After seven years as a UFCW 1189 Steward, Joe Jones, of Cornerstone Villa in Buhl, is moving on to another career. During his tenure Joe was a charismatic advocate for his fellow workers. He instituted monthly meet and greets with the rep and there was never a person that didn’t know him or know that he was the one they could go to for help or just a friendly ear. He always made sure everyone was heard.
Articles by Adam Evenstad
A special thanks goes out to Cathy Larson and Michele Otto for their role in negotiating a new 3-year contract for the clerical staff at Essentia’s Northern Pines Medical Center. They made their voices heard throughout the process and on October 12 membership voted unanimously to accept a new 3-year deal. The new CBA will force the Employer to pay a 1-hour minimum for any meetings that are scheduled during an employee’s day off where previously, the Employer could pay as little as fifteen minutes.
UFCW Local 1189 prevailed in the arbitration against Monarch Healthare Management regarding COVID-19 testing. The arbitrator ruled that employees should be paid for one (1) hour or longer if it took longer to come in on their off time for testing. The award is retroactive to September 14, 2020. The Union will be working with the Employer and the facilities to ensure employees who were not paid per the arbitrator’s award get paid. Please contact your Union Representative if you have any questions.
On Tuesday June 15, 2021 UFCW 1189 members at FM Ambulance voted to accept a new contract. The hard-fought deal received a unanimous committee recommendation and will give piece of mind and sustainability to the lives of the workers at FMA over the next 4 years. The 4-year deal contained several provisions that will have a positive effect on the income and overall quality of life of those members covered by it. Paramedics who maintain status as a Crew Lead 1 will now receive $.35/hr for all hours worked.