Organizing

Why Union?

Hard working men and women are seeing their way of life on the verge of collapse as health insurance costs skyrocket, pensions disappear, and real wages stagnate. The future of working families depends on a united voice that can stand up to powerful interests.

The working men and women of the UFCW are that voice.

UFCW members work in a number of different industries in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada but are concentrated in grocery stores, meatpacking and poultry plants, food processing and manufacturing plants, and retail stores.

Unions are making a difference.

With most of the economic benefits of our economy going to corporate America, working people are using the power of collective action to get their fair share.

Every worker deserves affordable health insurance, prescription drug coverage, living wages, safe working conditions, equal opportunity, a secure pension and a voice in the workplace.

UFCW Local 653 represents over 12,000 members in the Minneapolis and surrounding areas.

Workers never got anything without uniting for it.

  • The 40-hour workweek 
  • The 8-hour workday 
  • Overtime 
  • Sick leave 
  • Paid vacation 
  • Company-paid health insurance 
  • Pensions 
  • Safety and health protections 
  • Grievance procedure for violation of worker rights 
  • Fairness in promotions and assignments 
  • Higher wages and fair treatment on the job 
  • Right to respect from managers 


Just think of what you and your co-workers may be able to win if you had a union contract!

UFCW Local 653- Thank you so much for the gift cards I received at the Health Fair. I thought the Health Fair was a huge success. It was informative and fun. The free immunizations were great! I hope you continue to have the Health Fair. Thank you again! - Carol