Congratulations to our UFCW 1189 members at Valley View Healthcare & Rehab and Heritage Court on ratifying a new 3-year agreement. The contract passed by an overwhelming majority with over 55% participation! A special thanks goes out to our negotiating committee members Pam Walhovd, Ashley Frick, Michelle Loken, and Cheryl Sanden for all their hard work.
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UFCW 1189 and its negotiating committee reached a tentative agreement with Valley View Healthcare and Rehab and Heritage Court on November 9, 2020. The parties agreed to a 3% wage increase on January 1, 2021 with an additional wage opener in six months on June 30, 2021 to negotiate further wage improvements. In addition, the committee was able to secure a larger PTO max accrual, one additional day of funeral Leave, a 3% match to the Employer's pension plan, and important COVID language, including incentives. The parties worked in unison to put the best offer forward and we believe we did
Congratulations to the UFCW 1189 members at Galtier, New Brighton, and Rose of Sharon on the ratification of their new 3-year Collective Bargaining Agreement! Members will receive a 3% increase retroactive to May 22, 2020, and another 3% increase on May 22, 2021. Special thanks to the bargaining committee for all their hard work and seeing this process through.
UFCW 1189 and its negotiating committee have reached a tentative agreement with Villa Health Care for members at Galtier, New Brighton and Rose of Sharon facilities. The committee was able to negotiate a 3% wage increase in 2020 and 2021. Ratification votes will take place at each of the facilities on October 7, 2020 from 5:30a-6:30a and 1:30p-3p.
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I have been a UFCW1189 member since 1997. I’ve worked in the retail industry for most of my working career for Jerry’s Foods, Inc. I have worked in just about every department both as a part-time staff as well as full-time. Most recently I was the Meat Department Manager at Jerry’s foods in Woodbury, MN. During my time with Jerry’s I attended the University of St. Thomas and received my B.A. in Accounting. My first involvement with the Local was during retail contract negotiations in 2006. Selfishly, I wanted to see how I could influence the process to work for me. What I quickly realized was that it was only going to work for me if it worked for everyone. This experience spring boarded my involvement with our Local and their fight to provide dignity in EVERY job in the workplace. I have since been involved politically through door knocking and phone banking. I was part of the organizing campaign with The Wedge Co-Op. I served on the Local’s Executive Board for 10years, as well as being a steward in all 4 stores I have been employed at. It is my honor and privilege to fight for members that just a couple of weeks ago were my co-workers as well as the countless numbers of workers that do not have a voice in their workplace!