St. Paul Retail Negotiations Update

Negotiations continued with UNFI/Cub, Jerry's, Festival/Knowlan's, Kowalski's and Lunds & Byerlys on March 25 and 26.  The Employers presented a proposal of a higher deductible health and welfare plan, which includes a $5/week (FT) and $2/week (PT) additional Employer contributions.  In addition, the Employers proposed a $.20/hour (FT) and $.15/hour (PT) wage increases for top-of-scale/overscale only.  The Union countered their proposal with a $10/week (FT) equivalent to $.25/hour and $6/week (PT) equivalent to $.20/hour increase in the Employer contribution to the existing health and welfare plan.  The Union is sticking to its original wage proposals.Negotiating committee members met individually with their respective employers and let them know the Union's desire to maintain the current health care plan as well as how important a wage increase is to all members.  While we are still far apart, both sides felt that the small group discussions were productive.The parties are scheduled to continue talks next week on April 3-4.  A ratification vote date will be scheduled once a tentative agreement is reached.Local 1189 remains committed to negotiating a contract that improves the lives of all our Union members and we will continue to keep you updated as talks progress.