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Teamsters working at Foster Farms take a stand! Ya basta!
Updated On: Jul 20, 2021

Page 2/2 – Foster Farms Teamsters in California Vote to Reject Contract Offer; Prepare for Strike also unconscionable that Foster Farms is trying to force workers to accept a healthcare plan that could easily bankrupt their families. These are our neighbors and community members who came to work throughout the pandemic to keep Californians fed.” Foster Farms’ current healthcare proposal would increase medical costs by thousands of dollars a year. For example, workers would be forced to pay 20 percent of medical costs frequently utilized by women with families such as labor and delivery, emergency room visits, and mental health services. In addition to this, the company has refused to accept a healthcare proposal made by Local 630 that would save Foster Farms close to $500,000 in the first year and at least $1.5 million over the life of the contract. “We’ve put ourselves and our loved ones at risk throughout the pandemic to help Foster Farms,” said Leticia Rosales, a thirty-year employee at the Compton facility. “At least ninety of my co-workers have contracted COVID-19 and now Foster Farms is telling us we need to accept a healthcare plan that would make our take-home pay even less than what it is now. We can’t afford this.” The escalating labor dispute in Compton may be a sign of larger labor troubles for the Foster family’s food production businesses, as well as the food supply chain in California. Several facilities owned by the Foster family are represented by the Teamsters and other unions. These include Crystal Creamery’s facilities in Northern California and a poultry distribution center in Southern California that supplies products to grocery stores owned by Albertsons, Kroger, Costco, and Walmart. “Over the last year, while our brave sisters and brothers at Foster Farms have been putting their lives at risk, the Fosters have been raking in profits,” said James P. Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “If Foster Farms is not willing to give our members a fair return on their work and honor their contributions during the pandemic, we have thousands of Teamsters across California and the country who are ready to take on that fight.” Established in 1937, Teamsters Local 630 represents workers in various industries, from clerical, warehouse, professional drivers, food service, liquor, food processing, dairy, and more.

        

630 members @FosterFarms stand in solidarity for respect & dignity, fighting for a fair contract! Our members are fed up with the greed and disrespect from @FosterFarms. 630 members unanimously voted to reject the companies offer. The level of greed & disrespect is atrocious. Trying to sandbag our members with your so-called “Bonuses” while gutting our essential services member's medical benefits and attempting to force them into the public health care system is unacceptable and will not be tolerated! Stay tuned for more updates as our members will not allow @FosterFarms to treat them this way.


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