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Red Vines workers end strike

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Workers at the Red Vines factory voted 81-61 on Tuesday to end their month-long strike in Union City. (Derek Baird/Flickr)

Workers at Union City’s American Licorice factory voted Tuesday to accept a company contract proposal and return to their jobs.

Bakery workers Local 125 called the strike December 5 in protest of increases to employee contributions to the company health plan, and a smaller-than-expected pay increase.

A federal mediator joined company and union representatives yesterday for the first day of face-to-face talks. Union members voted 81 to 61 in favor of returning to work and accepting the company’s proposal already on the table.

The new contract includes a 30-cent per hour retroactive raise for 2011, and 35-cent raises this year and next. Employees will need to begin paying half of their health care deductibles beginning in 2013.

 

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as assistant professor at San Francisco State University.

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