Are you a soccer fan?
How would you like to go to the first-ever soccer match at Target Field on Saturday, June 25th?
Be sure to check out April's Fact Finder to learn more about your chance to win! Click here to view this month's Fact Finder:http://www.ufcw653.org/files/5014/6012/9184/Apr_FF.pdf
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!
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!
As Hy-Vee opens stores across the Twin Cities area, we urge them to be a good employer and respect the workers' choice to join together in a union without interference or fear of retaliation, should they seek to do so. Add your name now!
Change of Ownership
What This Means for You:
- Starting today, we are discounting all of our inventory 15% and will work to sell as much as possible by our close date of September 30, 2015. Lunds & Byerlys will start renovations October 1 with plans to reopen the store in early November. When it opens, the store hours will be 6AM to midnight, 7 days a week.
- We are thankful that all Glen Lake's Market employees have the opportunity to interview with Lunds & Byerlys for a position at this store. It is their desire to hire most, if not all, of our employees.
- Local, family-owned company led by Tres Lund
- Founded in 1939; 27 locations and growing
- Named a Star Tribune Top Workplace in 2014
- Deeply committed to creating a sensational working and shopping experience
For Immediate Release Media Contact: Aaron Sorenson, Lund Food Holdings, Inc., 952-915-2694, Aaron.Sorenson@lfhi.com
Lund Food Holdings, Inc. Acquires Glen Lake’s Market in Minnetonka
EDINA, Minn. (September 21, 2015) – Lund Food Holdings, Inc., parent company of Lunds & Byerlys, announced its purchase of Glen Lake’s Market, a 25,000-square-foot grocery store located at 14400 Excelsior Boulevard in Minnetonka.
“We look forward to the opportunity to bring our brand of extraordinary food, exceptional service and passionate expertise to those in and around the Glen Lake area in Minnetonka,” said Tres Lund, president and CEO of Lund Food Holdings, Inc.
The store will temporarily be closed beginning October 1 so it can be reset and rebranded. When it reopens in early November as a Lunds & Byerlys, the store hours will be 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.
Glen Lake’s Market employs approximately 50 people, and all of them will have the opportunity to interview for positions with Lunds & Byerlys with the goal of retaining as many of the store’s current employees as possible.
“While it was a very difficult decision for us to close this store, we couldn’t be more pleased that Lunds & Byerlys was willing to purchase it to provide the best long-term benefit for our employees, customers and the community,” said Alan Commins, General Manager of Glen Lake’s Market. “Lunds & Byerlys has a demonstrated commitment to providing a sensational working and shopping experience.”
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About Lund Food Holdings, Inc. With 27 locations throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area, Lunds & Byerlys is family owned and committed to providing every customer with a sensational shopping experience. The company’s extended family of employees has an unwavering focus on exceeding expectations through extraordinary food, exceptional service and passionate expertise. Learn more at www.LundsandByerlys.com.
Front Page of Star Tribune Business Section:
Watchdog Minnesota Bureau publishes article about the grocery store dispute. Click below for full article:
Workday Minnesota publishes another article on Fresh Seasons dispute:
No one in America should have to fight alone for a better life. Let’s join together—send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakeshore Weekly News Publishes Article on Glen Lake Protest
If you do the work, you deserve to get paid! Sign the petition below regarding overtime pay:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
If you do the work, you deserve to get paid.
Almost all UFCW members are guaranteed overtime pay when they work extra hours. Unfortunately, our outdated overtime rules are denying millions of Americans the same benefit.
CLICK HERE TO HELP UPDATE OUR OVERTIME RULES (https://actionnetwork.org/…/if-you-do-the-work-you-deserve-…).
Currently, a salaried employee making as little as $24,000 per year is exempt from earning overtime pay – 1.5 times their hourly wage – when they work more than 40 hours in a week. This allows businesses to “promote” people into management positions, pay them a modest salary and then shift extra hours in the stores to them with no extra overtime pay. Lots of workers would love the chance to work those extra hours, but our outdated overtime laws make it too easy for corporations to give those to their salaried employees.
The Department of Labor has proposed raising the overtime eligibility threshold to $50,000 to help fix this problem. Requiring employers to provide more salaried employees with overtime pay will encourage employers to hire more workers or schedule people for more hours – a win-win for hard-working men and women and their families.
If we want to see more workers earn overtime then we need to hear your voice. TELL SECRETARY OF LABOR PEREZ THAT YOU SUPPORT UPDATING OVERTIME RULES.
Thank you for helping to ensure that more workers are paid fairly for the hours they work.
KARE 11 Airs Story on Our Fight with Wartman
Protesters haven't left 2 grocery stores since opening (read more and watch video...)
Local 653 Featured in OnPoint!
Fighting for Fresh Seasons workers
Stand With Fresh Seasons Workers in Their Fight to Be Paid:
Former Fresh Seasons workers from UFCW Local 653 are fighting for lost payments owed to them following store closures. Read more.
WWW.TOMWARTMAN.INFO (Click below)
We are excited to share with you www.tomwartman.info. Read the individual stories of former Fresh Seasons employees and sign the online petition! Please share with your friends!
To: Matt Utecht-President, UFCW Local 653
From: Dale Riley-Co-Founder of Fresh Seasons Market
As a Co-Founder, and former President of Fresh Seasons Market, I feel it is important at this time for me to state my feelings about the past support that UFCW Local 653 provided to the employees of Fresh Seasons Market, and to the management of Fresh Seasons as well.
