The Union and Employer met for the first time since the membership resoundingly rejected the latest contract offer. Not a lot of progress was made, but the employer was willing to discuss adding safe and sick time benefits for all workers. Unfortunately, the Employer did not move off the offer the workers already rejected. Their last offer moved the raises up instead of spreading them out every six months, which the committee believes is beneficial, but did not make enough forward movement to make a deal and in some ways felt like it was going backward. 

   "I've been asking CNAs to write statements and stories about their situation since the pandemic started. This one came to me recently out of Chisholm, on the Iron Range. I thought this one illustrated beautifully what the members in this position do, and why they are so crushed by what they are experiencing with not only themselves, but their residents. We need to keep looking for solutions and sources of hope for these workers!" - Adam Evenstad, Union Representative from the Duluth Office

Read Paige's experience in her own words below

On May 31, members at Jerry's, Jerry's Cub, and County Market stores overwhelmingly voted to reject their contract. The bargaining committee recommended a NO vote due to a desire to return to the bargaining table, and the members agreed. 96% voted against the Jerry's and Jerry's Cub contract. The vote against the County Market contract was unanimous.

The Union and Employer will reconvene to continue negotiations soon- make sure your contact information is up to date here to receive updates!

The Union bargaining committee and the employer met again on Wednesday May 25. While the two sides are very close on language, the gulf between the members' needs in wages and healthcare and what the employer is willing to agree to is still too wide to strike a deal. The Union is maintaining not only increases to the top of scale, but increases within the wage progressions to keep up with rising costs of living.

Read the Union's latest proposal here

On Tuesday May 24, 2022, UFCW Local 1189 members at the Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis voted overwhelmingly to approve a new 3-year Union contract.  Members voted 93% in favor of the new contract, which included a raise for every member retroactive to April 1, 2022, guaranteed annual raises and a $16.50 minimum base range for individuals in Tier 1 jobs.  The deal also included added value to premiums in some grades, a commitment from management to give members who choose consistent schedules with consecutive days off, better health and safety language with the creation of a new safety committee

UFCW Local 1189 has two vacancies on its executive board -- one in the Southern Division; one in the Northern Division.  Members interested in filling this vacancy should send their letter of interest with Union background and UFCW 1189 involvement to President Jim Gleb.

Zoom meetings have been scheduled to update ARGA members on the ongoing contract bargaining with their employers, Super One and Mount Royal.  Meetings have been scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Please contact your Union Representative if you have any questions.  Join the meeting via the link or information below:

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The Union negotiating committee has reached a tentative agreement with the Wedge. This agreement comes with a unanimous recommendation from the committee to vote yes. 

Members will be able to vote on the agreement in the store on Tuesday, May 24, from 12 PM to 4 PM.

Highlights of the agreement include: