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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Negotiations resumed with Ogle's on May 5, 2014.  After admitting that their proposal submitted to us on April 4, 2014 was copied from another store's proposal, they returned with a 5-item proposal -- saying it was their extreme proposal in response to our extreme proposal -- except they did not receive our proposal until after we received their proposal!  They went over their proposal; however, we did not respond.  We will continue to keep you updated.

Informational meetings will be held for all Rainbow Foods members to discuss the impact of the sale that was announced by Roundy’s Inc., on May 7, 2014.  Meetings will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the UFCW Local 1189 Union Hall: 266 Hardman Ave N, South St. Paul, MN at the following times: 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.  Members are encouraged to attend and to car-pool with coworkers.

4/29/14 - In bargaining on Tuesday, April 29 our committee was completely offended by the Employer proposal to cap vacations for part-time employees at 3 weeks. While the Employer was willing to discuss the proposal, committee members strongly objected to ANY change in a benefit that has been hard-earned and enjoyed by our members.

4/30/14 -- The parties met on April 28, 2014.  Both parties brought reasonable proposals to the table from their points of view but it is clear that the two parties are far apart with regard to the usual economic culprits of wages and health and welfare. Agreement was reached on including gender identity into the non-discrimination clause along with bringing the current leave of absence language into compliance with and exceeding FMLA.  

The parties are set to return to the table at the end of May. 

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