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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 The Washington Post, 7/28/16:  Whole Foods Market says it's "America's Healthiest Grocery Store."  Now, the grocery chain is looking to update its slogan to reflect a loftier moniker: "World'sHealthiest Grocery Store."  Unfortunately for the grocer's efforts, the U.S.

From Citizens Trade Organization:  Last month, thousands of Citizens Trade Campaign supporters submitted testimony to both the Democratic and Republican Party Platform Committees, urging them to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreemet in their party platforms. Unfortunately, the drafting committee for the Democratic Party has since met, and decided not to include a clear rejection of the TPP in its draft platform.  The full Democratic Platform Committee is meeting later this week, however, and they have the opportunity to fix that error, by issuing a clear condemnation of

The City of Saint Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force has completed their recommendations for a possible earned sick and safe leave policy in the City of Saint Paul. Individuals will have upcoming opportunities to provide community feedback before the recommendations are finalized and provided to Mayor Coleman and Saint Paul City Council.

Thanks to massive public opposition, there’s little chance that the job-killing, planet-destroying Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be voted on before the November election.  As a result of millions of people like you speaking out, being pro-TPP has become a huge political liability for any elected official.  So what are the corporations behind the TPP trying to do?  They want to schedule a TPP vote immediately after the election.

May 26, 2016  Illinois Labor Movement Rallies Thousands at State Capital:  Thousands of union members, led by Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan (IBEW) and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez (UFCW), rallied in Springfield to

On August 1, the union contract covering 39,000 IBEW and CWA members up and down the East Coast expired. Now, workers are working without a contract and continue their fight for a fair agreement while on the job.  Despite making $18 billion in profits in the last 18 months and top executives raking in $249 million over the last five years, Verizon is still insisting on slashing job security, health care, and retirement security, and refuses to engage in serious bargaining towards a fair contract.

U.S. Rep. Richard Nolan becomes the 69th cosponsor for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act.  Minnesota became an industrial hemp state in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the Farm Bill in 2015 by way of the state's Omnibus. In mid-2015, Representatives Hamilton, Poppe and C. Johnson introduced HF 14 to authorize the state's Industrial Hemp Development Act, which would establish a farm opportunity loan fund and make appropriations to support the program. The passage of H.R. 525, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, is critical to support state efforts.

Despite a tidal wave of public opposition, the architects of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue to push the pact hard in the hopes of seeing it passed this year.  Today, administration officials are trying to spin a new U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) study about the TPP as supportive of the agreement.  We need your help correcting the record with Members of Congress.