Spencer, IA: (Jul 01, 2014) – Workers at the JBS beef plant in Greeley, Colorado have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike.
More than 99 percent of those who voted supported the strike action, according to a news release from the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
The roughly 3000 workers represented by the union have been in negotiations with Brazilian-owned JBS-SA since August of last year, working on a contract extension.
A union spokesman said health care remains the sticking point in the talks.
The company’s contract offer reportedly shifts millions of dollars of benefit costs unto workers. It also includes the company’s right to change, delete or modify health benefits without recourse or agreement by the union.
Both sides have agreed to continue the talks for the time being.