The Minneapolis Meat Cutters Local 653 and a number of affiliated local unions became part of Local 653 through a merger. The original 653 was chartered in 1936. The local consisted of retail meat cutters. In 1941 the grocery employees and food handlers became the first branch of the 653 tree. This group began 653A. Both groups had separate executive boards but had the same constitution and Secretary Treasurer who, in the beginning, was the principle officer for both groups. Local 653 received its charter from the Amalgamated Meat Cutters International Union AFL.
Over time, many towns and smaller cities in outstate Minnesota became affiliated with Local 653.
In 1941 Jerry Utecht became Secretary Treasurer, and there were only 200 members in the local. Since then Local 653 has grown to over 9,000 members and covers the north central region of Minnesota.
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