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Minnesota Health Care Workers ‘Go Union’ With UFCW Local 663 ‘For A Better Life’

Published Sunday, October 4, 2020
by UFCW News
Minnesota Health Care Workers ‘Go Union’ With UFCW Local 663 ‘For A Better Life’

(OSSEO, MINNESOTA) – Health Care Workers at Villa at Osseo Nursing Home in Osseo, Minnesota have voted to Go Union, joining United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 663 for the better wages and benefits that come with a Union Contract.

The Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services certified the Card Check process and Villa at Osseo management signed a voluntary recognition agreement with UFCW Local 663 that recognizes the Union as the exclusive representative of employees of the Worker Units.

These new UFCW Members will soon begin the process of negotiating their first Union Contract.

The new members of UFCW Local 663 will be in two Bargaining Units that include 49 full- and part-time Workers.

One Unit will consist of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and the other Unit will consist of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Registered Nursing Assistants, trained Medication Aides, Dietary Aides and Recreational Services Assistants.

“We came together to join our Union ‘because we are hoping to change the pay rate, the staffing, and instill more dignity and respect for everybody because those are the things we don’t have a voice about here now,’” said Bonnie Nyema, a Nursing Assistant at Villa at Osseo. “We’re ‘not asking for anything fancy or big, just treat us like human beings and things will go well.’  ‘Now, with a Union, we will have a voice.’”

“We welcome workers at Villa at Osseo to the UFCW Local 663 Union Family,” UFCW Local 663 President Matthew Utech said. “We’re ‘looking forward to building a better life together as a Union.’  ‘Now more than ever, it is important to join together in the workplace and form a Union to protect, defend and build upon our rights in the workplace.’”

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