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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.

A special thanks goes out to Cathy Larson and Michele Otto for their role in negotiating a new 3-year contract for the clerical staff at Essentia’s Northern Pines Medical Center. They made their voices heard throughout the process and on October 12 membership voted unanimously to accept a new 3-year deal. The new CBA will force the Employer to pay a 1-hour minimum for any meetings that are scheduled during an employee’s day off where previously, the Employer could pay as little as fifteen minutes.

UFCW 1189 members who visited our state fair kiosk were eligible to register in a drawing for a $250 gift card for Red Wing Shoes.  Congratulations to Rochelle Sheriff, employed at Cub Foods Cottage Grove and James Secor, employed at Stock Yards.

Throughout the summer, the Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Working Group has met to try to allocate money to workers affected by the pandemic. UFCW 1189 members and leaders have testified repeatedly to the group, which is made up of six legislators and three appointees from the governor. The money was supposed to be allocated by September 6th, but the group cannot decide who should get bonus pay. Six group members want to extend the pay to food processing workers and retail grocery workers, among other workers who kept Minnesota running during the pandemic.

UFCW 1189 members at United Pioneer Home ratified their wage reopener on September 21, 2021.  Cooks, Dietary and Housekeeping members will receive a 5% wage increase; CNAs and Laundry will receive a 7% wage increase.  In addition, shift differentials have been increased.  Congratulations!

UFCW 1189 members working for Healthcare Services Group at The Estates of Linden ratified a new agreement on September 14, 2021.  Members will receive a 3% wage increase retroactive to April 1, 2021 and a 2.25% wage increase in the second year of the contract in addition to $1/hour preceptor pay.  Thank you to Steward Kim Kuehn and all members who voted.

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