On the morning of May 12, the Employer presented another package proposal, which included increases to the number of non-benefited prime time part time workers and allowed them to work Tuesdays. They also proposed switiching to the Employer's health care plan, which has more expensive premiums. In response, the Union presented a package to try to move some items off the table. 

Read the Employer's package here

On May 11, the Union committee sat down with Lunds again for the first time since April 18, this time with the assistance of a Federal Mediator from FMCS. The two sides had open discussion on what is really important to the membership, which the Committee felt was productive. The Employer promised to offer a counter to the Union’s latest proposal tomorrow morning.

Read the Employer’s counter from 12:00 here

On May 5 and 6, the Union Committee and Employer continued to meet to bargain a new contract for Festival employees and Knowlan’s meat department workers. Having settled the non-economic issues on the May 4, the two sides continued discussing economic issues. The Employer presented their wage package, which can be viewed at the link below.

On the night of April 27, SB Foot Tannery Members, who manufacture leather for Red Wing Shoes and many other companies, overwhelmingly rejected the company’s Last, Best, and Final offer by a vote of 73-6. The workers objected to company’s refusal to cover the rising cost of healthcare and lack of vacation increases. Perhaps the most frustrating issue is that the employer refuses to guarantee access to safe drinking water in the unairconditioned facility.

The Union and the Employer met yesterday, April 28, to further discuss non-economic issues. The Employer rejected the Union’s initial package proposal. The Union discussed with the Employer the importance of the items the committee was asking for, UFCW 1189 President Jim Gleb, telling the Employer, “[Members] want to be respected, protected, and paid and they deserve that.”