Five-Year Agreement Maintains Health Care, Secures Wage Increases
(MILWAUKEE) – Confectionary workers at the Burlington, Wisc. Nestlé plant ratified a new five-year agreement this weekend, securing a strong contact that included wage gains and maintenance of health care and retirement benefits.
The 357 workers, represented by Teamsters Local 200 in Milwaukee, Wisc., will receive 2.5 percent wage increases each year of the agreement. The union was also able to negotiate additional wage increases for seven separate job classifications at the plant.
“This committee stood together through each round of negotiations, and I am proud of their solidarity,” said Randy Monroe, Teamsters Local 200 business agent. “This was a tough process, and we wouldn’t have done so well for our members without the support of Rome Aloise and the Food Processing Division and our brother from Local 238, Dan MacDonald. His insight and expertise into the confectionary industry gave us a real edge at the table.”
In addition to the wage increases, the members were able to keep their health care and retirement benefits intact. The 11-member negotiating committee, comprised of the stewards at the plant, presented a unified front that successfully protected past improvements while securing new gains in the new contract
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