November 9, 2001
Minority Coalition Honors UFCW Local 655 of St. Louis as "Local Union of the Year"
ST. LOUIS, MO - Craig D. Schnuck, chairman and chief executive officer of Schnuck Markets, Inc., accepted the "Company of the Year" award at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union's third annual Minority Coalition Ball. The event was held Oct. 27 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The evening attracted 350 attendees from throughout the country and raised more than $35,000 to support research on sickle-cell anemia, a life-threatening blood disease found chiefly among African-Americans.
"The evening's honorees included individuals and companies like Schnucks who have established and are maintaining programs that benefit minorities and improve the quality of life within our nation's communities," said Minority Coalition President Donald L. Cash of UFCW Local Union 400, Landover, Md. The coalition paid special tribute to UFCW International President Douglas H. Dority.
Schnuck Markets, Inc., recently recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the "Best Places to Work" in St. Louis, is known for its efforts in providing a good working environment for more than 16,500 associates in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Schnucks is the second supermarket to be honored with the award. Past recipients of the "Company of the Year" award include Jewel Food/Osco Drug of Chicago, Ill., and Boar's Head Provision Co. of Petersburg, Va.
The Schnuck family and company associates are actively contributing to the community through such organizations as United Way, the Urban League, St. Louis Minority Business Council, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Boy Scouts of America. Craig Schnuck serves as co-chair of the St. Louis Inner City Competitive Alliance and played a major role in the development of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative.> >
Harriet Weaver, executive vice president of UFCW Local 655 and the local's Minority Coalition, accepted the "Local Union of the Year" award on behalf of UFCW Local 655 President Nick Torpea, who was unable to attend. Weaver also is customer service manager at the Schnucks store at Overland Plaza. UFCW Local 655 members were praised for their outstanding representation of St. Louis area workers, particularly minorities seeking to provide input into issues critical to trade union success.
Local 655 also was honored for its work on sickle-cell anemia, including a town meeting the union held last summer to inform members, retirees, local groups and the public, noted Cash of the Minority Coalition. "We were quite impressed with the turnout and the agenda," he said.>
> The UFCW is the largest private-sector union in > North America with 1.4 > million members in the United States and Canada. > Local 655 represents > workers at Schnucks and other grocery stores in St. > Louis.>
> Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 91 stores > in Missouri, Illinois and > Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in > St. Louis in 1939.
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