On Thursday, February 11, 2021, River Market workers voted to approve their first contract. The bargaining committee did a fantastic job representing their coworkers and keeping them informed of what was happening in negotiations. Local 1189 worked with the Employer to secure holiday pay, job bidding, increased starting wages, and much more. Congratulations to the committee and all Local 1189 members at River Market for standing together to reach their first contract!
Articles by Diana Tastad-Damer
UFCW 1189 and River Market Community Co-op have reach a tentative agreement on a first contract for workers at the store in Stillwater.
Voting will take place this Thursday, February 11 from 1-4pm in the conference room.
The bargaining committee has recommended a YES vote, to accept the Union Contract.
The Union and the Employer have met three times since July 30, 2020. Stevie Fure, Ola Schmelig, Joy Dolby, and David Michehl are your co-workers on the bargaining committee. As this is a first contract, negotiations will take a little longer than normal. This is because we are writing the entire contract to fit River Market. Bargaining virtually has been a learning process, but the committee has been doing a great job. At our last session, we spent the day discussing the grievance and arbitration procedures and just cause.
Workers at River Market Co-op in Stillwater, MN joined UFCW Local 1189 for a better life on May 20. River Market Co-op is the third co-op in Minnesota to join Local 1189. Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, Wedge in Minneapolis, and the Co-op Partners Warehouse in St. Paul are all represented by UFCW 1189.
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