Welcome to UFCW Local 653

We Moved! Our new address is 6160 Summit Drive North, Suite 600, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430.

Local 653's Breakfast with Santa Featured in OnPoint (click here)

NEW! Letter from President Utecht to Membership re. Hy-Vee Survey

Health & Welfare and Pension

For information regarding your health insurance or pension.
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Why Union? The Union Benefits

When workers stick together as a union, they have bargaining power.
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Book Your Stay at Ours Resort

Find out more about booking a cabin at Ours Resort on Lake Superior in Lutsen, MN.
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UFCW Statement on Andrew Puzder

For Immediate Release February 15, 2017
Contact: press@ufcw.org 

UFCW Statement on Andrew Puzder

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union, made the following statement about Andrew Puzder withdrawing his nomination for labor secretary.   


“Given recent reports that have come to light, it is clear that Mr. Puzder’s values were not the values of hard-working families. His withdrawal proves that the American people still have a voice and the power to shape our government.


“Now, the question is who comes next?


“Whomever the nominee for labor secretary is, they must respect the rights of all hard-working men and women. They must realize that their job is not to protect the interests of irresponsible corporations, but to protect the rights of all workers, including our members, who deserve and have earned a better life.”



The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.

Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico.  

Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.

Linden Hills Co-op workers submit cards for union election

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OURS RESORT...we have a deal for you! 

1/2 price on cabin rentals January 1-April 30, 2017! Call Sandy at the office for details: 763-525-1500


Study shows $15 wage would help workers while not harming business (click here for full 'Workday Minnesota' article)

Commentary: What's Wrong with Right to Work

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Hy-Vee Delaying Decision to Move Forward in Robbinsdale

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President Utecht is urging you to take this brief survey in opposition to Hy-Vee (click here)!


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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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. 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: http://www.ufcw653.org/…/2066/Allina_Support_Letter_Form.pdf


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


UFCW and Stamp Out Hunger Partnership

We are excited to announce that the UFCW International is a new national partner for the 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which will take place in 2016 on its traditional second Saturday in May: Saturday, May 14! (click here for further details: http://www.ufcw.org/…/ufcw-partners-with-nlac-for-stamp-ou…/ )

Local 653 will be providing bags for the food drive and volunteering at 5 Cub Foods drop sites. We hope you will join us in supporting this great cause!





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!





Welcome to UFCW Local 653

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 653 represents many jobs, including grocery store workers, nursing home employees, exposition services and paramedic ambulance employees. Strong, active and informed members are essential to the strength of your union. With the participation of our members, the union is able to gain for improved wages, benefits and working conditions. UFCW Local 653 is proud to offer members monthly newsletters, special eventstournamentsscholarshipsticket drawings and access to Ours Resort.

list_desi.jpg Union meetings will be held the first Monday of every month (October - May) starting at 6:30 p.m. Join us to find out more current information regarding your union. 

Union Plus Everyday Savings

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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