Congratulations to the Nurses at St. Marks on their newly ratified agreement providing 10% increases in LPN wages and substantial increases for the newly organized Registered Nurses (RNs). RN floor nurses at St. Mark's voted to continue to be covered under the same Union contract they enjoyed as LPNs. Following the recent NLRB vote to include RNs in the union, the employer met with the Union to negotiate new wage progressions for all nurses. The new wages will allow St.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
Workers at the Convalescent Center in Rice Lake unanimously ratified a new agreement providing five percent increases for all wage progressions and an additional bonus based on years of service with the employer. Congratulations on your new contract!
Congratulations to the RNs at St. Marks for voting Union Yes! Management at St. Marks Living in Austin MN attempted to remove UFCW members who were working as LPNs from the Union as soon as they passed their board exams to become RNs. The Union filed a grievance and charges with the National Labor Relations Board in protest to the employer's actions. The newly registered nurses had no intention of losing their union protection and filed a petition with the NLRB to be sure that wouldn't happen. On Tuesday, November 24 the RNs voted Yes! to continue working as members of UFCW1189.
Good jobs, good wages, and benefits raise the standard of living for the families in our communities. Our Union, UFCW1189, represents workers in the grocery industry. We have fought for those things throughout the state for all workers for years. That's why so many grocery jobs in Minnesota are good jobs -- because they are union jobs that give workers a voice in their stores. Support the Grocers who support Union families! Look for the Union label by the entry doors when you shop.
Your bargaining committee last met with your employer on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, and for the second meeting in a row, a lot of progress was made. Here is an update of tentative agreements reached so far:
a) Article 2: Recognition
- Section 2.1: Sole Representative
- Section 2.5: Union Bulletin Board
b) Article 3: Classification of Employees
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- 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.