The UFCW Local 9 union, which represents workers at the Hormel plant in Austin turned down a contract offered last week by Hormel Foods Corporation. Officials with the union reported that 99% of its members turned the contract down with strike authorization.
Union President Richard Morgan stated that workers are seeking better healthcare, pensions, wages, and more vacation time. Further negotiations are scheduled to take place later this week. The union’s current contract with Hormel expires on October 8th.
Morgan stated that the contract also encompasses workers in Iowa, Wisconsin and Georgia. Hormel Foods released the following statement on Monday: “Hormel Foods is a global branded food company with 20,000 team members around the world. Ranked as one of the World’s Best Employers, we are proud of our competitive and industry-leading pay and benefits’ packages. The company’s incentives include 80 consecutive years of profit sharing and a stock option grant for all full and part-time team members, awarded in 2017.
We are currently in negotiations with the UFCW representing some of our valued team members. We are disappointed that we have not yet reached an agreement as we have had a positive relationship with this union for many years. We certainly understand negotiations are part of the process. We expect negotiations to continue and we are optimistic that we will reach an agreement in the near future.”
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