Union Committee members arrived at the South St. Paul Union Hall prepared Tuesday and Wednesday this week to bargain over the Employers' economic (wages and benefit) proposal. Tuesday's proposal by the Employer was quickly dismissed by the committee as failing to meet the basic requirement of fully funding the Union's health care plan. The very small wage increase proposed by the Employer group left little to be desired as it was only for employees at the top or over scale and did nothing to increase the actual wages going forward.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
Day three of Retail Bargaining continued with two of the individual committees (Kowalski's and Jerry's) meeting with their employers. Both the Employer representatives (from all 5 employer's) and the Union committee members felt the time was well spent in their individual caucuses. Members were able to have candid conversations and work toward a better understanding of why the Union's proposals were important to the workers at the store.
St. Paul Retail bargaining committees met today for a half-day joint session. The Employers presented a general response to the Union's proposal and followed up with a presentation on the average costs of health insurance nationwide. Members from Lunds & Byerly's, Supervalu stores, and Knowlan's Festival met with their individual employers in the afternoon to discuss individual concerns, issues and proposals with the representatives from their companies.
Today marks the opening day for negotiations for the major employers in the St. Paul area. Union members from Cub, Rainbow, Jerry's Cub and County Market, Kowalski's, Lunds & Byerly's, Knowlan's meat dept. and Festival Foods met with their employers to exchange initial proposals. First and foremost on everyone's list was finding a funding solution to ensure a a viable health care plan.
Cub Foods (SUPERVALU) and the UFCW Local 1189 announce the formation of a joint Labor-Management Committee. Labor Management is provided for in the Union contract (Section 13.3): A committee composed of representatives of the Union and the Employer shall be established for purposes of discussion and resolution of any problems occurring under the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
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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.