Update 2.13.17: As of Friday February 10th, the results of the Union Election at Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth MN have officially been certified by the National Labor Relations Board. 7 Challenged assistant manager ballots have been determined to be management and their votes will not be counted nor will their position be a part of the negotiation process. The final total was 43 yes to 42 no in favor of joining UFCW Local 1189.
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Please join us on November 16, 2016 from 6-10 p.m. at Red Herring Lounge in Duluth -- with local bands, good food and great people! Contact Abraham Wangnoo or Diana Tastad for more information.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Kaposia Park in South St. Paul. UFCW Local 1189 members and their families and friends are invited to attend. Activities will start at 2:00 p.m. and we will fire up the grills around 5:00 p.m. Activities include a team doubles golf tournament ($10 for team of 2/$5 per person); doubles corn hole bag toss tournament ($10 for team of 2/$5 per person); free games for kids and playground is available.
On the same day Scott Walker signed the anti-Union, anti-worker “right-to-work” law in March of 2015, caregivers at United Pioneer Home, a long term care facility in the small town of Luck, WI voted to unionize.
On Monday April 4, 2016, those same workers, over a year after their organizing victory, voted unanimously to accept and ratify their first Union contract.
Tuesday April 5, 2016 workers at the The Wedge Co-op on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis voted to ratify their first Union contract with 76% of the votes being cast to approve the Agreement.
This makes The Wedge the first co-op in the state to have a Union contract.
Back in November, workers at the co-op overwhelmingly voted in favor of unionizing. The issues ranged widely from just and fair wages to maintaining the co-op values in an environment that many workers believed was becoming more corporate.