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.


On April 19, 2022 the parties met for the first time since the Employers broke apart on March 23, 2022.  After a full day of discussions on both the Union and Employer non-economic proposals, the parties were able to agree on gender neutral language, schedules printed and posted in seniority order, and strong health and safety language, which includes providing an ergonomic chair or stool for cashiers who need one for medical purposes when medical documentation is provided as well as guaranteed Union participation in safety meetings.  The Union's negotiating committee prepared the Union's e

The parties met on April 18, 2022 to continue negotiations.  Besides obtaining better safety and health contract language, as well as electronic schedules provided to the Union, not much progress was made.  The Employer continues to hold on their economic proposals and after a long day, an additional contract extension was signed through May 13, 2022.  We have scheduled May 11, 12 and 13, 2022 with the Employer, and at their request, an FMCS mediator will be present for these sessions.

The Union and the Employer met on April 12, 13, and 14 to continue bargaining over non-economic proposals. Non-economic issues are the issues that do not have a dollar amount attached to them but affect the day-to-day working conditions in the stores. The Union is committed to making sure the everyday work rules for members are the best they can be.

The Union Committee met with Lunds & Byerlys again on April 8 and finally heard their entire economic package. As a reminder, the Employer presented this as a total package, meaning the Union cannot accept part of it without agreeing to the entire thing. While some parts of the package seem agreeable, especially at first blush, there is a lot to object to in the Employer’s offer.