Local 1189 and its negotiating committee members reached a tenative agreement with the St. Paul retail employers (County Market, Cub Foods, Rainbow, Jerry's Foods, Festival Foods, Knowlan's Meat Department, Kowalski's and Lunds & Byerlys) late in the evening on Friday, July 15, 2016.  

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UFCW Local 1189 and its negotiating committee members reached a tentative agreement with the northern retail grocery employers (ARGA) on July 21.  Ratification vote will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 in the store breakrooms and the UFCW Local 1189 office at the Duluth Labor Temple at the times and locations listed below.  The contract comes with unanimous committee recommendation to vote YES to accept.  Please note that a no vote will be a vote to reject the offer and authorize a strike.  Only cast votes will be counted.

In the hours after the storm swept through Duluth leaving it without electricity, phone, or internet, the expanded Union Meat and Grocery Bargaining Committee met with the Employers in the dimly lit basement halls of Labor Temple.  With the assistance of the Federal Mediator, a newly crafted Tentative Agreement – unanimously endorsed by both the Meat and Grocery committee members – was reached.

Members are invited and encouraged to attend a meeting and ratification at United Baptist Christian Church (kitty corner from St Luke’s ER), from 1-4pm on Wednesday, August 3.  After much refusal, St Luke’s agreed to sit down with the union and negotiate the impact of the changes to the health insurance monthly premium schedule.

Local 1189 and its negotiating committee members reached a tenative agreement with the St. Paul retail employers (County Market, Cub Foods, Rainbow, Jerry's Foods, Festival Foods, Knowlan's Meat Department, Kowalski's and Lunds & Byerlys) late in the evening on Friday, July 15, 2016.  

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