After day-long bargaining, it became apparent to our bargaining committee that we were making no headway in reaching agreement on non-monetary issues. Union negotiators informed the Employer that we would no longer move on contractual language proposals without seeing equivalent movement from the Employer.
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.
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"That won't work for us and it won't work for our members," said President Don Seaquist to area employers Lunds/Byerlys, Jerry's Cub, Cub Corporate, Festival, and Kowalski's. After several sub-committee sessions to explore solutions to providing health care coverage for St. Paul area grocery workers, the Employer group showed its typical lack of creativity and continued with its proposal to take healthcare away from the majority of part-time workers pushing them to the exchanges with no additional compensation.
On June 25th, all major retail supermarket employers, along with the union bargaining committee, will meet at 9AM at the Union Hall to continue negotiations for a new agreement. Since we last met, a sub-committee was formed in an effort to bring back to the full committees a recommendation on health care. This sub-committee met twice without reaching any recommendations related to contributions, design or future eligibility criteria. No decisions were made as to how we would meet our fund shortfall of over $6 million.
Wave of Walmart Families Nationwide Say They Refuse to be Illegally Silenced for Talking about Company’s Poverty Pay. Walmart moms and other workers from Brooklyn Center and Apple Valley, walked off the job today in protest of the company’s illegal firings and disciplinary action against co-workers who have spoken out for better jobs for their families.
On May 15, Lunds opened the first full-service grocery store in downtown St. Paul and created eighty new union jobs.
The new Lunds is located on the first level of the Penfield Apartments at Robert and 10th Streets. This store has everything customers have come to expect from Lunds and Byerly’s and our members who work there – extraordinary food, exceptional service and passionate expertise.