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UFCW President Statement on Labor Day
“Unions help us all build a better life”
Washington, D.C. – Today Marc Perrone, the International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, the largest private sector union in the United States, released the following statement regarding Labor Day.
“Now is the time for every American to stop waiting for a political savior and take steps to save ourselves. It begins with us, the leaders and members of labor, and it depends upon our ability to reach workers who are tired of being left behind to struggle alone. To anyone who has doubts about whether or not a union can help, we have one request: Ask us.”
A report this week from the Economic Policy Institute found that lower union membership is costing nonunion private sector workers $133 billion annually in lost wages. The benefits of a union contract go beyond just wages. A union contract is often the only way to protect all workers from discrimination.
UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Learn more about the UFCW www.ufcw.org
Hy-Vee Delaying Decision to Move Forward in Robbinsdale
2016 Crow Wing County Fair
Local 653 member Bill Albrecht, pictured below with President Utecht, is our first $400 gift card winner at this year's Crow Wing County Fair! This gift card is to Super One Foods, one of our union grocery stores in the area. Each year Local 653 heads up to the fair to support our members and our local union grocers in the area. If you're at the fair, come visit us at the pirate ship this week for your chance to win too! Many more gift cards will be raffled. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos: https://www.facebook.com/ufcwlocal653/
Our Minnesota Nurses Association Needs your Support!
"UFCW Local 653 supports our MNA brothers and sisters--let's show them all the support we can!!! Labor needs to stick together now more than ever!!!" -President Matt Utecht
As most of you have likely heard, the Minnesota Nurses Association has authorized a strike at their Allina facilities. They need support from union brothers and sisters.
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3 to support the nurses!
1. Walk the Picket Line:
Nurses will be outside all five facilities from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 19-June 25. You can sign up for a picket line shift at www.allinastrike.org. Mid-week shifts are the priority.
2. If you haven’t already, please sign our public petition in support of Allina nurses: http://mnnurses.org/issues-advocacy/issues/petition/…
3. Sign the Public Letter: http://www.ufcw653.org/…/2066/Allina_Support_Letter_Form.pdf
UFCW Local 653 Staff Supporting Teamster US Food Workers on the Picket Line Last Week
UFCW and Stamp Out Hunger Partnership
We are excited to announce that the UFCW International is a new national partner for the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which will take place in 2016 on its traditional second Saturday in May: Saturday, May 14! (click here for further details: http://www.ufcw.org/…/ufcw-partners-with-nlac-for-stamp-ou…/ )
Local 653 will be providing bags for the food drive and volunteering at 5 Cub Foods drop sites. We hope you will join us in supporting this great cause!
Congratulations to all Local 653 members for the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement.
2016 Minneapolis Retail Negotiations
The 2016 Minneapolis Retail Negotiations began Tuesday, January 26, 2016. The following proposals were made on Wednesday, January 27, 2016:
Local 653 Proposals to Management
Local 653 Proposed Store Closing Language
Employer Proposals to Local 653
Pictured below is President Matt Utecht with Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bill McCarthy and newly elected President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou. Congratulations, Chelsie!
Welcome to UFCW Local 653
Just a note to thank all who put together the great fishing tourney and Hot Dog picnic. It was a blast for my family and we won a lot of neat stuff. The grandkids are very happy and looking forward to our trip to Ours Resort next June. Thanks for being such a great union.