Congratulations to the UFCW 1189 members at Prescott Nursing and Rehab! On December 11, 2020 members voted in an overwhelming majority to ratify a new wage agreement.  Members will receive a 5% increase for Nurse Aides, Dietary, and Housekeeping retroactive to 10/31/2020.  All licensed staff will be receiving a 2% increase, also retroactive to 10/31/2020.  Special thanks to our Union Steward Kim Nelson for participating in these negotiations as well as conducting the vote!

ATTENTION GROCERY WORKERS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Want to know if you’ve had COVID? Grocery workers are essential workers that might be at greater risk of getting infected with the virus that causes COVID 19. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health invites you to participate in a research study to determine if you’ve been infected with the virus. If you’d like to participate, a test kit will be mailed to your house at no cost to you.

Congratulations to our UFCW 1189 members at Valley View Healthcare & Rehab and Heritage Court on ratifying a new 3-year agreement.  The contract passed by an overwhelming majority with over 55% participation!  A special thanks goes out to our negotiating committee members Pam Walhovd, Ashley Frick, Michelle Loken, and Cheryl Sanden for all their hard work.

UFCW 1189 and its negotiating committee reached a tentative agreement with Valley View Healthcare and Rehab and Heritage Court on November 9, 2020.  The parties agreed to a 3% wage increase on January 1, 2021 with an additional wage opener in six months on June 30, 2021 to negotiate further wage improvements.  In addition, the committee was able to secure a larger PTO max accrual, one additional day of funeral Leave, a 3% match to the Employer's pension plan, and important COVID language, including incentives.  The parties worked in unison to put the best offer forward and we believe we did

UFCW 1189 and Essentia Health (EH) have begun negotiations for our members to obtain a new contract. When EH purchased Mercy Hospital they agreed to recognize the Union but would not recognize our members' contract. In speaking with other employees and other Unions that are in the same process as we are, it looked as though EH wanted to gut the Mercy contracts. The only option before the committee was to bargain for a whole new contract. We knew the process was going to be slow moving and tough and it certainly is.

Keeping members informed about their rights and the resources our union provides is essential to protecting them on the job. As part of this effort, you can learn more about the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which only protects those workers who are union members, and other federal labor and employment laws, which generally protect all workers, by downloading the Department of Labor notices can be found at: