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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!

Minnesota Medical Solutions opened its door to Minnesota state legislators this fall, presenting policy makers and other key officials a glimpse into the start and progress of the state's medical cannabis industry, which was authorized by the legislature in 2014.  Watch it here.

Congressman Keith Ellison and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be holding a discussion on the future of affordable housing in the Twin Cities on Friday, October 30, 2015.  Click the link for more information:  PDF icon Castro Event Flyer.pdf

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 mnfoodcharter.com; 9/24/15:A recently-passed bill will create more licensed butchers in Minnesota, supporting the Northeast region and keeping farms connected to consumers.  While Minnesotans’ appetite for locally-processed meat is as hearty as ever, the unfortunate reality is that small-town butchers are fewer and farther between than ever before. Two-thirds of the owners of small Minnesota meat processing facilities are at or near retirement age, with only one-third with succession plans.

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.

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