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UFCW members in Hazleton ratify new five-year contract


FEBRUARY 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

UFCW members in Hazleton ratify new five-year contract


REGION, February 3rd- Members of the United Food and Commercial Worker (UFCW) Union Local 1776, Route 315 in Pittston, voted to ratify a new labor agreement with Cargill Meat Solutions in Hazleton.

Wendell Young IV, President of Local 1776, stated the membership voted overwhelmingly to approve the five-year labor contract. He said the more than 600 members of the union will receive wage increases and health care benefits under the agreement.

“At a time when the cost of health care benefits continues to be an increasing challenge in negotiations between workers and employers in our region and across the country, Cargill’s representatives and our bargaining committee were able to create a fair proposal for our members to continue providing them with affordable quality health care.

Not every employer has recognized this responsibility. Both sides negotiated in good faith to reach this positive outcome,” Mr. Young stated.

The contract agreement is the third between UFCW Local 1776 and Cargill since the company opened the plant in Hazleton in 2002. The pact was approved by the membership by a ninety-seven percent margin to three percent against.

Michele Kessler, Secretary/Treasurer of Local 1776 and Director of the union’s Northeast and Central Pennsylvania Divisions said the company has other labor agreements with the UFCW throughout the United States.

“As our negotiations moved forward we were able to draw on the experiences of the other UFCW locals to create the best possible result for our members in Hazleton,” stated Ms. Kessler.

Local 1776 has 24,000 members throughout northeast, southeast and central Pennsylvania.

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