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UFCW 1189 members at Kowalski's overwhelmingly ratified their new 2-year agreement.  View specific details here.  Thank you to the bargaining committee members Gary Verke, Dennis McMahon, Deb Kalil, Lester Tear and Joe Crow for their long hours and hard work to successfully negotiate a fair agreement for all members.  Congratulations!

Bargaining continued between the parties, with the federal mediator present, on July 7-8, 2022.  While there was much movement from both parties; after 13 hours on July 8, no tentative agreement could be reached and negotiations will continue August 4-5, 2022.  The Employer continues to propose language changes taking away benefit protections for the part-time classifications and the Union simply will not agree to these proposals.

Ratification vote will be held on Monday, July 11, 2022 in the store breakrooms from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., or 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and at the UFCW 1189 Union Hall from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Members may vote at any location.  Store locations are Grand Avenue, Cub Meadowlands, Shoreview, White Bear Lake, Oak Park Heights and Woodbury.

The tentative agreement comes with unanimous committee recommendation to vote yes. 

Click here to view details on the tentative agreement.

SB Foot members voted to ratify their contract weeks after authorizing a strike that resulted in the Employer returning to the table to negotiate an improved deal.  Members received a $2.25 increase the first year, $1.25 the second year and $.50 the third year with those in the second pay scale tier to move into the higher pay first scale tier after their 8-year anniversary.  Members also received an improved health care plan with an HSA option as well.  Thank you to Fred Oelker, Matt Cordes, Tyler Swenson, Adam Carpenter and Gerald Swenson for their hard work on the bargaining committee!

A tentative agreement was reached this afternoon with Kowalski's on a new two-year agreement that includes significant wage increases, health and welfare contribution increases with no increases for member contribution, 401a contribution increases and new and improved language.  Details can be found below:

The vote on the tentative agreement reached on June 22 with Jerry's is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Members can vote at any Jerry's or County Market stores in the breakroom between 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. or at the Union hall between 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  If you are not scheduled to work during the voting times, you can go to any location to vote.  Store locations are County Market Hudson or North Branch, Jerry's Foods Woodbury, Jerry's Cub Woodbury, Sunray, Roseville, or West St. Paul.

The Union and Employer reached a tentative agreement this afternoon, June 22, 2022, after members rejected the previous tentative agreement voted on May 31.  The new agreement comes with additional wage increases, converstion of vacation to PTO, Apprenticeship and Meat Training (with protections and opportunities for existing Meat employees not currently classified as journeymen), increase in Employer health and welfare contribution, and pandemic language.  View documents below for specifics.  A ratification vote will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in the stores and at

The Union and Employer met yesterday, June 13. The Employer responded to the Union's package proposal, which can be found below. The Employer then gave the Union a counter proposal. The Employer did increase their wages slightly, but there is still a large divide between the member’s needs in wages and what the company is proposing. The Employer’s proposal also had take-aways for members, such as increasing the required hours for insurance from 18 hours to 24.

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