A tentative agreement was reached this afternoon with Kowalski's on a new two-year agreement that includes significant wage increases, health and welfare contribution increases with no increases for member contribution, 401a contribution increases and new and improved language.  Details can be found below:

PDF icon Kowalski's TA 063022.pdf

PDF icon Kowalski's Wages_063022.pdf

A ratification vote will be held on Monday, July 11, 2022 in store breakrooms and at the UFCW 1189 Union Hall.  More information on these details will be published next week.

The negotiating committee members, Dennis McMahon, Joe Crow, Lester Tear, Gary Verke and Deb Kalal, worked very hard to reach this tentative agreement and are recommending a Yes vote.

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Congratulations to UFCW 1189 members at Jerry's Cub/Jerry's Foods and County Market on ratifying their new 2-year agreement.  Details on the agreement can be found here.  Thank you to all negotiating committee members for their long, diligent work in reaching an agreement that they were able to recommend to the membership.

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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. 

Since the committees have not met since April, some of the discussion was in response to topics from April. The Employer and committee discussed their opinions on how the grievance procedure should work and how seniority should be applied, but no agreement has been reached on those topics yet. However, some progress was made. The two sides also got closer to an agreement on a couple items including the role of the steward, how employee lists will be sent to the Union, and limits on temporary employees. 

The two sides also had a productive discussion on the concept of a Labor-Management Committee. The Employer was initially hesitant to discuss the concept, but they did present a proposal that the workers could meet with management to discuss issues. That is part of what the workers need, but the members of the committee were able to share compelling and passionate arguments in favor of a committee to improve communication between workers and the company, and to give the company the opportunity to hear ideas from workers. 

Read the Union committee's latest proposal on a Labor-Management Committee here! (Note- this has not been agreed to by the parties, this is what the Union is proposing as of the end of this bargaining session)

Read the full list of tentative agreements so far here! (Workers will vote on the finished contract)

What is a Labor-Management Committee?

From the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service: "The labor-management committee is not a substitute for the grievance procedure or contract negotiations. But it can contribute to making both more effective forums for constructive resolution of disputes. As such, the labor-management committee can develop into a significant factor in improving the labor relations climate in organizations. From a practical standpoint, both labor and management want to know why they should shift from an adversary position to one of mutual cooperation.

What’s in it for Management? A forum to review business conditions, quality problems, product development, customer requirements and other related matters that demonstrate the relationship of the employees’ role in the success or failure of the business. An opportunity for advance discussion of operational problems, planning and scheduling, and other matters that have potential impact on employee work schedules, overtime scheduling, layoffs, recalls, temporary transfers or new job opportunities. An open channel of communication for top management to establish rapport with the union committee without becoming bogged down in day-to-day labor relations problems, including grievances. An opportunity for management to be responsive to constructive suggestions and valid complaints, demonstrating to the union and employees that management is sincerely interested in improving the workplace. A means of communicating with employees through their elected leaders.

What’s in it for Labor? A channel of communication to top management. A chance for input on operational problems and management plans that affect employees’ work schedules, job assignments and working conditions. An avenue to express employee complaints that lie outside the normal grievance procedure. An opportunity to resolve minor problems before they become significant grievances. Recognition, by management, of the union as a responsible organization with a constructive role beyond that of simply processing grievances. A means of strengthening communications with the membership." 

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The vote on the tentative agreement reached on June 22 with Jerry's is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Members can vote at any Jerry's or County Market stores in the breakroom between 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or at the Union hall between 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  If you are not scheduled to work during the voting times, you can go to any location to vote.  Store locations are County Market Hudson or North Branch, Jerry's Foods Woodbury, Jerry's Cub Woodbury, Sunray, Roseville, or West St. Paul.

For details on the committee-recommended tentative agreement, click here.

Zoom meetings will be held on Monday, June 27, 2022 at Noon and 6:00 p.m. to answer any questions about the tentative agreement and ratification vote.

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The Union and Employer reached a tentative agreement this afternoon, June 22, 2022, after members rejected the previous tentative agreement voted on May 31.  The new agreement comes with additional wage increases, converstion of vacation to PTO, Apprenticeship and Meat Training (with protections and opportunities for existing Meat employees not currently classified as journeymen), increase in Employer health and welfare contribution, and pandemic language.  View documents below for specifics.  A ratification vote will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in the stores and at the Union hall (details will be posted in the next couple of days). 

PDF icon Jerry's Voting Doc_062222.pdf

PDF icon Jerry's Wages062222.pdf

PDF icon County Market Wages062222.pdf

The negotiating committee consisting of Lisa Dufresne, Todd Johnson, Jim Barklind, Tammy Bleier, Ryan Brown and Jeff Anderson worked very hard to reach this new and improved tentative agreement and fully recommend approval to the membership.

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