Retail Grocery Employers from the St. Paul area (corporate Cub, Jerry's, Kowalski's, and Knowlan's) met with the Union and exchanged proposals on Thursday March 7, 2019. Conversations were cordial with very few if any surprises. After a break for lunch the parties briefly responded to eachothers proposals, agreeing only to issues that would be considered "housekeeping" in nature.  Union and Employer Trustees for the Local Union's Health and Welfare Plan are scheduled to meet on March 13, 2019 to review the plan's funding status and discuss plan options. It is anticipated that much of the discussion at the next scheduled bargaining session on March 18, will revolve around Health Care coverage. Lunds and Byerlys will be joining the larger group for that meeting,(Unions proposal to Lunds & Byerlys PDF iconlundsandbyerlys union proposal.pdf  It is undetermined if they will continue to bargain with the group or negotiate separately.  The Employer's engage in "convenience bargaining" and maintain separate agreements with the Union.  

The St. Paul Retail Remployers proposals (including those given earlier by Lunds & Byerlys) are available in the link below.

PDF iconretail employers st paul proposals.pdf

The Union's initial proposal can be viewed here: PDF iconunion retail st paul proposals.pdf

The Union's focus in our proposals is to ensure that Union grocery jobs provide economic security for our members and preserve the benefits our members have worked hard for and deserve. Raising starting rates and top rates, along with sick time for all are important issues for the group.  

Related negotiations

March 6, 2019 - the Union Bargaining committee made up of Northern Union members working at Super One and Mount Royal stores met with the ARGA  Employers (Arrowhead Retail Grocers Alliance) to exchange proposals.  The Union's proposals were focused on increasing the equity among classifications by removing all two-tier rates and benefits, maintaining health care, and improving the wage structure across all classifications.  The Employer's initial offer contained many proposals to remove benefits for long-service members.

Click on the links to view the Union's proposals:

2019 ARGA Meat Single Proposals.pdf

2019 ARGA Summary of Meat Proposals correct.pdf

2019 ARGA Grocery single proposals.pdf

2019 ARGA Summary of Grocery Proposals correct.pdf

2019 ARGA Union Initial Wage Proposal 03062019.pdf

Click on the link to view the Employers' proposals:

PDF iconARGA Employers proposal 03062019.pdf

The two sides are scheduled to meet and respond to each other's proposals at their next bargaining session on March 19, 2019.

Related negotiations

In a quest to be the industry leader, Lunds and Byerlys stepped out ahead when management requested an early start to this year's Retail Grocery and Meat negotiations.  

The Union Committee and the Employer have met twice to discuss proposed changes to the Agreement. 

Our first meeting was January 29, 2019, both party’s exchanged contract proposals. Our next meeting was on  February 25, 2019, during this meeting the employer revised and dropped some of their proposals.  Both sides have agreed to wait for further bargaining until the Health and Welfare Fund trustees determine the expected premiums for health insurance in the coming years.

Negotiations start with the rest of the Retail Industry on March 7,  2019 (UNFI, Jerry's, Knowlan's, Kowalski's). Union and Employer trustees are scheduled to meet on March 13, 2019 to discuss the St Paul food employers health care plan.

Our next industry meeting is scheduled for March 25 & 26, 2019. Please watch for further updates.

Union Bargaining committee:   

Jennifer Christensen, President     Michael Dreyer, Union representative    

Union Members:   Kim Madigan, Terry Hoffman, Terry McMullen, Deb Mahmood-Pabarcus, Buddy Bertrand-Pregler

Related negotiations

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: PDF iconsbfoot 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: PDF iconsbfoot 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.

UFCW members at S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Red Wing are scheduled to begin negotiating a new Agreement on March 1 of this year.  The members at the plant (formerly Local 335) voted to merge with UFCW Local 1189, increasing the size of their local union many times over and increasing their bargaining power at the table.  A Union meeting will be held on February 26 from 2:30 - 3:30 at the Red Wing Labor Hall to discuss the upcoming bargaining process and hear proposals for contract changes and imporvements from the members. Members are asked to fill out surveys and return them to the Union Stewards.

The Redwing tannery has been producing fine leathers for use in footwear and leather accessories since 1872.  It is likely that you have worn products produced by our members. Leather producedby our members at S.B. Foot has been used by dozens of different shoe companies and has been crafted into purses, bags, gun holsters, cases, and countless accessories.  The plant is the main leather supplier for Red Wing Shoe Company and a major supplier of leather to the US Military (when a soldier laces up for duty, there is a very good chance he is putting on a boot made from S.B. Foot leather).

UFCW Local 1189 has members all along the way. Before the hides reach the tannery in Redwing, they begin in our packing house - Long Prairie Packing.  From there, the raw hides are shipped for processing by our members at Twin City Hide before they are tanned at finnished by the members at S.B. Foot.  The finished leather used to make Red Wing boots and shoes is processed by our Union Brothers and Sisters at UFCW Local 527.