Congratulations to the workers at the Wedge Co-op on their successful drive to become a union workplace! On Monday, November 16, 2015 workers at the Wedge Community Co-Op voted overwhelmingly, 76-31, in favor of joining UFCW Local 1189. Over 70 percent of voters cast their ballot in favor of becoming Union members. Many of the workers involved in the representation election believe that unionizing and having a collective voice in the workplace fit into the core values and principles of the co-op community. Many co-op shareholder/member consumers identify as “values” shoppers, not value
Articles by Abraham Wangnoo
On October 22, 2015 the workers at the Wedge served management with a copy of the petition and filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requesting that they conduct a Union Election. The petition was filed after a significant number of Wedge workers signed authorization cards expressing interest in Union representation by UFCW Local 1189. The Union represents workers at the Wedge’s Co-Op Partners Warehouse.
Workers at the Wedge's Co-Op Partners Warehouse overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement guaranteeing wage increases for all employees each year of the contract, improvements in the sick policy, driver premiums and the creation of a new premium position. In ratifying this contract- only their second one since forming their union- members expressed their sense of optimism, knowing that they have a voice at work and security for their family's future.
After three bargaining sessions, a tentative agreement has been reached with CoOp Partners Warehouse.
Highlights of the agreement include: Equalized progressions in scales, Increased top rate of pay, Employees allowed to use up to 3 sick days with no points penalty, New premium position, Increase to driver premium, Shorter progression to top wage, improvements to top of scale wages. Voting will take place on October 28, 2015.
The Union and the Employer met at the offices of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) on September 22, 2015 for our first session of negotiations. The Union and the Employer each presented proposals for changes and clarifications to the contract. The Union's proposals focused on clarifying and making available job descriptions, seniority lists, increasing the size of the work force, increasing retirement benefits, paid sick days, and substantial wage increases.