The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is a labor union representing approximately 1.3 million workers in the United States and Canada in many industries, including health care, meatpacking, poultry and food processing, manufacturing, textile and chemical trades, and retail food. UFCW is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, where it is the second largest union by membership, and with the Canadian Labour Congress, where it is also one of the largest unions.
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In 2004, UFCW Canada and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) signed a formal organizing protocol recognizing the UFCW as the union with primary jurisdiction for organizing agricultural workers in Canada and agreeing to cooperate on joint organizing and advocacy campaigns.
UFCW employees have undertaken a variety of grassroots and web-based efforts to reform the UFCW and challenge allegedly corrupt or undemocratic practices.
The UFCW Members for Democracy (MFD) were founded in 1997 as a grassroots slate challenging the leadership of UFCW Local 1518 in British Columbia, Canada.
UFCW Local 247 is in the process of building a website at http://www.ufcw247.ca/.
Unfortunately, most people’s recent experiences with the UFCW has led them to believe that regardless of their participation, the outcome of collective bargaining will be in the company’s favour.
UFCW Local 247president Gib Whitlock has indicated that he will allow half of the warehouse members of the negotiating and advisory committee to be elected as "at-large" members but will retain the right to veto any worker elected who he deems counter-productive to the negotiations, have a hidden agenda or an anti-union bias.
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