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.

I am proud to have been a member for more than 30 years, as a part-time deli worker, working in a seafood department, as a journeyman meat-cutter, then an organizer, the communications direction, a union representative, secretary treasurer and President, and then being selected as a member of our Union’s International Executive board – I am honored and humbled by the opportunities this Union has given me.

After notifying the Employer about the rejection of their "last best and final" offer, the Employer -Vireo responded to the Union's request to get back to the table "Vireo made the offer after careful consideration and in earnest.  However, as we have always been, the Vireo team is willing to continue negotiating in good faith with the union team at this point." With the willingness to bargain, the Union cancelled the worksite picket planned for the end of June.

Union Members working at Vireo Health's retail Green Goods locations and at their grow and production facility in Otsego unanimously voted to reject their employer's "last best and final offer." 

The Union has provided the employer with a ten-day notice (as required for health care facilities) and filed unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB. Workers are preparing to picket starting Monday, June 27, 2021, unless the employer notifies the Union that they are willing to continue to negotiate and work to reach an agreement that the Union members can support.

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.

UPDATE:  UFCW 1189 members have voted to accept their Employer's contract extension proposal.

As previously communicated, UNFI/Cub Foods is proposing an extension to the current contract, which includes wage increases.  Late Monday afternoon, the Employer sent their most recent adjusted proposal. We feel this is a fair proposal and one that benefits all members. 

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.