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On this page are frequently asked questions that come up about your union contract and benefits. Remember, if you have additional questions that aren’t covered here or on the website, please call 763-525-1500 and ask to speak to your union representative.
No, you do not lose your vacation or holidays if you don’t take them. The union encourages you to take your vacation and holidays following your anniversary date after you have earned those weeks and days. Please ask your employer for all vacation and holidays owed after your yearly anniversary date, along with your total hours worked and paid for, and your current rate of pay.
The first thing to do is contact your department head and/or store manager. Then if the injury is not too serious, fill out the First Report of Injury form. If you have general questions about your rights, we recommend two attorneys for workers compensation issues. They will be happy to answer any questions for members of Local 663. If you need to retain them for representation, you will be responsible for their fees.
1700 Highway 36 West Suite 110
Roseville, MN 55113
No. Any time you work a shift Monday – Saturday, regardless of length of shift, the employer is obligated to make a Health and Welfare contribution on your behalf.
Yes. As long as you’re receiving the proper grocery rate of pay and the employer is still making Health and Welfare and Pension contributions, you can perform any duties with the exception of a journeyman/apprentice meat cutter’s duties.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave.
FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women.
FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees. These employers must provide an eligible employee with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for any of the following reasons:
Employees are eligible for leave if they have worked for their employer at least 12 months, at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles. Whether an employee has worked the minimum 1,250 hours of service is determined according to FLSA principles for determining compensable hours or work.
Time taken off work due to pregnancy complications can be counted against the 12 weeks of family and medical leave.
A final rule effective on January 16, 2009, updates the FMLA regulations to implement new military family leave entitlements enacted under the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008.
In 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in the Weingarten decision, that an employee is entitled to have a union representative present during any interview which may result in his or her discipline. It is up to you to insist on union representation. If you fail to do so, you may waive your rights.
If you are called into a meeting with any management representative and have reason to believe that disciplinary action may result, read them your Weingarten rights:
“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative or steward be present at this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.”
Do the following:
First Monday of each month, October through May. Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis North, 6300 Earle Brown Drive in Brooklyn Center.
Visit the Events Page for all UFCW663 Events!
Any time you are out of the industry for over 45 days.
Send in a written request to UFCW Local 663 within 45 days of your last day of employment. Mail, email or fax the following information:
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Last four digits of your social security number
Last Day Worked
Thanks to grocery store workers who come into work and risk their lives to help the community and put food on our plates so I want…...[+] MORE"– Regis
May 4, 2020 Dear Grocery Store Workers, I would like to thank you for the courage you have to go to work every day. You are…...[+] MORE"– Yara Rios-Qurioga
Major kudos, thanks, and tons of gratitude to Jennifer working as a cashier at Cub in Brooklyn Center! She was so patient and…...[+] MORE"– Susan
No words can explain the amount of gratitude I have for all essential workers. This pandemic has opened my eyes to see how…...[+] MORE"– Carmina
Thank you for making this time a bit more bearable for everybody :) Your work truly means a lot and I really hope you all stay…...[+] MORE"– Carmina
Shoutout to the front end team at the cub foods in Apple Valley, especially Monica who took the time to wipe down every…...[+] MORE"– Dave
Thank you to my students' parents, who work in grocery stores and keep families fed!...[+] MORE"– Melanie Goldberg
Just wanted to reply with a heartfelt and mindful message of gratitude for all your efforts advocating for me and all my fellow…...[+] MORE"– anon
Thank you to all of the grocery store workers holding it down for our communities. I pledge to #ShopSmart and wear a mask and…...[+] MORE"– Jessica
Thank You for taking this risk to keep our pantries stocked!...[+] MORE"– Tracy
I work for Festival Brooklyn park .we had a customer who wanted to show her appreciation for our hard work she picked up the…...[+] MORE"– Barb
Full of gratitude and thankfulness for all people who work tirelessly to put food and grocery items on the shelves for our…...[+] MORE"– Mike
Thank you all for working long hours, dealing with the madness and doing it with such dedication !...[+] MORE"– Pam D
Thank you to my meat cutters, stockers and employees at shakopee cub foods . We have worked extra hard on putting meat in the…...[+] MORE"– Jeremy dvorak
Major kudos, thanks, and tons of gratitude to Star working as a cashier at Cub in Bloomington! She was so patient and helpful…...[+] MORE"– Jessica
I Appreciate All of my staff at the Eden prairie store! We have been working non-stop-and I couldn’t get through this hard time…...[+] MORE"– Kerri Shay
Thank you for everything you do! In this critical time grocery workers ARE emergency workers!!...[+] MORE"– Casey Hudek
you selfless workers should be praised beyond words for your help to us all it allow our families to get all they need to items we…...[+] MORE"– jean
there are no words of gratitude honoring each and everyone of our grocery workers ESPECIALLY CUB FOODS...[+] MORE"– ronnie
