St. Paul Retail Negotiations

2019 Contract NegotiationsYour 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.


Union members working at stores operated by St. Paul area grocers overwhelmingly ratified new three year agreements.  Bargining committee members counted votes back at the UFCW 1189 Union Hall in South St. Paul shortly after the close of the voting period (7pm today, April 30, 2019). The Union scheduled times in the break-rooms of each of the 29 stores covered by the Agreements with Corporate Cub (SuperValu/UNFI), Jerry Enterprises (Cub, Jerry's, County Market stores), Kowalski's (Kowalski's Markets, WBL Cub), Lunds & Byerlys and Festival/Knowlan's meat departments (Knowlan's).

A ratification vote on the tentative agreements reached with Cub Foods (UNFI), Festival Foods/Knowlan's Meat, Jerry's Enterprises (Cub Foods, Jerry's Foods, County Market), Kowalski's and Lunds & Byerly's will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.  Members may vote in any of their employer's store locations or at the Local 1189 Union Hall.  Click here to view specific times and locations.  To view tentative agreement details for each employer, please click on the links below:

The Union and employers met for the fifth time on Thursday in a bargaining session that extended late into the evening.  Both parties started the day optimistic that an agreement could be reached; however, those hopes were dashed as the employers made a flurry of late proposal modifications.