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August 8, 1979

crowd_imagewebThe United Food and Commercial Workers union is formed from the merger of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America and the Retail Clerks International Union. Today, the UFCW represents 1.3 million workers who work primarily in grocery and retail stores, and in the food processing and meat packing industries.

February 26, 2004


UFCW and employers reach an agreement to end the nearly five-month-long grocery strike and lockout of 59,000 workers in Southern California, fueled by management’s demand to strip workers of their healthcare benefits. The new two-tier contract required employees to pay for healthcare benefits for the first time, included no raises, and paid new hires less and put them in a different healthcare plan.

June 1, 2000


Meatpackers at the Dakota Premium Foods plant in St. Paul, MN, carry out a successful seven-hour sit-down strike to protest a speedup on the production line that was causing increased injuries on the job.  The workers went on to join UFCW Local 789.

May 27, 1959


The Insurance Workers International Union (IWIU) is founded through a merger of the Insurance Workers of America (a CIO-affiliated union) and the Insurance Agents International Union (an AFL-affiliated union).  The 15,000-member union merged with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) in 1983.

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