Minnesota Medical Sulutions and the Union Negotiating Committee reached an agreement on an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement on Monday June 22, 2020. The employer proposed an extension of the current agreement with bonuses to all employees and an extra holiday. The bonus amounts provided by the employer are sufficient to cover the additional cost of health insurance for employees who are covered under the Union's healthcare Plan. The additional personal holiday is available for workers through the end of the year.
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Workers at River Market Co-op in Stillwater, MN joined UFCW Local 1189 for a better life on May 20. River Market Co-op is the third co-op in Minnesota to join Local 1189. Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, Wedge in Minneapolis, and the Co-op Partners Warehouse in St. Paul are all represented by UFCW 1189.
I could not be more proud to be your Union President.
You have been presented with challenges none of us could have predicted and you have met those challenges with bravery.
Whether it was in retail, health care, or processing/manufacturing; Local 1189 members have stepped in where needed.
You have done truly heroic things in the past months, and even more in the last week as we grieve the loss of life and join the fight for justice and an end to systemic racism; the situation in our communities has intensified.
What we all have witnessed across the Twin Cites over these last few days is beyond tragic.
I know many of you are rightfully angry about the injustice we have all witnessed. I also know many of you are worried and scared given the unrest we are now witnessing in response—especially those whose stores have been impacted, even destroyed. Please know this—that as difficult as it may be to see right now, we will get through this. Our community will recover, heal, and rebuild. And I want you to know your Union is here for you, and to help you, and address your concerns or questions.
Local 1189 currently has two vacancies on its Executive Board -- one on the southern division board and one on the northern division board. If you are interested in serving as an executive board member, please submit your letter of interest to President Jennifer Christensen.
A tentative agreement has been reached with Whole Foods Co-Op. A ratification vote will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at both stores. Click on the link below to view the tentative agreement, which comes with full committee recommendation. If you have any questions, please contact Union Representative Bruce Bergh.
Union employers are doing the right thing in announcing the extension of their appreciation pay programs through May. We will get the specifics up shortly, but a big shout out goes to Super One, Kowalski's, Jerry's, Cub (UNFI). and Oxendales (includes Widmer's). The Union has been comunicating your concerns and the employers are responding. Just as we are connecting with out UFCW Unions and our International Union to develop best practices for safety, the employers are looking to the stores on the coasts for ideas.
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.