Minnesota Medical Sulutions and the Union Negotiating Committee reached an agreement on an extension of the current collective bargaining agreement on Monday June 22, 2020. The employer proposed an extension of the current agreement with bonuses to all employees and an extra holiday. The bonus amounts provided by the employer are sufficient to cover the additional cost of health insurance for employees who are covered under the Union's healthcare Plan. The additional personal holiday is available for workers through the end of the year.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
I could not be more proud to be your Union President.
You have been presented with challenges none of us could have predicted and you have met those challenges with bravery.
Whether it was in retail, health care, or processing/manufacturing; Local 1189 members have stepped in where needed.
You have done truly heroic things in the past months, and even more in the last week as we grieve the loss of life and join the fight for justice and an end to systemic racism; the situation in our communities has intensified.
What we all have witnessed across the Twin Cites over these last few days is beyond tragic.
I know many of you are rightfully angry about the injustice we have all witnessed. I also know many of you are worried and scared given the unrest we are now witnessing in response—especially those whose stores have been impacted, even destroyed. Please know this—that as difficult as it may be to see right now, we will get through this. Our community will recover, heal, and rebuild. And I want you to know your Union is here for you, and to help you, and address your concerns or questions.
Union employers are doing the right thing in announcing the extension of their appreciation pay programs through May. We will get the specifics up shortly, but a big shout out goes to Super One, Kowalski's, Jerry's, Cub (UNFI). and Oxendales (includes Widmer's). The Union has been comunicating your concerns and the employers are responding. Just as we are connecting with out UFCW Unions and our International Union to develop best practices for safety, the employers are looking to the stores on the coasts for ideas.
Members are feeling relieved as Retail Meat and Grocery Employers agree to allow for workers to wear masks and are providing gloves at all of our Union Grocery stores. Initial concerns that the community would think our members were working sick, have been replaced by the willingness to do what is necessary to protect the workers. As plexiglass barriers find their way into the check stands, UFCW Local 1189 has been working with our employers to update policies and protect our members. Union Members in virtually all of of the industries we represent have been deemed essential.
Worksites represented by Jennifer Christensen
- Direct(651) 294-8977
- Office(651) 451-6240
- Cell(651) 335-9173
I began my membership in the Union as a part timer in the deli at the Cottage Grove Cub store, was moved to full time meat as helper in the seafood department at the Eagan store, where I was selected to be on the 1995 negotiating committee (for Local 653). In the fall of 1995 when the Midway Cub store opened, I was promoted to apprentice and became a journeyman meat cutter in 1997. I worked at the Maplewood West location and then was transferred back to where I began – Cottage Grove. As a member, I served on the Executive Board for the Local. In 1998 I was hired on staff where I have worked as an Organizer, Communications Director (Web and Newsletter), and Union Representative. I served as Secretary Treasurer from 2003 - June 2016.On June 29, 2016 the Executive Board of our Union elected me to serve out the remainder of retired President Sequist's term, I thank them for their affirmation of my ability to lead our great Local. I honor and am humbled by the women who blazed the trails before me and beside me – and for the men who open doors and showed that there are no glass ceilings in this Union. In the word of George Meany – the first president of the AFL- CIO “Labor never quits. We never give up the fight no matter how tough the odds, no matter how long it takes.”Brothers and Sisters, we are stronger together and together we will win. Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your President.