Half Price Books workers signed and submitted cards to the National Labor Relations Board on Thursday to unionize with the United Food and Commercial Workers.

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Throughout the summer, the Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Working Group has met to try to allocate money to workers affected by the pandemic. UFCW 1189 members and leaders have testified repeatedly to the group, which is made up of six legislators and three appointees from the governor. The money was supposed to be allocated by September 6th, but the group cannot decide who should get bonus pay. Six group members want to extend the pay to food processing workers and retail grocery workers, among other workers who kept Minnesota running during the pandemic.

UFCW 1189 members at United Pioneer Home ratified their wage reopener on September 21, 2021.  Cooks, Dietary and Housekeeping members will receive a 5% wage increase; CNAs and Laundry will receive a 7% wage increase.  In addition, shift differentials have been increased.  Congratulations!

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.