The Wedge negotiating committee has had four negotiation sessions with the Employer, which occurred on March 15, March 17, March 24 and March 30.
Both parties exchanged non-economic proposals (see links below). The only item agreed to on the first day was a language cleanup item on removing section 8.4 on PTO payout as it is no longer relevant information. Both parties had discussions over their position on proposed items and the session ended in the late afternoon so both parties could review and prepare responses to each other’s proposals.
After 16 long hours of bargaining on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, the Union and Employer were able to tentatively agree on the following issues for both Jerry's Cub/Jerry's Foods and the County Market contracts:
On Monday, March 28, the Union committee met with Jerry’s leadership and picked up where they left off on Friday. After some back and forth discussion, the Union secured some important gains in language. The Union also made the difficult decision to drop a couple items in exchange for the Employer dropping several of their proposals.
The bargaining committee met with Jerry's for its first one-on-one negotiating session today, March 25, 2022. Each party responded to the other party's initial non-economic proposals, with some progress being made, but good discussion and feedback from each side on these proposals. In addition to agreeing to the Union's gender neutral language, the Employer has also agreed to adding consecutive days off language to the Jerry's contract as it is in the County Market contract.
The Employers responded to the Union's non-economic proposals (exchanged on March 21, 2022) during the morning hours of March 23, 2022. Kowalski's and LFHI provided their written responses, which can be viewed below.
Today, the Southern Retail Bargaining Committee met and passed intitial non-economic proposals to representatives from Festival/Knowlan's, Jerry's, Kowalski's, and Lunds & Byerlys. The proposals covered safety issues, respect, and proposed language improvements, with economic proposals like wages and paid time off coming later. You can read the complete proposals presented today here.
The UFCW 1189 Executive Board has voted to endorse Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan for Governor and Lt. Governor, Representative Betty McCollum for congressional district 4, and Julie Blaha for State Auditor. Rep. Betty McCollum has a strong record in D.C. for supporting legislation that helps UFCW members. Rep. McCollum has co-sponsored the PRO Act that helps protect the right to organize, and the Schedules That Work Act that would empower hourly employees with greater scheduling flexibility and certainty.