UFCW Locals 1189 and 653 joined together with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) representatives, as well as retail employers to kick off its Labor Against Cancer retail campaign on March 15 at LLS offices.  

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March 27, 2014 - Union delivers a short but strong NO! on Employer proposals to the elimination of preference of hours and meat 1 1/2 pay on Sunday to the Employers (Lunds Food Holdings, Kowalskis and Jerry's Enterprises).

March 26, 2014 - ARGA and the Union met for their second bargaining session. Both sides had a good discussion on several items with health care being the biggest subject.

The Employers made it clear that they are not pleading poverty. We did reach some tentative agreements. The Employers started off the morning on our proposal which was short and sweet. We have a tentative agreement to change the Local number from 1116 to 1189.  The rest of our proposals are economic issues which the Employers said they want to get all non-economic issues off the table first.

March 20, 2014

Southern Division retail negotiations began on March 20, 2014 with the Union presenting our proposals to the Employer representative for Knowlan's Festival, Chris Thienes.  The Union and the Employer met at FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service); Jeanie Frank is the mediator assigned to our negotiations.