Union Tannery Workers Exchange Proposals with Employer
Union members working at the S.B. Foot Tannery in Red Wing meet at the Red Wing Labor Hall on February 26 to finalize proposals for changes and improvements to their collective bargaining agreement (Union Contract) which is in effect through April 1, 2019. The Union committee, lead by President Christensen, met with Company Representatives on March 1, 2019, at the National Guard Armory in Red Wing, and presented the Union's proposals. Following the Union's presentation, the spokesperson for the company, Dan Dean, provided the Union with the Employer's proposed contract changes.
The initial meeting was short, involving only the exchange of documents along with brief explanations of each proposal and why either side felt compelled to propose such changes. For the Union's part, "equal pay for equal work" (eliminate the 2-tier system), improvements to time off, implementing sick days (currently none available), and maintaining Health insurance benefits were clearly prioritized. Read the Union's proposal: sbfoot union proposals.pdf
The Union will make a proposal for specific wage increases at a later meeting.
The Employer's initial proposal suggested changes they believed were important to achieve the "flexibility" needed in the future. The following proposals are language changes that were judged to be non-economic. Read the Employer's proposal: sbfoot employer proposals.pdf
The Employer will present their economic proposals at a later time.
Neither the Union nor the Employer responded to the other's proposals at the initial meeting. In an effort to be transparent with our members about the process, the Union committee provided copies of the initial proposals to members for their review in addition to sharing them here on the website.
The next bargaining session is scheduled for March 12, 2019. This is expected to be a full day of bargaining. Please check back for further updates.