UFCW’s Spending

The UFCW entices workers to join the union with numerous encouraging statements on its web site. As part of this, the UFCW gives the impression that dues money is guarded carefully, well spent, and keeps the union strong.1

While the UFCW mentions that dues are split between the local union and the International, it does not mention the amount of these transfers. In some cases, more than 40% of what a worker pays in dues does not stay with their own local, but is shipped off to union headquarters in Washington, DC.2

The dues money sent to headquarters does more than pay for “contract negotiations, grievance arbitration and organizing.” Significant UFCW disbursements in 2008 included:3

  • $5.3 million to union officers
  • $40 million to union employees
  • $8.3 million for legal services
  • $3 million for media, press and communications services
  • $3.6 million for airfare
  • $3.8 million for hotels, including $653,499 spent at the Hotel Del Cornado for UFCW’s Executive Board Meeting
  • $500,000 for the 2008 Democratic Party Convention in Denver, CO
  • $1.1 million to ACORN
  • $486,351 to the Change to Win Federation
  • $350,141 to the Service Employees International Union
  • $120,000 to American Rights at Work

UFCW members can decide for themselves whether or not their money is being carefully guarded and well spent.  If you disagree with this spending request a refund or send your dues to charity.


1 http://www.ufcw.org/organizing/organize_your_workplace/faq.cfm, UFCW Web site, Accessed 12/1/09
2 UFCW LM-2 Form Filings, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, 2008
3 UFCW LM-2 Form Filings, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Management Standards, 2008