UFCW Local 951 Names Courtney Phillips New Secretary-Treasurer

March 1, 2024

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 951 Executive Board has appointed Courtney Phillips as the union’s new Secretary-Treasurer following the retirement of Secretary-Treasurer Marisa Didur.

Phillips has been a UFCW 951 member since 2005 when she joined as a member of the field staff.  She worked her way up through the ranks, as a team supervisor, training supervisor, and director of the local’s entire field staff team.

“Throughout her career, Courtney has advocated for workers as a union representative, bargained contracts, and worked on organizing campaigns,” said John Cakmakci, UFCW 951 president. “Her skills and expertise are a huge asset to the local that will greatly benefit the membership.”

Phillips grew up in a working-class union family and prior to joining UFCW 951, she worked as an organizer for Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She has served as a member of the UFCW 951 Executive Board since 2023 and is a member of the Labor Heritage Society of West Michigan board of directors.

“I am truly honored to be appointed as Secretary-Treasurer,” said Phillips. “Over the past nearly 20 years, UFCW 951 and our members have become my family. I have been, and will remain, dedicated to doing everything I can to improve the lives of hard-working families and to provide them with the better life they have earned. I am excited to be part of the incredible executive leadership team at UFCW 951.”


UFCW 951 is a progressive labor union representing over 28,000 workers across Michigan in a variety of industries including grocery, retail, food processing, pharmacy, and cannabis, who are employed at a variety of companies including Meijer, Kroger, Rite Aid, JBS, JLL, Sunberry Beverages, Polly’s, Harding’s, and Grandville Roasting & Packaging Plant. The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States representing over 1.3 million UFCW members nationwide and UFCW 951 is the largest private sector union in Michigan.