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August 14 is Primary Day in Minnesota. It is important that we make the voice of the UFCW heard. The Union Executive Board has endorsed candidates like Tim Walz and Keith Ellison for office based on how their support of working family issues, Unions and Union organizing, UFCW industries, and issues that are important to our members. We have a diverse membership in spanning the farthest reaches of the state and in industries that vary from grocery stores to nursing homes, hospitals to packing houses, medical cannabis to french fry production. We need to keep Unions strong in Minnesota and we have endorsed candidates that we believe will do just that. Here is a list of the candidates we have endorsed:

Governor and Lt. Governor: Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan
Attorney General: Keith Ellison

On July 28, 2018 new owners Tony Fragnito and Ben DeNucci celebrated their grand opening of the Nashwauk Market with Rib Fest Day. Last month Tony and Ben purchased Fred’s of Nashwauk form Larry Majewski who had owned and operated the store for the past 40 years.  The new owners have signed on to the current contract that was in place with Majewski. Our members have kept their health insurance and pension and other benefits.

Local 1189 heard news this morning that United Natural Foods has acquired SuperValu. While we do not have specific information relating to the future of the Cub Foods stores, members should rest assured that business will continue as usual and current Union contracts will remain in place and enforced.

On June 26, 2018 nominations were held for Local 1189 president, secretary-treasurer, recorder and vice presidents of the southern and northern executive boards.  As required by our bylaws, we held nominations at numerous sites within the jurisdictional boundaries of Local 1189.  Following is a slate of candidates that were nominated and their specific positions:

President:  Jennifer Christensen

Secretary-Treasurer:  Jim Gleb

Recording Secretary:  Jeanine Owusu

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