Local 1189 is concerned for our members and their families using health care through the Allina system while MNA is on strike. As the chair and trustee of the UFCW Local 1189 and St. Paul Employers Health & Welfare Fund and trustee of the Northern MN-WI Area Retail Food Health & Welfare Fund, Local 1189 President Jennifer Christensen sent a letter to all Plan participants and Plan trustees citing her concerns about quality control and patient safety. MNA is on strike against the following Allina hospitals: United/St.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
Update 9/23/16: It is Local 1189's understanding that your Employer is attempting to resolve these issues through each individual store director and department. We received an email from Tracy McDonald late on Thursday evening detailing the steps they have taken to confirm this.
Important!!! Meeting to Discuss Cub Contract Violations! The Employer lied and is ignoring your contract! Come to the General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at UFCW Local 1189 and get involved. Hear what Local 1189 is doing and find out how to help! We are Stronger Together.
With your employer’s new rollout of their “Strong Close/Strong Open” program, Local 1189 is working diligently on our members’ behalf regarding scheduling violations.
UFCW Local 1189 and its negotiating committee members reached a tentative agreement with the northern retail grocery employers (ARGA) on July 21. Ratification vote will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 in the store breakrooms and the UFCW Local 1189 office at the Duluth Labor Temple at the times and locations listed below. The contract comes with unanimous committee recommendation to vote YES to accept. Please note that a no vote will be a vote to reject the offer and authorize a strike. Only cast votes will be counted.
In the hours after the storm swept through Duluth leaving it without electricity, phone, or internet, the expanded Union Meat and Grocery Bargaining Committee met with the Employers in the dimly lit basement halls of Labor Temple. With the assistance of the Federal Mediator, a newly crafted Tentative Agreement – unanimously endorsed by both the Meat and Grocery committee members – was reached.
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.