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.


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 and Employer met yesterday, June 13. The Employer responded to the Union's package proposal, which can be found below. The Employer then gave the Union a counter proposal. The Employer did increase their wages slightly, but there is still a large divide between the member’s needs in wages and what the company is proposing. The Employer’s proposal also had take-aways for members, such as increasing the required hours for insurance from 18 hours to 24.

The Union and Employer met for the first time since the membership resoundingly rejected the latest contract offer. Not a lot of progress was made, but the employer was willing to discuss adding safe and sick time benefits for all workers. Unfortunately, the Employer did not move off the offer the workers already rejected. Their last offer moved the raises up instead of spreading them out every six months, which the committee believes is beneficial, but did not make enough forward movement to make a deal and in some ways felt like it was going backward. 

On May 31, members at Jerry's, Jerry's Cub, and County Market stores overwhelmingly voted to reject their contract. The bargaining committee recommended a NO vote due to a desire to return to the bargaining table, and the members agreed. 96% voted against the Jerry's and Jerry's Cub contract. The vote against the County Market contract was unanimous.

The Union and Employer will reconvene to continue negotiations soon- make sure your contact information is up to date here to receive updates!

The Union bargaining committee and the employer met again on Wednesday May 25. While the two sides are very close on language, the gulf between the members' needs in wages and healthcare and what the employer is willing to agree to is still too wide to strike a deal. The Union is maintaining not only increases to the top of scale, but increases within the wage progressions to keep up with rising costs of living.

Read the Union's latest proposal here