On Tuesday June 15, 2021 UFCW 1189 members at FM Ambulance voted to accept a new contract. The hard-fought deal received a unanimous committee recommendation and will give piece of mind and sustainability to the lives of the workers at FMA over the next 4 years. The 4-year deal contained several provisions that will have a positive effect on the income and overall quality of life of those members covered by it. Paramedics who maintain status as a Crew Lead 1 will now receive $.35/hr for all hours worked.
The Union Bargaining Committee members working for Minnesota’s largest cannabis employer Vireo (Formerly Minnesota Medical Solutions, now operating as Green Goods) unanimously recommended rejecting the last, best and final offer from their employer.
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As previously communicated, UNFI/Cub Foods is proposing an extension to the current contract, which includes wage increases. Late Monday afternoon, the Employer sent their most recent adjusted proposal. We feel this is a fair proposal and one that benefits all members.
June marks Pride month – a time to recognize the lives, stories, challenges, and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community and celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals in our union family.
The Union met with the Employer on Friday April 30, 2021 with the hope of getting an agreement prior to experation of the current contract which was extended through the end of April, but no agreement had been reached and we remain quite far apart. The parties agreed and are using the services of FMCS (federal mediation) in an attempt to bridge the gap.
On April 22, 2021, UFCW 1189 members at Knowlan’s ratified a new contract agreement! Full-time and Department Head members will receive a 65 cent increase and Part-time/Youth scales will receive a 25 cent to 40 cent wage increase depending on scale, with all increases retroactive back to April 4, 2021. Thank you to all of the members who voted and to Larry Jensen and Sharon Broden for their work on the Bargaining Committee!
After requesting to postpone Tuesday’s negotiations to give time to prepare a complete economic proposal to the Union Negotiating team, (and agreeing to pay the day for the committee who had already be taken off of the schedule), Vireo presented an offer today (4/22/2021) that rolled back wages and progressions for future employees – permanently (as new people rarely catch up in a system such as one that was proposed).