Without the support of 653, including you Matt, Fresh Seasons would not have been able to keep our doors open for business. While I was President of Fresh Seasons, I asked 653 for permission to ask our employees, your members, to vote on substantial wage and benefit reductions. Not only did you allow the vote, you presented the facts of Fresh Seasons financial situation factually, and with a clear understanding of the benefit to Fresh Seasons should the concessions be approved. The concessions were approved, and the day following the vote, 653 purchased Fresh Seasons gift cards from our store to give to our employees to help with the reduction of income they would be experiencing. Not only did this help our employees, it also provided several thousands of dollars in cash for our business.
For the record, Local 653 was a true partner to Fresh Seasons Market. And, on behalf of the dozens of former Fresh Seasons employees, that helped build and run very successful supermarkets in the communities of Glen Lake and Victoria, THANK YOU Local 653, for your support of these great people as they try to recoup any compensation that may be due them.
Letters Addressing Glen Lake and Victoria Communities from President Matt Utecht:
Dear Glen Lake Community:
The Glen Lake's Market has recently distributed a bulletin criticizing UFCW Local 653's efforts to seek justice for the former employees of Fresh Seasons market. I want to make sure that the record is set straight.
First, let me be clear about the Union's purpose. We want the former employees of Fresh Seasons to be paid what they are owed. Period. Any claim that the Union is out here solely to "intimidate and spread false accusations" so that Glen Lake's Market will "sign a union contract" is completely false. We're here for one reason: justice for our members. The moment that Tom Wartman, as owner of Fresh Seasons, pays his former employees what they are owed, this Union will consider this dispute resolved, pack up, and go. And we believe that Tom Wartman can make that happen any time he wants.
Second, before you buy in to these negative claims about the Union, read Mr. Commins' letter closely. He begins by accusing the Union of making "false accusations" "that employees were cheated out of money." And then in the next paragraph admits that when "Fresh Seasons closed its doors . . . some of the Fresh Seasons Market's past employees did not receive accrued vacation pay, benefits and a disputed pension amount." If anyone is spreading false information, it is certainly not the Union.
And finally, make no mistake: the Union is not "anti-business" as Mr. Commins would apparently like you to believe. We're pro-employee. We fight for the rights of our members, who also happen to be your friends, family, and neighbors. That's why we're here. Wouldn't you do the same?
President, UFCW Local 653
Dear Victoria Community:
The Victoria’s Market has recently distributed a bulletin criticizing UFCW Local 653's efforts to seek justice for the former employees of Fresh Seasons market. I want to make sure that the record is set straight.
First, let me be clear about the Union's purpose. We want the former employees of Fresh Seasons to be paid what they are owed. Period. Any claim that the Union is out here solely to "intimidate and spread false accusations" so that Victoria’s Market will "sign a union contract" is completely false. We're here for one reason: justice for our members. The moment that Tom Wartman, as owner of Fresh Seasons, pays his former employees what they are owed, this Union will consider this dispute resolved, pack up, and go. And we believe that Tom Wartman can make that happen any time he wants.
Second, before you buy in to these negative claims about the Union, read Mr. Jedlicka's letter closely. He begins by accusing the Union of making "false accusations" "that employees were cheated out of money." And then in the next paragraph admits that when "Fresh Seasons closed its doors . . . some of the Fresh Seasons Market's past employees did not receive accrued vacation pay, benefits and a disputed pension amount." If anyone is spreading false information, it is certainly not the Union.
And finally, make no mistake: the Union is not "anti-business" as Mr. Jedlicka would apparently like you to believe. We're pro-employee. We fight for the rights of our members, who also happen to be your friends, family, and neighbors. That's why we're here. Wouldn't you do the same?
President, UFCW Local 653
Workday Minnesota Picks Up Labor Review Story
Glen Lake's Market Picketing Begins 6/17/15
Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation came out Day 1 at Glen Lake's Market to interview former Fresh Seasons employees. Article and pictures can be found on their Facebook page or by clicking here.
Front Page of Minneapolis Labor Review! (click here for full article)
Victoria's Market Informational Picketing (Articles, Pictures and Info to Volunteer Below!)
UFCW Local 653's legal counsel, Tim Louris, stopped by the picket line to show his support this past weekend and there was an appearance from Tom Wartman himself. See pictures below.
Rich Gannon, former NFL quarterback and sports commentator for CBS Sports and Sirius XM NFL Radio stopped by the picket line at Victoria's Market yesterday. He told President Utecht, "I'm a union man!" Rich has 18 years in the NFL Players Association and is currently a member of the Broadcasting Union. He supports UFCW Local 653's efforts against Tom Wartman and the nonunion operation of Victoria's Market.
Two former Fresh Seasons employees (pictured below) also met Rich Gannon, former NFL quarterback and sports commentator for CBS Sports and Sirus XM NFL Radio, yesterday on the picket line in Victoria.
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Chanhassen Villager Article On Our Efforts: Click here!
Volunteers Still Needed! Contact Scott Larson at 612-961-6305.
Welcome to UFCW Local 653
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 lot of neat stuff. The grandkids are very happy and looking forward to our trip to Ours Resort next June. Thanks for being such a great union.