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·         Cargill workers at Foothills plant ready to strike

The union representing Cargill employees served the company with a notice to strike on Nov. 10 in Calgary.

 

·         Strike possibility looms at Cargill

… Ninety-seven percent of about 1,400 workers who participated voted Nov. 4 in favour of a strike, with notice served Nov. 10 that “if a deal is not reached, we’ll be on strike at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6” …

 

 

Cargill workers at Foothills plant ready to strike

The union representing Cargill employees served the company with a notice to strike on Nov. 10 in Calgary.

 

By: Caitlin Clow, Airdrie Today (Canada)

Nov 19, 2021

 

Workers will hit the picket lines next month if a deal can’t be made with the Cargill meat-processing plant north of High River.

 

Union representatives said an overwhelming 97 per cent of voting members endorsed strike action on the heels of a deadly COVID-19 outbreak last year.

Notice was served to Cargill’s vice-president of labour Tanya Teeter on Nov. 10 stating if a new agreement can’t be made, workers will strike as of Dec. 6.

UFCW Local 401 representatives say employees are calling for respect, recognition, a safe workplace and fair compensation.

 

Union representatives said about 85 per cent of the employees they represent still have concerns about COVID-19, even though the majority of workers are fully vaccinated.

 

In the strike notice, union president Thomas Hesse wrote he anticipates the company will come to the table and bargain in good faith to come to a new collective agreement satisfactory to its members.

 

“Over the past two days, our company and the union representing employees at our High River protein facility have exchanged multiple comprehensive proposals that included increased wages well beyond the industry standard, enhanced employee benefits and cash bonuses for active employees,” a company statement reads...

 

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https://www.airdrietoday.com/beyond-local/cargill-workers-at-foothills-plant-ready-to-strike-4775843

 

 

Strike possibility looms at Cargill

 

By Doug Ferguson, The Western Producer (Canada)

November 18, 2021

 

A contract dispute involving more than 2,000 workers at Cargill’s meat-packing plant in High River, Alta., marks a “watershed moment” for the Canadian beef sector, says a union leader.

 

“Eighty percent of the workers tell us that they’re still frightened of acquiring COVID-19, notwithstanding the fact that the vaccination rate is pretty high in the plant,” said Thomas Hesse, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW) Union Local 401 in Calgary.

 

Ninety-seven percent of about 1,400 workers who participated voted Nov. 4 in favour of a strike, with notice served Nov. 10 that “if a deal is not reached, we’ll be on strike at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6.”

 

The employees, many of whom are immigrants, feel they are largely invisible to people in authority at both Cargill and the provincial government, Hesse said. Hundreds of workers were infected and two died following a COVID-19 outbreak last year that was the largest in North America, forcing the closure of the plant for two weeks.

 

“The plants are based on efficiencies, so (workers are) jammed into these plants, and so certainly money is an issue, health and safety is an issue. They’re certainly looking for some sort of compensation for what they’ve been through.”

 

Although the pandemic has continued and beef prices in grocery stores have soared, Cargill ended its extra pandemic pay for workers last year, said Hesse.

 

Cargill said in a statement Nov. 12 it is optimistic an agreement will be reached. It has submitted a proposal that is “very fair and representative of our values to put people first and do the right thing.”

 

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