Member Benefits

Member Benefits

The Members News and Events page has been set up to provide you with a one-stop spot to see what UFCW Local 653 events are coming, view the past events, as well as see the many benefits and information you can receive as a member of UFCW Local 653.

Check back often! These pages will change frequently depending on what events are held.

Financial aid opportunities for union members and their families. 

Union Activities
Upcoming events for members and their families, as well as pictures and information about past events. 

Dates, times and locations for both Membership and Executive Board meetings.

Retirees Club
Dates, time and location for Retirees Club meetings.

Get your UFCW Local 653 apparel here! 

UFCW Local 653 Members are eligible to win tickets for many events. Check here often to see what you could win! 

Ours Resort
Ours Resort is a year-round resort open specifically for active dues-paying members and retirees receiving a UFCW Local 653 pension. Ours Resort is owned by the Minneapolis Retail Meat Cutters & Food Handlers Properties, Inc.

UFCW Local 653's collective bargaining agreements. If you need a contract, contact us and we will send one to you. 

Select the Company and Store you work for to find what contract you are under and who your Union Representative is. 

Your Weingarten Rights

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:

1. Ask your supervisor if you might be disciplined as a result of the interview. If he/she says “No,” ask for a written statement to that effect. If he/she gives you such a statement, you must participate in the interview. If not, read him/her your Weingarten rights, remain for the meeting, take notes, and afterwards immediately contact your union representative.

2. If he/she says you might be disciplined but will not allow you to have a union representative present, read him your Weingarten rights, stay in the room, take notes, and do not respond to any questions. Afterwards, contact your union representative immediately. If the supervisor allows your union representative to be present, you should participate in the interview.
UFCW Local 653 Staff- I wish to thank you for your representation for union support shops at the Crow Wing County Fair. Your message to support “people” was loud and clear. As an individual that has several friends that work in the union groce… - Janet