UFCW Locals 1189 and 653 joined together with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) representatives, as well as retail employers to kick off its Labor Against Cancer retail campaign on March 15 at LLS offices.  

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UFCW Local 1189 has reached a tentative agreement with St. Michael's.  Ratification vote will be held on November 29, 2017.  There are several language changes.  Management agreed to pay any changes to health care as deemed by the Trustees. Currently the Employer pays 87% and the Employee pays 13% of the cost of plan A.  This is a 3-year contract with wage increases in each year of the contract. The wage increases are as follows:

1.      December 28, 2017 .35 cents per hour all rates all brackets.

Join UFCW Local 1189 at the annual Children's Holiday Party on Sunday, December 3 from 12-2 p.m.! There will be cookie decorating, games, prizes, refreshments and pictures with Santa! Everyone is welcome to this family friendly event.   Football fans: the Vikings are playing the Falcons; we'll have the game on so you can Skol, chat AND enjoy the holiday party!

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.