Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Holten Meat Workers Vote to End Strike at Sauget Facility

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Holten Meat Workers Vote to End Strike at Sauget Facility

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Union workers at Holten Meat voted Tuesday morning to end a strike that lasted more than three weeks.

The vote to approve a new three-year contract passed 125-2, according to Collin Reischman, communications director for Local 655 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents the Sauget facility's workforce.

Employees were expected to return to work Wednesday.

Reischman said the company presented the union with a contract on Monday, after all-day negotiations with federal labor mediators.

"That offer addressed all our concerns," Reischman said. "We essentially got two concessions to the workers on the issues that were most important to them."

Those "concessions," he said, were contractual assurances that job openings will be given to the most senior employee who bids for them, and that workers will be guaranteed one weekend off each month during the plant's peak season, when it shifts to a six-day weekly production schedule. …

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