(Watch video by Howard Kling, Workday Minnesota) On April 9, one day before the Minnesota House followed the Senate and passed a raise in the state minimum wage, marchers rallied in Sartell to hold corporations like Walmart and McDonald's to higher standards of pay and conditions for the minimum wage workers at their stores.
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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 24, 2014 - UFCW Local 1189 met with the three Employers who have chosen to bargain together (for convenience), Jerry's Cub & County Market, Lunds/Byerly's, and Kowalski's. President Don Seaquist presented the Union's proposals to the Employers.