On Tuesday February 17, 2015 the Bureau conducted a card check. Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner Josh L. Tilsen signed the order certifying Local 1189 as the exclusive representative for the bargaining unit. Two days later, (February 19, 2015) the workers unanimously ratified their first Union Contract. In addition to the job protections and grievance procedure offered by a Union Contract, the workers will receive a wide range of guaranteed benefits.

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UFCW members in Wisconsin and Minnesota need to rise up and oppose any effort to attack workers’ rights.  Senator Scott Fitzgerald has introduced a Right to Work bill which will crush collective bargaining in WI and attack your pay, safety, and voice at work.  Quite simply, the bill allows free riders to opt out of paying dues.  It interferes with the workers and the business to negotiate.  It is more government intrusion between workers and business and insult to all parties involved from outside interests. 

On Tuesday February 17, 2015 the Bureau conducted a card check. Bureau of Mediation Services Commissioner Josh L. Tilsen signed the order certifying Local 1189 as the exclusive representative for the bargaining unit. Two days later, (February 19, 2015) the workers unanimously ratified their first Union Contract. In addition to the job protections and grievance procedure offered by a Union Contract, the workers will receive a wide range of guaranteed benefits.

WASHINGTON, D.C.OUTreach, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender constituency group of the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), is calling on Arkansas-based Walmart to speak out against Senate Bill 202 (SB 202)—anti-LGBT legislation which is set to become law in the coming days unless it is vetoed by Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Looking to ensure workers have a voice in how much and when they work, a coalition of worker advocacy groups, social justice organizations, labor unions and workers joined together with Rep. Rena Moran today to introduce the Fair Scheduling Legislation.  Click the link to read the full press release.

On February 10, 2015 a class action grievance settlement was reached for Local 1189 members at St. Anne in Winona.  In December, Local 1189 was notified that the members' schedules would be posted online only; however, the collective bargaining agreement states that work schedules shall be posted.  Local 1189 filed a grievance and the settlement that was reached specifies that a pilot program will be established through June 24, 2015.  This pilot program will include the employer posting a paper work schedule as follows:

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