A tentative agreement was reached with Co-Op Partners Warehouse on October 5.  The ratification vote will be held on October 25, 2018 from 11am-1pm on whether or not to accept the changes and ratify the new deal.  The agreement has $2.50 total base rate hourly increases per member throughout the life of the agreement.  Upon ratification, the new wage scale will immediately raise every hourly member up $1 to the new appropriate rate (retroactive to the start of the 10/15 pay period).  In addition, everyone will receive three additional $.50 increases on each of their anniversary dates throughout the life of the contract which expires in October 2021.  For full-time members, these increases will guarantee approximately $12,000 in additional wages (plus overtime wages) during the life of the contract.

To accommodate the new earned sick and safe time law, one earned vacation day has been moved into the personal day bank.  Members will notice a change to the vacation accrual rate and the personal day accrual rate and will earn the same amount of paid days off as before but one of the vacation days is now in the personal bank; however, they can be used together for vacation --  the difference is that if members use vacation days for being sick, they could still receive attendance points. 

Members are encouraged to review the ratification document prior to the vote on October 25 and contact Abraham Wangnoo with any questions. PDF iconCPW Ratification Document.pdf


The Union and Employer have completed two bargaining sessions to date with the first being held on September 6 and the second on September 25, 2018.  The four members serving on the Union committee are Gary Cusick, Erik Johnson, Patricia Good and Amber Westley.  Gary, Erik and Patricia are also the Warehouse's stewards.

On the first day of bargaining the Union presented to the Employer proposals which were drafted based on the results of the member survey. The Employer provided the first wage proposal near the end of bargaining.  The parties agreed in principle on four items including language on overtime as it relates to staffing levels, holiday and personal days to adhere to the St. Paul earned sick and safe policy, vacation banking, and an agreement that the Employer will communicate changes in health care premiums prior to rolling out any new policy to the workforce. 

The second session was mainly spent on economics.  After much discussion, the Union and Employer were not able to reach an agreement on wages.   The October 5, 2018 bargaining session will focus on the financial aspects of the contract.  Once an agreement is reached, a meeting will be held at the Warehouse to discuss the changes and to vote on whether or not to ratify the new agreement.  We will post an update after the next bargaining session.

The Union and Employer met on September 26, 2018 to continue bargaining.  The parties were able to reach several tentative agreements on language changes.  Economic proposals were discussed in-depth and the parties decided to invite the federal mediator to our next bargaining session, which is scheduled for October 19, 2018, to assist us in reaching settlement on these issues.  In addition, a contract extension was signed by the parties extending the current contract until October 31, 2018.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Negotiations began with Prairie Community Services on September 6, 2018.  The Union's negotiating committee includes Linda Haugen, Derek Hagen, Dawn Johnson, Jenna Peasley and Union Representative Tami Denn-Bauer.  The Union and Employer exchanged and discussed contract proposals and were able to come to agreement on many language changes, which were mostly clean-up items.  Economic proposals were presented and will be discussed at our next scheduled meeting(s), which will be held on September 26 and if needed, October 19.  We will continue to update you as these negotiations progress.

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: 

  • 3-year contract with a wage and health insurance reopener
  • 2 percent wage increase retro back to April 1, 2018
  • 1.5 percent wage increase April 1, 2019
  • Orientation language to meet with new members
  • ABC language
  • $.25/per hour in longevity pay for employees over 20 years retro to April 1, 2018
  • Creation of a new class 3.5 for ORAs and CNA’S retro to April 1, 2018
  • Good Friday holiday pay beginning in 2019
  • Plus several language changes

Again I would like to thank the committee for all their hard work.

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