UFCW Local 538 Oscar Mayer workers in Madison, Wis., voted to ratify a new four year agreement. The contract is set to take effect immediately and expire in December 2017. Workers bargained a $1.40-an-hour increase over the next four years. The 650 members produce hot dogs, shaved deli meats, and cold cuts at the plant.
More than 900 workers at Skagit Regional Health voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first contract as UFCW Local 21 members. The contract includes wage increases based on a worker’s length of service, respect at work, and a voice on the job. Members also secured affordable health benefits with the three-year contract. The historic first contract covers one of the largest health care groups in Washington state. The contract covers registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, office and clerical workers, service and maintenance workers, and clerical workers.
UFCW Local 655, a union of 10,500 members in St. Louis and eastern Missouri, successfully negotiated a contract for the next three years for workers at 104 locations of Dierbergs, Schnucks, and Shop n’ Save stores. The agreement includes a wage increase of 60 cents an hour over the three years, no reduction in benefits, and the ability to continue participation in the union’s health plan.
David Cook, the president of UFCW Local 655, announced that they “were able to address a number of our members’ key concerns” in some of what he called the most difficult negotiations he’s experienced while he’s been with the union. He cited the slow economic recovery, higher number of competitors, and new health care and pension laws as the primary reasons for the tough negotiations. Nevertheless, the vote reflected the success of Local 655’s efforts, with a 1,641-662 margin in favor of the 3-year agreement.
The new contract covers more than 9,000 union members throughout the area.