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Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are now being accepted.  The Nellie Stone Johnson Scholarship is available to minority students from Union families attending or planning to attend one of the 31 technical colleges, community colleges and/or state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.  

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.

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