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UFCW 1189 members at St. Anthony Park ratified their wage reopener on November 21, 2019.  Congratulations!

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UFCW 1189 members working at Sauer Health Care in Winona, MN under the LPNs and Service-Maintenance agreements, ratified their wage reopener on October 24, 2019.  Availability in vacation and sick leave accrual changes effective January 6, 2020 were also ratified.  Congratulations!

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.

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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.  Without a Union you would not have a voice in the workplace; you would not be able to have a steward sit in on an investigation.  No Union means you cannot negotiate your workplace rules and management gets to make all of the rules and implement the work rules.  Without a Union your schedule could change at a moment’s notice and day to day.  Without a Union you can be fired at any time for any reason. 

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Wednesdy May 8, 2019 Union members covered by the"Grocery" contract voted overwhelmingly (80% of voters said YES) to ratify a new three year agreement. Union members voted at the Union office and in their store breakrooms at Mount Royal and at  Super One stores located in Hibbing, Virginia, Grand Rapids, Duluth, Superior, Cloquet, Two Harbors, and Pike Lake.  Members voted yes on the following improvements: Increased Wages and Wage Scales, Part-time progression increases (every 1040 hours instead of 1560), Improved Pension Funding (.20/hr), Increased Employer Contribution to Health Care Plan (small increase for employees), Improved Funeral Leave Benefits and Vacation Benefits for part-time non-food handlers. 

The vote for Members covered by the "Meat Contract" was closer with 70% of the members ratifying the agreement. Members in the meat department stated that no changes in the apprentice scales (even though top rate increased) and the desire for a higher wage rate cause them to vote no,

UFCW 1189 President Jennifer Christensen stated, "We are please with the high turnout. I would like to extend my thanks to the bargaining committee, the membership and the community for their support of our Union grocery workers. We were able to get an agreement that we could live with and support because the Employer heard our concerns and responded with a respectful proposal."

 

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