The Employer and the Union reached a tentative agreement on a first contract for the RNs and LPNs at Good Samaritan's Austin MN care facility. A member meeting/ratification vote is schedule for November 30th from 1-4 pm at the facility in the conference room. Read the proposed contract: Comforcare Contract
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
On Wednesday September 13, 2017 the Union Nurses at St. Marks reached a tentative agreement with their employer. The proposed settlement includes a 3% increase for all wages and scales, retention and refferal bonuses, language regarding continuity of care (option to work the same unit if mandated and primary unit assignments), and pto for on-call and inhouse pool nurses. The proposed agreement would expire 12/31/2019 and includes a re-opener for wages on 1/1/19.
Voting will be schedule the first week in October.
Negotiations at Good Samaritan's Austin Minnesota care center - Comforcare - are underway. The Union presented a full proposal to the Employer on July 12 that contained proposals addressing members' concerns included among them were: language to address scheduling issues, safe staffing, PTO accrual improvements, paid holidays, and paid funeral leave.
On Thursday June 1, 2017 the nurses (RNs and LPNs) at Good Samaritan's Comforcare facility in Austin won back their Union in a vote overwhelmingly in favor of joining the UFCW Local 1189. Pictured left is RN Gina Richardson who along with her coworkers, organized around their desire to provide the best possible care for their residents; numerous scheduling issues; and for respect.
The Union and Employer continued bargaining on May 5, 2017. Click on the links to view the exchanged proposals between the parties. The next scheduled meeting will take place on June 7.
Worksites represented by Jennifer Christensen
- Direct(651) 294-8977
- Office(651) 451-6240
- Cell(651) 335-9173
I began my membership in the Union as a part timer in the deli at the Cottage Grove Cub store, was moved to full time meat as helper in the seafood department at the Eagan store, where I was selected to be on the 1995 negotiating committee (for Local 653). In the fall of 1995 when the Midway Cub store opened, I was promoted to apprentice and became a journeyman meat cutter in 1997. I worked at the Maplewood West location and then was transferred back to where I began – Cottage Grove.
As a member, I served on the Executive Board for the Local. In 1998 I was hired on staff where I have worked as an Organizer, Communications Director (Web and Newsletter), and Union Representative. I served as Secretary Treasurer from 2003 - June 2016.
On June 29, 2016 the Executive Board of our Union elected me to serve out the remainder of retired President Sequist's term, I thank them for their affirmation of my ability to lead our great Local. I honor and am humbled by the women who blazed the trails before me and beside me – and for the men who open doors and showed that there are no glass ceilings in this Union.
In the word of George Meany – the first president of the AFL- CIO “Labor never quits. We never give up the fight no matter how tough the odds, no matter how long it takes.”
Brothers and Sisters, we are stronger together and together we will win. Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your President.