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Illinois Food Workers Approve First Union Contract With Local 881

August 24, 2021

Over 175 members of UFCW Local 881 who work at the Raymundo’s Food Group plant in Bedford Park, Ill., recently ratified a first contract that strengthens pay and benefits.

Raymundo’s Food Group specializes in creating authentic and traditional food, and produces Latin-inspired desserts and snacks at the plant. The workers are employed as packers; formulators; operators and lead operators; cooks; quality control, sanitation, and maintenance technicians; forklift operators; custodians; and material handlers.

The three-year contract, which was ratified unanimously, covers all full- and regular part-time employees and includes wage increases each year of the contract, as well as increases by seniority. The contract also includes a grievance procedure to dispute discipline and consistency of discipline, guaranteed paid time off, paid sick days, severance pay and many more benefits.

“The road to a first contract is one of the most difficult journeys, and the workers at Raymundo’s have shown tremendous fortitude throughout these challenging negotiations,” said UFCW Local 881 President Steve Powell. “The pandemic has created an urgent need for the health and safety of essential workers to be a priority. The hard-working Local 881 members at Raymundo’s fought hard, and now have the security and protections that only a union contract can provide, and we are thrilled to represent them.”