On June 11, 2015 Local 1189 members at Kinnic Health & Rehab in River Falls, WI rejected a 2-year tentative agreement. We will be contacting the employer for additional bargaining dates in July. In addition to stewards Pam Konieczka and Andrea Poitras, Local 1189 is seeking a CNA as a steward. Please contact Jim Gleb if you are interested.
Articles by Jim Gleb
On Sunday March 29, 2015 UFCW Local 1189 had its first membership appreciation get together for Crothall Laundry members in Red Wing at the Super 8 Hotel near the plant. Although it was sparsely attended, those who did attend were treated to sodas, chips and Subway sandwiches. We also had UCFW Local 1189 logo items which we gave away in a drawing for those who attended. Folks left with jackets and hats and full stomachs. We will plan on another event next year around the same time; however, we will try a different day and time to bring out a higher attendance.
Additional sessions will be held on September 11 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. The first meetings for dislocated Rainbow Foods employees (held on Thursday, August 21) had low attendance due to short notice. Former Rainbow employees on The Planning and Selection Committee wanted to get the process going as soon as possible and while some folks received the notices late, many members were able to get started in planning for their new careers. With that in mind, we have scheduled another day of orientation meetings that will give much more advanced notice to Rainbow Foods dislocated workers.
We have all seen the commercials, the ones where Walmart compares itself to our local Union Grocery stores. The ads seem to imply that Walmart is saving us all so much money - but like so much we see today, the truth is really missing. UFCW1189's parady of the ad shows the true cost - not the false savings. Watch. Share. and Shop at Union Stores.
Informational meetings will be held for all Rainbow Foods members to discuss the impact of the sale that was announced by Roundy’s Inc., on May 7, 2014. Meetings will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at the UFCW Local 1189 Union Hall: 266 Hardman Ave N, South St. Paul, MN at the following times: 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and to car-pool with coworkers.
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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.