LPNs at St Mark's in Austin will vote on a proposed contract settlement on Wednesday November 12, 2014 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the facility in the “Bistro.” Members will vote on an 8 1/2% wage increase (over three years), ratification bonus and language improvements to your contract: 3 year term of Agreement from 10/1/14 – 9/30/17 Wage increases (all scales and wage rates): 10/1/14 2½ % and a Ratification Bonus (one time) $400 for full-time employees, $200 for part-time employees 10/1/15 3% 10/1/16 3% Change second paragraph of 2.1 to read: All LPN’s hired or scheduled to work in the new

UFCW 1189 is committed to helping our members obtain affordable health insurance coverage. We have entered into an agreement with Health Access MN to help you determine what health insurance programs are best suited for you. We have scheduled a number of events for members who are looking for new or more affordable health care options because they are ineligible for insurance through the Union's or their employer's health care plan.

We are in need of volunteers for GOTV.  If members are willing to road trip, we can set folks up in Eau Claire or LaCrosse (or any location of their choosing).  In the Hudson area, you can check in with the We Are Wisconsin office located at 522 2nd Street.  In the Superior area, opportunities are available through the ILA Hall located at 424 Tower.  For more information, please contact Director Bernie Hesse at Local 1189.

The members at Lakeshore (Ecumen) in Duluth overwhelmingly ratified their contract on October 20, 2014. Key gains in this were a 1.25% increase for all employees, both on and off scale, a $0.60 increase to the starting scales for all job classifications, and a five-cent per hour longevity wage increase for all employees that have worked ten years or more! Congratulations to the members on a job well done!

10/9/14 – UFCW 1189 members voted to ratify a new agreement with SuperValu's Corporate Cub and Rainbow stores with 68% of the voting members saying YES! Congratulations to the Committee for their hard work and to the membership for their support of the new agreement. The Union extends its appreciation to the members who turned out to vote and to the employer for taking the time to listen to their workers and respond with an agreement that works for the majority of our members.

The Food and Nutrition Commission believes that future policy makers and community leaders in Minnesota who understand the importance of food to our state and local communities are critical to achieving a diverse and just food system that eliminates hunger, increases access to nutritious food, and improves the health of all Minnesotans.  This effort of the Food and Nutrition Commission outlines questions aimed to raise awareness and promote public discourse around the many issues affecting Minnesota’s food system -- issues such as food security, hunger, nutrition, health, food assistance, f

The negotiating committee met with the Employer on September 30, 2014 along with a Federal Mediator.  We spent much of the day reviewing and discussing the Employer’s proposals with the mediator.  The Union and the Employer agreed to extend the contract.  Our next meeting is on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.