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From The Union Advocate, 8/28/17:  

Local organizer glimpses challenge of building worker power in South

Lured by generous tax incentives and low wages, foreign automakers have steadily increased their footprint in Southern states over the last two decades. Their employees earn less than union members at the Big Three domestic automakers, but attempts to organize workers in the South’s new, foreign-owned plants have almost always failed.

Grievances filed regarding the PTO cash outs with Golden Living have been settled for members at both Linden and Lynnhurst facilities for 75% of the total PTO accruals.  Payouts will be made to members by October 1, 2017, with applicable tax deductions.  Local 1189 will update members of this process and how payments will be received.  In addition, Local 1189 is in the process of preparing proposals with Monarch for collective bargaining and members will be updated as this process moves forward.

On July 27, 2017, Gordy's Market announced its intent to sell the Eau Claire West store, among other stores, to Skogen's Festival Foods.  A closing date is set for September.  Local 1189 mailed correspondence to all bargaining unit members on July 28 explaining the sale and included a copy of correspondence from Skogen's attorney in order to keep our members informed.  Secretary-Treasurer Jim Gleb will be visiting the work location during numerous shift times this month to discuss this situation and next steps in the process.

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