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.

The Local will be hosting a fundraiser on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the UFCW Local 1189 Union Hall (266 Hardman Ave. N., South Saint Paul), to show support and raise funds for workers displaced by the Dakota Premium plant closure which left 275 workers out of work, and to assist the 125 workers from the Rainbow/Roundy’s sell off who were left without employment. All funds raised at the event will be used for emergency assistance, which will be administered by the AFL-CIO Community Services of the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation.

After considerable time, and a mediated discussion with President Seaquist and Secretary-Treasurer Christensen, the Employer group realized they would not be able to present a formal counter proposal to the Union. They requested a cancellation of the bargaining session on Tuesday, August 5 in order to develop a formal proposal that, according to the Employer group, may break the stalemate between the Union 20-hour threshold for Union health fund coverage and the Employer proposal of 30 hours.

The Retail Supermarket Industry Bargaining committees met Thursday, July 24 at Local 1189’s Union Hall in an effort to break the stalemate over competing proposals regarding our health insurance plan. The Union withdrew all its previous health insurance proposals and presented the Employer group with a new proposal that covered both health insurance and significant wage increases for all classifications. President Seaquist presented the proposal and explained our rationale for keeping it simple.

UFCW Local 1189 will be one of the many Unions at the MN AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion at the State Fair! Contact Bernie Hesse for more information and to sign up for a shift at the State Fair!  The fun runs from August 26-Labor Day.  There will be tons of fun programming for union members, working families, and kids. There will be a kids' mock voting, musicians, coloring contests, live actors playing historical activists, plays, a Labor Day parade, and demonstrations from Building Trades just at our building.

UFCW OUTreach is a constituency group dedicated to building mutual support between our union’s International, regions, and locals and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and their allies in order to come together to organize for social and economic justice for all, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, or gender identity. This year, UFCW 1189 OUTreach tabled at the Twin Cities Pride Festival for the first time. UFCW 1189 staff and members talked to festival goers about the benefits of being Union and buying Union.

The Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, in cooperation with UFCW 1189 and Roundy’s encourages you to attend one of the group information meetings listed below.  These meetings are to inform you about employment and training services available through the Dislocated Worker Program and Unemployment Insurance.
The Rapid Response Team will explain what is available through these programs and how you can access these services at no cost to you. Some of the services include: