Let's Prepare for 2014!!
Minneapolis Local 653 begins bargaining.
Check out their website http://ufcw653.org to read the Union and the Employer proposals!
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RETAIL NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE!!
Negotiations with ARGA (Arrowhead Retail Grocers Alliance) began on Wednesday, February 26 th
Both the initial Union and Employer proposals are posted:
Union Meat Proposal - - - - - - - Union Grocery Proposal
Employer Meat Proposal -- - -- Employer Grocery Proposal
Parties exchanged proposals and agreed to again meet on March 26 th , April 15 and 16.
No proposals were agree upon and there is much work to be done related to our health insurance plan. The employers health care proposal mirrors their obligation under the ACA, but our current plan is better than the law requires. Our union health care proposal reflects the ongoing cost increases needed to maintain our current benefits.
We will again update as bargaining continues…..
St. Paul Retail Meat and Grocery
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
Mega Foods Update
The Union and the Company have met regularly since January 16, 2014. The majority of the bargaining seesions have been spent discussing language changes to the contract as a result of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) and the impact it might have on members, schedules and classifications.
The Union is working to ensure that members have adequate language in the Agreement to protect jobs, clarify seniority, and ensure our members have hours before non-members are scheduled to work.
The Employer and the Union have been making progress on improving the language in the contract, making it more readable and easier for both the Managment and our members to understand.
Economic (wages etc) issues have not yet been discussed beyond initial proposas by the Union. Future negotiation dates are set for March 7 and March 14, 2014.
Secretary Treasurer UFCW 1189