June marks Pride month – a time to recognize the lives, stories, challenges, and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community and celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ individuals in our union family.

On April 22, 2021, UFCW 1189 members at Knowlan’s ratified a new contract agreement! Full-time and Department Head members will receive a 65 cent increase and Part-time/Youth scales will receive a 25 cent to 40 cent wage increase depending on scale, with all increases retroactive back to April 4, 2021. Thank you to all of the members who voted and to Larry Jensen and Sharon Broden for their work on the Bargaining Committee!

After requesting to postpone Tuesday’s negotiations to give time to prepare a complete economic proposal to the Union Negotiating team, (and agreeing to pay the day for the committee who had already be taken off of the schedule), Vireo presented an offer today (4/22/2021) that rolled back wages and progressions for future employees – permanently (as new people rarely catch up in a system such as one that was proposed).

A tentative agreement has been reached with Sauer for the service-maintenance and LPN UFCW 1189 members.  Ratification vote will take place on Monday, April 5, 2021 in the community room in the basement of the facility from 5:30-7:00 a.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m.  Click on the links below to view the tentative agreement details:

On March 19, 2021, through a collective bargaining collaboration between Local 1189 and Local 663, Hirshfield’s UFCW members ratified a new 3-year agreement!  All members will receive $.50 wage increase the first year with $.40 wage increases the remaining two years with the possibility of a sales incentive of an additional $.20 per year contingent on sales growth.  Also, members will receive a $300 bonus upon ratification! Thank you to UFCW 1189 member Kris Luchsinger and UFCW 663 members Jeff and Dan for all of their hard work on the Bargaining Committee!

(updated) Workers at Green Goods (Minnesota Medical Solutions) Retail Locations and Cultivation/Production facility began negotiations with their Employer, Vireo Health, last week, on March 18,2021.  Workers submitted proposals to the Union for changes and improvements that they would like to see. Based on the results of the surveys, the Union submitted the following proposal to the management team.

On Thursday, February 11, 2021, River Market workers voted to approve their first contract.  The bargaining committee did a fantastic job representing their coworkers and keeping them informed of what was happening in negotiations.  Local 1189 worked with the Employer to secure holiday pay, job bidding, increased starting wages, and much more.  Congratulations to the committee and all Local 1189 members at River Market for standing together to reach their first contract!

Presented by UFCW Local 1189, in partnership with the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, 30-pound food boxes will be distributed while supplies last.  This is open to everyone, not just UFCW 1189 members or Union members, but anyone in the community in need.  Drive-thru distribution will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021:  UFCW Local 1189 South St. Paul Union Hall; 2:00 p.m. until supplies last

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