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Local 1189 Union members in Park Rapids voted on their contracts in early January.  The membership voted unanimously to accept the Tentative Agreement at Park Rapids Liquor Store.  The contract improves union representation at the store, wage increases and improvements in the cost of the employee portion of the health insurance. The membership at RDO (potato processing plant) voted to accept the Tentative Agreement.  Negotiations were difficult but the committee worked tirelessly and stayed strong to get a contract that has seen improvements in time off, wages and workplace safety.  This is

Local 1189 will be holding quarterly General Membership Meetings at the Union Hall in South St. Paul and at the Duluth Labor Temple at 4:00 pm on the third Wednesdays in the months of February, May, August, and November.  Northern and Southern General Membership Meetings will be held simultaneously on February 19, May 20, August 19, and November 18.

UFCW Local 1189 Union members can take advantage of the Union Hall this winter at special member rates.

For your events in the months of January, February, and March the following prices will apply:

Monday through Friday –The hall is available on a first come first serve basis at no charge.  Events must be no more than 4 hours and must end by 8 pm. Fountain soda/pop included. A donation to UFCW 1189 Community Services for members in need is suggested.

RNs and LPNs working at Comforcare and St. Mark's care facilities started the New Year off by ratifying new agreements with their employers.  Nurses at both locations received ratification bonuses in addition to annual wage increases and "step" increases.  Additionally, Comforcare nurses negotiated a three year agreement that contained improved paid bereavement leave, overtime after 8 hours in a day (a change from OT after 40 in a week), new evening differential and increased pay for RNs who have a BSN degree.

The officers and staff of UFCW 1189 would like to wish all our members a very happy holidays!  Our offices will be closed on December 24 from 12-5 p.m., and all day on December 25 and January 1.

The Union and Employer met in November to work on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for Minnesota's only Union Medical Cannabis company. The people that grow, process, package, and care for the patients at the retail care center locations are all members of UFCW Local 1189.  The employer cancelled the scheduled December dates citing inablility to present a comprehensive economic offer and scheduling conflicts due to the holidays.  Dates are set for January 7 and January 10, 2020.  The Union is optimistic that an agreement can be reached.

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