United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 23

Tracy, Marylou and Gary from Morgantown GE

Local 23 is a progressive, modern organization affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Our home is in Canonsburg, PA and we represent over 13,000 members in the Western half of Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and extreme Western New York. Local 23 is one of the largest local unions in Pennsylvania.

Our members are a diverse group who work in a variety of industries. Members work in the retail grocery stores, nursing homes, the gaming industry, liquor stores, food processing, health care, warehousing, truck drivers, manufacturing and other retail outlets. A sampling of some of the larger companies employing our members are Giant Eagle, Penn Traffic, Kroger, Super Valu, Kaufmanns, Sysco Foods, Northside Packing, Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Box USA and Wheeling Island.

Local 23 is about helping workers achieve better wages, better benefits and safer working conditions. Despite the challenges of soaring health care premiums, costly prescription medications, retirement insecurity and economic instability, Local 23 is a powerful voice for working women and men, leading efforts to protect and improve the livelihoods of all workers.

We are proud of our long and rich history. Each generation over the decades – contract by contract, worker by worker, built a union strong enough to win the outstanding wages, benefits and working conditions our members enjoy today. This link is to a summary of our history.

Local 23 is governed by the elected members of the Executive Board. The Officers and Staff of Local 23 are committed to improving wages, benefits and working conditions of all our members. We are working hard for you. We want to be able to communicate easily and effectively with our members and with other workers who are searching for better pay, benefits, dignity and a way to be heard in the work place.

Local 23 negotiates and enforces over 170 collective bargaining agreements. These negotiated contracts include provisions for fair conditions, job security and a grievance procedure.

In addition to serving the needs of the members, Local 23 is involved in many community related projects. Among these are the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure (held on Mother’s Day), the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light The Night Walk (usually in October) and the United Way Annual Day Of Caring (a September event). Of special note is the lifetime achievement award given to the International UFCW from the Leukemia Society for the effort of its 1.4 million members who, over the years, have raised over 18 million dollars.


In Local 23, you are the Union. You come together with your co-workers; you nominate and elect union officers; you determine the working conditions and concerns that will be bargained in your contract. The more workers join together for the good of all, the more management listens to what they have to say. In a union there is strength. Without a union you only have a few rights such as minimum wage, overtime after 40 hours and unemployment insurance. With a union, you enjoy numerous benefits guaranteed in a union contract, such as:

  1. Negotiated wages, health care and retirement plans
  2. Defined work schedules
  3. Grievance procedure
  4. Protection from unfair treatment and favoritism by the boss
  5. Job security and seniority rights
  6. Reasonable work load requirements
  7. A voice on the job to bargain other benefits