Congratulations to the new UFCW Local 1189 President, Jim Gleb and new Secretary Treasurer, Abe Wangnoo.  Both were sworn into their new positions on August 18, 2021, at the UFCW Local 1189 General Membership Meeting.

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UFCW 1189 members working for Healthcare Services Group at The Estates of Linden ratified a new agreement on September 14, 2021.  Members will receive a 3% wage increase retroactive to April 1, 2021 and a 2.25% wage increase in the second year of the contract in addition to $1/hour preceptor pay.  Thank you to Steward Kim Kuehn and all members who voted.

UFCW 1189 members at Prairie Community Services overwhelmingly ratified a new 3-year agreement.  This agreement comes with an increase in pension contributions, PLT accruals and significant wage increases across the board.  Congratulations to these members!  Thank you to Dawn Johnson and Derek Hagen, the Union's negotiating committee, for your work.

The Union met with the Company again on August 23rd and presented a counter -proposal to the Employer’s Last, Best, and Final offer that was voted down unanimously by the membership. The counter was comprehensive and included wage increases, step progressions, and the establishment of a Health and Safety Committee to improve both safety and ergonomics. The Employer’s side was unable to respond, and negotiations will resume in one week on August 30th.

Congratulations to these 2021 UFCW 1189 Scholarship winners:

  Charlie Olson, a member working at Cub Foods Stillwater, will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, was awarded a $500 scholarship

 

Three new stewards and one veteran steward participated in a training on their rights and responsibilities on August 10th in Long Prairie, MN. The stewards learned about Weingarten meetings, grievance handling, how to educate their peers about the Union, and the importance of community action. The training was presented by Representative Miguel Gutierrez and Director of Organizing Claire Van den Berghe in English and Spanish.