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    Sep 18, 2018

    Georgia Poultry Workers Win Gains

    A strong new contract for poultry workers at Koch Foods in Macon, Georgia, has been ratified unanimously by the RWDSU members who work there. Preparation for contract negotiations began long before face to face meetings with the company. To develop proposals that would have the most impact on members’ lives, Allen Mayne, Director of Collective Bargaining, Sandra Williams, RWDSU Representative and Desire Tillman, RWDSU Organizer, met with workers for over several months. The result was a new, groundbreaking three-year collective bargaining agreement that addressed all of the members’ priorities. In addition to generous guaranteed annual wage increases in each year of the contract, jobs classification rates were significantly increased and upgraded, resulting contractual raises for members ranging from $1.00 to over $2.00 per hour. The contract also strengthened language on seniority rights throughout the contract. The new contract ends any outsourcing of bargaining unit work, and new grievance and arbitration language expands workers’ rights and ensured fairness throughout the process. The new contract also protects the health care benefits and prohibits any changes.
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    Sep 05, 2018

    Strong First Contract for New Jersey Parking Authority

    The first union contract for parking enforcement officers in Morristown, New Jersey, bring employees excellent benefits including a dental plan, three new paid holidays including MLK Day, Good Friday, and the Day after Thanksgiving, and three additional personal days. All members will also receive wage increases, and a starting rate of $15 per hour – with guaranteed pay above the minimum wage should it rise – has been established. The contract also ensures that workers will be provided with foul weather gear when necessary and allows workers to be reimbursed for unused sick days or carry them over if desired.
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