Union Tannery Workers at S.B. Foot Tanning in Red Wing have reached a tentative agreement with their employer.  The contract proposal comes with a recommendation by 100% of the Union Negotiation committee to vote YES on the offer.

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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. 

4/29/14 - Union Bargaining Committee Members from all of the major employers in St. Paul met with the Employers at the Local 1189 Union Hall to review funding shortfalls and discuss the Union's "supposal" (our thoughts on maintaining a sustainable affordable plan).  The information presented to the group included historical financial status of the fund, current fund reserves and the cost of maintaining current benefits (approximately $6 million).

Workers' Memorial Day is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. 

4/15/2014 - Initial bargaining for the Essentia pharmacist group began April 15.

Both sides brought good issues to the table and much discussion was had regarding vacation scheduling, safe staffing, preceptor scheduling/compensation, as well as off-premise OT/scheduling.

The Company has agreed to maintain all current benefit levels but doesn't agree with the Union wage proposal and wants the Union to come back with a reasonable proposal.

The parties are set to be back at the table on May 6 and 13.

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