Organize

Why Join the Union?

Maybe you've been asked by your boss to work off-the-clock, or to complete more tasks during your shift than is possible. Maybe you struggle to get 20 hours a week on the schedule. Maybe you think your wages and benefits could be better. Maybe you're worried the boss doesn't like your personality and you're afraid one day he'll let you loose. You're tired of having no say in how your workplace runs and you're ready to have a voice on the job.

Workers choose to organize to join a union for lots of different reasons. But they always have one thing in common: they're ready for job security and some power in the workplace. When workers stand together and get organized, they claim a voice on the job. Once organized into the union, the employees and the union negotiate a legally-binding contract with the employer that outlines workers' wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Organizing is a process that starts with workers, leaders in the workplace who educate and agitate their co-workers to build power together. Most workers aren't familiar with unions, and they have a lot of questions about just what unions do or how they help workers. The following questions and topics are common from workers interested in organizing, co-workers and family members. Click the links to find more answers.

On the same day Scott Walker signed the anti-Union, anti-worker “right-to-work” law in March of 2015, caregivers at United Pioneer Home, a long term care facility in the small town of Luck, WI voted to unionize.

On Monday April 4, 2016, those same workers, over a year after their organizing victory, voted unanimously to accept and ratify their first Union contract.

Tuesday April 5, 2016 workers at the The Wedge Co-op on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis voted to ratify their first Union contract with 76% of the votes being cast to approve the Agreement.

This makes The Wedge the first co-op in the state to have a Union contract.

Back in November, workers at the co-op overwhelmingly voted in favor of unionizing.  The issues ranged widely from just and fair wages to maintaining the co-op values in an environment that many workers believed was becoming more corporate.

Congratulations to the RNs at St. Marks for voting Union Yes! Management at St. Marks Living in Austin MN attempted to remove UFCW members who were working as LPNs from the Union as soon as they passed their board exams to become RNs.  The Union filed a grievance and charges with the National Labor Relations Board in protest to the employer's actions.  The newly registered nurses had no intention of losing their union protection and filed a petition with the NLRB to be sure that wouldn't happen.  On Tuesday, November 24 the RNs voted Yes! to continue working as members of UFCW1189.

Congratulations to the  workers at the Wedge Co-op on their successful drive to become a union workplace! On Monday, November 16, 2015 workers at the Wedge Community Co-Op voted overwhelmingly, 76-31, in favor of joining UFCW Local 1189.  Over 70 percent of voters cast their ballot in favor of becoming Union members.  Many of the workers involved in the representation election believe that unionizing and having a collective voice in the workplace fit into the core values and principles of the co-op community.  Many co-op shareholder/member consumers identify as “values” shoppers, not value

On October 22, 2015 the workers at the Wedge served management with a copy of the petition and filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requesting that they conduct a Union Election.   The petition was filed after a significant number of Wedge workers signed authorization cards expressing interest in Union representation by UFCW Local 1189. The Union represents workers at the Wedge’s Co-Op Partners Warehouse.  

March 9, 2015 - Health care workers at United Pioneer Home in Luck, Wisconsin voted UNION YES! in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. Workers showed their strong support for the Union, voting, 25 yes  to 14 no to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1189. Dignity, respect and a voice on the job were among the reasons the workers felt they needed a Union.

"I'm looking forward to having respect and dignity on the job."  Sam Everson

On Tuesday February 17, 2015 the Bureau conducted a card check. Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner Josh L. Tilsen signed the order certifying Local 1189 as the exclusive representative for the bargaining unit. Two days later, (February 19, 2015) the workers unanimously ratified their first Union Contract. In addition to the job protections and grievance procedure offered by a Union Contract, the workers will receive a wide range of guaranteed benefits.

Congratulations to the workers at Valley View in Houston MN for voting overwhelmingly in favor of their Union UFCW1189! 39(thirty nine) YES votes. 0(zero)NO votes. (three ballots were challenged and remained uncounted as they would not affect the outcome of the election).  Workers stood together to make their workplace better for the workers and for their residents.  Standing together, the members were able to defeat the anti-union campaign waged by their employer.  The Union has filed multiple charges against the facility for violating the workers' rights.