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On Tuesday June 15, 2021 UFCW 1189 members at FM Ambulance voted to accept a new contract. The hard-fought deal received a unanimous committee recommendation and will give piece of mind and sustainability to the lives of the workers at FMA over the next 4 years. The 4-year deal contained several provisions that will have a positive effect on the income and overall quality of life of those members covered by it. Paramedics who maintain status as a Crew Lead 1 will now receive $.35/hr for all hours worked.

The Union Bargaining Committee members working for Minnesota’s largest cannabis employer Vireo (Formerly Minnesota Medical Solutions, now operating as Green Goods) unanimously recommended rejecting the last, best and final offer from their employer. The Union has maintained that the employer’s wage proposal is unjust. Workers who were hired with the expectation that there were annual wage progressions are seeing those taken from them. Workers are being frozen at their current levels; progressions and step increases are eliminated.

June marks Pride month – a time to recognize the lives, stories, challenges, and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community and celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals in our union family.

On April 22, 2021, UFCW 1189 members at Knowlan’s ratified a new contract agreement! Full-time and Department Head members will receive a 65 cent increase and Part-time/Youth scales will receive a 25 cent to 40 cent wage increase depending on scale, with all increases retroactive back to April 4, 2021. Thank you to all of the members who voted and to Larry Jensen and Sharon Broden for their work on the Bargaining Committee!

After requesting to postpone Tuesday’s negotiations to give time to prepare a complete economic proposal to the Union Negotiating team, (and agreeing to pay the day for the committee who had already be taken off of the schedule), Vireo presented an offer today (4/22/2021) that rolled back wages and progressions for future employees – permanently (as new people rarely catch up in a system such as one that was proposed).

A tentative agreement has been reached with Sauer for the service-maintenance and LPN UFCW 1189 members.  Ratification vote will take place on Monday, April 5, 2021 in the community room in the basement of the facility from 5:30-7:00 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m.  Click on the links below to view the tentative agreement details:

On March 19, 2021, through a collective bargaining collaboration between Local 1189 and Local 663, Hirshfield’s UFCW members ratified a new 3-year agreement!  All members will receive $.50 wage increase the first year with $.40 wage increases the remaining two years with the possibility of a sales incentive of an additional $.20 per year contingent on sales growth.  Also, members will receive a $300 bonus upon ratification! Thank you to UFCW 1189 member Kris Luchsinger and UFCW 663 members Jeff and Dan for all of their hard work on the Bargaining Committee!

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