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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!

Tomorrow, April 20, 2017, the Minnesota Senate will vote on legislation that would steal paid sick days from 150,000 working Minnesotans. This so-called “preemption” bill would take away the ability of city councils across Minnesota to make decisions for our communities; decisions like raising the minimum wage or a paid family leave program. Your Senator needs to hear from you now!Follow this link to call your State Senator Tell them that you oppose this corporate attack on local control.

Your state Representative is debating the GOP Health and Human Services (HHS) budget bill right now: a bill that proposes to cut $540 million from our public health care programs. We need to stop it – it’s one way we can resist.Email your representative RIGHT NOW and tell them to vote NO on the House HHS Omnibus Budget bill.After giving $540 million away to the health insurance industry, with no strings attached, the GOP proposes to cut that much from our public health care programs.

(SAINT PAUL) – On September 7, 2016 the Saint Paul City Council passed an Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance requiring employers located in Saint Paul to provide employees working in Saint Paul with the ability to earn sick and safe time. The ESST ordinance requires the Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) to draft administrative rules to provide clarification and guidance on the requirements identified in the ordinance.The City of Saint Paul Rules for Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance are now available for public review and comment.

Word from the CEO:  While our busiest time of year is behind us, it’s important to know that MNsure enrolls Minnesotans year-round. If you’re currently without coverage or your life circumstances change, your eligibility to enroll through MNsure might change, too.  Enrollment in MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance is open year-round. If you think you or your children might be eligible, please check our income guidelines table.  You can also enroll in MNsure if you experience a qualifying life event. These include such events as a marriage or a permanent move.

How the Proposed Budget from the Trump adminstration affects Hardworking FamiliesEliminates funding and ends Community Development Block Grants Programs that helps cities fund such programs as Meals-On-Wheels, fund after school programs, and build parks.End LIHEAP- the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which provides funds to help elderly people pay monthly heating bills in the winter.End Legal Assistance Services- it would end funding for the Legal Services Corporation, which helps people with their legal issues, such as fighting evictions in court or getting protection from domest

Minnesota troublemakers are gathering for a day of strategizing and skills-building to strengthen our workers' movement. 
  • Hear from union leaders and activists about how to fight back at work and win.
  • Network and strategize with local organizers to take on the Trump agenda, budget cuts, greedy corporations, and the right-to-work threat.
When: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From goodjobsfirst.org, 3/8/17:  More than half of the nation’s 50 biggest cities and counties still fail to disclose online even the names of the companies receiving property tax abatements or other costly economic development incentives. Even fewer report incentive-deal outcomes: Only 13 of the 50 localities disclose the number of actual jobs created by one of their key incentive programs.  Read more here.

We need members to be alert and know that Big Money Groups are trying to take away paid sick days, a higher minimum wage, and local control.People shouldn't have to worry about whether they can take time off to care for a child or themselves if sick.Big business and the MN Grocers Association are pushing for a statewide ban on cities, enacting paid sick days or higher minimum wages.We need to stop this now!Call Governor Dayton's office at 651.201.3400 or 800.657.3717 and ask him to VETO any bill that restricts Local Control.For more info and how to get invovled: Call Bernie Hesse at 651.216