Union members voted to support the recommendation of the Local 1189 Executive Board on October 17, 2018 when they overwhelmingly voted to defer the dues increase which would have otherwise been mandated to take place July 1 of this year and would require an increase of .46/week for all members. The vote authorized the local to defer the increase until June 2019 and to amend the amount of the increase to be .45 per week for Full-time and .30 per week for Part-time.
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A tentative agreement was reached with Prairie Community Services on Friday, October 19. The 3-year agreement includes wage increases across the scale and progressions effective 10/1/18 and 4/1/20, increased shift vacancy incentives, education credit, and other language changes. The tentative agreement comes with full committee recommendation.
In a stunning announcement, with no notice requesting comments from the public, the Trump administration’s Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared that it will start a new program to allow chicken plants to increase their line speeds, despite increasing evidence that this will endanger vulnerable workers, public health, and animal welfare.
A tentative agreement was reached with Co-Op Partners Warehouse on October 5. The ratification vote will be held on October 25, 2018 from 11am-1pm on whether or not to accept the changes and ratify the new deal. The agreement has $2.50 total base rate hourly increases per member throughout the life of the agreement. Upon ratification, the new wage scale will immediately raise every hourly member up $1 to the new appropriate rate (retroactive to the start of the 10/15 pay period). In addition, everyone will receive three additional $.50 increases on each of their anniversary dates throughout the life of the contract which expires in October 2021. For full-time members, these increases will guarantee approximately $12,000 in additional wages (plus overtime wages) during the life of the contract.
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