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As the largest private employer in the country owned by America's richest family, Walmart has the power to change the lives of workers throughout our economy.  Walmart pays so little that many workers can't make ends meet and take care of their families.  Many are forced to rely on government assistance.  It is estimated that Walmart's low wages cost taxpayers $6.2 billion each year.  But there is hope for change.

We are in need of volunteers for GOTV.  If members are willing to road trip, we can set folks up in Eau Claire or LaCrosse (or any location of their choosing).  In the Hudson area, you can check in with the We Are Wisconsin office located at 522 2nd Street.  In the Superior area, opportunities are available through the ILA Hall located at 424 Tower.  For more information, please contact Director Bernie Hesse at Local 1189.

The Food and Nutrition Commission believes that future policy makers and community leaders in Minnesota who understand the importance of food to our state and local communities are critical to achieving a diverse and just food system that eliminates hunger, increases access to nutritious food, and improves the health of all Minnesotans.  This effort of the Food and Nutrition Commission outlines questions aimed to raise awareness and promote public discourse around the many issues affecting Minnesota’s food system -- issues such as food security, hunger, nutrition, health, food assistance, f

All across the country, corporations and the ultra-wealthy are funneling unprecedented amounts of money into our political system.  Their goal is to create an unbalanced and unfair economy where wages are as low as possible and profits replace respect for the workers that created them.  Active Ballot Club (ABC) seeks to level the playing field. By bringing together thousands of workers, our political concerns can be amplified to a decibel that is impossible to ignore.  ABC turns pocket change into big change for working families by fighting for:

The Local will be hosting a fundraiser on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the UFCW Local 1189 Union Hall (266 Hardman Ave. N., South Saint Paul), to show support and raise funds for workers displaced by the Dakota Premium plant closure which left 275 workers out of work, and to assist the 125 workers from the Rainbow/Roundy’s sell off who were left without employment. All funds raised at the event will be used for emergency assistance, which will be administered by the AFL-CIO Community Services of the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation.

UFCW Local 1189 will be one of the many Unions at the MN AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion at the State Fair! Contact Bernie Hesse for more information and to sign up for a shift at the State Fair!  The fun runs from August 26-Labor Day.  There will be tons of fun programming for union members, working families, and kids. There will be a kids' mock voting, musicians, coloring contests, live actors playing historical activists, plays, a Labor Day parade, and demonstrations from Building Trades just at our building.

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