About the UFCW

Key Fact

The UFCW’s main goal is to unionize employees and collect membership dues from them. A vote for the UFCW does not guarantee you a contract. 

We’re glad you want to learn more information about the UFCW so that you can make an informed decision. Knowing more about how this union operates will help you make a more informed decision about whether you want your money going towards dues to the UFCW.

What is the UFCW?

The United Food and Commercial Workers is an international labor union that represents workers in the grocery store, retail, and food processing industries, among others. The UFCW International’s headquarters is based in Washington, D.C. UFCW has two main local unions that represent workers in San Francisco: Local 5 and Local 648.

UFCW membership has declined in recent years at the international and local level.

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What are the UFCW’s priorities? 

The UFCW’s goal is to unionize employees and collect dues payments from them. When unions like the UFCW begin contract negotiations with employers, their first two priorities are 1) an immediate “union security clause” that mandates you must pay union dues to keep your job, and 2) a “dues check-off clause” that requires the company deduct union dues directly from your paycheck and send them straight to the union.

A “yes” vote for the UFCW only secures a union’s authority to speak for you. It doesn’t guarantee a contract. It doesn’t guarantee what the union may – or may not – get you in negotiations. In fact, it puts your current wages and benefits at risk in negotiations since the union could trade what you have now for something else it wants.

What fees are associated with union membership?

According to the UFCW Constitution and the most recent filings with the Department of Labor, UFCW locals may set dues at no less than twice the current per capita tax of $16.04 per month.

According to the most recent filings with the Department of Labor, UFCW Local 648 has and an initiation fee of up to $350 and Local 5 has an initiation fee of up to $600. Locals also have monthly dues. UFCW Local 648 has monthly dues up to about $44, while Local 5’s dues can reach a monthly fee of $64—as much as $768 per year.

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UFCW 648

 

If I don’t like the union, do I have to pay dues?

Yes. In California and other states without “right-to-work” laws, a union can still require you to pay dues as a condition of being employed.


Shopper’s Question: Is paying monthly dues to the UFCW really worth it for me?

Instacart’s Answer: You’ve seen what it costs to be a member, just continue on to learn exactly how the union spends that money.

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