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Food Processing Workers in New Jersey Gain Better Wages and Benefits With New Contract

January 11, 2023

More than 150 members of UFCW Local 152 who work at Top Quality Baking in Vineland, N.J., recently ratified a new contract that raises wages and improves benefits. Top Quality Baking is owned by the T. Marzetti Company, and these members produce frozen garlic bread sold in grocery stores under the New York Bakery brand name, including the well-known “Texas Toast” bread.

The contract includes wage increases throughout the duration of the agreement. The contract also increases the night shift premium to incentivize members to work the less desirable shift. In addition, members at Top Quality Baking will now earn vacation time faster and long-term members will now qualify for an additional week of vacation. The contract also includes double-time pay for members on the seventh consecutive day, longer paid rest periods for all eight and 12-hour shifts, and expanded funeral leave that includes additional family members.