Welcome to UFCW Local 653


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Why Union? The Union Benefits

When workers stick together as a union, they have bargaining power.
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Welcome to UFCW Local 653

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 653 represents over 10,100 working families, including retail grocery store workers, retail workers, nursing home employees, exposition services and paramedic ambulance employees. Active and informed members are essential to the strength of our union. With the participation of our members, we are able to gain mproved wages, benefits and working conditions. UFCW Local 653 is proud to offer members newsletters, special eventstournamentsscholarshipsticket drawings and access to Ours Resort.

Union meetings are held the first Monday of every month (October - May) starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Minneapolis North (6300 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center,Minnesota, 55430). 


ATTENTION! March Membership MEETING TONIGHT IS CANCELED because of winter storm warning! NO MEETING TONIGHT.

UFCW Local 653 Members at Supervalu, Kowalski's and Independent grocers vote for a better life press release









click above to go to .pdf document with summary of benefits

UFCW Local 653 Members of Jerry’s Enterprises Ratify Contract!

Congratulations Local 653 members at Jerry's on your new contract!

UFCW Local 653 Jerrys Highlight Contract Summary.pdf

UFCW 653 Jerry's Ratification Release February 25 2018.pdf

Directions to hotel

2018 UFCW Local 653 Retail Grocery Economic and Non Economic Union Proposals

Below are the UFCW Local 653 union proposals that were made to each of the three employer groups with whom we are currently bargaining. These proposals were a culmination of thousands of membership surveys collected throughout mid-June, 2017-September 2017.

Click here for the link to the blog post with the proposals.

Ours Resort Half Priced Deals!

Starting December 1, reservations made for stays between January 1 - March 31, 2018, are HALF PRICE! Ours Resort is owned and operated by UFCW Local 653. It consists of six cabins on Lake Superior in Lutsen, MN. Each cabin is fully furnished--you only need to bring your food, clothes, and personal items. (Check our web-site--www.ufcw653.org--under Member Benefits for more information.)

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Ours Half-Price Sale Flyer.pdf

Seward Community Co-op Workers Join UFCW Local 653

On June 22, workers at three Seward Co-op stores in south Minneapolis voted to join UFCW Local 653 by an overwhelming margin. Earlier in June, the workers at the three stores, including the Creamery Café, the Seward Franklin store on Franklin Ave., and the Seward Friendship store at 38th St. and Clinton Ave., held a rally for a voice in the workplace after submitting cards authorizing representation by UFCW Local 653 to the National Labor Relations Board. This victory comes on the heels of employees at Eastside Food Co-op and Linden Hills Co-op also voting to join UFCW Local 653.

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Linden Hills Co-op Workers Vote to Unionize with UFCW Local 653

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February 24, 2017


Contact: Rena Wong, 612-865-4345


Linden Hills Co-op workers vote to unionize with UFCW Local 653


Workers at Linden Hills Co-op won their election yesterday to form a union with the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 653. 85% of workers voted in favor of unionization.


“We are excited to begin the bargaining process because it is the next step in making our already amazing co-operative even more amazing. We love where we work. This is an extremely positive thing!” said Tracie Lemberg from Health and Body Care.


Workers have begun circulating bargaining surveys to help the bargaining committee understand their fellow workers’ priorities.


“I have been working at co-ops in the Twin Cities since I was 16. Forming a union is the best way to make sure all workers are treated fairly and have a say in creating a positive work environment. I’m proud to work at this co-op and look forward to making it an even better place,” said Emily Calhoon from the Produce Department.


Workers want to actively ensure good jobs and a sustainable co-op that best serves the needs of the community.


Evan Adams-Hanson, a Front End Floor Coordinator said, “Forming a union reinforces co-op values of community throughout our store. Linden Hills Co-op can be a model for how workers and management cooperate to ensure fairness, transparency, and accountability at all levels.”


When workers first started discussing forming a union, they met at each other’s houses discreetly to create a safe space to refine their goals and identify who would be most interested in organizing.


“Organizers helped provide advice and experience, but this organizing was done by us – we were making commitments to each other to have each others’ back,” said Grocery Buyer, Bryce Christopherson. “For other workers who are forming their union I would advise as much transparency and outreach to your co-workers as feasible. And reach out – we are happy to help you go through the process of forming your union.”


Mark McGraw from the Scanning department said, “I feel more connected than ever to my co-workers and our store, and I’m excited to have all voices at the table as we move forward with our contract negotiations.”


Support for these workers has been pouring in.


“I am an assistant bakery manager and have been a member of my union for 20 years,” said Monica Hayes who works at the Lunds & Byerly’s in Richfield, “and I want to welcome my new brothers and sisters from Linden Hills Co-op.”


“Our union is part of a bigger movement for change. We want to raise industry standards for all retail workers. This is an example of how workers have power when we act together,” said Judi Johnson, an executive board member of UFCW Local 653 who works as the Floral Manager at the Blaine West Cub Foods.


“I’m excited that workers in Minneapolis are organizing a Union to secure long term improvements and ensuring good jobs in our city. Making sure workers have a voice on the job is democracy in action and is consistent with the spirit of democracy that is core to co-ops. As a member-owner at Linden Hills Co-op, I support these workers one-hundred percent,” said Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.


“The organizing and activism of these workers is an inspiration to me and all the members of our Local. We wholeheartedly welcome them,” said UFCW Local 653 President Matt Utecht.


Linden Hills Co-op workers were inspired by other workers who recently organized a union at the Wedge Community Co-op and Whole Foods Co-op in Minnesota and the People’s Food Co-op in Michigan.




Support for Wage Theft Bill


Wage Theft Prevention Act one-pager.pdf


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/ 

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UFCW Local 653 Staff Supporting Teamster US Food Workers on the Picket Line Last Week


Contract Passed!

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!



Our UFCW Family volunteering at the 2017 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Eastside Food Co-op workers vote to unionize with UFCW Local 653


 April 26, 2017

 Contact: Rena Wong, 612-865-4345rwong@UFCW653.org


Eastside Food Co-op workers vote to unionize with UFCW Local 653


Workers at Eastside Food Co-op in Minneapolis won their election on Thursday, April 20th to form a union with the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 653. More than 70% of workers voted in favor of unionization. 


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UFCW Local 653- Thank you so much for gifts at Christmas time. The gift cards were much appreciated. To all of you at Local 653, Thank you!

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