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March 20, 2014

Southern Division retail negotiations began on March 20, 2014 with the Union presenting our proposals to the Employer representative for Knowlan's Festival, Chris Thienes.  The Union and the Employer met at FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service); Jeanie Frank is the mediator assigned to our negotiations.

The Union members at Interfaith Care Center in Chisholm ratified their contract on March 18, 2014, after a nearly two-year fight. Pictured are the vote talliers (l-r), Jane Joki, Christine Spurlin, Rose Gerding, and Cheryl Winterquist.  Congratulations to all of the members on their agreement and thank you to the community for your support!

We are currently working with Federal Mediation to get bargaining dates on the calendar. As of today, there are two groups of employers willing to begin negotiations sitting together:  Lunds/Byerlys, Kowalski's and Jerrys have indicated they will initially sit together in convenience bargaining. Corporate Cub, Rainbow and Festival have also expressed interest in sitting together. We are looking at dates toward the middle and end of March for both groups. Once dates have been confirmed, we will again send out an update. Don Seaquist, President UFCW Local 1189

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