US – Workers at the JBS beef slaughter and processing plant in Grand Island, Nebraska, who belong to United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 293 have agreed a new contract.
The new five-year agreement will cover more than 2,600 workers.
“This new contract is great for our members and the local economy,” said Dan Hoppes, President of UFCW Local 293.
“Thanks to support and unity of UFCW union members from across the country, we were able to negotiate a contract that raises the bar for workers in this industry. Workers will earn higher wages and a healthcare plan that benefits workers, their families, and the company.”
The new contract will:
• Provide a $1.80 hourly increase over the course of the contract.
• A $0.60 per hour increase in the first year which will be paid retroactively to the original contract expiration date, April 27, 2014.
• Maintain affordable health care costs for employees with only minor plan changes.
• Establish a primary health care clinic in Grand Island which means flexible, easily accessible health care to JBS employees with no cost for primary care (checkups, some treatments, minor procedures, and lab work) and low cost prescriptions and immunisations.
• Retain current vacation and 401k plan.
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