On June 25th, all major retail supermarket employers, along with the union bargaining committee, will meet at 9AM at the Union Hall to continue negotiations for a new agreement. Since we last met, a sub-committee was formed in an effort to bring back to the full committees a recommendation on health care. This sub-committee met twice without reaching any recommendations related to contributions, design or future eligibility criteria. No decisions were made as to how we would meet our fund shortfall of over $6 million.
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Wave of Walmart Families Nationwide Say They Refuse to be Illegally Silenced for Talking about Company’s Poverty Pay. Walmart moms and other workers from Brooklyn Center and Apple Valley, walked off the job today in protest of the company’s illegal firings and disciplinary action against co-workers who have spoken out for better jobs for their families.
On May 15, Lunds opened the first full-service grocery store in downtown St. Paul and created eighty new union jobs.
The new Lunds is located on the first level of the Penfield Apartments at Robert and 10th Streets. This store has everything customers have come to expect from Lunds and Byerly’s and our members who work there – extraordinary food, exceptional service and passionate expertise.
The parties met for their initial negotiation session today. While the Union was looking forward to a return to our previously collaborative and productive relationship, Essentia’s phrase of the day was “we’re not interested in that at this time.” At issue are wages, benefits, vacation scheduling, and even whether or not the Union negotiating team should be provided with benefit hours while they’re negotiating, which flies in the face of the past 20 years of negotiating with this employer.
The ARGA negotiating committee met with the employers on May 12 and 13 in Duluth. Once again we made some progress with both sides dropping items from their proposals.
On the meat department proposal, the committee has dropped items 2, 3, 4 and 15. The Employer has dropped item 4 and the last sentence of item 6 – b 9.2. Both parties spent several hours on Article 9/Holidays and have revised 9.1-9.4. We still are not done with all parts as we have made a counter to their proposal.