Union Tannery Workers at S.B. Foot Tanning in Red Wing have reached a tentative agreement with their employer. The contract proposal comes with a recommendation by 100% of the Union Negotiation committee to vote YES on the offer. The new agreement provides for employer paid health care, raises in each year of the Agreement and additional money in the second tier (lower) to bridge the gap between rates.
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Retail Grocery Employers from the St. Paul area (corporate Cub, Jerry's, Kowalski's, and Knowlan's) met with the Union and exchanged proposals on Thursday March 7, 2019. Conversations were cordial with very few if any surprises. After a break for lunch the parties briefly responded to each other's proposals, agreeing only to issues that would be considered "housekeeping" in nature. Union and Employer Trustees for the Local Union's Health and Welfare Plan are scheduled to meet on March 13, 2019 to review the plan's funding status and discuss plan options.
Local 1189 is pleased to annouce that James Westin has accepted a position on Staff as an Organizer for Local 1189. James began his work on staff in early February of this year, but his time with the Union began well before that. James describes his path to our office in the following paragraph.
March 6, 2019 - the Union Bargaining committee made up of Northern Union members working at Super One and Mount Royal stores met with the ARGA Employers (Arrowhead Retail Grocers Alliance) to exchange proposals. The Union's proposals were focused on increasing the equity among classifications by removing all two-tier rates and benefits, maintaining health care, and improving the wage structure across all classifications. The Employer's initial offer contained many proposals to remove benefits for long-service members.
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In a quest to be the industry leader, Lunds and Byerlys stepped out ahead when management requested an early start to this year's Retail Grocery and Meat negotiations.
The Union Committee and the Employer have met twice to discuss proposed changes to the Agreement.