Union workers have gone on an immediate strike following a vote on Holten Meat's second contract offer.
Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 655 held a secret ballot to vote on a contract offer from Holten Meat. The contract was rejected by Local 655 with 75 percent of the members voting "no."
The union members then established picket lines at the Holten Meat's facility immediately following the vote.
Holten Meat's first contract offer was rejected by 99 percent of the voting members.
UFCW Local 655 President David Cook said the problem with the latest contract lies with Holten's lack of address towards employee concerns.
"The issue here is not over economics. The critical issue is seniority language as it relates to job mobility; an issue the company steadfastly refused to recognize," Cook said in a press release.
The Locak 655 said employees working the night shift currently cannot use their seniority in their bid to pursue an open day-shift, if it is open. The union group said the company instead hires new employees, rather than allow senior night-shift members to fill the open day-shift slot. Holten employees are frustrated that Holten refuses to place language honoring seniority rights in their contract, Local 655 said.
The union said Holten offered to place the language on seniority rights in their company policy. However, the union said those policies are subject to change at any time.
Cook said the sooner Holten negotiators present a contract addressing worker concerns, the sooner the strike will end.
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