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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Informational meetings will be held for all Rainbow Foods members to discuss the impact of the sale that was announced by Roundy’s Inc., on May 7, 2014.  Meetings will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the UFCW Local 1189 Union Hall: 266 Hardman Ave N, South St. Paul, MN at the following times: 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.  Members are encouraged to attend and to car-pool with coworkers.

4/29/14 - In bargaining on Tuesday, April 29 our committee was completely offended by the Employer proposal to cap vacations for part-time employees at 3 weeks. While the Employer was willing to discuss the proposal, committee members strongly objected to ANY change in a benefit that has been hard-earned and enjoyed by our members.

4/30/14 -- The parties met on April 28, 2014.  Both parties brought reasonable proposals to the table from their points of view but it is clear that the two parties are far apart with regard to the usual economic culprits of wages and health and welfare. Agreement was reached on including gender identity into the non-discrimination clause along with bringing the current leave of absence language into compliance with and exceeding FMLA.  

The parties are set to return to the table at the end of May. 

4/29/14 - Union Bargaining Committee Members from all of the major employers in St. Paul met with the Employers at the Local 1189 Union Hall to review funding shortfalls and discuss the Union's "supposal" (our thoughts on maintaining a sustainable affordable plan).  The information presented to the group included historical financial status of the fund, current fund reserves and the cost of maintaining current benefits (approximately $6 million).

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