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On this page are frequently asked questions that come up about your union contract and benefits. Remember, if you have additional questions that aren’t covered here or on the website, please call 763-525-1500 and ask to speak to your union representative.
No, you do not lose your vacation or holidays if you don’t take them. The union encourages you to take your vacation and holidays following your anniversary date after you have earned those weeks and days. Please ask your employer for all vacation and holidays owed after your yearly anniversary date, along with your total hours worked and paid for, and your current rate of pay.
The first thing to do is contact your department head and/or store manager. Then if the injury is not too serious, fill out the First Report of Injury form. If you have general questions about your rights, we recommend two attorneys for workers compensation issues. They will be happy to answer any questions for members of Local 653. If you need to retain them for representation, you will be responsible for their fees.
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No. Any time you work a shift Monday – Saturday, regardless of length of shift, the employer is obligated to make a Health and Welfare contribution on your behalf.
Yes. As long as you’re receiving the proper grocery rate of pay and the employer is still making Health and Welfare and Pension contributions, you can perform any duties with the exception of a journeyman/apprentice meat cutter’s duties.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave.
FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women.
FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. These employers must provide an eligible employee with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons:
Employees are eligible for leave if they have worked for their employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles. Whether an employee has worked the minimum 1,250 hours of service is determined according to FLSA principles for determining compensable hours or work.
Time taken off work due to pregnancy complications can be counted against the 12 weeks of family and medical leave.
A final rule effective on January 16, 2009, updates the FMLA regulations to implement new military family leave entitlements enacted under the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008.
In 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in the Weingarten decision, that an employee is entitled to have a union representative present during any interview which may result in his or her discipline. It is up to you to insist on union representation. If you fail to do so, you may waive your rights.
If you are called into a meeting with any management representative and have reason to believe that disciplinary action may result, read them your Weingarten rights:
“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative or steward be present at this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.”
Do the following:
First Monday of each month, October through May. Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis North, 6300 Earle Brown Drive in Brooklyn Center.
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Any time you are out of the industry for over 45 days.
Send in a written request to UFCW Local 653 within 45 days of your last day of employment. Mail, email or fax the following information:
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Last four digits of your social security number
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Thanks so much for the MN Zoo Tickets! My daughter and I went last week and had a great time. Loved seeing all the animals,…...[+] MORE"– Sue Godfrey- Rockford Rd
Thank you for the two tickets that I won on the MN United FC Soccer game on May 12th. I was able to use the tickets and bring…...[+] MORE"– Jaclyn Zirbes
Thank you so much for the MN Zoo Tickets. I will surely appreciate a fun day at the zoo!...[+] MORE"– Carolyn Essmann
Thank you for the zoo tickets. I can't remember the last time I went there (Probably as a chaperone for a field trip). Now my…...[+] MORE"– Mary Ann Mingo
I just want to thank you for all the tickets I received in the past. The grandkids and I have a great time with all of them.…...[+] MORE"– Dorothy
Thanks for donating the Bears vs Vikings tickets. I was lucky enough to win and the seats were awesome! I took my sister who is a…...[+] MORE"– Wendy Eck
Thank you so much for the great seats to the MN Wild game on 12-27. It was a hard-fought game against the Dallas Stars whom we…...[+] MORE"– Joanne and Dan Irvin
UFCW Local 653 - Thank you so much for the Kowalski’s gift cards that I won. I was very surprised, thanks again....[+] MORE"– Jane
Thank you so much for the gift cards I received at the Health Fair. I thought the Health Fair was a huge success. It was…...[+] MORE"– Carol
UFCW Local 653 - Thank you for the educational grant, it is much needed and will be put towards my expenses here at NDSU....[+] MORE"– Andrea
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,…...[+] MORE"– Jacos
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the circus tickets. It was a generous gift and much appreciated. It was a…...[+] MORE"– Mary
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…...[+] MORE"– Larry Kavanagh
I wish to thank you for your representation for union support shops at the Crow Wing County Fair. Your message to support “people”…...[+] MORE"– Janet