JBS Greeley beef plant workers get raise after work interruption

JBS USA on Monday gave Greeley plant workers a raise after the employees staged a work interruption July 10 in a dispute over wages.

The company said in a statement that the new base wage at the Greeley plant will be $18 per hour, and the top wage will be $24.60. That’s an increase of $1.85 per hour, according to JBS.

The statement said the wage increase was previously proposed to the workers’ union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, but that the union opted not to take a vote on the proposal.

“Given the failure of local union leadership to act in the best interests of our team members, JBS USA has made the decision to independently provide the increased wages denied to our team members,” JBS spokesman Cameron Bruett said in a statement.

The union previously said the wage increase proposal was not competitive and was tied into a five-year contract that would have made it unlikely workers could have received any additional raises for that time period.

The wage dispute comes as the beef plant in Greeley has been hard hit by the novel coronavirus, with nearly 300 workers infected. Six plant workers died, as well as a seventh person who worked at the company’s corporate offices.

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