UFCW 1189 and Essentia Health (EH) have begun negotiations for our members to obtain a new contract. When EH purchased Mercy Hospital they agreed to recognize the Union but would not recognize our members' contract. In speaking with other employees and other Unions that are in the same process as we are, it looked as though EH wanted to gut the Mercy contracts. The only option before the committee was to bargain for a whole new contract. We knew the process was going to be slow moving and tough and it certainly is.
Essentia Health (previously Mercy Hospital) Negotiations
2020 Contract Negotiations
Your Union Contract is a legal document that contains provisions related to workers' rights and benefits. Your contract is the result of bargaining between the Union and the Employer beginning with the Union's initial proposal and followed by negotiations on items that affect your job. UFCW Local 1189 is committed to keeping you involved and informed. Regular updates will be available online and by email. (If you would like to receive email updates please contact the office to ensure we have your current email address). When a tentative agreement is reached (or when we receive the Employer's final offer) the Union will schedule a time for you to vote on the proposed changes to your contract. After a majority of voting employees approve their contract language it then goes into effect. If you have questions on the process, please contact your Union Representative.
UFCW 1189 members at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, MN voted unanimously to accept the tentative agreement reached between the Union and the Hospital. We were able to secure a three-year contract with wage increases in each year of the contract, increases in longevity pay, shift differentials, call pay and other enhancements. Thank you to the negotiating committee for their hard work and the membership for their support during the negotiations. As our motto states, Stronger Together.
Your bargaining committee started negotiations on August 23, 2019 and are scheduled to meet again on September 13. We were able to make progress and will be starting to negotiate wages and benefits. Thank you to everyone who filled out a survey or spoke with a bargaining committee member. Those surveys and conversations are what drive the proposals. Your bargaining committee is made up of your fellow coworkers: Christy C, Angel F, Kim H and Jay T and UFCW Staff Representatives Bruce Bergh, James Westin and Stacy Spexet.