St. Paul Retail Negotiations

2019 Contract Negotiations

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The Union and employers met for the fifth time on Thursday in a bargaining session that extended late into the evening.  Both parties started the day optimistic that an agreement could be reached; however, those hopes were dashed as the employers made a flurry of late proposal modifications.

Negotiations continued with UNFI/Cub, Jerry's, Festival/Knowlan's, Kowalski's and Lunds & Byerlys on March 25 and 26.  The Employers presented a proposal of a higher deductible health and welfare plan, which includes a $5/week (FT) and $2/week (PT) additional Employer contributions.  In addition, the Employers proposed a $.20/hour (FT) and $.15/hour (PT) wage increases for top-of-scale/overscale only.  The Union countered their proposal with a $10/week (FT) equivalent to $.25/hour and $6/week (PT) equivalent to $.20/hour increase in the Employer contribution to the existing

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 each other's 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.