Throughout the summer, the Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Working Group has met to try to allocate money to workers affected by the pandemic. UFCW 1189 members and leaders have testified repeatedly to the group, which is made up of six legislators and three appointees from the governor. The money was supposed to be allocated by September 6th, but the group cannot decide who should get bonus pay. Six group members want to extend the pay to food processing workers and retail grocery workers, among other workers who kept Minnesota running during the pandemic.
Articles by Jim Gleb
Congratulations to the new UFCW Local 1189 President, Jim Gleb and new Secretary Treasurer, Abe Wangnoo. Both were sworn into their new positions on August 18, 2021, at the UFCW Local 1189 General Membership Meeting.
UFCW Local 1189 prevailed in the arbitration against Monarch Healthare Management regarding COVID-19 testing. The arbitrator ruled that employees should be paid for one (1) hour or longer if it took longer to come in on their off time for testing. The award is retroactive to September 14, 2020. The Union will be working with the Employer and the facilities to ensure employees who were not paid per the arbitrator’s award get paid. Please contact your Union Representative if you have any questions.
UFCW 1189 Members at United Pioneer Home in Luck, WI ratified a new 2-year agreement with increases in wages and shift differentials as well as improved credit for past experience language that also allow current members to go back and get qualified past experience. In addition, the new contract includes improved funeral leave language, improved life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance and a wage reopener in August 2021. Lindsy Solem will become the new union representative for UPH. Lindsy's career prior to coming on staff with Local 1189 was as a CNA, so she brings knowledg
On December 18, 2020, UFCW 1189 members at The Estates at Linden ratified a new 2-year agreement! Cooks/Aides and CNA members will receive a 3% increase the first year with a 2.25% increase the second year with all member increases retroactive to October, 1, 2020. Thank you to Ken Hatch and Cathy Sutherland for their hard work on the bargaining committee!
Worksites represented by Jim Gleb
- Direct(651) 294-8968
- Office(651) 451-6240
- Cell(651) 260-5362
Union History: I have been a Union Member for 40 years. I started in 1973 with Country Club Markets St. Paul (UFCW Local 789) where I was a carryout, stocker and checker. From there, I went to Tradewell Stores Inc. in Seattle, WA (UFCW Local 1105) from 1977 to 1988 were I worked in the produce department and became a produce manager.
I came on staff at UFCW Local 1105 in Seattle in 1988 were I was a Union Representative; I worked in the Grievance Department and became the Grievance Director. I then became the Secretary Treasurer. We merged with UFCW Local 1001 to form UFCW Local 21 and I became the Retail Director. I came Back to MN in 2008 and started to work at UFCW Local 1116 in Duluth, MN as an Organizer and Union Representative. Locals 1116 and 789 merged to form UFCW Local 1189 and I came down from Duluth to be a Union Representative. I am also on the Executive Board as Recording Secretary. I have worked for the UFCW for 26 years.
Why do you do what you do?
Union runs in my blood. My father, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a son are, or were, union members. They were Railroad Electricians, MTC Bus Drivers, St Paul (MN) and Vashon Island (WA) Teachers, Librarians, School Custodians, Railroad Carpenters, Minnesota Iron Range Miners, UFCW Retail Grocery Workers, Fire Fighter/Paramedic and Truck Drivers. That is the alphabet soup of unions in this country. I grew up knowing the value of working Union and I am working to pass that understanding on to future generations.