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.

Updates

The WFC Bargaining Committee and management sat down again for another round of negotiations on Wednesday, February 14th. Here are the things we discussed:

Wage Rates - We are still holding to a wage structure that would immediately give everyone a significant raise and we are proposing extending the wage level caps, Management has proposed raises that we believe will not encourage longevity or create sustainable jobs at the Co-op.

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.

On April 20, 2017 the UFCW Union committee and negotiating team met with the company for the first scheduled bargaining meeting. The first set of meetings started off with a round of introductions before each party explained their proposal. The Union proposal, which was derived from a combination of best practices, WFC surveys and results from listening sessions was presented item by item to the company.