and Commercial Workers Union is North America’s largest and strongest private sector union. The UFCW is made up of 1.3 million members–people working together to improve their lives and their future. UFCW members are employed in many different industries, but concentrated in retail food, meatpacking, poultry, and other food processing industries.

Whenever American families sit down to share a meal, chances are most of what they’ll eat has passed through the hands of the more than one million UFCW members who work in these industries. Thousands of other UFCW members work in the health care industry, for insurance companies, in department stores, and in the garment manufacturing, distillery and winery, chemical, and textile trades.

The UFCW is run by its members, who elect their local union officers, help negotiate contracts and resolve grievances, organize other workers in UFCW represented trades, and work to improve their communities.



Local 1996 members at CapitalOur members work in a variety of industries; these include retail grocery stores, meat packing houses, food processing and packaging plants, garment plants, poultry processing plants, healthcare facilities, nursing home facilities, and military bases.