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Retail negotiations will begin in earnest in March of next year for the majority of Union Retail Grocery stores represented by UFCW Local 1189. We have designed a survey to gather information from you on what is important in your workplace and your thoughts and ideas regarding your collective bargaining agreement (your Union Contract). Your opinions and input are important. Take the Survey!

From MINNPOST 10/5/15:  The Congressional Progressive Caucus, co-chaired by Congressman Keith Ellison, said today that the new Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, signed by the U.S. and 11 Pacific Rim countries, is not a good deal for working families in any of the countries.  The deal now goes to Congress, where it's expected to generate lengthy debate. Supporters say it will end tariffs, promote free trade and ultimately benefit the U.S.

From bloomberg.com, 9/28/15:  Unions might never recover the strength they had decades ago, but recent signs suggest renewed support for labor, or at least an end to its run as a Republican bogeyman.  After building a campaign around his battle with government workers, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker abruptly ended his presidential campaign Sept. 21. His decision came a month after a Gallup Poll found that support for unions jumped 5 percentage points in the past year to its highest level nationwide since 2008.

AFSCME3800.org:  On Tuesday, September 29th from 12-1pm please join AFSCME 3800, AFSCME 3937 & Teamsters 320 at our Rally for Raises & Respect at Morrill Hall! We need to turn up the heat, show the University “No More Business As Usual,” & show our bargaining team they have our support.

From ufcw.org, Washington, D.C. — Today, Marc Perrone, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the nation, released the following statement regarding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.  “In the face of growing income inequality and poverty, Pope Francis has inspired not only his Catholic followers, but has helped raise the collective moral consciousness to an array of unjust economic policies that are hurting so many families all across the world.

From mprnews.org:  Minneapolis businesses are mobilizing against a proposed ordinance that would require them to create employee work schedules four weeks in advance.  Under the draft proposal, employers would have to compensate workers for any unexpected schedule changes. Mayor Betsy Hodges and key members of the City Council want to make Minneapolis the second city in the country with a so-called "fair scheduling" rule.   Read entire article here.

UFCW Local 1189's Director/Special Projects Bernie Hesse is a food champion for the Minnesota Food Charter.  The Charter is a roadmap to healthy, affordable, and safe food for all Minnesotans and is a tool to create healthy, prosperous communities.  It offers ways to ensure that nourishing food is accessible today and for future generations.  Read more about the Minnesota Food Charter here.  Read Bernie's food affordability food champion bio here.