Cargill?s Guelph beef plant staff ratify deal: report


Unionized staff at Cargill?s beef packing plant at Guelph, Ont. have voted to ratify a new four-year deal, just ahead of a strike deadline, according to the Guelph Mercury.

The newspaper reported Monday on its website that out of the 600 staff who voted on the deal starting Sunday morning, about 78 per cent voted in favour.

The new agreement, developed during mediation last week, was finalized ?just hours? before the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 175′s strike deadline Friday, the Mercury said.

Mercury reporter Rob O?Flanagan on Friday quoted Cargill plant manager Matt Gibney as saying the UFCW?s bargaining committee ?unanimously? recommended the 780 represented employees approve the deal.