On Thursday, February 11th, 2021 Teamsters Local 89 members at Morgan Foods ratified a new five-year agreement by an overwhelming 84% vote. This agreement contains significant economic and language improvements and marks the strongest contract to date at the canning facility.
Members will receive a .60 cent raise when the contract goes into effect, and another .60 cent raise in August, for a total of $1.20 in wage increases during the first year of the new agreement. Members will continue receiving a .60 cent raise yearly, in August, through the life of the agreement. In addition to these significant raises, members will receive a $5,000 dollar ratification bonus. That is a net $5,000 dollars, after taxes, which the Company will be covering.
Another important improvement was in the prescription plan the majority of workers are covered by. Previously, the Company only covered the first $40 dollars of a prescription, leaving their workers to foot the rest of the bill. Under this new agreement, members will have a $10 dollar co-pay for generic prescriptions, and a $40 dollar co-pay for brand name prescriptions, with the remainder of the bill covered by the Company plan.
“This will be life changing for these folks,” said Vice President and Business Agent Jeff Cooper.
In addition to these major economic improvements, the new contract also contains a number of positive language changes including members being allowed to pick jobs within their bid, all paid hours now counting as hours worked for purposes of overtime, more members being allowed off for vacation, and expanded Saturday and Sunday vacation opportunities for those who traditionally work on weekends. Another important language addition prevents the use of video cameras from being used for disciplinary purposes except in extreme cases, such as physical violence.
“We managed to fix a lot of loopholes left over from prior contracts,” said Business Agent and lead negotiator Jim Kincaid. “That was one of the main goals Coupe and I had when we first took over this shop, and this is a big step forward.”
We would like to thank all the stewards who served on the Teamsters bargaining committee, including Jim Clemmons, Chris Conlen, David Stevens, Steve Scifres, Josh Walker, Williard Hollan, Jaquelin Ubaldo, Ronnie Verduco, William Vincent, Jeremy Kallembach, Nick Fleenor, Eric Smith, Travis Caudill, Clinton Obermiller, Shane Hall, Richard Gates, Bradley Donahue, Kenny Couch, Mark Fleenor and Mike Bush.
President Zuckerman, Secretary-Treasurer Thompson, the Officers, Agents, and Staff of Teamsters Local 89 wish to congratulate everyone at Morgan Foods on winning a powerful new contract and thank everyone who was involved in the fight!