Northern Union Grocery Members Ratify New 3-year Agreement
Wednesdy May 8, 2019 Union members covered by the"Grocery" contract voted overwhelmingly (80% of voters said YES) to ratify a new three year agreement. Union members voted at the Union office and in their store breakrooms at Mount Royal and at Super One stores located in Hibbing, Virginia, Grand Rapids, Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Two Harbors, and Pike Lake. Members voted yes on the following improvements: Increased Wages and Wage Scales, Part-time progression increases (every 1040 hours instead of 1560), Improved Pension Funding (.20/hr), Increased Employer Contribution to Health Care Plan (small increase for employees), Improved Funeral Leave Benefits and Vacation Benefits for part-time non-food handlers. The vote for Members covered by the "Meat Contract" was closer with 70% of the members ratifying the agreement. Members in the meat department stated that no changes in the apprentice scales (even though top rate increased) and the desire for a higher wage rate cause them to vote no,UFCW 1189 President Jennifer Christensen stated, "We are please with the high turnout. I would like to extend my thanks to the bargaining committee, the membership and the community for their support of our Union grocery workers. We were able to get an agreement that we could live with and support because the Employer heard our concerns and responded with a respectful proposal."