Negotiations at Duluth's Whole Foods Co-op stores have continued to make forward progress; however, not as quickly as the Union might like. It is common in the course of a first contract to spend a great deal of time working to get things right - equally common is the desire for things to be over with. Union bargaining committee members have been diligent in their work toward ensuring that co-op values remain a core focus in the negotiation process and their hard work is beginning to pay off as the agreement starts to come together.
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Negotiations were held on September 21-22, 2017 wherein contract proposals were exchanged. The Employer submitted 45 proposals to the Union's 11. View the proposals by clicking on the link. Negotiations will continue on November 1-2, 2017. Sauer Proposals 2017.pdf
UFCW Local 1189 is working to recover employee PTO from the Employer's receiver. We will continue to update as this process continues. Employees who have not found other employment are encouraged to file for unemployment benefits.
On Wednesday September 13, 2017 the Union Nurses at St. Marks reached a tentative agreement with their employer. The proposed settlement includes a 3% increase for all wages and scales, retention and refferal bonuses, language regarding continuity of care (option to work the same unit if mandated and primary unit assignments), and pto for on-call and inhouse pool nurses. The proposed agreement would expire 12/31/2019 and includes a re-opener for wages on 1/1/19.
Voting will be schedule the first week in October.