On October 22, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor`s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) accepted a voluntary compliance agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5 (based in San Jose, California) regarding the disputed election of public servants on September 4, 2012 and the re-election ordered by the International Union on March 22, 2013. The union agreed to hold a new election, including new appointments, for the positions of president, secretary-treasurer, recorder and vice-president 1 to 31 under the supervision of OLMS. The investigation into the disputed election showed that union resources were used when the president of UFCW International sent a campaign letter to various UFCW officers requesting contributions and his executive assistant received the addresses of the recipients during the union period. The deal follows an investigation by the OLMS San Francisco-Seattle District Office.  In 2004, UFCW Canada and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) signed a formal organizing protocol recognizing the UFCW as the union with primary responsibility for organizing farm workers in Canada and agreeing to cooperate in joint organizing and advocacy campaigns.  In June 2008, UFCW Canada Local 832 (Manitoba) successfully obtained a first collective agreement for sixty Mexican migrant workers at Mayfair Farms in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. This is the first Canadian agreement of its kind. In 2010, Mayfair Farms workers decertified the UFCW. In the 1990s and 2000s, ufcw was involved in a dispute with non-unionized meat processing company Smithfield Foods.
 The UFCW had made several attempts to organize the company`s meat-packing plant in Bladen County, North Carolina, but Smithfield Foods resisted this organization. In 2007, Smithfield filed a federal lawsuit against the UFCW, invoking the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), claiming that the union had orchestrated a public smear campaign to harm Smithfield`s activities as a method of blackmailing the company.  In the media, a Smithfield official cited the complaint as necessary, saying the company was “under attack,” while union representatives responded by calling the complaint an “attack on democracy and freedom of expression.”  In October 2008, ufcw and Smithfield reached an agreement in which the union agreed to suspend its boycott campaign in exchange for dropping its rico complaint and a new election. On December 10 and 11, factory workers voted 2,041 to 1,879 in favor of UFCW membership, ending 15 years of struggle.  Important news for Safeway members: Temporary three-way agreement between Sobeys, UFCW 247, UFCW 1518 The agreement also states that the union and Loblaw will work together to implement a disability recruitment and engagement program. LOBLAWS – Preliminary agreement reached in Manitoba. Possible strikes in Alberta and Saskatchewan stores….