From minnpost.com, 5/5/17: The word on everyone’s lips at the Minnesota Capitol these days: “engagement.” All week, Republican legislators have been using committee hearings to rail against the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton, claiming the state’s chief executive hadn’t been engaged in the every-other-year process of setting the state budget. Dayton’s administration fired back with some stats.
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On May 13, 2017, Second Harvest Heartland will be partnering with the Letter Carriers and Cub Foods to orchestrate the nation's largest, single-day food drive: Stamp Out Hunger. Our Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is a sponsor nationally, and our Local Union 1189 is a sponsor in Minnesota.
We need members, friends, families, and allies to call Governor Dayton's office and tell him to veto HF 600/ SF 580 if it lands on his desk.
The bill is anti-worker and anti-family. It will take away local control from cities, and take away Paid Sicks Days away from workers in Saint Paul.
Over 150,000 workers would be affected by the take away. The Minnesota Grocers Association are leading the charge to deny grocery workers paid sick days in Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and other cities.
From the Union Advocate, written by Ken Peterson, Minnesota Labor Commissioner: Four workers from St. Louis will not be alive to observe Workers Memorial Day on April 28 this year. Their unnecessary deaths earlier in the month are a stark reminder that despite calls for cutting back government regulations, we cannot allow workplace safety standards or enforcement to be reduced.
On April 20, 2017 the UFCW Union committee and negotiating team met with the company for the first scheduled bargaining meeting. The first set of meetings started off with a round of introductions before each party explained their proposal. The Union proposal, which was derived from a combination of best practices, WFC surveys and results from listening sessions was presented item by item to the company.