[American Falls, ID] – Teamsters Local 983 is reporting that after a long, contentions battle with one of the largest food processing companies in the world, trade Workers at Lamb Weston have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their latest collective bargaining agreement.
“Teamster power is thriving here in the Gem State, and this agreement is proof positive of that,” LaWanda Ellsworth, Local 983 Business Agent said in a statement. “Congratulations to these workers who stood strong and refused to succumb to pressure during an extensive fight to get the wages, benefits and working conditions that they deserve. I’d also like to thank Local 839 Secretary-Treasurer Russell Shjerven for coming all the way from Washington to help us negotiate this agreement. His participation was critical to our success.”
According to the union, the agreement follows members taking a strike vote and filing unfair labor practice charges against Lamb Weston. The contract reportedly includes a number of significant improvements – including a ratification bonus, wage increases of ten percent over the course of three years, additional paid time off, increased pay for shift differentials and an increase in short-term disability benefits. In addition to the economic benefits, members also secured stronger grievance procedures, better seniority rights, higher safety and health standards and much more.
“A strong contract is a contract that we as a crew can follow and the company can follow,” Lamb Weston worker and union negating committee member Amanda Misner said in a statement. “Our mental and physical well-being is important to the continued hard work we provide, and to Lamb Weston customers. We deserve a strong, up-to-date agreement that fits the world as it is today.”