On May 13, 2017, Second Harvest Heartland will be partnering with the Letter Carriers and Cub Foods to orchestrate the nation's largest, single-day food drive: Stamp Out Hunger. Our Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is a sponsor nationally, and our Local Union 1189 is a sponsor in Minnesota.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
On April 20, 2017 the UFCW Union committee and negotiating team met with the company for the first scheduled bargaining meeting. The first set of meetings started off with a round of introductions before each party explained their proposal. The Union proposal, which was derived from a combination of best practices, WFC surveys and results from listening sessions was presented item by item to the company.
UFCW Local 1189 and Miner's Super One signed an agreement regarding their pending purchase of Cub Foods Grand Rapids. The store will continue to operate as a Union UFCW Local 1189 grocery store.
Details of the Agreement can be found here: Transition Agreement (Cub Grand Rapids and Miner's Inc) 3.14.17.pdf
Attention Southern Division Members: You Can Make a Difference! Local 1189 currently has an opening on its Executive Board. If you work in a Southern Division location (worksites located in St. Paul and surrounding areas, southern Minnesota and West Central Wisconsin) and are interested in serving as an Executive Board Member, please submit your letter of interest, including your Union experience with Local 1189 and a brief statement on why you would like to be considered to President Jennifer Christensen:
UFCW Local 1189 reached an agreement with SuperValu to amend their St. Paul area contracts and increase the starting rates for new hires to $11.00 per hour. Current part-time employees who are below this rate will move to the nearest higher rate in the contract ($11.10), receive credit for the hours at that step and will progress from there on the appropriate wage scale.
Worksites represented by Jennifer Christensen
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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.