UFCW 1189 members working under the service-maintenance and the LPNs contract have rejected the Employer's tentative agreement. Members are looking forward to returning to the table to bargain with the Employer. Members at Galtier and Rose of Sharon will vote on their tentative agreement in the next couple of days.
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UFCW 1189 and its Bargaining Committee have come to a tentative agreement with Villa Healthcare -- Galtier, Rose of Sharon, New Brighton, and New Brighton LPNs. The committee worked diligently to bring forward the best agreement they could. The committee was able to secure on average a 2.5% wage increase while lifting up the starting wage rate for CNAs and Cooks to $15/hour. They were also able to secure stronger contract language for infectious disease control and more flexibility toward vacation accruals. Postcards will be sent out this week for ratification votes scheduled the week
Congratulations UFCW 1189 members at Highland Chateau Suites, LLC on ratifying a new 2-year agreement! Workers agreed to a 2% wage increase and a one-time ratification bonus. In addition, the bargaining committee was able to negotiate increases in shift differentials as well as Employer health care contributions. Along with NEW orientation language, management agreed to meet as a Labor Management Committee to help address concerns related to staffing, scheduling, retention, etc. We look forward to doing so with management.
Congratulations to the winners of the First Annual Solidarity Disc Golf Tournament Barry Showalter (Jerry's Woodbury) and Josh Nelson.
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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!