By ED FINKELSTEIN
More than 300 leaders from retail local unions across the nation are in St. Louis this week, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655 President David Cook announced.
“We look forward to welcoming our brothers and sisters to St. Louis. We can all learn from one another new and better ways to service our core industries, to grow our union family ensuring we can negotiate from a position of strength for better wages and benefits for our partners,” Cook said.
The conference, which runs through May 24, will be the fourth in a series of UFCW meetings for the union’s retail locals over the past three years.
“Bringing together so many retail locals from different parts of America gives us a unique opportunity to learn from one another and work together to create strategies that positively impact our partners,” Cook added.
While the conference will focus on issues that deal with both food and non-food retail industries, the UFCW has locals not only in retail and the food industries, but also in packing and processing, chemicals and cannabis.
Local 655, the largest union in Missouri, represents over 10,000 members working in the 46 counties throughout the eastern half of the state, employed in food stores (its largest single division), health care, barbers, retail stores, shoe manufacturing plants, packinghouses, and a number of miscellaneous plants.