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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September 10, 2014 - Attention UFCW Local 1189 Southern Division Members

Local 1189 currently has two openings on its executive board.  If you are a Southern Division member interested in serving as an executive board member, please submit your letter of interest, including your Union experience with Local 1189 and a brief statement on why you would like to be considered to President Don Seaquist.  Please submit your letter no later than October 3, 2014.

09/10/2014 Jerry's Enterprises, Inc. notified the Union by fax this morning that it will be closing its Rainbow Foods store located at 1660 S. Robert Street in West St. Paul. The Company anticipates that members will be separted from employment on November 9, 2014 or during a 14-day period that begins on that date. Members who are affected by the closure are encouraged to attend the Dislocated Workers Meeting tomorrow - September 11, 2014 10:00 am or 1:00 pm at the Union Hall to receive information and assistance in their job searches.

Valley View Nursing home negotiations began on a tense note.  

The proposal presented by the Union was based on the results of survey sent to the membership and reflected the need to increase compensation and incentives in order to keep up with the cost of living and staff the building.

Our retail bargaining committee spent a full day on Wednesday, September 3 in a bargaining session with all of our major retail employers.  The day was spent entirely on health care and how to maintain coverage for the vast majority of our members.  We reached a “conceptual agreement” on how to determine members' eligibility for our current health plan.  This agreement has many details to work out, but the day resulted in significant progress toward reaching an agreement.

On August 26, 2014 the negotiating committee met with the Employer.  Proposals from both the Union and Employer were discussed along with employee concerns and safety issues.  Negotiations have been scheduled for September 16, 2014.  Your negotiating commtitee members are Alex Campbell-Witt, Cheryl Olsen, Linda Tainter, Lisa Waadevig and Union Representative Mike Dreyer.

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