Whole Foods Co-Op Negotiations

2017 Contract Negotiations

Your Union Contract is a legal document that contains provisions related to workers' rights and benefits. Your contract is the result of bargaining between the Union and the Employer beginning with the Union's initial proposal and followed by negotiations on items that affect your job. UFCW Local 1189 is committed to keeping you involved and informed.  Regular updates will be available online and by email. (If you would like to receive email updates please contact the office to ensure we have your current email address). When a tentative agreement is reached (or when we receive the Employer's final offer) the Union will schedule a time for you to vote on the proposed changes to your contract. After a majority of voting employees approve their contract language it then goes into effect. If you have questions on the process, please contact your Union Representative.


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.

UFCW Local 1189 members and Whole Foods Co-op reached a tentative agreement on Monday April 9, 2018.  Negotiations started this time last year and although the 12-month process seemed lengthy and there was some heated discussion, both sides negotiated fairly and in good faith.  The agreement, which is a 2-year deal, will be voted by the members on April 20, 2018 and comes with full committee recommendation.  If approved and ratified, the agreement will provide improved wages, benefits, and working conditions for members as well as improvements to seniority language, more f

Negotiations at Duluth's Whole Foods Co-op stores have continued to make forward progress; however, not as quickly as the Union might like.  It is common in the course of a first contract to spend a great deal of time working to get things right - equally common is the desire for things to be over with.  Union bargaining committee members have been diligent in their work toward ensuring that co-op values remain a core focus in the negotiation process and their hard work is beginning to pay off as the agreement starts to come together.