What is a Union?

A union is the exclusive representative for all non-supervisory employees on all matters related to their employment. In return, unions charge dues for their services. These dues are often deducted directly from employee paychecks.



Collect dues, fees, fines and assessments

Negotiate contracts, make proposals and require employees to go on strike

Represent all employees even those who voted against the union or did not vote

Penalize, fine or discipline their members for violating union by-laws


Determine how employees perform work. All they can do is negotiate

Guarantee a union contract, higher wages, better benefits, hours or employment

Prevent layoffs or termination for just cause

Fire or transfer managers

What is the RWDSU?

The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) is an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The UFCW represents workers in the United States and Canada in industries including retail. To learn more, please visit their website.