Half Price Books 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.
The Union and the Employer met on July 19, 20, and 21, and again on July 26 and August 1 to make up for missed dates in May.
The bulk of the discussion was on the grievance procedure, seniority language, and establishing a labor-management committee. The two sides also came to an agreement on temporary workers.
After missing the month of May, the workers' committee for Half Price Books Minnesota returned to the bargaining table on June 21, 22, and 23.
The Union and Employer committees have met in February, March, and April, with each session lasting three days but only four hours per day. So far, the Union has proposed language and the Employer has responded with their version, and since then each side has had an opportunity to suggest compromises. To date, the two sides have reached tentative agreements on 11 items. These agreements won’t be official until the contract is voted on, but until then the subjects are closed for bargaining. While 11 items might not sound like a lot, the Union committee feels like this is a great start.