A tentative agreement has been reached with Essentia Miller Dwan. The ratification date has yet to be determined. The negotiating committee includes Jake Lepak, Wendy Morin, Lou Ann Fox and Dave Kazmierczak, who worked hard for several months to reach a tentative agreement. Below are some highlights of the agreement reached:
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On July 28, 2018 new owners Tony Fragnito and Ben DeNucci celebrated their grand opening of the Nashwauk Market with Rib Fest Day. Last month Tony and Ben purchased Fred’s of Nashwauk form Larry Majewski who had owned and operated the store for the past 40 years. The new owners have signed on to the current contract that was in place with Majewski. Our members have kept their health insurance and pension and other benefits.
UFCW Local 1189 members at Essentia Lakewalk and Proctor Clinics and pharmacies in Two Harbors and Silver Bay have overwhelmingly ratified a new 3-year contract. The new contract includes significant increases to wages, a market differential if needed, orientation with new Union members and payroll deductions for UFCW Active Ballot Club. Congratulations!
After voting down the first contract, the Essentia Pharmacists negotiations committee has reached a tentative agreement. Membership had strong feelings on a couple non-economic issues. The Clinical Specialist staffing issue was withdrawn by the employer. The parties have agreed to move the flexible scheduling issue to LMC with the understanding that members will not be forced into working a flex schedule. Local 1189 members were vocal about these two issues and the Union was successful getting the employer to listen!
UFCW Local 1189 has reached a tentative agreement with St. Raphael’s. A ratification vote will be held on December 6, 2017. There are several language changes. Management agreed to pay any changes to health care as determined by the Trustees. Currently the Employer pays 88% and the Employee pays 12% of the cost of plan A. This is a 3-year contract with wage increases in each year of the contract. The wage increases are as follows:
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Union History: I have been a member of UFCW for 44 years. I worked for Super One for 29 years, 25 of those I was a steward. I was on the Executive Board for approximately 20 years. I have been on staff for 15 years. As a Union representative, I have negotiated contracts and have done organizing, have filed many grievances and have taken care of several arbitrations. Another part of being a Union representative is being a trustee on the Local's Taft Hartley Pension Plan and also an alternate on the Health and Welfare Plan. I have been appointed to the Union Advisory Board of the National Pension Fund. I am also the President of the Iron Range Labor Assembly, a board member of the North East Area Labor Council and serve on the board for the Labor Review. I am active politically, currently serving as a Board member of the 6th Senate District and a member of the State Central Committee. At election time I do phone banking and door knocking to get people out to vote. I also serve on the Board of Directors of Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency which helps low income people in the Seven County Area.
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There is no better feeling than when you can help members resolve problems at work, whether it is grievances on pay, scheduling, or a seniority issue or two members who have a disagreement. You cannot always put a smile on someone’s face but it is a good feeling when you can settle someone’s problems. If you are looking for an 8-5 job Monday through Friday, this is not the job for you! We work for the Members!