UFCW Local 1189 members at Kowalski’s Central facility in Shoreview voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new three-year agreement on May 8. The agreement contains a number of improvements for top of scale/over scale wages, protection for parents during emergency weather situations, improvements to the holiday pay language, more flexible vacation scheduling and improvements to on-call pay.
Articles by Abraham Wangnoo
A tentative agreement was reached with Kowalski's for UFCW Local 1189 members working at the Central Bakery on May 1, 2019. A ratification vote has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 from 10 a.m.
Through two productive bargaining sessions, the Employer and the Union have reached tentative agreements on a number of items; however, economic issues still remain.
A tentative agreement was reached with Co-Op Partners Warehouse on October 5. The ratification vote will be held on October 25, 2018 from 11am-1pm on whether or not to accept the changes and ratify the new deal. The agreement has $2.50 total base rate hourly increases per member throughout the life of the agreement. Upon ratification, the new wage scale will immediately raise every hourly member up $1 to the new appropriate rate (retroactive to the start of the 10/15 pay period). In addition, everyone will receive three additional $.50 increases on each of their anniversary dates throughout the life of the contract which expires in October 2021. For full-time members, these increases will guarantee approximately $12,000 in additional wages (plus overtime wages) during the life of the contract.
The Union and Employer have completed two bargaining sessions to date with the first being held on September 6 and the second on September 25, 2018. The four members serving on the Union committee are Gary Cusick, Erik Johnson, Patricia Good and Amber Westley. Gary, Erik and Patricia are also the Warehouse's stewards.On the first day of bargaining the Union presented to the Employer proposals which were drafted based on the results of the member survey.