Members working in St. Paul area Grocery stores (Cub, Jerry's, County Market, Lunds&Byerlys, Kowalski's, Festival, Knowlan's Meat dept.), reached a tentative agreement with their employers late this evening, April 12, 2019.
Articles by Jennifer Christensen
Nurses ratified new wage rates for RN and LPNs working at Good Samaritan's Austin facility. The Agreement increased the hiring and experience wage grid and provided the majority of nurses (those hired before 12/1/2017) with $ .65/hour increases. Nurses still in their first year of service with the company would receive increases equal to the new wage grid.
Retail negotiations will begin in earnest in March of next year for the majority of Union Retail Grocery stores represented by UFCW Local 1189. We have designed a survey to gather information from you on what is important in your workplace and your thoughts and ideas regarding your collective bargaining agreement (your Union Contract). Your opinions and input are important. Take the Survey!
Union members voted to support the recommendation of the Local 1189 Executive Board on October 17, 2018 when they overwhelmingly voted to defer the dues increase which would have otherwise been mandated to take place July 1 of this year and would require an increase of .46/week for all members. The vote authorized the local to defer the increase until June 2019 and to amend the amount of the increase to be .45 per week for Full-time and .30 per week for Part-time.
This position is an OPEIU 12 Union position classification: Organizer.
DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
The Internal Organizing Representative is an internal organizing and training position, however some external organizing may be assigned. Promotions to Union Representatives from this classification based on ability. Applicant must be available for travel and training outside of the Duluth area.
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.