Striking Holten Meat Workers

Striking Holten Meat Workers, Sauget, IL, STL.News
Striking Holten Meat Workers, Sauget, IL, STL.News

Holten Meat Workers Vote to Strike

SAUGET, IL/March 21, 2017 (STL.News) After three months of negotiations, union workers at Holten Meat’s plant in Sauget, Illinois, have decided to strike.  The recent vote comes after employees rejected a previous proposal in February.  A three-year contract expired in September and was extended during negotiations.  The secret ballot vote to strike was 124 to 38.

The United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655 had advocated for the employees to reject the new contract proposal and rather authorize a strike.  Sauget, Illinois-based Holten Meat is owned by Branding Iron Holdings Inc., one of the leading privately owned companies in the region.  In 2016, they had revenue of $400 million.

The main issue at hand is over seniority language relating to job flexibility.  According to the Local 655, night-shift workers at Holten are not allowed to use their seniority to bid for an open day-shift job.

The Holten Meat manufacturer, that employs more than 300 employees, said in a statement that they believe they proposed a fair and equitable contract offer to the Union and their Plant employees and are disappointed by the recent decision.  They said the company would strive to resolve the matter in a timely matter.

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