River Market Negotiations Update

The Union and the Employer have met three times since July 30, 2020. Stevie Fure, Ola Schmelig, Joy Dolby, and David Michehl are your co-workers on the bargaining committee. As this is a first contract, negotiations will take a little longer than normal. This is because we are writing the entire contract to fit River Market. Bargaining virtually has been a learning process, but the committee has been doing a great job. At our last session, we spent the day discussing the grievance and arbitration procedures and just cause. We know that being treated equally and fairly is a core value of the co-op community, and strong grievance language will ensure a more just and fair workplace. We have proposed and are still discussing Union Security, Classification of Employees, Breaks and Meal Periods, Union Volunteers, Leaves of Absence, and Non-Discrimination.

We have tentatively agreed on the Employee List, Recognition, Pay Periods, Work Weeks, Overtime Pay, and below are a few noteworthy items:

  • Probationary Period: All new employees will serve a probationary period of 60 days. The Employer may extend this probationary period for an additional 30 days.
  • Discounts: All employees will receive 20% off purchases. Full and part-time employees with 20 years of service will receive a lifetime discount of 20%. This discount may be used in conjunction with coupons, Throwback Thursdays, Wellness Wednesdays, and Fill it Fresh Fridays.
  • Work Schedules: Work Schedules will be posted no less than 14 days in advance of the first day of the pay period. Any changes to the posted schedule will be made by mutual agreement. Having the ability to plan your life around work is important and you deserve to know what your schedule is in advance.

We have two bargaining sessions scheduled for October:  October 8 and  October 28. We look forward to reaching more tentative agreements. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to one of your co-workers on the committee or contact Diana Tastad-Damer.