Big Wage Increases for Heinz Workers
RWDSU Local 705 members have ratified a new three-year contract at Heinz in Holland, Michigan. The workers – who produce tasty pickle products – secured 23 percent wage increases, an increase in shift premiums ($1 for 2nd shift workers, and $2 for 3rd shift workers, including alternative schedule shifts), and increased vacation benefits. Aside from the big wage increases, electrical journeymen receive an additional $1.25 per hour, their waste water treatment employee an additional $1.25 per hour, and the Master Electrician an additional $2.25 per hour as well as have all costs covered for the Master Electrician company required licenses and classes required.
PPE allowance was increased for safety boots and prescription safety glasses, health coverage was maintained with a minimum rate increase in only the second year. Retiree benefits were also improved, as was the bereavement leave policy.
Serving on the Local 705 Negotiating Committee were (pictured L to R): Margarita Kramer, Chief Steward nights; Craig Holcom, Committee Person; Rosa Balcazar, Recorder; Javier Rivera, Chief Steward days; Walt Gamble, Secretary Treasurer; Tomas Torres, Executive Vice President; Brian Kuzmanko, President.