BlueGreen Alliance

Good Jobs, Clean Environment, Green Economy

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

"From farm to dinner table, we must have a food supply chain that benefits consumers, improves public health, improves the environment, and creates good jobs at living wages.”

Joseph T. Hansen, International President, United Food and Commercial Workers

 

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is North America’s Neighborhood Union — 1.3 million members standing together to improve the lives and livelihoods of workers, families, and communities. America’s youngest union with members in all 50 states, UFCW members work in supermarkets, packing houses, food and poultry processing plants, retail stores, manufacturing and other industries.

The issues that matter to UFCW — from fair wages to worker health and safety — are inherently intertwined with a cleaner, more sustainable economy. That’s why UFCW furthered its commitment to workers and the environment by joining the BlueGreen Alliance in January 2011.

The U.S. food sector is failing us in many ways — putting public health, livelihoods, and our environment at risk. Obesity and diabetes rates are rising, communities are plagued by food deserts, and discarded packaging pollutes our forests, lakes, and oceans. Furthermore, the U.S.’s largest grocer, Wal-Mart, is notorious for its poor labor practices and controversial attempts at environmental sustainability.

UFCW’s push for a sustainable food supply chain is good for both workers and the environment. The union believes locally-sourced produce leads to healthier consumers and less transportation-related air pollution, while recyclable packaging reduces landfill waste. Furthermore, the industry has significant job creation potential, growing good jobs right here at home.