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Mission Foods Members Approve First Union Contract!
Posted On: Apr 13, 2018
On April 13, 2018, workers at Mission Foods in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, voted with a 60% majority, to approve a 3-year contract and officially join United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 1776. Mission Foods workers make a full line of Mexican food products, including tortillas, wraps, and other goods used in restaurants and sold in supermarkets across the globe.
The workers’ victory was the successful conclusion to many years of campaigning and bargaining, giving a united voice to the members at Mission Foods. The workers have been fighting to form a union since 2006, and this vote comes as a major victory after a previous contract voted on in 2017 was disputed by Mission Foods. UFCW 1776 filed charges against Mission Foods for illegally bargaining in bad faith, and after a lengthy investigation by The National Labor Relations Board’s Philadelphia Regional Office, Mission Foods agreed to a Formal Settlement Stipulation to resolve the charges filed by the Local and returned to the bargaining table in early 2018. For the first time, Mountain Top Mission Foods employees will have a union contract that protects their job, guarantees fair treatment and gives workers a united voice.
The new contract includes language that sets up a grievance process and seniority system, locks in minimum wage increases, and includes paid sick time. Union representatives have also been granted access to the Mission Foods plant.
UFCW 1776 President Wendell Young IV described the contract as “a solid first effort with much-needed workers protections and job security,” and congratulated Mission Foods workers on their victory.
“The goal is to better the lives of working people throughout the country. The Mission Foods workers are a great example of what standing together and fighting for a voice can achieve. These workers are an inspiration and will motivate others to speak out and fight for better wages, working conditions, and respect,” said President Young.
“This contract being ratified means a lot to me, because without a contract you cannot get anything done. There are a lot of things here that need to be fixed and a union contract will help make that happen,” said Mission Foods Shop Steward, Richard Mondesir. “When we work together, we are stronger.”
The Mission Foods workers will join thousands of UFCW 1776 packinghouse and food processing workers in Pennsylvania at plants such as Empire Kosher Poultry in Mifflintown, Cargill in Hazelton, JBS in Souderton and Citterio USA in Freeland.