Numerous store workers went on strike in the Brainerd Lakes Area on Christmas. Commercial Workers Local 663 and United Food declared the strike dates in the previous week, they claimed their rights are being snatched. They said they were being interrogated and intimidated.
UFCW claimed that they are struggling for better pay and benefits. And they have been working without a contract since 3rd of December. They said it was a last resort for them to go on a strike.
Tony Ramberg. a worker said, “It’s really hard for us workers to want to be out here during this time. It was a last resort for us to be out here. But we felt strongly enough that this would be a good time to do it,”
Miner family, owner of the Super One Foods store in Baxter, did not comment on the situation till Friday morning. However, workers are anticipating that the management of the store will negotiate after Christmas Eve.
A proud lady store worker said “I’m very proud of our team that came out, they deserve to have what we’re fighting for and we are just here to show them that we’re a strong union, and we want to fight for what’s good for us,” – Sandy Livingston.
She is the cashier at the Super One Store and it is a retirement job for her. But, she said I am not thinking about myself. “I am a retired nurse I did not do this for me. I did it for the up-and-coming generations. Because this is a good job. And everybody deserves to have a good job in their life,”
The five stores which will be impacted by the strike are:
- Quisberg’s Cub Foods in Baxter
- Quisberg Cub Foods in Brainerd
- Quisberg’s Pequot Lakes SuperValu.
- Miner’s Super One Foods in Baxter
- Miner’s Super One Foods in Crosby
Miner’s director of human resources, Boyd Hanson, said that the company is trying to bargain in good faith. and UFCW’s claim of “unfair labor practices” is baseless. He went on to say that the Miners will continue to negotiate until the deal is done.
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