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 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!”

Local 1189 will be holding informational meetings at our South St. Paul office on March 18, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. for participating members in the UFCW 1189 and St. Paul Employers Defined Contribution Plan.  This is an opportunity for members to come and talk to the Plan professionals from Wilson-McShane and Milliman.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to Local 1189 at 651-451-6240 with the meeting time you will be attending so we can plan accordingly.