The Canadian Press – Dec 5 2021 / 3:13 p.m. | History: 353725
The Cargill beef plant in High River, Alta. Is featured on Thursday, April 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jeff McIntosh
The threat of a strike at an Alberta beef processing plant has been ruled out after workers accepted the owner’s latest offer.
The union which represents about 2,000 workers at the Cargill beef plant in High River says its members voted 71 percent in favor of accepting the company’s contract.
In a statement, Local 401 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union said the contract was “the best of its kind and presented unprecedented gains in this time of economic and political uncertainty.” .
It also indicates that it was reached “during the biggest health crisis the world has ever known”.
Jarrod Gillig, president of commercial operations and supply chain for Cargill’s North American protein business, said the deal was “complete” and “fair”, adding that it reflected “the commitment of their employees towards excellence ”.
A spokesperson for the company previously said the deal offered a six-year collective agreement that includes retroactive pay, signing bonuses, a 21% pay rise over the term of the contract, and employee benefits. improved health.
Workers voted 98 percent last month against Cargill’s previous offer, and the union had said workers would strike if a contract deal couldn’t be reached.
Cargill and the union had been at odds for some time on issues related to wages as well as health and safety.
In May 2020, Cargill’s High River plant was the site of a major workplace COVID-19 outbreak. More than 900 workers have tested positive for the virus and three deaths were linked to the outbreak.
In Brooks, Alta., 2,500 employees who process beef at the JBS plant are closely monitoring Cargill’s precedent. In the new year, the union said it would start negotiations for a new contract.