JBS, union workers agree to new contract - USA

By Tom Johnston on 4/14/2010
JBS USA and unionized workers at the company's Greeley, Colo., beef plant have approved a new contract, spokesman Chandler Keys confirmed for Meatingplace.

"We have worked out a deal," he said.

The deal between JBS and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 includes raises that will be retroactive to November, when the prior contract expired, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The story quoted Gary Rhodes, a spokesman for JBS subsidiary Pilgrim's Pride Corp., saying the deal includes an hourly pay raise of $1.30 over the span of the contract, set to expire in September 2013. The agreement applies to some 3,000 workers.

The contract also provides a fifth week of vacation to employees with at least 25 years of service, according to the AP, which also quoted Rhodes as saying JBS and UFCW tried to keep health care affordable. The union reportedly said some employees will pay reduced health insurance copays.