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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!

From mprnews.com, 11/27/15:  Workers marched through the skyways of downtown Minneapolis on Black Friday asking for $15 an hour and advance scheduling.  The banging drums and chants of about 120 workers and their supporters were met with amusement by many shoppers and workers in the skyway — some even waved in support. But the protest left security guards scrambling as demonstrators streamed through the hallways.  Click here to read entire article.

Local 1189 joined other organizations signing on to the following letter opposing TPP:  Dear Representative / Senator:We urge you to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a binding pact that poses significant threats to American jobs and wages, the environment, food safety and public health, and that falls far short of establishing the high standards the United States should require in a 21st Century trade agreement.If enacted, the TPP would set rules governing approximately 40% of the global economy, and includes a “docking” mechanism through which not only Pacific Rim nations, but a

From change.org:  Hundreds of thousands of veterans are affected by PTSD. It’s crippling, it can be life-threatening, and it’s treatable -- researchers believe cannabis could be the key to finding a life-saving treatment. The only problem is, they can’t get the marijuana they need to conduct their research.  We can’t let this potentially life-changing treatment be stalled any longer, but as of now, there are too many roadblocks to the studies needed to prove cannabis’ effectiveness. Currently, all U.S.

Looking for a way to give back to the community?  Do you enjoy helping people?  Join Local 1189 and Loaves and Fishes by serving a meal at the Dorothy Day Center on Friday, December 11, 2015 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.  Set up begins at 2:30 p.m., meal is served at 4:30 p.m. and finish by 5:30 p.m.  Loaves and Fishes works to end hunger in Minnesota by providing free meals for those facing hunger.  While the name Loaves and Fishes is taken from scripture, they are not a religious organization.  They serve without regard to religious perspective and make certain that all guests feel welcome.

From Aljazeera America, 11/11/15:  United States military veterans rallied at a parade in Texas on Wednesday for the right to treat their war wounds, both physical and psychological, with medical marijuana, which remains illegal under federal law and is strictly limited in Texas.  The Veterans Day protest came a day after the U.S. Senate approved a measure allowing federal Veterans Affairs doctors to prescribe medical marijuana in the District of Columbia and the 23 states that have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis.

From Star Tribune, 11/6/15: Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger is giving the public more time, and more opportunities, to weigh in before he decides whether to expand Minnesota's medical marijuana program to people in pain.  Ehlinger added an extra hour to his upcoming public forum next Tuesday and will allow anyone who can't make that meeting to submit a written comment.

From The Union Advocate, 11/5/15:  TruStone Financial has opened two new suburban branches in the last three months, but the credit union isn’t just upgrading its facilities. Workers accuse TruStone of using the relocation process as an opportunity to splinter their union.  TruStone opened a new branch in Burnsville last Monday, two days after shuttering its nearby Apple Valley location, where tellers, personal bankers, loan assistants and other employees were members of Office and Professional Employees Local 12.

Where is the public benefit? The Economic Development Authority is meeting on November 10, 2015 at 730am-930am and will be finalizing the business subsidy agreement in regards to the Hy-Vee development.  It is approximately $1,380,000 and in the text of the agreement calls for the “creation of 50 full-time or full-time equivalent jobs with wages of at least $11 per hour, exclusive of benefits.”  Not a good deal for taxpayers or workers at the proposed store.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger is holding a meeting on Nov. 10 to gather public comment about recommendations from the Advisory Panel on Intractable Pain. The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wentworth Library in West St. Paul.The panel has been considering whether Minnesota should add intractable pain as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical cannabis program.