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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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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.

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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UFCW President Perrone: Hard-Working Americans Have Sent a Message Loud and Clear—No TPP
Says Failure to Advance Fast Track a Stinging Defeat for TPP Proponents

WASHINGTON, D.C.Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance fast track legislation.

“All across this country, hard-working Americans from every political stripe have sent a message loud and clear—no more trade deals that destroy American jobs and families. The failure of the Senate to advance fast track legislation is not only a stinging defeat for supporters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); it makes clear that the American people will not be fooled into supporting another bad trade deal.

“Just a few weeks ago, all of the pundits believed that fast track and the TPP were a lock to pass: they were wrong. Our 1.3 million members, the entire labor movement, progressive Democrats, and conservative Republicans have all stood up and spoke out against this disastrous trade deal. More importantly, this is what is possible when we all stand together and fight for what is right for our families, our jobs, and our nation. While this battle is far from over, we can only hope that President Obama and every TPP supporter hears the voices of the American people and understands that this is a fight they cannot and should not win.” 


UFCW President Perrone: We are Determined to See Fast Track Defeated

WASHINGTON, D.C.Marc Perrone, International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), today released the following statement in response to the agreement reached on trade promotion authority or fast track.

“The TPP and fast track are not just wrong for America, they will hurt every hard-working family. The fact that Democrats and Republicans support TPP is a bipartisan insult to the millions of men and women struggling to find good jobs and earn a decent living.

Make no mistake, we are determined to see this legislation defeated. Our members will mobilize across the United States to call on Congress to stand up for hard-working families. While we may not be able to change every mind, our voices will be heard. And we will remember those who turned their back on America’s workers by voting for another destructive trade deal.”

A copy of President Perrone’s Wednesday op-ed in The Hill is linked here and copied below.

April 15, 2015, 02:00 pm

Trans-Pacific Partnership will harm middle and working class Americans

By Marc Perrone

Four years ago, after careful consideration, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) decided to endorse the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement, making us one of the only labor unions to do so. We viewed the Korea deal—which had improved labor standards and was estimated  to create over 20,000 jobs in the meat sector, as a small, but not insignificant, step forward on global trade policy. As the union that represents hundreds of thousands of meatpacking and food processing workers, we support fair trade agreements that open up new markets to sell UFCW-made products abroad.

This time it’s different. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not the Korea free trade agreement. It is neither free nor fair. And the UFCW is determined to see it defeated.

The truth is as we’ve heard during past trade debates, many Republicans and even some Democrats, repeatedly say that the TPP won’t hurt families or communities, or devastate industries, unions, or the middle and working classes.

America’s families know from experience the brutal reality will be quite different.

Over the last three decades, in large part because of bad trade deals, Americans have worked harder than ever, while wages remain stagnant.  Income and economic inequality has grown to historically high levels. Industry consolidation, fueled by unchecked global competition, has led to countless jobs being lost. Good union jobs have been decimated across nearly every state and replaced by either no job, or non-union jobs that barely pay above minimum wage.

As for the TPP, while a bipartisan chorus will sing the praises of this trade deal, they choose to ignore the truth that it is America’s working men and women, not them, who will pay the price as irresponsible corporations justify future cuts to wages, hours, and jobs–all in the name of “international competition.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, the TPP goes even further by rolling back regulations that could be construed as a “barrier to trade,” which includes environmental, consumer, and labor protections. And, if there were any remaining doubts, this massive trade deal, which will impact tens of millions of American jobs, has been put together in secret, with the advice and counsel of hundreds of corporate special interests with absolutely no input from labor or other groups that fight on behalf of the working and middle classes.

Given all that we know, how any elected official, Democrat or Republican, can support the TPP is inexplicable.  

So, on behalf of the 1.3 million hard-working men and women of the UFCW, we are calling on every member of Congress to oppose the TPP and the fast-track legislation that would make it possible to pass the TPP.

Let me be very clear, no elected official, regardless of political party, who is truly interested in making the economy better and fairer, can responsibly support the TPP. Simply put, this trade deal, like so many others, is bad for our workers, families, and shared future.

In the end, while we may not be able to change every mind, we will remember those elected officials who stood with America’s workers by voting for jobs and against another destructive trade deal. More to the point, we join with the AFL-CIO and other unions that refuse to support any member of Congress that decides to put narrow self-interests above the interests of hard-working families.

Marc Perrone is International President of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).


Here We Go, Fighting the Fight Together

On the morning of Thursday, March 12, 2015, President Matt Utecht went to the construction site of New Hope's Hy-Vee to visit with our fellow unionist who are on an informational picketing line. Construction and General Laborers' Union Local 563, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers Local 10, United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local Union No.96 were all out on the informational picket line. Local 653 was out supporting our fellow locals by meeting them on that informational line. If you happen to be in area please show your support with a generous honk of your horn and thumbs up. United we stand! (pictures below)


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Marc Perrone Elected President of 1.3 Million Member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

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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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