Cooper's Negotiations

2016 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.


On September 15, 2016, UFCW Local 1189 and its negotiating committee (Ethan Gaylord, Nathan Gaylord and Justin Buetow) met with the Employer for negotiations.  The new St. Paul retail agreement was discussed, along with health insurance, wages, and other contract language concerns.  Local 1189 is currently working on language proposals and the Employer is putting together a wage proposal.  Please watch for further updates.

In the upcoming weeks, Local 1189 will be preparing for contract negotiations with our major retail employers in both the southern and northern divisions. Take the Survey.  We have designed a survey to gather information from you on what is important in your workplace and your thoughts and ideas regarding your collective bargaining agreement.  We encourage you to take the time to complete the survey.