Union History: 1979 - 1993
1979 - Merger of the RCIU and AMCBW creates the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). William Wynn elected International President and Samuel J. Talarico elected International Secretary-Treasurer of the UFCW at the founding convention inWashington, D.C.
1980 - Barbers, Beauticians and Allied Industries merges with UFCW.
1980 - First UFCW Women’s Affairs, Civil Rights and Political Action Conference is held in Washington, D.C., and the UFCW Women’s Network is launched.
1981 - UFCW begins national safety and health programs to identify job hazards and create training.
1981 - The United Retail Workers Union (URWU) merges with the UFCW and becomes
UFCW Local 881 (Illinois and Indiana).
1983 - UFCW’s first regular convention is held in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
“The people united will never be defeated.”
1983 - The Insurance Workers International Union (IWIU) votes to merge with the UFCW.
1983 - UFCW begins its affiliation with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
1983 - After 25 years with predecessor Unions – UPWA and AMCBW – former UFCW Vice President Charles Hayes becomes the first trade unionist ever to be elected to Congress, and serves five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (Illinois).
1983 - Ricardo Icaza becomes first Latino elected UFCW Vice President.
1986 - Canadian Union of United Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drink and Distillery Workers mergers with the UFCW.
1987 - Due to UFCW pressure, OSHA expands hazard communication standard to provide information and training to hair care and retail workers.
1987 - Huguette Plamondon elected UFCW Vice President (Canadian Region).
1987 - United Hispanics founded: now known as United Latinos of the UFCW.
1987 - Lenore Miller, President of the RWDSU, becomes the first woman union President elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council.
1988 - UFCW Canadian regions consolidate under the name “UFCW Canada.”
1988 - UFCW, Iowa Beef Processors and OSHA sign safety and health agreement with three-year program to reduce trauma injuries for packinghouse workers.
1990 - UFCW hosts an International Summit to propose an action plan for combatting the spread of anti-union multinational corporations.
1991 - Independent Foodhandlers and Warehouse Employees Union (IFWE) affiliates with UFCW and becomes Local 791 (Massachusetts and Rhode Island).
1992 - Local 1, Leather Goods, Plastics, Handbags and Novelty Workers Union merges with the UFCW.
1993 - International Union of Life Insurance Agents (IULIA) of Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota merges with the UFCW.
1993 - RWDSU merges with the UFCW and becomes RWDSU District Council of the UFCW.
1993 - Johnny Rodriguez elected Vice President of the UFCW and also serves as President of United Latinos of the UFCW.