Sun-Maid Maid Growers today announced that they have reached a new contract with Teamsters Local 431. This Agreement was ratified by Union members on Tuesday, and all Union employees will return to work at the Kingsburg plant on Wednesday.
According to Sun-Maid The new contract maintains the benefits included in the August 6, 2018 Tentative Agreement, including an increase in year-over-year, market competitive wages, monthly medical contributions throughout every year of the contract, and increased pension contributions in the second and third year of the agreement.
The company says the new agreement takes effect immediately, and says they reflect nearly a 9% increase in the total value from the previous 3-year contract.
The announcement doesn't directly address how the new contract impacts employees contribution to health insurance costs. Sun-Maid bosses have said in the past that the company could no longer afford to pay 100% of employee health care costs, and that had been one of the main sticking points in negotiations. Workers have been walking the picket line at the Kingsburg facility for the past couple of weeks.