Minneapolis area grocery store workers approve contract

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  • Updated: March 3, 2013 - 8:54 PM

Grocery store workers in the western half of the metro area are reporting to work under a new contract approved Sunday.

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stevedelappMar. 3, 1311:40 PM

With 10,000 workers approving this contract are the readers of the Star Tribune, the only people who haven't got a clue about the terms of the contract?

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casskempMar. 4, 1312:36 AM

Details are another wage freeze, which is now the 7th year without a raise. A 1 year contract because they are afraid of Obama care and the fact the stores want the workers to pay for almost all of there insurance. Oh and they removed the letter about forcing a cut in health/welfare plan if funds are below 66%, whatever that means. Either way the union bent over and took it in the backside as usual. Thank 653 for watching out for your members, making sure they get no cost of living raises for 7 years while inflation and cost of living skyrockets, members see more money going to taxes and your office workers make a cushy 80,000 a year while a top full time worker supporting their family makes 50,000 before taxes and your bottom part time workers make less than some one who works at McDonald's, making state minimum wage and waiting a full year before eligible for part time benefits like insurance. Way to screw people over. I think that about sums up the contract details.

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videocatMar. 4, 13 3:48 AM

Do you mean not one of the workers was willing to share a single caveat of information??? With Obamacare looming, in 2014, fulltime jobs will be a thing of the past along with health care benefits provided by private companies. Aren't these the same union voters who supported Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections? Where's the vote of confidence?

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mpdad1638Mar. 4, 13 5:14 AM

Well done to UCFW workers. You earned a good contract and got one. Your helping protect the middle class.

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fwallenMar. 4, 13 6:42 AM

No increase n 7 years makes sense. These traditional Grocers are competing against behemoths that pay much less and have cut into the grocers gross. Workers have a distinct choice; do you want a wage freeze or no wage. No wage is a distinct possibility the grocer is out of business. Some of these have been on life support for a year or more, so think before you judge.

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casskempMar. 4, 13 6:48 AM

Remember being in the union is not a choice if you work at a grocery store and just because you are part of it does not mean you support their political ambitions. Also don't forget we all need a job. My husband is part of that union and we are republican. He feels like they say it passed even when it doesn't because the last contract was the same thing and everyone he talked to at his store and numerous others voted "No". So until you walk in those employees shoes don't judge because then you are as bad as their union.

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