About Us

We are United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663. We are a union of more than 13,200 hard-working retail, meat packing and processing, food preparation and manufacturing, healthcare, and other workers in Minnesota and Iowa. We strive to improve the lives of our members and of all working families by fighting for economic, political, and social justice in our workplaces and communities. Local 663 is part of the 1.3 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

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United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663 has its beginnings in 1936. A charter was issued in 1936 by the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butchers Workman of North America whose international union was in Chicago to retail meat cutters.

In 1941 the grocery employees and food handlers became the first branch of 653, and became known as 653A. Both groups had separate Executive Boards but had the same constitution and Secretary Treasurer, who, in the beginning, was the principal officer for both groups. In 1941 Jerry Utecht became Secretary Treasurer, and there were 200 members in the local.

In 2018, we grew to over 13, 200 members strong and united with the merger of Local 1161 and 653. We continue to grow and stand together to build better lives for our families and communities.

UFCW Local 663 Union News

UFCW Local 663 Applauds Minnesota Gov. Walz for Action to Protect Grocery and Food Employees on Front Lines of Coronavirus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27, 2020 Union Praises Governor for Recognizing Grocery … [+]

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Daily Update from President Utecht

March 24, 2020Dear Member, I am continuing to work hard on your behalf to demand that… [+]

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Daily Update from President Utecht

March 23, 2020 Dear Member, Today I sent a letter to all of our union retail grocery … [+]

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