President Christensen Announces her Retirement on August 31, 2021
I am proud to have been a member for more than 30 years, as a part-time deli worker, working in a seafood department, as a journeyman meat-cutter, then an organizer, the communications direction, a union representative, secretary treasurer and President, and then being selected as a member of our Union’s International Executive board – I am honored and humbled by the opportunities this Union has given me.
I have worked hard to be the kind of president and the kind representative our Union members deserve. Together we have built a strong organization where members continue to have real input on their contracts and in their workplaces, where workers have a collective voice, and one where our compass is always pointed toward the direction of what is best for workers – because our members work hard, and they deserve the best representation we can give.
Our staff now is the best it has ever been. So many qualified caring forceful advocates who are dedicated to the fight for workers. Our executive board members take their roles in the oversight and management of our local seriously, making decisions that keep the focus on workers, their families, and on social and economic justice.
I have worked a lot of hours and taken time away from my family because there was a job that had to be done, a worker that needed someone to talk to, or an employer that needed to be delt with. I finally found someone who can live with me. If we have not learned anything this past year – we have learned the importance of spending time with the people that matter in our lives. I married a man ten years older than me and I would like for us to be able to enjoy some time together doing the things we like. I would like to spend more time with my grandson and my children. Maybe go see the Grand Canyon.
It is with my heart filled with love and gratitude for our union and with the greatest confidence that the best is yet to come, that I am announcing my intent to retire at the end of my term (August 31, 2021).
On June 8, 2021, the following Executive Officers and Vice Presidents were nominated for office with beginning September 1, 2021. The officers were unopposed; therefore, no election will be necessary. The nominees were declared elected to office by acclamation.
Congratulations to President elect Jim Gleb, and Secretary Treasurer elect Abraham Wangnoo on your new positions and to Recording Secretary Tami Denn-Bauer and the Local 1189 Vice Presidents on your re-election.
President Jim Gleb
Secretary-Treasurer Abraham Wangnoo
Recording Secretary Tami Denn-Bauer
Southern Vice Presidents
1st VP Grocery Chair Kim Madigan Lunds&Byerlys - Roseville
2nd VP Meat Chair Dean Nelson Cub – Phalen
3rd VP Professional Chair Ann Brisson Rose of Sharon
4th VP Terry Hoffmann Lunds&Byerlys - Highland
5th VP Dan Timp The Wedge
6th VP Terry McMullen Lunds&Byerlys - Roseville
7th VP Nathan Noel Vireo (Green Goods)
8th VP Sarah Allen New Harmony
9th VP Joe Crow Kowalski’s - OakParkHgts
10th VP Troy Hattemer SB Foot
11th VP Scottie Rotter Festival - WBL
12th VP Michelle Armstrong Estates at Lynnhurst
13th VP Kimberly Nelson Prescott Nursing & Rehab
14th VP Dennis Reeves Cub - Midway
Northern Vice Presidents
1st VP Al Priolo Senior Staff member
2nd VP Kimberly Levens Mayo Clinic Ambulance
3rd VP Lori Siegle Cub - Duluth
4th VP Rosetta Gerding Interfaith Care Center
5th VP John Trauba Super One - Superior
6th VP Susan Boorsma Whole Foods Coop - Dnfld
7th VP Tony Susnik Super One - Superior
8th VP Todd Gustafson Super One – Miller Hill
1. President Elect and current Secretary Treasurer Jim Gleb, President Jennifer Christensen, Secretary Treasurer Elect and current Northern Director Abe Wangnoo
2. President Elect and current Secretary Treasurer Jim Gleb, President Jennifer Christensen, Recording Secretary Tami Denn-Bauer