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Our retail bargaining committee spent a full day on Wednesday, September 3 in a bargaining session with all of our major retail employers.  The day was spent entirely on health care and how to maintain coverage for the vast majority of our members.  We reached a “conceptual agreement” on how to determine members' eligibility for our current health plan.  This agreement has many details to work out, but the day resulted in significant progress toward reaching an agreement.

On August 26, 2014 the negotiating committee met with the Employer.  Proposals from both the Union and Employer were discussed along with employee concerns and safety issues.  Negotiations have been scheduled for September 16, 2014.  Your negotiating commtitee members are Alex Campbell-Witt, Cheryl Olsen, Linda Tainter, Lisa Waadevig and Union Representative Mike Dreyer.

Additional sessions will be held on September 11 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The first meetings for dislocated Rainbow Foods employees (held on Thursday, August 21) had low attendance due to short notice. Former Rainbow employees on The Planning and Selection Committee wanted to get the process going as soon as possible and while some folks received the notices late, many members were able to get started in planning for their new careers. With that in mind, we have scheduled another day of orientation meetings that will give much more advanced notice to Rainbow Foods dislocated workers.

All across the country, corporations and the ultra-wealthy are funneling unprecedented amounts of money into our political system.  Their goal is to create an unbalanced and unfair economy where wages are as low as possible and profits replace respect for the workers that created them.  Active Ballot Club (ABC) seeks to level the playing field. By bringing together thousands of workers, our political concerns can be amplified to a decibel that is impossible to ignore.  ABC turns pocket change into big change for working families by fighting for:

On August 14-15, 2014, the negotiating committee met with the Employer.  Tentative agreements were reached on some of the Union's proposals as well as the Employer's.  Negotiations have been scheduled for September 18-19, 2014.  Still open are all the economic proposals.  Union Negotiating Committee members are Rick Cornwell and Timothy Bruels with Union Representative Mike Dreyer.  You can view the Employer's and Union's proposals here:

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We have all seen the commercials, the ones where Walmart compares itself to our local Union Grocery stores. The ads seem to imply that Walmart is saving us all so much money - but like so much we see today, the truth is really missing. UFCW1189's parady of the ad shows the true cost - not the false savings. Watch. Share. and Shop at Union Stores.

Union contract negotiations with St. Mark's are scheduled to begin on September 16, 2014.  These meetings will be held at the facility. Members are encouraged to submit proposals for changes they would like to see in their contract and their workplace to Jennifer Christensen.  Please submit your proposals prior to September 16. Please continue to check this website for updated information on your contract.

Attention Former Rainbow Foods Members August 14, 2014 The Dislocated Workers Program completed their second day of meetings with the Rainbow Committee today. Members from the Rainbow stores in 1189 and 653 make up the committee. Tomorrow, the committee will be selecting a 'provider" to assist unemployed Rainbow workers transition into new jobs and careers. Once the provider is selected, letters will go out to the former Rainbow employees from both Locals. Please keep your eyes on your mailbox!

It has been awhile since we have met with the ARGA employers and thought it was time to inform everyone of what has happened since the June meeting. Also there is no Northern Division general membership mMeeting during the month of August.

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