Alberta Mirror

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Union delivers strike announcement to Cargill as workers elect to hit Picket-line

Key points: 

  • Employees at a plot of deadly Covid-19 upsurge last year cite health, safety worries. 
  • Union complaints last year at Cargill’s provision near High River, Alta. 
  • Workers at Plant resume having Covid-related health and safety concerns states the United Food and Commercial Workers union. 

Union’s protest at Cargill’s High River, Alta: 

The union representing labours at the Cargill meat-filling plant near High River, Alta., has issued a rebel notice to the firm. 

If the changes workers are asking are not made, the meat-filling crew will strike the picket line on Dec. 6, according to a notice labelled to Cargill’s High River vice-president of labour, Tanya Teeter. 

Labours at the plant have conducted up a health and safety concerns connected to Covid-19, said a Nov.5 launch from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401. 

At that time, Scott Payne, UFCW Local 401 union labour connections officer, said workers were annoyed and some of them were frightened to arrive up to work. Source –

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The previous year, the meat-packing factory was the site of a dangerous upsurge. There were three Covid deaths related to the southern Alberta plant. 

An additional 950 workers and hundreds of households and group members tested positive for Covid-19 because of the upsurge. Another upsurge this year resulted in dozens of patients. 

UFCW Locals 401 said workers want upgraded advantages too, for the firm to shift workers who are awarded new placements to those jobs rapidly, and reasonable salary rises. 

“They’re big and they’re bad, but we are not afraid,” UFCW Local 401 president Thomas Hesse said in a press release. 

The union stated on Nov. 4 more than 1,400 Cargill Union members had engaged in a strike vote, which is 75 per cent of workers at the factory. 

A Cargill spokesperson explained arrangements are still proceeding. 

“We remain optimistic that we can come to the table and reach an agreement,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. 

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