RWDSU members in Salem, Ohio, have ratified a new four-year contract that brings numerous improvements and protects the health insurance plan. The progression has been greatly decreased from five years to only 18 months, meaning members can reach the full pay rate three and a half years earlier. There are annual wage raises in the contract, and a shift differential that will bring an extra $.25 an hour for the second shift and an extra $1.50 per hour for the third. Newly added benefits include a longevity raise for senior employees, and an extra week of paid vacation for all members. Maintenance workers will earn more money after completing training classes, and there are increases in the company 401K match and an extra $150 shoe allowance for warehouse workers.
The Negotiating Committee consisted of of Bruce Fatherly, Amy Ray, Melody Alflen, Mike Scorich, Chris Graffius, Janice Cusick and and Marland Billiter, with assistance from RWDSU Rep. Fred Jimenez.
“This was the first time any of these members served on a Negotiating Committee, and they all did a tremendous job bringing home a fantastic new contract at Fresh Mark,” Jimenez said.