September 26, 2008
(Denison, Iowa) – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 440 and Farmland are pleased to announce a new four-year contract covering the 1,400 workers at the Denison, Iowa, pork processing facility. The contract was ratified by UFCW Local 440 members during meetings yesterday in Denison.
The new contract includes wage increases that keep Denison workers among the highest paid in the pork industry and provides Farmland with new operating efficiencies. UFCW and Farmland also found solutions that provide quality, affordable health care coverage for workers and their families.
The bargaining process also produced innovative safety and health language that will keep the Denison Farmland plant one of the safest meatpacking plants in the nation.
Farmland is a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.