December 22, 2010

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Deb-El workers have first labor contract

THOMPSONVILLE – After a long battle to become unionized with management of Deb-El foods, Inc. fighting it, the 57 employees of the Thompsonville company have a labor contract.  The contract, approved Monday by a unanimous vote of the workers, is a five year pact.

The workers, who joined Local 342 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, have benefits they never had before, said union spokeswoman Kate Meckler.

“It provides for guaranteed wage increases over the course of the contract. It provides for benefits they never had before like real vacation pay and real time off,” she said. They also have access to union funds and access to the 401K and annuity plan, which they never had before, Meckler said.

The Sullivan County operation manufactures and processes egg products.


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