August 14 is Primary Day in Minnesota. It is important that we make the voice of the UFCW heard. The Union Executive Board has endorsed candidates like Tim Walz and Keith Ellison for office based on how their support of working family issues, Unions and Union organizing, UFCW industries, and issues that are important to our members. We have a diverse membership in spanning the farthest reaches of the state and in industries that vary from grocery stores to nursing homes, hospitals to packing houses, medical cannabis to french fry production. We need to keep Unions strong in Minnesota and we have endorsed candidates that we believe will do just that. Here is a list of the candidates we have endorsed:

Governor and Lt. Governor: Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan
Attorney General: Keith Ellison

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On August 26, 2014 we met with your employer and exchanged proposals. On September 16, 2014 your negotiating committee met with your employer for the second time to discuss the employer’s ten (10) pages of proposals and the Union’s proposals. As you are aware, some of the employer’s proposals have to do with the NEW TIME CLOCK SYSTEM. The committee was able to agree to some of the employer’s proposals and the employer did withdraw some as well.  There are still many proposals to work on as well as the economic proposals.

On September 1, 2014 the Iron Range Labor Assembly held its 11th annual Labor Day Picnic in Olcott Park in Virginia.  The estimated number of people that attended the event was 1200.  The Labor Assembly served hot dogs and polish sausage with potato salad, pork and beans, chips, and ice cream bars. We had different games for the children along with a raffle and split the pot for the adults.  All the democratic leaders attended this event, including Mark Dayton, Al Franken, Rebecca Otto, Lori Swanson, Representatives Jason Metsa and Carly Melin as well as Senator Dave Tomassoni.

September 19, 2014 - UFCW Local 1189 has received confirmation that Roundy’s has paid over $266,000 to settle grievances filed on behalf of our members for health care and retirement plan contributions on the vacation pay outs. Our health plan administrators at Wilson McShane are now applying this money to individual member accounts.

After almost 8 months of bargaining, a tentative agreement has been reached with ARGA. Our bargaining committee worked long and hard on complex issues.  This tentative agreement has the unanimous recommendation of our rank and file committee to accept the agreement.  Specific language is being written. All agreed upon language changes will be made public and in our members' hands before any vote will take place. No date for ratification has been set, but we are hoping to be able to vote early in October.

09/10/2014 On Tuesday, September 9 our major retail bargaining committee met with employer representatives from corporate Cub, Kowalski's, Jerry's, Lunds/Byerly's and Festival. During the day we once again reviewed potential changes to our health fund. This has been a very long and difficult process for our committee as we review fund costs and revenue along with the potential for additional revenue that will be needed. Our committee approved a union proposal that included new fund revenue from both the employer and eligible plan participants.