Vireo - Green Goods (Minnesota Medical Solutions) Negotiations

2021 - 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 negotiating committee has reached a tentative agreement with Vireo with a recommendation to vote YES from the entire bargaining committee. The committee decided on this recommendation because they truly believe that this is the best contract we will get with the company through the bargaining process.

This is a major improvement over the company’s last, best, “final” offer presented this summer, and the Union committee fought tooth and nail to keep the progressions in wage scales.

The Union met with the Company again on August 23rd and presented a counter -proposal to the Employer’s Last, Best, and Final offer that was voted down unanimously by the membership. The counter was comprehensive and included wage increases, step progressions, and the establishment of a Health and Safety Committee to improve both safety and ergonomics. The Employer’s side was unable to respond, and negotiations will resume in one week on August 30th.

After notifying the Employer about the rejection of their "last best and final" offer, the Employer -Vireo responded to the Union's request to get back to the table "Vireo made the offer after careful consideration and in earnest.  However, as we have always been, the Vireo team is willing to continue negotiating in good faith with the union team at this point." With the willingness to bargain, the Union cancelled the worksite picket planned for the end of June.

Union Members working at Vireo Health's retail Green Goods locations and at their grow and production facility in Otsego unanimously voted to reject their employer's "last best and final offer." 

The Union has provided the employer with a ten-day notice (as required for health care facilities) and filed unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB. Workers are preparing to picket starting Monday, June 27, 2021, unless the employer notifies the Union that they are willing to continue to negotiate and work to reach an agreement that the Union members can support.