Additional Date Scheduled for St. Paul Retail Negotiations

Union and Employer Bargaining committees worked late on Thursday March 31, 2016, hoping to get to an agreement that all could support.  The Union committee continued to push on the importance of ensuring a well-funded health care plan - offing to increase the member's share if the Employer would contribute sufficient monies to address the increased cost of coverage.  Members' surveys put heath care and wages as the number 1 and 2 issues.  The Union continued to press the employer for substantive wage increases. The Employers' offer improved, but was not sufficient to result in an agreement. Both sides agreed that there was no need to rush to get a deal done and that we would all benefit from taking the time to get it right. Negotiations are scheduled to resume on April 15, 2016 - no other dates have been scheduled.