Meet UFCW Local 663

UFCW Local 663 Director and Office Staff biographies and photos. If you have additional questions please contact the Union Office.

Director Staff

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Jessica Hayssen joined the UFCW Local 663 family in 2017 and is proud to amplify the stories of the hard work that Local 663 members do and how they give back to the community. She believes that the…

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Jessica Hayssen

Director of Communications
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Michael Potter

Director of Packing
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Rena is originally from California and is Chinese American by way of Mexico. Her father was a restaurant worker and mother a domestic worker. They performed hard, low waged work and their jobs had no…

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Rena Wong

Director of Organizing
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Jessica Hayssen

Director of Communications

Jessica Hayssen joined the UFCW Local 663 family in 2017 and is proud to amplify the stories of the hard work that Local 663 members do and how they give back to the community. She believes that the power of our stories can be used to create better workplaces and communities. Jessica has held previous positions at the Minnesota AFL-CIO and AFSCME Council 5 standing up for hard working union families. She’s stood shoulder to shoulder with locked out sugar beet workers in western MN and went to jail for justice in solidarity with those who fight for $15 an hour at the MSP airport. She was a founding member of the national AFL-CIO Young Workers’ Advisory Council and founded Minnesota Young Workers as well as Minnesota Union Women’s’ groups. She is a long serving board member on the Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship Committee. Jessica finds inspiration in people’s lives, because our lives and our families are what drives us to build better lives. Our story is about coming together through collective bargaining to live our values. Jessica lives in south Minneapolis with a brilliant daughter and loyal Boston Terrier named Oliver.
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Michael Potter

Director of Packing

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Rena Wong

Director of Organizing

Rena is originally from California and is Chinese American by way of Mexico. Her father was a restaurant worker and mother a domestic worker. They performed hard, low waged work and their jobs had no union representation. Rena's family had no health insurance, retirement savings, or anything else. She attended UCLA on scholarship when the Justice for Janitors strike took place in Los Angeles in 2000. That fight by low wage workers (so much like her parents) to be visible and for a dignified living wage inspired Rena to join the labor movement. Against all odds, those workers dared to fight and hope—and they WON. It was Rena’s first glimpse of what is possible when workers organize to build power. After graduating in 2001, Rena became an organizer and have worked in Labor ever since. She started with AFSCME in San Francisco, and helped to rebuild a Local over two years and prepared members for a contract fight. Rena joined SEIU in 2004 after moving to Minnesota and was part of the Property Services Division, organizing thousands of subcontracted food, laundry, and janitorial workers like those that first inspired her. Now with UFCW Local 663, Rena’s goal is to build power for workers to set standards in our union’s core industries. By activating our members, organizing non-union workers and partnering with: other unions, faith groups and community organizations we can improve the lives of all workers across our society.

Office Staff

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Julie has worked in the union office since August 2003, first as the receptionist, then in membership accounting, and is now the bookkeeper. She enjoys interacting with Local 663 staff and members.…

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Julie Hilden

Bookkeeper
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Suzi started March 2010 in Membership Accounting. She is glad to have the opportunity to be working with a great team and is looking forward to helping you with any membership needs or concerns.…

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Suzi Knoblauch

Membership Accounting
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Dale Hilden joined 663 this past September. This past July, Dale retired after 31 years with IBM and AT&T. Six weeks later, he was transitioning to his new role as the Local 663 receptionist. Dale…

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Dale Hilden

Receptionist
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Julie Hilden

Bookkeeper

Julie has worked in the union office since August 2003, first as the receptionist, then in membership accounting, and is now the bookkeeper. She enjoys interacting with Local 663 staff and members. Julie and her husband have three grown sons. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, quilting, and knitting.
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Suzi Knoblauch

Membership Accounting

Suzi started March 2010 in Membership Accounting. She is glad to have the opportunity to be working with a great team and is looking forward to helping you with any membership needs or concerns. She is married to her husband Brad and has three wonderful sons: Eric, Logan, and Kaeden. She enjoys outdoor activities such as boating and skiing, but also enjoys the quiet family nights when her boys’ activities don't overwhelm her.
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Dale Hilden

Receptionist

Dale Hilden joined 663 this past September. This past July, Dale retired after 31 years with IBM and AT&T. Six weeks later, he was transitioning to his new role as the Local 663 receptionist. Dale quips, “I guess I failed at retirement!” All joking aside, Dale goes on to say, “Most of my time at IBM and AT&T was related to customer interaction and support, and I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to continue engaging with our members and the organization as a whole.” Dale is married with three grown sons and became a grandfather this past February. He is an avid Twins fan and enjoys playing golf, especially with his sons. If the name is somewhat familiar, he is married to Julie Hilden, who is the bookkeeper in the office. He adds, “Having your spouse train you on job functions makes for some interesting interactions, but we have handled it well so far. This is an outstanding team of individuals and I’m very pleased to be a part of this union family.”

UFCW Local 663 News

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