Cooper’s County Market in Chaska: Local 653’s oldest independent union grocer featured on Twin Cities Live’s “Good Company”

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Gary Cooper knows the grocery industry. Chaska’s oldest business in town, Cooper’s County Market has been around for 101 years. Cooper’s is home to UFCW Local 653’s oldest independent union grocery store. UFCW Local 653 members are proud to be a part of making Cooper’s Foods work.

A long union history

UFCW Local 653 has a long history with Cooper’s. In fact, we’ve been working together for over 40 years.

Chris Peebles, a Local 653 member, has been with Cooper’s since 1985. He’s been in the grocery industry since 1966. When he had the opportunity to go from his non-union part-time job where he peddled bicycles around town, he jumped at the chance, “It was a no brainer. A full-time job with good wages and benefits could support my family.”

Local 653 member Rachel Sieberg has been working at Cooper’s since she was 18 years old, ”And when customers know your name, and you know their name, I just think it’s the way it should be.”

In good company

Recently, Cooper’s County Market was featured on Twin Cities’ Live, a local television show in a spot called “Good Company.” We hope you will take a few minutes to watch the history unfold on how our members and Cooper’s have worked together over the years to provide excellent customer service to our community members.
Click the link to watch: http://twincitieslive.com/article/stories/s4917871.shtml

The union difference

When you support your independent union grocery shops, you support the union difference. We have non-union competition that has forced many independent grocers out of several towns. Together, our large and small union grocers provide thousands of good jobs with secured wages, raises, and benefits that help families and communities thrive.

For further reading

Additional Cooper’s history:
http://www.swnewsmedia.com/chaska_herald/cooper-family-celebrates-year-old-business/article_2a49662a-9ff7-5b68-82f4-a5a6c4c20c88.html

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