On December 5, 2015 the Greater Minnesota Worker Center and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union sponsored a Workplace Health & Safety Training in St Cloud. Belinda Thielen, from the UFCW Occupational Safety and Health Office, presented the training to the 70 participants who learned about OSHA, their rights on the job, workplace hazards and how to identify them, safety committees, and much more.
Bernie Hesse, from UFCW Local 1189, explains the Packing House Workers Bill of Rights
UFCW Local 1189 Director of Organizing, Abraham Wangnoo, discusses protected concerted activity, collective bargaining agreements, and the benefits of having a voice on the job.
Charles Showalter, host of TheUnionEdge.com, talked with Greater Minnesota Worker Center organizer, Ahmed Ali about the work we are doing around the poultry industry.
Read about the activities at the Union Advocate:
In Minneapolis, striking workers revive campaign for Working Families Agenda
In addition to targeting fast-food restaurants and retail cleaning contractors, the strike took aim at Super America. The Minnesota-based chain of gas stations has come under fire from workers in St. Cloud, organizing with Working America and the Greater Minnesota Worker Center, for its hiring practices.
Workers have been asking the company for a meeting about the issue for months, said Makaida Garrett, a mother of five who has worked at a Super America in St. Cloud for about a year. Meanwhile, she continues to earn just $9.50 per hour and was recently passed over for a management-track position.
“There are many women and people of color who work at this company but are not properly represented in management,” Garrett said. “We are no longer asking for that meeting; we are demanding that they meet with us.”
Makaida Kaide Garrett , SA worker and Greater Minnesota Worker Center member speaking to the crowd.