On June 29, 2016 the Executive Board of Local 1189 elected Jennifer Christensen to serve out the remainder of retired President Sequist's term. Other officers elected by the Executive Board were: Jim Gleb Secretary Treasurer, Jeanine Owusu Recording Secretary. Abraham Wangnoo, Local 1189's Director of Organizing administered the oath of office to the new officers, including the Scottie Rotter, the newest Vice president who was elected at the Board's May meeting.

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On June 29, 2016 the Executive Board of Local 1189 elected Jennifer Christensen to serve out the remainder of retired President Sequist's term. Other officers elected by the Executive Board were: Jim Gleb Secretary Treasurer, Jeanine Owusu Recording Secretary. Abraham Wangnoo, Local 1189's Director of Organizing administered the oath of office to the new officers, including the Scottie Rotter, the newest Vice president who was elected at the Board's May meeting.

UFCW Local 1189 members working at St. Anthony Park ratified their wage reopener of $.30 per hour across the board for all members.  The wage increase applies to starting rates as well.  In addition, the contract's expiration was extended to April 2018 with a wage reopener on May 1, 2017.  Congratulations!

The UFCW Local 1189 Union Negotiating Committee met with the ARGA (Arrowhead Retail Grocers' Alliance) Employers at the Duluth Labor Temple for a short but highly animated skirmish.  The two sides got back together after members covered by the Agreements voted down the Employers' offer by a wide margin.

On Thursday June 16, 2016 UFCW Local 1189 members voted on the most recent contract proposal from the St. Paul area retail grocers. Workers at Cub Foods, Rainbow, Jerry’s Foods, Lunds and Byerlys, Kowalski’s Markets, Festival Foods, Knowlan’s (Meat Dept.) and County Market voted overwhelmingly to reject the deal with over 96% of members saying NO to the deal. The Companies, in what UFCW Local 1189 referred to as a power move, proposed a final offer forcing the workers to vote on the Employers’ insufficient and poorly crafted deal rather than continue bargaining.

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