Cub foods is a great employee and creates a solid team in its store who support each other and to be there as a team to keep…...[+] MORE"– Linda Gervais
Thank you SO much for everything you are doing for our communities. You are all so appreciated. Stay safe and be well....[+] MORE"– Shelby L
Thank you to all of you working extra hours, stocking shelves, putting up with A-HOLE customers and being you! You’re some of…...[+] MORE"– AJ Wentzlaff
Proud of my cub team. Stay strong stay safe. I love you all...[+] MORE"– Ashley Krohn
Thank you for all the hard work that you are doing during this time! You are appreciated! you are ensuring that people have food…...[+] MORE"– Carrie Monroe
Thanks...[+] MORE"– Susan Berndt
Dear President Utecht, Thank you for your email and for guiding and fighting for our union members during this unprecedented time…...[+] MORE"– Monica Hays
Thank you so much for the State Fair tickets!! My family had a great time and the weather was perfect!! We really appreciate it,…...[+] MORE"– Lori O, Cub Foods Maple Grove
Just a note to thank you so very much for the State Fair tickets you sent us. My wife and I had a great time. The weather was…...[+] MORE"– Chuck and Vicki Johnson
Dear UFCW Local 663, Thank you so much for the $100 gift card. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is appreciated. My bout with…...[+] MORE"– Beth Smith
Hello Staff of 663, This note is very late getting to you, so please accept my apologies. It means so much to our family that you…...[+] MORE"– Kelly Lego and Family
I thought I would send you a quick note to say that I just received my first pension check. Hopefully the first of many. I…...[+] MORE"– Jim Kammerer
Thank you very much for the Wild Tickets. It was my first game and I had a lot of fun....[+] MORE"– Kayla Brisk
Dear Mr. Utecht and UFCW Local 663, We wanted to thank you very much. Our daughter, Jaclyn Zirbes, who has worked at the Chaska…...[+] MORE"– Mary Jo and John Zirbes
Matt Utecht and UFCW Local 663, I wanted to thank you so much for the $1000 Educational Grant that I received. I was so excited…...[+] MORE"– Jaclyn Zirbes
Thank yo uso much for the 4 State Fair tickets. We went on Friday, August 31, with out daughter, Joy, who is an art teacher. She…...[+] MORE"– Suzy Blewett
Thank you so very much for the State Fair tickets. We went the first day....[+] MORE"– Deb Woodruff
Thank you so very much for the 4 tickets to the MN State Fair. I had a wonderful time....[+] MORE"– Diane Radde
Workers Union Local 653, I want to thank you for the State Fair tickets from the drawing last month. We has a great time!...[+] MORE"– Sandy Drake
Thank you for the MN Zoo tickets. We had a great time. Perfect weather. And we rode a camel too! So thank you again....[+] MORE"– Jim Cagle and Gary Peterson
Thank you very much for the State Fair tickets. I am really looking forward to going this year. I love the food! Thanks again....[+] MORE"– Susan Hernandez
Thank you very much for the MN State Fair tickets! I am looking forward to attending the State Fair with my family. The fair is…...[+] MORE"– Karina Monson
Thank you very much for the $1000 educational grant! Being an employee of the Eagan Lunds & Byerlys store I have been working very…...[+] MORE"– Karina Monson
Thank you for the State Fair tickets. Can't believe it is that time of the year again. We will enjoy all the sights and smells…...[+] MORE"– Mary Ann Mingo
Thank you so much for your generous donation of Twins Tickets and for hosting a table! I know all of the associates had a…...[+] MORE"– Innsbruck Foundation
Thank you for the 4 fair tickets. I will enjoy the fair....[+] MORE"– David Belille
Matt and everyone at Local 663, Thank you for the Wild tickets you donated to my daughter in laws breast cancer benefit. I…...[+] MORE"– Nancy Brazil
Matt Utecht and staff, Many thanks for the State Fair tickets and Renaissance Festival tickets you sent us. Our family had a…...[+] MORE"– Chuck & Vicki Johnson and Family
Thank you so much for the State Fair tickets. My family had an awesome time at the fair. Thanks for all the things you do for us…...[+] MORE"– Elsie Nelson
Thanks so much for the MN Zoo Tickets! My daughter and I went last week and had a great time. Loved seeing all the animals,…...[+] MORE"– Sue Godfrey- Rockford Rd
Thank you for the two tickets that I won on the MN United FC Soccer game on May 12th. I was able to use the tickets and bring…...[+] MORE"– Jaclyn Zirbes
Thank you so much for the MN Zoo Tickets. I will surely appreciate a fun day at the zoo!...[+] MORE"– Carolyn Essmann
Thank you for the zoo tickets. I can't remember the last time I went there (Probably as a chaperone for a field trip). Now my…...[+] MORE"– Mary Ann Mingo
I just want to thank you for all the tickets I received in the past. The grandkids and I have a great time with all of them.…...[+] MORE"– Dorothy
Thanks for donating the Bears vs Vikings tickets. I was lucky enough to win and the seats were awesome! I took my sister who is a…...[+] MORE"– Wendy Eck
Thank you so much for the great seats to the MN Wild game on 12-27. It was a hard-fought game against the Dallas Stars whom we…...[+] MORE"– Joanne and Dan Irvin
UFCW Local 663 - Thank you so much for the Kowalski’s gift cards that I won. I was very surprised, thanks again....[+] MORE"– Jane
Thank you so much for the gift cards I received at the Health Fair. I thought the Health Fair was a huge success. It was…...[+] MORE"– Carol
UFCW Local 663 - Thank you for the educational grant, it is much needed and will be put towards my expenses here at NDSU....[+] MORE"– Andrea
UFCW Local 663- Thank you so much for gifts at Christmas time. The gift cards were much appreciated. To all of you at Local 663,…...[+] MORE"– Jacos
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the circus tickets. It was a generous gift and much appreciated. It was a…...[+] MORE"– Mary
Just a note to thank all who put together the great fishing tourney and Hot Dog picnic. It was a blast for my family and we won a…...[+] MORE"– Larry Kavanagh
I wish to thank you for your representation for union support shops at the Crow Wing County Fair. Your message to support “people”…...[+] MORE"– Janet