Thursday, January 26, 2023

Denver Processing Plant Votes to Strike

by Andy Schwab

A JBS owned case ready meat operation in Denver has voted unanimously to strike. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 7 members from the Denver Processing plant, authorized the strike unanimously on Saturday, citing unfair labor practices.

A spokesperson from UFCW told Northern Ag Network; negotiations are ramping up after all 200 members of UFCW voted for the strike. This follows months of negotiations after alleged unfair labor practices.

Kim Cordova, Vice President of UFCW Local 7 in Colorado and Wyoming issued the following statement:

“Instead of negotiating in good faith on a fair contract for its workers, Denver Processing is conducting unfair labor practices by unilaterally changing workplace policies that have not been bargained on. These tactics, some of which are presently pending with the National Labor Relations Board, create a precarious and often dangerous workplace for these Essential Workers who risked their health and lives during the pandemic so that we could have meat on our tables.

“Management at the Denver Processing plant and its JBS leadership need to stop unfair labor practices and come to the table with proposals for an industry-leading agreement that honors these workers. If they fail to do so, workers have told us loud and clear, they are prepared to walk out.”

The beef and pork fabricated at the case ready meat operation goes to major grocers throughout Colorado.

This is a developing story, and Northern Ag Network will bring you updated information as it arises.

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Northern Ag Network – 2022

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