Union members working at the S.B. Foot Tannery in Red Wing meet at the Red Wing Labor Hall on February 26 to finalize proposals for changes and improvements to their collective bargaining agreement (Union Contract) which is in effect through April 1, 2019. The Union committee, lead by President Christensen, met with Company Representatives on March 1, 2019, at the National Guard Armory in Red Wing, and presented the Union's proposals.
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UFCW members at S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Red Wing are scheduled to begin negotiating a new Agreement on March 1 of this year. The members at the plant (formerly Local 335) voted to merge with UFCW Local 1189, increasing the size of their local union many times over and increasing their bargaining power at the table. A Union meeting will be held on February 26 from 2:30 - 3:30 at the Red Wing Labor Hall.
The weather cooperated for this year's ice fishing contest in Park Rapids. This is the second year that UFCW Local 1189 join in as a sponsor for the event hosted by the American Legion. Derby chairman Jerry Benham stated that there were well over 2,000 people on the ice. Executive Board member Dean Nelson traveled north to try his luck at catching the "big one." Local 1189 Union members who work at the RDO potato factory in town were also out on the ice. Congratulations to the winners! and thank you Dean for sending in the photo.
Local 1189 members working in Northern Minnesota grocery stores covered by the ARGA (Arrowhead Retail Grocers' Alliance) selected representatives from their stores to serve on the 2019 ARGA Negotiating committee. Members were able to self nominate, or nominate a coworker in person, on-line, or through mail in survey process.
Local 1189 Servicing Stewards provide a critical connection between the Union Representatives, Union Stewards at the work-site, and the members. In an effort to reach more members more often, improve communication between members, stewards and the Union office, and increase visibility in the workplace, Local 1189's pioneer project continues to grow. Union Servicing Stewards pictured with President Christensen are: (back row) Jake Lepak, Essentia Duluth; Scottie Rotter, Festival Foods; Melissa Madison,St.