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.
A meeting will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 in Meeting Room One from 6:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend this meeting! The Union needs to know how far members are willing to go to keep the current health plan.
UFCW 1189 is the last group in the Duluth area at Essentia not in the Employer's health care plan -- making it difficult to move forward as a smaller group. Our Union is strong, but the membership is small in comparison. Any input the members have is greatly appreciated. Please reach out to any of the negotiating committee members and please attend the meeting on June 8.