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RETAIL NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE!!

 

 

Rainbow Negotiations

April 7, 2014 -- The Rainbow Union bargaining committee met with Rainbow management in our initial round of bargaining.  President Seaquist presented our union's proposals.  These proposals to Rainbow are the same  we provided to all of our retail supermarket employers. 

The employer bargaining team chose not to respond at this time, nor provide their own proposals for us to consider.

We are awaiting some data from our health care fund consultant, and negotiations are on hold until this data becomes available.  Once this happens our union bargaining committees have agreed to host a meeting at our union hall for all the employers so that we can see the impact of funding improvements and/or benefit cuts.  We will schedule additional dates for negotiations once we have this large group meeting.  After this meeting, we will again update ALL of our members regarding further negotiations.

All retail employers have signed extensions to our existing agreements, so the contracts stay in place until we reach agreement on a new contract or either party provides a 14 day notice to end the extension.

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2014

(Lunds Food Holdings/Kowalskis/Jerrys )

The 20 members of our UFCW Local 1189 Bargaining Committee met with their employer for the purpose of responding to the initial employer group proposals.

The Union response took the entire morning session as there are almost 30 proposals from the employer to change our current agreement.

President Seaquist delivered our union response.  On some proposals we delivered a short but strong NO, such as when the employer wants to eliminate Sundays at 1 ½ for meat employees and preference of hours for Full time grocery members.  These contractual benefits have been long fought over and our committee has no intention of relaxing work rules that hurt our members.

Significant time was spent on the employer proposal to take away health benefits from those working less than 30 hours and spouses.  All employer proposals related to our health care plan have been rejected by our committee.  Our health care plan, and its survival will be the cornerstone of these negotiations.

An extension of our existing contract has been signed and we have set May 1 and May 9 as additional dates.  We are waiting for health care data from our fund office in order to make good decisions and we want to leave time in April to work through this information.  We will have a joint session with ALL our employers and committee members as soon as this information becomes available.  We will again update everyone at the conclusion of these very important meetings.

Don Seaquist, President

 

 

Cub Foods Proposes Rollbacks in Initial Bargaining Session

March 25, 2014 - UFCW Local 1189 met with Cub Foods Representatives. President Don Seaquist presented the Union's proposals to the Employer.  UnionRetailProposals2014.pdf

The Employer then presented their proposals.   CubProposals.pdf

The President Seaquist and the committee responded to the Employer's proposals later that afternoon.  While there were several small issues that the Union was willing to discuss, the majority of the Employer's proposals were rejected dur to the severity of the proposed cuts, changes in language and other roll-backs.

Because of the importance of health care to these negotiations, It was decided that more information was needed on the possible costs, savings, or impact to the members for any changes to the plan.  The Health Care Fund is a multi-employer plan and it was agreed that all Employers and all Union Committee members should be present in the same room for these important discussions. 

President Seaquist requested that the mediator help coordinate dates for this meeting.

The Employers agreed to sign an extension of the current agreement.  

Future bargaining dates are set for April 24 and April 29.

 

Jerry's Cub & County Market, Lunds/Byerly's, and Kowalski's together for Contract Negotiations

March 24, 2014 - UFCW Local 1189 met with the three employers who have chosen to chosen to bargain together (for convenience), Jerry's Cub & County Market, Lunds/Byerly's, and Kowalski's. President Don Seaquist presented the Union's proposals to the Employers.  UnionRetailProposals2014.pdf

Each employer presented their own proposal for the company.

    KowalskisProposals.pdf      LundsByerlysProposals.pdf      JerrysProposals.pdf

Because of the importance of health care to these negotiations, It was decided that more information was needed on the possible costs, savings, or impact to the members for any changes to the plan.  The Health Care Fund is a multi-employer plan and it was agreed that all Employers and all Union Committee members should be present in the same room for these important discussions. 

President Seaquist requested that the mediator help coordinate dates for this meeting.

The Employers agreed to sign an extension of the current agreement, and to schedule future dates for bargaining.

 

Union Presents Proposals to Knowlan's Festival

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.

President Don Seaquist walked through the Union's proposals.     UnionRetailProposals2014.pdf

The Employer responded briefly, but did not present any proposals at this time.  Because of the importance of health care to these negotiations, It was decided that more information was needed on the possible costs, savings, or impact to the members for any changes to the plan.  The Health Care Fund is a multi-employer plan and it was agreed that all Employers and all Union Committee members should be present in the same room for these important discussions. 

President Seaquist requested that the mediator help coordinate dates for this meeting.

The Union and the Employer agreed to sign an extension of the current agreement, and to schedule future dates for bargaining.

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Northern Division
ARGA

March 26, 2014 - ARGA and the Union met for their second bargaining session. Both sides had a good discussion on several items with health care being the biggest subject.

The Employers made it clear that they are not pleading poverty. We did reach some tentative agreements. The Employers started off the morning on our proposal which was short and sweet. We have a tentative agreement to change the Local number from 1116 to 1189.  The rest of our proposals are economic issues which the Employers said they want to get all non-economic issues off the table first.

Additional dates have been scheduled with the Employers on April 15-16, May 12-13, and June 2-3 have also been scheduled for negotiations. Contract extension letters have been signed by all AGRA Employers and Local 1189.

The following document contains a complete summary of the session .   ARGA_3_26_14

REMEMBER all tentative agreements are tentative agreements. Some items have been withdrawn BUT both sides have several items open and we will continue to negotiate.

Initial proposals from the Union and the Employer are listed below: 

 

2/26/14

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…..

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Ogle's Marketplace (Johanneson's)

4/7/14
The parties met again today, April 7, 2014. At the table for the Employer were George Stunyo, Attorney, Jason Arnold, HR and Kurt Ogle, Store Director. For the Union were Joyce Berglund, Union Representative, Al Priolo, Union Representative, Linda Karnes, Cashier and Peggy Prestidge, Service Counter/Cashier.

The Employer asked the Union to explain the rationale behind their proposals. We did that.

The Union then asked the Employer (twice) to do the same. They declined, saying "The document speaks for itself" and wanted to conclude for the day.

If any of you are keeping track of the retail bargaining taking place, you may have noticed the Employer's proposals from Johanneson's are nearly identical to those of the Employers from ARGA. There are Employer proposals that don't even pertain to your contract. Perhaps they couldn't explain their proposals today because they don't know why ARGA was proposing them in the first place. One can only guess.

We are not scheduled to meet again until May 5 and 6, 2014. Hopefully we will have Darlene Voltin, Federal Mediator, at the table next time (she was ill today.) We'll keep you posted.

 

3/10/14
The Union and the Employer met on March 10, 2014 to exchange proposals. No further dates for negotiations have been set.

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Southern Division
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.Jennifer Christensen
Secretary Treasurer UFCW 1189

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