Union History: 1994 - 2002
1994 - Douglas Dority elected UFCW International President.
1994 - United Garment Workers of America (UGWA) merges with the UFCW.
1995 - Textile Workers of America (UTWA) merges with the UFCW to become UFCW Textile and Garment Council.
1995 - Distillery, Wine and Allied Workers International Union merges with the UFCW to become the UFCW’s Distillery, Wine and Allied Workers Division.
1995 - UFCW’s Food Processing, Packing and Manufacturing Division establishes a Diversity Task Force aimed at addressing immigrant workers’ concerns within the packing industry.
1996 - International Chemical Workers Union merges with the UFCW and becomes the International Chemical Workers Union Council of the UFCW.
1997 - Canadian Union of Restaurant and Related Employees merge with the UFCW.
1997 - Mary Finger, UFCW Women’s Network Chair, elected Vice President and is named Director of UFCW’s Civil Rights and Community Relations Department.
1998 - Sarah Palmer Amos elected first woman UFCW Executive Vice President.
1998 - Production Service and Sales District Council merges with the UFCW.
1998 - UFCW members march on Wal-Mart headquarters at Bentonville, Arkansas.
1998 - International Vice President Pat Scarcelli becomes first woman appointed to head UFCW’s Legislative and Political Affairs Department.
1999 - Textile Processors, Service Trades, Health Care, Professional and Technical Employees International Union merges with the UFCW.
1999 - UFCW Canada wins a Supreme Court of Canada decision for unions to communicate freely with the public about their disputes, including workplace locations where there is no union.
2000 - Wal-Mart workers in Jacksonville, Texas, make history by becoming the first Wal-Mart employees to exercise their right to join a union.
“Wal-Mart will hurt our union stores and working people. We went to Wal-Mart headquarters because we wanted to let everybody know that the people who work at Wal-Mart don’t have the insurance or wages to make it in today’s economy. The rally was an historical experience, and we’re not finished yet. I’ve taken the message to my co-workers at Kroger and to my church. We need to keep spreading the word to friends and neighbors that Wal-Mart hurts working people.”
~Elaine Jones, Kroger worker and member of UFCW Local 2008
2000 - Perdue chicken catchers join the UFCW to demand a voice on the job and a right to join a union.
2001 - Joe Hansen is elected President of Union Network International (UNI), an International labor organization representing 15 million workers, in 900 unions, in more than 100 countries.
2002 - UFCW launches a national Day of Action, involving workers, consumers, students and faith-based organizations, to challenge Wal-Mart to become a positive force for workers, families and communities.