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 the Employer met yesterday, April 28, to further discuss non-economic issues. The Employer rejected the Union’s initial package proposal. The Union discussed with the Employer the importance of the items the committee was asking for, UFCW 1189 President Jim Gleb, telling the Employer, “[Members] want to be respected, protected, and paid and they deserve that.”

On April 25 and 26, the Union committee met with Kowalski’s to continue bargaining. By the end of the day Monday, the Union was ready to move on from language and present their economic proposal, including wages and benefits.


The Union and the Employer both dropped some language items, and agreed to language about Electronic Scheduling, which will improve the Union’s ability to service members and enforce the contract, and language changing the Funeral Leave to Bereavement Leave, which members can use to grieve even if they don’t attend the funeral of a lost loved one.

A tentative agreement was reached with Jerry's Enterprises on Friday, April 22, 2022 on both the Jerry's Cub/Jerry's Foods and County Market contracts.  Click on the respective links below to view specific details.  UFCW 1189 will be scheduling virtual Zoom meetings with the Jerry's Cub/Foods and County Market Meat Department members who are participants in the National Meat Pension Fund regarding the withdrawal from the pension fund and the lump sum payments into members' 401a accounts and will notify those members of the dates and times of these meetings.