RNs and LPNs working at Comforcare and St. Mark's care facilities started the New Year off by ratifying new agreements with their employers.  Nurses at both locations received ratification bonuses in addition to annual wage increases and "step" increases.  Additionally, Comforcare nurses negotiated a three year agreement that contained improved paid bereavement leave, overtime after 8 hours in a day (a change from OT after 40 in a week), new evening differential and increased pay for RNs who have a BSN degree.

The officers and staff of UFCW 1189 would like to wish all our members a very happy holidays!  Our offices will be closed on December 24 from 12-5 p.m., and all day on December 25 and January 1.

The Union and Employer met in November to work on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for Minnesota's only Union Medical Cannabis company. The people that grow, process, package, and care for the patients at the retail care center locations are all members of UFCW Local 1189.  The employer cancelled the scheduled December dates citing inablility to present a comprehensive economic offer and scheduling conflicts due to the holidays.  Dates are set for January 7 and January 10, 2020.  The Union is optimistic that an agreement can be reached.

UFCW 1189 members working at Sauer Health Care in Winona, MN under the LPNs and Service-Maintenance agreements, ratified their wage reopener on October 24, 2019.  Availability in vacation and sick leave accrual changes effective January 6, 2020 were also ratified.  Congratulations!

Local 1189 southern division members and their families are invited to attend this free event on Saturday, December 14, 2019!  Breakfast will be served from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:00 a.m.)  From 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., activities include pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, balloon creations and a magic show.  Please RSVP to Mike Dreyer at 651-294-8972 or no later than December 6, 2019.

UFCW 1189 members at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, MN voted unanimously to accept the tentative agreement reached between the Union and the Hospital.  We were able to secure a three-year contract with wage increases in each year of the contract, increases in longevity pay, shift differentials, call pay and other enhancements.  Thank you to the negotiating committee for their hard work and the membership for their support during the negotiations.  As our motto states, Stronger Together.

Congratulations UFCW  1189 members at Highland Chateau Suites, LLC on ratifying a new 2-year agreement!  Workers agreed to a 2% wage increase and a one-time ratification bonus.  In addition, the bargaining committee was able to negotiate increases in shift differentials as well as Employer health care contributions.  Along with NEW orientation language, management agreed to meet as a Labor Management Committee to help address concerns related to staffing, scheduling, retention, etc.  We look forward to doing so with management.