February 1, 2020
(Skokie, IL) – Workers in Skokie, Illinois employed at Instacart, a same day online grocery delivery service provider, voted in an election today conducted by the National Labor Relations Board to be represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546. The overwhelming majority of the employees made history by becoming the first Instacart employees to win a certified union election in the United States and will join with the other 18,000 members of the UFCW Local 1546.
Joe Loftis, an employee of Instarcart says “we decided to organize with UFCW Local 1546 because of the overall bad treatment we have received from Instacart.”
“Congratulations to the new UFCW Local 1546 members at Instacart who have showed other Instacart employees what can be achieved by sticking together. The employees who work for Instacart inside of the Mariano’s Grocery store in Skokie, Illinois specifically sought out UFCW Local 1546 for Union representation. The workers remained united throughout the organizing campaign despite being subjected to their company’s anti-union stance. We look forward to this opportunity to work with our new Instacart members in negotiating their first union contract,” said UFCW Local 1546 President Bob O’Toole.
From the UFCW International –
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 20, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) announced its opposition to Amazon’s launch of a cashierless grocery chain, reported to open next year. UFCW President Marc Perrone released the following statement:
“Amazon has one agenda – to eliminate as many jobs as possible to enrich one multi-billionaire, Jeff Bezos. The takeover of Whole Foods was just the beginning of a ruthless strategy to fundamentally change our country’s grocery industry. Despite a widespread consumer backlash to Amazon Go stores, Jeff Bezos is doubling down on the cashierless business model in food retail as he seeks to eliminate millions of good American jobs.
“Make no mistake, Amazon represents a clear and present danger to working and middle class Americans. It is long past the time for our leaders to wake up and act before Amazon and Jeff Bezos do long-lasting damage to America’s economy.
The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.