Long and Hard Week in St. Paul Retail Negotiations

The Union and employers met for the fifth time on Thursday in a bargaining session that extended late into the evening.  Both parties started the day optimistic that an agreement could be reached; however, those hopes were dashed as the employers made a flurry of late proposal modifications. The items still on the table are primarily economic with a few language items still open.  At this point the bargaining committee feels that the wage increases and additional health care contributions that the employers have proposed are not enough to recommend and pass the contract.  We will continue to fight for a fair and equitable agreement for all our members.  Negotiations are set to continue on April 12.  We will continue to keep you posted.