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Smithfield and Iowa plant workers agree

After almost three months at the bargaining table, nearly 1,000 workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1142 voted in favour of the new 4½ year contract at the company's John Morrell Plant in Sioux City, Iowa.=365

The new contract establishes:

  • Wage increases including $1.50/hr. base wage increase over the life of the contract for production workers and $1.65/hr. base wage increase for maintenance workers.
  • Maintains affordable health care, with no co-premium increases in the first or last half year of the contract. Weekly increases of $1.50 for individual and $3 for family coverage are triggered in years two, three, and four of the contract.
  • Maintains pension security
  • Increases sick pay
  • Improves working conditions

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