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.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
Committee Recommends that members VOTE NO! on the Employers’ offer.
The Union Negotiating Committee for the St. Paul Employers failed to reach an agreement on Monday June 6, 2016. The Employer presented a final offer; which was rejected by the Union Committee.
Local 1189 would like to introduce new Union Representative Tami Denn-Bauer.
Tami has been a Union member for 30 years, serving as Union Steward and negotiating committee member for OPEIU Local 12. Tami has been with Local 1189 since 2011 where she has worked as the Office Manager in charge of the front end, administrative staff, and the record keeping functions of the Local Union.
Armed with a stack of signatures on Union petitions demanding a fair contract for all - the Union committee was full of hope that the day would end with an agreement. Many thanks to all who responded quickly to the Union's call to sign a petition demanding a fair contract. Yesterday (May 5) was a long day with only incremental movement made toward a settlement. Wages, Health Insurance, and shelf stocking concerns continue to be at the forefront of discussions.
Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Monday June 6, 2016.
Union and employer committees met late into the evening on Friday April 15, 2016. The Union committee held firmly to their positions on making sure that their health care plan was adequately funded, to ensure that all members had fair and equitable wage progressions, and to improve the contract for all - not a select few. The employers’ proposal did not measure up.
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.