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President Matt Utecht petitions the mayor and city council members of Brooklyn Park in effort to combat Hy-Vee. See his letter to Mayor Lunde below.

Hy-Vee Letter to Mayor Lunde from President Matt Utecht

President Utecht's Letter to Public Re. Victoria's Market

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Anti- Hy-Vee Position: PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!

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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 Unfortunately, our outdated overtime rules are denying millions of Americans the same benefit.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 Lots of workers would love the chance to work those extra hours, but our outdated overtime laws make it too easy for corporations to give those to their salaried employees.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.


 



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ONE of MANY of Tom Wartman's Home

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KARE 11 Airs Story on Our Fight with Wartman

Protesters haven't left 2 grocery stores since opening (read more and watch video...)
 

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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.

 
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WWW.TOMWARTMAN.INFO (Click below)

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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!



IMPORTANT!!! Call to Action: Please Sign the Overtime Petition HERE!!!

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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?

Sincerely,


Matt Utecht
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?

Sincerely,


Matt Utecht
President, UFCW Local 653 


Workday Minnesota Picks Up Labor Review Story

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Glen Lake's Market Picketing Begins 6/17/15

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ResortCamp 653 and our Hall 653 banquet facility.

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