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Have you ever been promised something by your boss, only to have it fall through later? It may be a promise to give you more hours, let you take time off, or give you a promotion or a raise. There are plenty of times when for one reason or another, employers or managers don’t come through on a promise they made and you’re left trying to figure out how to adapt. Whatever the reason, in the end it often feels like there’s not much you can do about it but hope for better luck next time.
When it comes to your job, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been working there a while, you need to know that you can count on a promise your boss makes to you. Sometimes they will come through and make good, but that’s not always the case. That’s why you need to make sure you get it in writing. And that’s where a union contract can help you.
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.
Companies are making workers' jobs and incomes less secure through downsizing, part-timing, contracting out, and sending jobs off-shore. As the nature of work changes, working people need the collective voice and bargaining power.
Working families never got anything without uniting for it! Here's a small list of what the power of coming together in the workplace has achieved:
“In 2017, my coworkers and I organized a union at Seward Community Co-op. After years of individually asking for better pay, reliable scheduling, and a consistent and fair disciplinary procedure to no avail, we decided to band together as the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663 and bargain for our first contract.
We achieved a lot of progress in our contract, including guaranteed minimum pay raises with respect to years of service, which helped to fix pay disparities. All this was possible by getting to know our coworkers and uniting together, and it's a good feeling to know we have each other's backs.”
-Keith Hanson, Seward Community Co-op, Minneapolis, Minnesota