UFCW 1189 Retail Bargaining

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.


Bargaining continued between the parties, with the federal mediator present, on July 7-8, 2022.  While there was much movement from both parties; after 13 hours on July 8, no tentative agreement could be reached and negotiations will continue August 4-5, 2022.  The Employer continues to propose language changes taking away benefit protections for the part-time classifications and the Union simply will not agree to these proposals.

Ratification vote will be held on Monday, July 11, 2022 in the store breakrooms from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., or 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and at the UFCW 1189 Union Hall from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Members may vote at any location.  Store locations are Grand Avenue, Cub Meadowlands, Shoreview, White Bear Lake, Oak Park Heights and Woodbury.

The tentative agreement comes with unanimous committee recommendation to vote yes. 

Click here to view details on the tentative agreement.

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:

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.