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, 2016. 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: {CCM:BASE_URL}/…/2066/Allina_Support_Letter_Form.pdf


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2014 Contract Ratification

Minneapolis Retail Grocery Contract Ratification: Bittersweet
By Matt Utecht

Sunday, March 2, 2014, concluded six weeks of “heated” contract negotiations between UFCW Local 653 and our Minneapolis retail grocery store owners. Due to the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the process of negotiations never really concluded after last year’s one-year contract settlement.
Over the summer months of 2013 the framework of the ACA began to become a bit clearer and it became more evident what the scope of its impact on our Health & Welfare fund would be: A shrinking number of participants in both the Health & Welfare and Pension funds over the past number of years and no increases to the level of contributions going into the fund for the past seven years puts our Health & Welfare fund on a course which–left unchanged–would bankrupt the fund in two years.

As Local 653’s new President, I, along with the negotiating committee and the employer group, were given a list of options that ranged from “bad to worse” that if made would get our Health & Welfare fund back to where it should be financially, while also becoming compliant with the Federal government (ACA). The decisions that were made were painful, and they came only after months of research by the Health & Welfare Board of Trustees, fund attorneys, and actuarial studies that were done. We “turned every stone” looking for a solution that would create the least amount of pain to the fewest people. The changes to the fund were not the result of the union or management wanting to make them—we had to!
If you can get beyond the Health & Welfare changes made, many very good things resulted from these negotiations as you can see in the final offer posted below.
The contract was ratified, and now we can move forward and build off this settlement in another two years.
A special thank you to the Executive Board, Negotiating Committee members and Local 653 staff for all your long hours and commitment to your fellow union members in what were some of the most difficult contract negotiations in decades!

Final Offer for Ratification Vote

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2014 Minneapolis Retail Meat & Grocery Negotiations

Employer Proposal

UFCW Local 653 Proposal

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Crow Wing County Fair 2013

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Affordable Care Act / Obamacare is Negatively Targeting our Union Health and Welfare Program

Please read the recent article written by UFCW International President Joseph T. Hansen.

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UFCW Local 653 Educational Grant

Recognizing how important education is for the future growth of the young people in this country, Local 653 is again this year awarding ten $1,000 educational grants to our members or their dependents to further their education. The winners will receive a one-time educational grant in the amount of $1,000 to be applied to the verified school for tuition, books, or room and board. The only qualification is that the student will be attending a college, university, junior college, or technical school. The ten winners will be randomly drawn at the August Executive Board meeting from the applications submitted, and winners will be notified in writing after the drawing has taken place. Educational Grant Form

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2012 3rd Annual Breakfast With Santa

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Toys for Tots 2012

Toys For Tots Flyer

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2012 Harvest Festival

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Breakfast With Santa Claus 2012

Click on the link below to learn more about our 3rd annual Breakfast With Santa Claus!

Breakfast with Santa Claus Flyer

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