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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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A tentative agreement was reached with Co-Op Partners Warehouse on October 5. The ratification vote will be held on October 25, 2018 from 11am-1pm on whether or not to accept the changes and ratify the new deal. The agreement has $2.50 total base rate hourly increases per member throughout the life of the agreement. Upon ratification, the new wage scale will immediately raise every hourly member up $1 to the new appropriate rate (retroactive to the start of the 10/15 pay period). In addition, everyone will receive three additional $.50 increases on each of their anniversary dates throughout the life of the contract which expires in October 2021. For full-time members, these increases will guarantee approximately $12,000 in additional wages (plus overtime wages) during the life of the contract.
Congratulations to Alex Nelson and Miranda Chartrand,
A membership vote on two items of Union Business has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
All day Voting times will be:
9am – 8pm at both UFCW 1189 offices located in South St. Paul and at the Duluth Labor Temple.
Question and Answer Meetings will be held at:
10am – 11:30am at the Union Hall South St. Paul 266 Hardman Ave. N., South St. Paul, MN
6:30pm – 8pm Hall B Duluth Labor Temple (9am – 6:30pm voting in the office, 6:30pm – 8pm vote during the regular membership meeting) 2002 London Road, Duluth, MN
The Union and Employer have completed two bargaining sessions to date with the first being held on September 6 and the second on September 25, 2018. The four members serving on the Union committee are Gary Cusick, Erik Johnson, Patricia Good and Amber Westley. Gary, Erik and Patricia are also the Warehouse's stewards.