St. Paul Retail Negotiating Committee Rejects Employer Offer

Committee Recommends that members VOTE NO! on the Employers’ offer.

The Union Negotiating Committee for the St. Paul Employers failed to reach an agreement on Monday June 6, 2016. The Employer presented a final offer; which was rejected by the Union Committee because it failed to adequately fund the Health Insurance Plan ($ .40/hour for  full-time $ .25/hour for part-time)– falling hundreds of thousands of dollars short on what is needed over the next two years.  The Union Committee felt that the increases offered by the Employers would not cover the potential increase in out-of-pocket costs resulting from under-funding the plan ($ .40 over two years:  $ .15 the first year and $ .25 the second year for top rates and “over-scale” employees).

UFCW Local 1189 members working at Cub Foods, Rainbow, Jerry’s Foods, Lunds & Byerlys, Kowalski’s Markets, Festival Foods, Knowlan’s (meat dept.),  and County Market are eligible to vote and are encouraged to VOTE NO!  on the Employers’ Offer.  Vote scheduled for June 16, 2016 (times and locations to be determined).

Store resets proved to be a sticking point in bargaining with the Union objecting to management’s utilization of outside companies to perform resets in the store.  It is the Union’s position that these are jobs that are to be performed by Union members and not non-employees.  The Employer demanded in its proposal that the Union accept the Employers’ language “clarifying” the roles of these outside vendors and brokerage companies and further, that all grievances filed by the Union be withdrawn. 

The Employer stated that the offer they were presenting was contingent on committee recommendation – and that was something the Union committee could not, in good conscience, do. 

The Union made a counter proposal requesting improved shelf stocking language (rejecting the Employers’ broad language), to increase wages ($ .65 for full-time and $.45 for part-time) and to provide additional employee contributions to the plan to help ensure proper funding (an additional $4/week for full-time and an additional $1/week for part-time).  The Union expressed a willingness to agree to several of the individual Employer proposals contingent on our reaching an agreement.

The Employer group rejected the Union’s counter proposal and demanded that we vote the “final offer” as it was presented earlier in the day.  A vote has been scheduled for Thursday June 16, 2016 (times and locations are being determined and will be available shortly on the Union’s web page).   

The Union Negotiating Committee recommends that members VOTE NO! on the Employers’ offer.

Save Our Health Care!
We want a fully funded Health Care Plan!

Our Union –Our Jobs!  
We demand that the Employer end its violation of the shelf-stocking provisions of our contract and/or negotiate language both parties can live with.

Our Work – Our Wages!
We work hard.  We have earned a respectful wage increase.

UFCW Local 1189 members working at Cub Foods, Rainbow, Jerry’s Foods, Lunds & Byerlys, Kowalski’s Markets, Festival Foods, Knowlan’s (meat dept.) are eligible to vote and are encouraged to VOTE NO!