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What COVID should teach us

By DAVID A. COOK President Despite the great progress we’ve made recovering from a global pandemic, I find myself sadly writing this column with a somewhat...

Why Solidarity Matters

By DAVID A. COOK President A few weeks ago, our brothers and sisters at UFCW Local 88 approved a new contract with Schnucks after lengthy negotiations...

UFCW Local 655 says ‘goodbye’ to Garry Torpea, welcomes new officers

New Local 655 officers sworn-in CHANGING THE GUARD - With the retirement of Secretary-Treasurer Garry Torpea, Local 655’s new officers were sworn in at the...

Saying a fond farewell to Garry Torpea

By DAVID A. COOK President This week is bittersweet for Local 655, because it marks the final week of work for our Secretary-Treasurer Garry Torpea.  I...

UFCW 655 wins strong first contract for MERS Goodwill workers in...

Festus, MO – With an overwhelming 87 percent vote in favor, workers at the first UFCW Local 655-organized MERS Goodwill store here have accepted...

Small Victories

By DAVID A. COOK President Too often I have to use this space to talk about something that isn’t going well. Whether it’s a job action...

UFCW 655 members reject first Goodwill contract, authorize strike

93% voted to reject the offer, but pickets did not immediately go up; talks to resume April 16 Festus, MO – Picket lines at the...

CVS pharmacy techs now protected by four-year contract

Pharmacy technicians and interns with CVS pharmacies inside Schnucks stores have ratified a new four-year contract. While CVS has been a non-union company throughout the...

3-week strike at McKesson ends, helped by solidarity of strikers and...

O’Fallon, MO – A three-week strike at McKesson Pharmaceutical has ended with an improved contract, management that understands and has committed to improve employee...

How ‘great men’ bust unions

By DAVID A. COOK President By the time you read this, we may know the outcome of the massive organizing effort at an Amazon warehouse in...