United Food and Commercial Workers

United Food and Commercial Workers

Assistant General Counsel

Based in Washington, DC


The Organization:
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is one of the largest private sector labor unions in the United States and Canada. Our 1.3 million members are primarily employed in grocery stores; food processing and packing plants; department and drug stores; health care and cannabis; and distillery and chemical industries. (www.ufcw.org).

UFCW is seeking an attorney with 3 or more years of experience in labor and employment law to work as an Assistant General Counsel in its legal department.

Relevant experience includes:

  • Practice before the NLRB, DOL and EEOC, and other federal or state agencies.
  • Advising unions on the NLRA, LMRA, LMRDA, FLSA, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and other employment laws, immigration issues and First Amendment issues.
  • Litigating civil actions on behalf of unions in federal or state courts, including claims arising under the NLRA, Title VII and trespass.
  • Advising and assisting unions during organizing campaigns and on collective bargaining issues, including contract administration and grievance-arbitration.
  • Advising unions of other organizations on internal matters, including personnel matters.

Applicants should have excellent writing, analytical, advocacy, communication, research, and interpersonal skills.

Extensive knowledge of the NLRA and Spanish language proficiency are desirable.

The successful candidate must be licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or be licensed in another state and be able to successfully apply for admission to the DC Bar.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advising and assisting union officers and staff on a wide range of matters, including organizing campaigns (both traditional and nontraditional), collective bargaining, strikes, defamation, corporate governance, immigration, employment discrimination, legislative proposals, internal union issues and personnel matters.
  • Representing the UFCW International Union and its local unions in proceedings before federal or state agencies and courts.
  • Assisting and managing outside counsel.
  • Speaking at union conferences and meetings.
  • Facilitating training for union officers, staff, and members.

Travel is required.

The successful candidate will be expected to work in-person during regular work hours in the Washington, DC office.

The UFCW provides a very generous benefits package, including:

  • Comprehensive health insurance coverage.
  • Life insurance provided with ability to purchase supplemental life insurance at favorable rates.
  • Retirement Savings Account.
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching.
  • Pension plan.
  • Dependent care reimbursement account program.
  • Health care reimbursement account program.
  • Transportation program benefits.
  • Three weeks of paid vacation, 12 days of paid short-term sick leave, Extended Sick Leave program, paid parental leave.
  • Prepaid Legal Plan (for DC/MD/VA only).


  • Full-time position.

Posting duration:

  • Posting closes when position is filled.

To Apply:
Submit cover letter, résumé, writing sample and references HERE.

UFCW policy requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, consistent with applicable law.
Any requests or questions may be submitted to: hrcovid@ufcw.org.

We believe our success rests on recruiting and retaining a diverse staff. UFCW is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided pursuant to applicable state and federal laws.


WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.