UFCW Local 1189 reached an agreement with SuperValu to amend their St. Paul area contracts and increase the starting rates for new hires to $11 per hour, the union announced.
Current part-time employees who are below this rate will move to the nearest higher rate in the contract ($11.10), receive credit for the hours at that step and will progress from there on the appropriate wage scale.
The union and the employer agreed to a new wage progression with increases based on hours worked. Regardless of the date an employee was hired, all workers will have the ability to reach the top part-time rate of $15.50 (to be effective 10/7/2018).
UFCW Local 1189 continues to focuses on fighting for equal pay for equal work and has dedicated itself to raising the rates for all members while maintaining good full-time jobs, exceptional benefits, and opportunities for promotions, the union said in a statement.
UFCW Local 1189 President Jennifer Christensen stated, “While the Employer’s entry level “Clean Team” members do not receive the automatic bump, they have the contractual right to apply for and be considered for Regular Part-time positions by seniority - meaning before the Employer hires from outside (who have no seniority). We encourage our “Clean Team” members who are able to perform the duties of a Part-time grocery worker to notify their employer of their desire for promotion in order to take advantage of the new scale.”
“We applaud the Employer for doing the right thing,” said President Christensen, “and feel that it is important that the community be made aware of our agreement.”
New starting rates and increases for current employees are effective Feb. 5, 2017.
Stores covered by the amended wage agreement include all St. Paul area corporate SuperValu Cub and Rainbow Stores. (Cub Stores: White Bear Lake South, Maplewood East, Maplewood West, Arden Hills, Stillwater, Oakdale, Arcade, Phalen, Forest Lake, Blaine East, Inver Grove Heights, Cottage Grove, Hastings, and Midway; Rainbow Stores: Midway and Maplewood).