Through two productive bargaining sessions, the Employer and the Union have reached tentative agreements on a number of items; however, economic issues still remain.
Articles by Abraham Wangnoo
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.
Join Local 1189 at our annual picnic and disc golf tournament on Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Everything is free!! Free disc golf tournament, free games for kids, free bean bag toss, free raffles and prizes and free food! Family members are welcome! Picnic will be held at Oakwood Park in Cottage Grove (7851 Harkness Ave S; Cottage Grove, MN 55016). Please contact Abe Wangnoo for more information or to RSVP for the disc golf tournament.
UFCW Local 1189 members and Whole Foods Co-op reached a tentative agreement on Monday April 9, 2018. Negotiations started this time last year and although the 12-month process seemed lengthy and there was some heated discussion, both sides negotiated fairly and in good faith. The agreement, which is a 2-year deal, will be voted by the members on April 20, 2018 and comes with full committee recommendation. If approved and ratified, the agreement will provide improved wages, benefits, and working conditions for members as well as improvements to seniority language, more frequent pay period