Joseph T. Hansen

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This article is about the labor leader. For other people with this name, see Joseph Hansen (disambiguation).

Joseph T. Hansen (born 1943) is a North American labor leader, best known for his work as the international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).


Born in Chicago in 1943,[1] Hansen began his career as a meat cutter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[2]

In 1979, the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America and the Retail Clerks Union merged to form the UFCW. In 1985, Hansen was appointed UFCW Northcentral region director in Minnesota and was elected a UFCW International vice president the following year. In 1990, Hansen was appointed UFCW Pacific Region director in California and four years later became director of UFCW's food processing, packing and manufacturing division.

Hansen was elected UFCW international secretary-treasurer in 1997 and international president in 2004.[1][2] He was re-elected international president in 2008.[2]

Hansen is a founder and former chair of the Change to Win Federation.[3][4]

Hansen is the Founding National Chair of the National Commission on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Misconduct and Violations of 4th Amendment Rights.[4]

In September 2010, President Obama appointed Hansen to the United States Trade Representatives Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and negotiations and in February 2011, President Obama appointed Hansen to the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.[3]


  1. ^ a b Sprengelmeyer, M.E. (2004) "Union Boss Walks the Line", Rocky Mountain News, November 13, 2004
  2. ^ a b c "Joseph T. Hansen Archived 2012-10-08 at the Wayback Machine.", UFCW. Retrieved November 18, 2013
  3. ^ a b "President Obama Announces Members of the President's Council on Jobs and Competiveness", Newsroom America, February 23, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2013
  4. ^ a b "Joseph T. Hansen", Retrieved November 18, 2013
Preceded by
Douglas H. Dority
President of UFCW
Succeeded by