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Strike Possible As Smithfield And Union Remain 'Far Apart' On Contract Negotiations
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Strike Possible As Smithfield And Union Remain 'Far Apart' On Contract Negotiations

Strike Possible As Smithfield And Union Remain 'Far Apart' On Contract Negotiations pJune 9, 2021 Smithfield Meatpacking Plant in Sioux Falls SDPB Your browser does not support HTML5 audio.A South Dakota labor leader says he expects Smithfield and the Sioux Falls workers’ union to reach a contract negotiation this week, but if not, to expect a strike.He expects Smithfield and the Sioux Falls union to reach a contract agreement this week even though they remain ‘far apart’ on certain issues.And I think they come to the negotiation table expecting to be treated like they are essential and expecting to be treated like they are heroes.

Caraway says the workers are making demands in response to nearby competition and the COVID-19 pandemic.Caraway says the union is fighting against cuts to unpaid leave and to preserve a 15-minute afternoon break for those who work at least seven hours a day.

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