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.
Articles by Abraham Wangnoo
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.
The Union and the Employer reached an agreement on a proposed first contract for the Wedge Co-op (Lyndale Ave. Minneapolis). Proposed contracts were delivered to the retail location today (3/24/16) to allow time for workers to review the documents and ask questions. The proposed Agreement can also be accessed online: Wedge lyndale draft contract 032116.pdf
Local 1189 and the negotiating committee has met with the Employer twice so far to discuss initial proposals submitted by members and explain their intent. Although nothing has been agreed to yet, there are six bargaining dates scheduled between now and the end of March. We hope to see some tentative agreements soon. Major issues discussed include classification of employees, pay, scheduling, benefits, seniority, just cause, grievance and arbitration, attendance policy, board representation and issues specific to the retail store.