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JBS Workers Vote to Strike

30 June 2014

US - Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 union working at the Brazilian owned JBS beef plant in Greeley, Colorado have voted by more than 99 per cent to strike.

Voting over healthcare issues at the plant ended on Saturday with the largest turnout since JBS acquired the plant.

“This significant vote result demonstrates the workers determination to maintain a decent standard of living” stated Local 7 President, Kim Cordova.

“Healthcare remains the main issue in negotiations,” said Cordova.

The company rejected the Union’s proposal on healthcare, which UFCW said would have saved the company millions of dollars while maintaining worker benefits.

The workers and the union are arguing with JBS over new contracts that include health care provisions.

The Union is reported to be concerned about proposals by JBS to include a health plan in contracts that would move benefit costs onto employees and allowed the company to change health benefits without coming back to the union. The proposals also removed compensation for workers for wearing protective equipment.

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