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Union Members at Long Prairie Packing ratified a new 5 year deal that provided an historic first year compensation increase of $1.50/ hour plus a 2% dollar for dollar match into employees 401 retirement plans. The Union and the Employer were able to work out a deal that not only provided for members immediate needs today - increased wages and improved time off benefits, it also provided for their future in the form of an employer contribution to their retirement, The new wages and benefits take effect with the first pay period in January 2021. 

UFCW 1189 Members at United Pioneer Home in Luck, WI ratified a new 2-year agreement with increases in wages and shift differentials as well as improved credit for past experience language that also allow current members to go back and get qualified past experience.  In addition, the new contract includes improved funeral leave language, improved life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance and a wage reopener in August 2021.  Lindsy Solem will become the new union representative for UPH.  Lindsy's career prior to coming on staff with Local 1189 was as a CNA, so she brings knowledg

We would like to shine a light on the leadership team of Kowalski's for their continued show of appreciation for our members who are so essential to all of us. Kowalski's Markets notified employees this month that they are continuing to extend the $2 per hour premium pay. This came as good news to workers who find themselves in closer contact with customers during the holiday seasons.  Kowalski's is one of the few employers who have continued to pay an additional premium for retail grocery work.

On December 18, 2020, UFCW 1189 members at The Estates at Linden ratified a new 2-year agreement!  Cooks/Aides and CNA members will receive a 3% increase the first year with a 2.25% increase the second year with all member increases retroactive to October, 1, 2020.  Thank you to Ken Hatch and Cathy Sutherland for their hard work on the bargaining committee!

On December 17, 2020, UFCW 1189 LPN and Service and Maintenance members from Estates at Lynnhurst ratified a new 2-year agreement!  LPN members will receive a $1/hour increase the first year with a 3% increase the second year. CNAs will receive a $.75/hour increase the first year and a 3% increase the second year. Cooks/Aides will receive a 4% increase the first year with a 3% increase the second year, with all member increases retroactive to October, 1, 2020.

Thank you to Michelle Armstrong and Funmi Adeniyi for their work on the bargaining committee!

Congratulations the the UFCW 1189 members at Lake City Nursing Home, who on December 11, 2020, voted to ratify a new 3-year collective bargaining agreement!  The Union and Employer met multiple times to come to a tentative agreement that all parties believed was the best offer they could negotiate.  Subsequently, the membership agreed by an overwhelming majority to ratify that tentative agreement.  On 1/1/2021 all UFCW 1189 members will receive a 3% wage increase as well as an additional 1% wage increase effective 7/1/2021.  The parties will meet in 2022 and 2023 solely for the purposes of

Congratulations to the UFCW 1189 members at Prescott Nursing and Rehab! On December 11, 2020 members voted in an overwhelming majority to ratify a new wage agreement.  Members will receive a 5% increase for Nurse Aides, Dietary, and Housekeeping retroactive to 10/31/2020.  All licensed staff will be receiving a 2% increase, also retroactive to 10/31/2020.  Special thanks to our Union Steward Kim Nelson for participating in these negotiations as well as conducting the vote!

ATTENTION GROCERY WORKERS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Want to know if you’ve had COVID? Grocery workers are essential workers that might be at greater risk of getting infected with the virus that causes COVID 19. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health invites you to participate in a research study to determine if you’ve been infected with the virus. If you’d like to participate, a test kit will be mailed to your house at no cost to you.

Congratulations to our UFCW 1189 members at Valley View Healthcare & Rehab and Heritage Court on ratifying a new 3-year agreement.  The contract passed by an overwhelming majority with over 55% participation!  A special thanks goes out to our negotiating committee members Pam Walhovd, Ashley Frick, Michelle Loken, and Cheryl Sanden for all their hard work.

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