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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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.

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Villa Health Care Facilities represented by UFCW Local 1189 have reached an agreement on a new contract with the employer.  Villa took over facilities previously owned by Fortis, (formerly aka Extendicare).  The homes reaching agreement are Galtier, Rose of Sharon, and New Brighton Health and Rehab (both S&M and LPN contracts). Members will be voting on a 4% increase and benefits for both full and part-time. Final drafts of the Agreement will be available prior to the vote. Voting times will be announced shortly. Congratualtions and thank you to the negotiating committee of members from all three facilities on reaching an agreement.

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A tentative agreement has been reached with St. Luke's.  Ratification vote will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the United Baptist Church (across the street from St. Luke's) from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Click on the link to view details of the tentative agreement, which comes with full committee recommendation.  PDF iconst lukes rat doc.pdf

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With a 67:1 vote, workers at Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth overwhelmingly voted in favor of the proposed settlement and ratified their first Union contract. Good things sometimes take time and this contract was no exception.  The Union committee and the employer took the time necessary to make sure that they built an agreement that worked for everybody. The Union committee did an awesome job making sure that their co-workers stayed informed throughout the year long process and ensured that the voices of all were heard at the bargaining table. Congratulations to the committee and to all of the members at the Denfeld and Hillside stores for standing together and earning your first Union contract.

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