UFCW Joins BlueGreen Alliance
By Neal Tepel
January 18, 2011
Citing the need to grow a supply chain that protects public health, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and ensures good jobs, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has announced that the UFCW, whose 1.3 million members work in the retail food, meatpacking and poultry, food processing and manufacturing, and retail industries – would join the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations working to expand the number and quality of jobs in the green economy.
"From farm to dinner table, we must have a food supply chain that benefits consumers, improves public health, improves the environment, and creates good jobs at living wages," said UFCW International President Joseph T. Hansen. "The BlueGreen Alliance is leading the way to a green economy, and UFCW is proud to be on board."
"We are pleased to welcome the UFCW to the ranks of union members and environmentalists working to build a green economy and create good jobs," said BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster. "We cannot build this green economy – one that creates good jobs and protects public health – without creating a stronger, greener food and retail supply chain, and we are excited to get to work with the UFCW to make it happen."
The 1.3-million member UFCW has long supported strong food safety and nutrition policy and is committed to ensuring that our nation's food and retail supply chain is safe and sustainable – from the factory to the warehouse to the store – and to holding suppliers accountable for their efforts to green up their supply chain.
"Supporting the development of a greener supply chain is an important factor in protecting the health and safety of American consumers and the quality of life for workers," said Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen. "We also have to work together to ensure the jobs created and supported are good, family supporting union jobs. We are pleased that the UFCW has joined this unique partnership in our effort to build a truly green economy."
The BlueGreen Alliance was launched by the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club in 2006, and has since expanded to include the Communications Workers of America, Natural Resources Defense Council, Service Employees International Union, National Wildlife Federation, Laborers' International Union of North America, Union of Concerned Scientists, Utility Workers Union of America, American Federation of Teachers, Amalgamated Transit Union, Sheet Metal Workers' International Association, United Auto Workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers – all dedicated to creating good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy.
We can only protect the planet for the next generation if we make our economy cleaner and more sustainable. Greening the retail supply chain and creating safe, sustainable agriculture as well as quality green jobs, is a central focus for the partners in the BlueGreen Alliance.
Note: The BlueGreen Alliance is a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality jobs in the green economy. Launched in 2006, the strategic partnership now brings together ten major U.S. labor unions and four of America's most influential environmental organizations and unites more than 14 million members and supporters in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy.