Members are feeling relieved as Retail Meat and Grocery Employers agree to allow for workers to wear masks and are providing gloves at all of our Union Grocery stores. Initial concerns that the community would think our members were working sick, have been replaced by the willingness to do what is necessary to protect the workers. As plexiglass barriers find their way into the check stands, UFCW Local 1189 has been working with our employers to update policies and protect our members. Union Members in virtually all of of the industries we represent have been deemed essential.
The Union and Employer have met twice to date on 3/27 and 3/31/2020. Below is a list of items which have been agreed to tentatively as well as a list of items still open. Remember, these are only tentative agreements. No contract changes will take place until negotiations are complete and a majority of votes by Union members are cast to approve the new contract. The Union bargaining committee consists of Morgan Pirsig, Sue Boorsma, Kelly Leingang, Robert Kajer, Brittany Fanaselle.
Governor Walz has listened to the concerns of our Union and has issued an executive order protecting grocery workers on the joband classifying us the same as other frontline workers – health care, police, fire, etc. This gives us access to the same benefits under this emergency as these other frontline workers. We want to thank our Governor for standing with US during this crisis. Click
Union Grocery employers are continuing to step up to the plate. Employers are acknowleging the hard work and dedication of store employees as they work to keep the food supply chain functioning. Working closely with the public presents challenges in the best of times, but even more so today in the ever evolving COVID 19 environment. We all can't say it enough, Thank you workers, and thank you employers for the tangible acknowedgement. Here are the lastest retail grocery bonuses: (Please support the grocers who support and recognize their workers).
Grocery workers are Essential Tier 2 Workers
"Beyond the emergency workers listed in the Governor’s Executive Order, there are other critical workers that are absolutely necessary for districts to consider. Care for children of educators, gas and electric utility workers, food distribution personnel, water treatment staff, and others outlined below is essential to ensuring the public continues to receive these vital services. Districts should make every effort to provide care for school-age children of workers in the areas below, if they are able to do so while adhering to the Minnesota Department of Health’s social distancing guidelines."
Union Grocery Retailers in the Twin Cities Metro area and Duluth have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Cashiers, meat cutters, stockers, utility and courtesy employees, pharmacy techs, clerks, and more are tirelessly working to make sure that people in their communities have the food (and paper products) they need. With each and every news broadcast creating a new wave of concern among shoppers, our members in the stores find few moments to pause and take a breath during their day.
COVID-19 MN Hotlines
- Health questions (7 am to 7 pm): 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
- School and child care questions (7 am to 7 pm): 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
- DHS hotline for child care providers with COVID-19-related questions: 1-888-234-1268
The informational meetings for the 401 A/K for members covered by the 1189 St Paul Plan will be rescheduled. President Christensen has made the decision to cancel the 401 informational meeting so our members can concentrate on their work, their families, and their personal heath.
The 2019 legislature and Governor Tim Walz created the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health and Human Services to develop an action plan for transforming the health and human services system. "The proposed strategy would result in estimated state share savings of $11 to $13 million for the biennium ending June 30, 2023. The total savings would be impacted by the timing and design of the revised VBR quality incentive. The population impacted by the strategy includes private pay and Medicaid eligible nursing home residents.
Mary Augustyn worked for Grand Village in Grand Rapids, MN for 18 years. She worked in the activities department helping residents enjoy life by arranging games and trips and also various groups to come in and entertain the residents. "I am passionate about helping others understand why Unions are so important. Especially in these crazy times Unions make a difference for millions of people! I am proud to be a part of a Union family!”