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From workdayminnesota.org, 12/11/16:  WASHINGTON:  Led by National Nurses United and aided by 250,000 signatures from members of the Alliance for Retired Americans, a coalition of progressive groups delivered more than a million names on petitions to Congress to save Social Security and Medicare against threaten

From kstp.com, 11/1/16:  It's been three months since chronic pain became a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Minnesota. While the program continues to struggle with low enrollment and high costs, some see reasons for optimism.  One such reason is a recent uptick in patients. According to the most recent numbers from the state, more than 700 health care practitioners are now authorized to certify patients for the state's medical marijuana program, and nearly 4,000 Minnesotans are now enrolled.

Are you frustrated about healthcare costs, availability, or where to go to find affordable health insurance for a family member?

We need to change the system and start the discussion that healthcare is a right not a privilege.

We are forming a working group that would involve members in retail, long-term care, and allied industries.

If you want to throw in your hat and time- contact: Bernie Hesse at 651-216-3827 or bhesse@ufcw1189.org

Remember- Sit down and read.  Educate for the coming conflicts.

We knock, call, visit worksites to encourage members to get active in the process.  You have a right to take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time.

Election Day

Tuesday, November 8

Office of the MInnesota Secretary of State

mnvotes.org 1-877-600-VOTE

For volunteer activities: Bernie Hesse, 651-216-3827

No matter what a NYtimes journalist believes..This is the reality that workers face: They arrive at Walmart with dreams of rising in the ranks and developing a career, but a bureaucratic and discouraging system of managers who are only concerned with their stores’ bottom lines, and not the development of workers, keeps these new employees stranded at $9 an hour. The Times further reported that half a million employees leave the company each year.

Help UFCW Local 1189 in the Fight to Find a Cure!
Sunday October 16, 2016
4:00 pm at the Depot in Minneapolis
Please join Local 1189's team effort today by making a donation or join us for the walk (there is still time!)

Members often ask- why are we involved in politics?  Because we need to be engaged on the local, county, state, and federal level.  Most of the work is centered on the state house and state senate.  Our day-to-day lives are impacted by what they decide, fund, and guide with public policy.  We have helped shape new legislation in the last few years that have improved our members' lives.

For example, a broad coalition of groups worked together to increase funding for nursing homes.  The effect was an increase in wages and benefits for our members.

From thehill.com, 10/11/16:  Our health system is sick. One business executive quipped, “If you tried to design a health care system that didn't work, you couldn't have done a better job.”  High health care costs led to multiple reforms, from the Nixon era to the Obama administration. Those efforts aimed to save money by limiting provider networks, requiring referrals and prior authorizations, and using ever larger co-pays and deductibles.

93 million Americans who were eligible to vote did not vote 4 years ago.  The first step to voting on November 8 is to make sure your registration is updated with your current address before it's too late.  Click here to access Working America's website to help you with this.

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