From St. Paul Pioneer Press, 7/16/16: The union representing some 4,000 grocery workers in the east metro has reached a tentative agreement with its members’ employers and will vote on the proposal Aug. 4. Bernie Hesse, director of special projects for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 said his organization represents clerks, bakery workers, meat cutters and other employees of grocery stores like Cub, Lunds & Byerlys, Rainbow and Festival Foods.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
UFCW Local 1189's Jennifer Christensen and Jim Gleb have now met with the employer four times to discuss a new contract. The last meeting took place on June 29, 2016. We have been making steady progress and we have five more bargaining sessions scheduled if needed: July 28, August 2, August 3, August 23-24, 2016. Please contact Jim Gleb with any questions.
On June 29, 2016 the Executive Board of Local 1189 elected Jennifer Christensen to serve out the remainder of retired President Sequist's term. Other officers elected by the Executive Board were: Jim Gleb Secretary Treasurer, Jeanine Owusu Recording Secretary. Abraham Wangnoo, Local 1189's Director of Organizing administered the oath of office to the new officers, including the Scottie Rotter, the newest Vice president who was elected at the Board's May meeting.
The UFCW Local 1189 Union Negotiating Committee met with the ARGA (Arrowhead Retail Grocers' Alliance) Employers at the Duluth Labor Temple for a short but highly animated skirmish. The two sides got back together after members covered by the Agreements voted down the Employers' offer by a wide margin.
On Thursday June 16, 2016 UFCW Local 1189 members voted on the most recent contract proposal from the St. Paul area retail grocers. Workers at Cub Foods, Rainbow, Jerry’s Foods, Lunds and Byerlys, Kowalski’s Markets, Festival Foods, Knowlan’s (Meat Dept.) and County Market voted overwhelmingly to reject the deal with over 96% of members saying NO to the deal. The Companies, in what UFCW Local 1189 referred to as a power move, proposed a final offer forcing the workers to vote on the Employers’ insufficient and poorly crafted deal rather than continue bargaining.
Worksites represented by Jennifer Christensen
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- Office(651) 451-6240
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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.