Food & Retail Workers United


The I.W.W. Food & Retail Workers United assembles workers across the food and retail industries – from process facilities to warehouses to restaurants, from trucks to cafes, grocery stores, malls, big box stores, and more. We unite and fight for fundamental change in our industries.

We organize for respect, as well as the power to improve our working conditions and the value of our work. Not only do we organize to halt the current race to the bottom of our conditions, wages and benefits, but as skilled workers we are capable and deserving of a greater voice in the work we do.

Our organizing method is Solidarity Unionism, empowering workers through direct action to improve their lives at work. This means organizing with the fellow workers who share the same industry, as well as the neighbors in our community.

The I.W.W. is a union open to all workers.  As a union member you gain:

  • Immediate access to a supportive network of food & beverage workers in Portland and around the country – An Injury to One, Is an Injury to All
  • The opportunity to gain the skills and training to improve your working conditions through direct action – Every Worker an Organizer

The Union is our organization: Created by workers for workers. We are making gains on the job. Contact us to find out how you can, too.

FRWU Members Resources:
Organizing Report Form

Donate to the Portland I.W.W.

Hardship Fund:
A fund to help support fellow workers fired for organizing on the job.

Organizing Fund:
A donation to the Organizing Fund helps support our organizing campaigns and training program.