Essentia Miller Dwan Negotiations

2018 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.

Updates

A tentative agreement has been reached with Essentia Miller Dwan. The ratification date has yet to be determined. The negotiating committee includes Jake Lepak, Wendy Morin, Lou Ann Fox and Dave Kazmierczak, who worked hard for several months to reach a tentative agreement. Below are some highlights of the agreement reached:

The negotiating committee has been working diligently to come up with a fair contract for all; however, the Employer and Union are at a stand still.  After six meetings, we have moved some things out of the way, but very little and are challenged with health insurance.  Essentia wants to move the bargaining unit to a far inferior plan at a higher cost.  The Union is not willing to move at this point, but we are trying to come up with alternative solutions beyond wages that will ease the sting of the health care plan.

The Union and Miller Dwan met for negotiations on Wednesday, April 04, 2018. The Union gave the Employer their proposals. The Employer did not respond to any of the Union’s proposals. The Union is waiting for the next meeting for the Employer to give the Union their proposals. The next negotiations date is scheduled for April 10, 2018.