Unity Bargaining, In-Plant Solidarity Secures New Contract for Viscofan Workers

Viscofan workers from UFCW Local 686 stand together with other UFCW locals to ratify a new three-year contract.

Viscofan workers from UFCW Local 686 stand together with other UFCW locals to ratify a new three-year contract.

By standing together in the plant, and with other UFCW members, Viscofan workers in Danville, Ill. recently ratified a new three-year contract. The new contract includes better wages and safety improvements. Workers in the Danville plant manufacture casings used the in the production of meat products like sausages and deli meats.

The contract ratification follows a strike vote when bargaining between members and Viscofan broke down. At that point, workers reached out to their fellow UFCW members to continue their fight for a good contract and to show their solidarity.

Many of the plant’s customers are UFCW-represented meat processing facilities. The UFCW locals at those facilities signed on to a letter to the company where they work, informing them of the dispute at  Viscofan and warning that they might need to find other sources for their casings if the dispute were to continue.

UFCW Locals who stood with the Viscofan workers include 2, 5, 6, 7R, 8*, 75, 152, 204, 293, 304A, 324, 342, 400, 431, 440, 455, 538, 540, 711, 1473, 1546, and 1996. This great show of solidarity was a big source of support for the Viscofan workers and factor in their success. Congrats to all the plant workers on their new contract!