United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 23

Local 23 is a progressive, modern organization of activists affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

Our office is in Canonsburg, PA and we represent more than 11,000 workers in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

Our members are a diverse group working in a variety of industries. We are employed in grocery and other retail stores, food processing, warehousing, trucking, manufacturing, gaming, and health care facilities.

Some of the larger companies employing our members are Giant Eagle, Kroger, Sysco Foods, Smithfield Foods, Bay Valley Foods, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Wheeling Island Racetrack and Casino.

Local 23 is about helping workers achieve better wages, good benefits and safer working conditions. Rising to the challenges of stagnating wages, soaring health care premiums, costly prescription medications, retirement insecurity and economic instability, Local 23 is a powerful voice for working families.

We are active in both the labor movement and in politics, seeking always to further the interests of our members and all workers.

In addition to serving the needs of our members, Local 23 is proud to support and be involved in programs that benefit communities where we live and work. Among these are Local 23’s golf outing to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Stamp Out Hunger food collection, Stuff the Bus Christmas toy drive, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and others.

We also get together to have fun! From our big annual Kennywood Day to outings to Pittsburgh Pirates games and our award-winning participation in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade, we celebrate our brotherhood and solidarity.


At Local 23, YOU are the union.

You join together with your co-workers to speak with a unified voice, you nominate and elect union officers, and you determine the working conditions and concerns that will be bargained into your contract.

The more workers come together for the good of all, the more management listens to what you have to say. In a union, there is strength.

Without union representation, you only have a few rights such as government-determined minimum wage, overtime after 40 hours and unemployment insurance. With a union, you enjoy numerous benefits guaranteed in a union contract, such as:

  • Negotiated wages, health care, disability and retirement plans
  • Paid time off (vacations and holidays)
  • An enforceable grievance procedure
  • Protection from unfair treatment and favoritism on the job
  • Job security and seniority rights
  • Reasonable workload requirements
  • A voice on the job to bargain for other benefits