Smithfield and Iowa plant workers agree

02-01-2008 | |

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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