On April 20, 2017 the UFCW Union committee and negotiating team met with the company for the first scheduled bargaining meeting. The first set of meetings started off with a round of introductions before each party explained their proposal. The Union proposal, which was derived from a combination of best practices, WFC surveys and results from listening sessions was presented item by item to the company.
Articles by Abraham Wangnoo
Update 2.13.17: As of Friday February 10th, the results of the Union Election at Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth MN have officially been certified by the National Labor Relations Board. 7 Challenged assistant manager ballots have been determined to be management and their votes will not be counted nor will their position be a part of the negotiation process. The final total was 43 yes to 42 no in favor of joining UFCW Local 1189.
Please join us on November 16, 2016 from 6-10 p.m. at Red Herring Lounge in Duluth -- with local bands, good food and great people! Contact Abraham Wangnoo or Diana Tastad for more information.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Kaposia Park in South St. Paul. UFCW Local 1189 members and their families and friends are invited to attend. Activities will start at 2:00 p.m. and we will fire up the grills around 5:00 p.m. Activities include a team doubles golf tournament ($10 for team of 2/$5 per person); doubles corn hole bag toss tournament ($10 for team of 2/$5 per person); free games for kids and playground is available.Leukemia Fundraiser! 50/50 Leukemia/Lymphoma Society raffle. All monies go to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
On the same day Scott Walker signed the anti-Union, anti-worker “right-to-work” law in March of 2015, caregivers at United Pioneer Home, a long term care facility in the small town of Luck, WI voted to unionize.On Monday April 4, 2016, those same workers, over a year after their organizing victory, voted unanimously to accept and ratify their first Union contract.The main reason for the Union drive at the facility was a demand for fair treatment and respect, which were addressed strongly throughout negotiations.