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.

UFCW 1189 members at Prairie Community Services overwhelmingly ratified a new 3-year agreement.  This agreement comes with an increase in pension contributions, PLT accruals and significant wage increases across the board.  Congratulations to these members!  Thank you to Dawn Johnson and Derek Hagen, the Union's negotiating committee, for your work.

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.

Congratulations to these 2021 UFCW 1189 Scholarship winners:

  Charlie Olson, a member working at Cub Foods Stillwater, will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, was awarded a $500 scholarship


Three new stewards and one veteran steward participated in a training on their rights and responsibilities on August 10th in Long Prairie, MN. The stewards learned about Weingarten meetings, grievance handling, how to educate their peers about the Union, and the importance of community action. The training was presented by Representative Miguel Gutierrez and Director of Organizing Claire Van den Berghe in English and Spanish.

UFCW Local 1189 prevailed in the arbitration against Monarch Healthare Management regarding COVID-19 testing. The arbitrator ruled that employees should be paid for one (1) hour or longer if it took longer to come in on their off time for testing. The award is retroactive to September 14, 2020.  The Union will be working with the Employer and the facilities to ensure employees who were not paid per the arbitrator’s award get paid.  Please contact your Union Representative if you have any questions.

The Union and Miner's Inc (Local 1189 Miner's stores including Super One stores, County Market in International Falls and Woodland Marketplace in Duluth) have agreed upon a higher beginning wage rate for all contracts UFCW Local 1189 has with Miner’s, Inc.  These new starting wages will be in effect for the remainder of all labor agreements between the Union and Miner’s currently in force, until the termination or renegotiation of each individual agreement. All employees will advance on each pay scale within the pay scale, to the next

UFCW 1189 will be at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair!  Members interested in helping staff the kiosk should contact James Westin or Claire Van den Berghe.  Members must work a 4-hour shift to receive free admission and a t-shirt.