Tyson workers in Dakota City, NE approve new contract
Workers gathered in South Sioux City, NE to learn more about the new contract.
The approved contract impacts all employees at Tyson's Dakota City, NE complex.
Six-hundred union workers in Dakota City, Nebraska approved a new contract with their employer, Tyson Fresh Meats, Saturday.
It's a five year contract with a $1.60 pay increase.
The new starting wage ranges from $13.92 an hour to $14.10.
Top maintenance workers will be paid up to $19.95 an hour over the course of the contract.
Union representatives said it also guarantees a 36 hour work week, which was a key concern of employees.
The process took nearly 5 months.
During the meeting, some of the 600 workers present asked questions and voice their concerns.
"I guess it's okay. It could have been better. We all expect good things from our union and I guess they didn't let us down. They fought hard for us," Suzanne Swanson, who works on the processing floor, said.
"I'm kind of satisfied. Some things could have been better, but some could have been worse," Daniel Edmonds, who works for Tyson's maintenance department, said.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 222 President Marvin Harrington said the contract was a good compromise.
"We kept what we had or increased what we had in the contract, so there was no major decreases in anything," Harrington said.
In a statement, Tyson executives expressed satisfaction in the deal. Vice President of human resources operations for Tyson Fresh Meats Bruce Pautsch said, "we believe the new contract will benefit our team members and help ensure the continued success of the Dakota City beef complex."
The new contract takes effect immediately. It affects 3,500 workers at the plant.
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