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.
Local 1189 members working in St. Paul area grocery stores selected representatives from their stores to serve on the respective bargaining committees for this spring's negotiations. Members were able to self nominate, or nominate a coworker in person, on-line, or through mail in survey process.
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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.
Additional sessions will be held on September 11 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The first meetings for dislocated Rainbow Foods employees (held on Thursday, August 21) had low attendance due to short notice. Former Rainbow employees on The Planning and Selection Committee wanted to get the process going as soon as possible and while some folks received the notices late, many members were able to get started in planning for their new careers. With that in mind, we have scheduled another day of orientation meetings that will give much more advanced notice to Rainbow Foods dislocated workers.
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On August 14-15, 2014, the negotiating committee met with the Employer. Tentative agreements were reached on some of the Union's proposals as well as the Employer's. Negotiations have been scheduled for September 18-19, 2014. Still open are all the economic proposals. Union Negotiating Committee members are Rick Cornwell and Timothy Bruels with Union Representative Mike Dreyer. You can view the Employer's and Union's proposals here: