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Smithfield Union To Vote On Contract Offer

Smithfield Foods has a tentative agreement with its union. This comes after nearly three months of negotiations and the threat of a strike at the Sioux Falls pork plant.    

Union leadership will hold informational sessions about the proposal before members vote next Thursday.  

Tina Gonzalez is a business agent at UFCW Local 304a and was at the bargaining table.  

Publicly speaking out about the negotiations put pressure on Smithfield to agree to the union’s demands, Gonzalez said. But what really made a difference was the strength and unity of the union itself.    

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