On Thursday, November 30 the nurses (RNS and LPNs) at Good Samaritan's Comforcare facility in Austin ratified a new two year agreement offering across the board wage increases for all bargaining unit nurses. The new agreement contains a wage and PTO reopener in the second year of the agreement. The nurses formed their union in order to be a positive voice not only for for each other, but for the residents as well.
2017 Contract Negotiations
Your Union Contract is a legal document that contains provisions related to workers' rights and benefits. Your contract is the result of bargaining between the Union and the Employer beginning with the Union's initial proposal and followed by negotiations on items that affect your job. UFCW Local 1189 is committed to keeping you involved and informed. Regular updates will be available online and by email. (If you would like to receive email updates please contact the office to ensure we have your current email address). When a tentative agreement is reached (or when we receive the Employer's final offer) the Union will schedule a time for you to vote on the proposed changes to your contract. After a majority of voting employees approve their contract language it then goes into effect. If you have questions on the process, please contact your Union Representative.
The Employer and the Union reached a tentative agreement on a first contract for the RNs and LPNs at Good Samaritan's Austin MN care facility. A member meeting/ratification vote is schedule for November 30th from 1-4 pm at the facility in the conference room. Read the proposed contract: Comforcare Contract
Negotiations at Good Samaritan's Austin Minnesota care center - Comforcare - are underway. The Union presented a full proposal to the Employer on July 12 that contained proposals addressing members' concerns included among them were: language to address scheduling issues, safe staffing, PTO accrual improvements, paid holidays, and paid funeral leave.