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Thread: Sun-Maid workers strike

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    Another strike action.
    Seems big corporate is doing well, yet they refuse to give back to the employees. I thought the new "tax overhaul" was supposed to help everyone get a fair deal.

    Sun-Maid workers strike in Kingsburg
    KINGSBURG, Calif. - Hundreds of workers walked out of the Sun-Maid factory in Kingsburg at 3 p.m. Monday.

    "It's wages, health and welfare and pension," Peter Nunez the president of Teamsters Union Local 431 said.

    He said a disagreement over health and welfare contributions is the main factor stalling negotiations.
    "In some sense it's considered a catastrophic insurance plan. Many of our members can't afford to use or utilize the insurance because of the cost of the utilization. So they're paying for something they can't use," Nunez said.
    About 200 workers picketed outside the plant. Nunez said about 500 total were involved in the strike.
    https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/ne...urg/1433257080
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    The SunMaid plant is running with scab replacements.

    Sun-maid plant is back in operation two days after workers went on strike
    Sun-maid is back in business two days after union workers walked off the job.
    The workforce is much smaller than normal but it's harvest time and these raisins are ready to be packed.
    Harry Overly is President and CEO of Sun-maid raisins. "We are weathering through the strike. That includes bringing non-union employees into our manufacturing facilities to insure that we we're able to run production."
    Teamsters Union workers are demanding higher wages, increased contributions to their pensions and a health care plan where Sun-maid picks up the tab.

    Overly says asking employees to kick in 10 percent of the cost is the big sticking point.
    https://kmph.com/news/local/sun-maid...went-on-strike
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    Hundreds still walking the line at Sun-Maid.

    Hundreds of employees at Sun-Maid in Kingsburg still off the job
    FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Hundreds of employees at the Sun-Maid raisin plant in Kingsburg are still off the job.

    They are entering their second week of a strike, opposing Sun-Maid proposals to increase their health care costs.
    The strike began Monday, September 10th, after contract negotiations between the company and the Teamsters Union broke- down.
    Sun-Maid employees voted down a company proposal to require a new monthly contribution for health care.
    Workers and Teamsters leadership maintain the additional health care cost would offset most of the wage increases being proposed.
    Sun-Maid released a statement that reads in part, "The new contract includes multiple medical insurance options."
    https://abc30.com/careers/hundreds-o...e-job/4279942/
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    Back to work !

    Sun-Maid workers back to work after reaching contract agreement
    KINGSBURG, Calif. (KFSN) -- Sun-Maid workers are back on the job after reaching a new contract agreement with the corporation.
    The agreement includes monthly medical contributions, competitive market wages, and increased pension contributions in the second and third year of the agreement.
    It's about a nine-percent increase in value overall from the previous contract.
    The company announced last week it will waive the monthly hours required for health insurance coverage to all striking workers for the month of September.
    https://abc30.com/business/sun-maid-...ement/4343582/
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    Stand By Me: Sun-Maid Workers Win By Sticking Together

    The last strike here was in 1997 and lasted four days. Veterans of that strike, including some retirees, provided crucial support and experience.

    “Us veterans educated the others about the importance of sticking together,” said Jackson, who has been at the factory for 25 years. Her mother worked at Sun-Maid before her.

    “Some workers had differences with one another, but once we were out there on the picket line, we all came together to do what we had to do,” she said. “Just like in 1997, but with more dancing this time around.”

    Faith played a large part in motivating the workers to hold a successful 24/7 picket line. Father Lupe of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in nearby Selma even held a mass on the picket line for a couple hundred strikers. Many of his parishioners work at the Sun-Maid factory.

    “As far as I know, this may have been the first mass held out here in a labor dispute since Cesar Chavez,” said Thomas Weilar of Faith in the Valley, a community organization that brought in clergy who offered prayers with the striking workers.
    Stand By Me: Sun-Maid Workers Win By Sticking Together | Labor Notes
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