On July 27, 2017, Gordy's Market announced its intent to sell the Eau Claire West store, among other stores, to Skogen's Festival Foods. A closing date is set for September. Local 1189 mailed correspondence to all bargaining unit members on July 28 explaining the sale and included a copy of correspondence from Skogen's attorney in order to keep our members informed. Secretary-Treasurer Jim Gleb will be visiting the work location during numerous shift times this month to discuss this situation and next steps in the process.
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After an extensive months-long remodel, the Cub Foods in Cottage Grove is celebrating their grand reopening this week. The remodel included an expanded deli department, new kitchen store, larger produce department, new pharmacy with drive-through service, and a seating area. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place this morning with the employees who are members of UFCW Local 1189, Cottage Grove community leaders and members as well as Cub and Super Valu corporate representatives.
Congratulations to our Local 1189 2017 scholarship winners! Each of these Local 1189 members were awarded $1000.
Reece Podgorski, employed at Good Samaritan Society Inver Grove Heights, will be attending Minnesota State University in Mankato:
Miranda Chartrand, employed at Kowalski's Grand Avenue, will be attending the University of St. Thomas:
Every day, we are working hard to provide you—and every single one of our members—with real and powerful benefits that can help bring you the better life you have earned and deserve. One valuable example of this is the UFCW Free College Benefit. The UFCW Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and/or your loved ones to earn an Associate Degree online through Eastern Gateway Community College with no out-of-pocket costs or need for loans.
Negotiations at Good Samaritan's Austin Minnesota care center - Comforcare - are underway. The Union presented a full proposal to the Employer on July 12 that contained proposals addressing members' concerns included among them were: language to address scheduling issues, safe staffing, PTO accrual improvements, paid holidays, and paid funeral leave.