On Tuesday February 17, 2015 the Bureau conducted a card check. Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner Josh L. Tilsen signed the order certifying Local 1189 as the exclusive representative for the bargaining unit. Two days later, (February 19, 2015) the workers unanimously ratified their first Union Contract. In addition to the job protections and grievance procedure offered by a Union Contract, the workers will receive a wide range of guaranteed benefits.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
Union members at the Convalescent Center in Rice Lake unanimously approved a new wage progression and bonus program. While funding for nursing homes has been challenging, the employer managed to find a little bit to add to the scales by adding ten cents on a new 6 year step in the progression. Members have the opportunity to earn up to an additional twenty cents an hour if the building is able to increase its census. Congratulations to the members on their new agreement!
Nursing Home workers at Valley View Health and Rehab in Houston, MN filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) detailing numerous violation of the their rights as workers and Union members.
The NLRB found merit with the charges and the Union agreed to settle the matter with the employer under the terms proposed by the Board.
Union members at Valley View have been in negotiations with their employer. The offer presented by the management team to the members was overwhelmingly voted down on December 10, 2014.
10/9/14 – UFCW 1189 members voted to ratify a new agreement with SuperValu's Corporate Cub and Rainbow stores with 68% of the voting members saying YES! Congratulations to the Committee for their hard work and to the membership for their support of the new agreement. The Union extends its appreciation to the members who turned out to vote and to the employer for taking the time to listen to their workers and respond with an agreement that works for the majority of our members.
The Union and Cub Foods (Supervalu) and Rainbow (Supervalu stores) have reached an agreement!
Voting for Corporate Cub Stores on Thursday, October 9th. The employer's offer comes with full committee recommendation to VOTE YES!
INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS: Ratification Meetings will be at 9:00 am and 4:00pm at the Union Hall.
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.