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 4Â½ 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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