Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Home Chef Workers in Illinois Join UFCW

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our Service & Solidarity Spotlight series, we'll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

After a four-month campaign, production and distribution workers at the Home Chef facility in Bedford Park, Illinois, voted to join United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1546. Home Chef is a Kroger-owned meal-kit delivery and prepared foods provider with more than 450 workers at the Bedford Park location.

“Workers at this Chicago-based location came together to seek better working conditions, higher pay, improved benefits, along with management accountability,” said Local 1546 Organizing Director Carlos Cartagena. “We listened carefully to the workers’ concerns and relied heavily on a strategic mobile organizing approach; a strong sense of unity among co-workers; and workers learning from past lessons of failed corporate promises and divisive rhetoric.”