UFCW members at S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Red Wing are scheduled to begin negotiating a new Agreement on March 1 of this year. The members at the plant (formerly Local 335) voted to merge with UFCW Local 1189, increasing the size of their local union many times over and increasing their bargaining power at the table. A Union meeting will be held on February 26 from 2:30 - 3:30 at the Red Wing Labor Hall.

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Spring may be sprung, and the robins are singing, but it is never too warm for a good bowl of soup! And then to top it off with bread and dessert makes it even better. It was "Souper Tuesday" for the staff at Valley View!

UFCW 1189 and UFCW 653 and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) are partnering with our Union Employers in the fight to END cancer.  Leukemia remains the number one disease killer of children and young adults under the age of 19.  We will be running a retail program in support of LLS's and UFCW's Labor Against Cancer initiative March 17-31, 2018.  We have set an aggressive goal of $200,000, a goal our Union members will do everything in our power to meet, or exceed.  Together, we will make a difference!

Negotiations are slowly, but successfully, moving with Inter-Faith Care Center. The Union submitted a package deal to the employer. It includes things like 4.25% wage increase across the board in year one and a reopener in year two; keeping personal days and birthday pay separate from the PTO; and removing the clause that does not allow members to move past the ten-year scale if hired after February 1, 2014. Our next meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2018. If you have questions, please contact Al Priolo (218-728-5174).

After voting down the first contract, the Essentia Pharmacists negotiations committee has reached a tentative agreement. Membership had strong feelings on a couple non-economic issues. The Clinical Specialist staffing issue was withdrawn by the employer. The parties have agreed to move the flexible scheduling issue to LMC with the understanding that members will not be forced into working a flex schedule. Local 1189 members were vocal about these two issues and the Union was successful getting the employer to listen!