Union OKs contract with Viscofan

Union OKs contract with Viscofan

DANVILLE — More than 200 union workers in Danville have accepted a new contract with Viscofan, a worldwide producer and distributor of artificial casings for the meat industry, according to a news release today from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

The members of UFCWI Local 686 voted this weekend to accept the new three-year contract, which includes higher safety standards and wages and better job scheduling, according to union officials.

"Our new contract is a win for our families," said Neva Alexander, president of Local 686 and an extrusion operator and 10-year veteran of the Danville plant, which was formerly known as TeePak. "We can support them and know they don't have to worry about our safety at work."

Safety improvements at the plant include new money for protective equipment, personal testing for dangerous gas exposure and continual air-quality monitoring.

"We didn't get everything we wanted," said Alexander, "but we got a contract we can be proud of. Viscofan knows that we'll stand together and stand up for what is right here in Illinois."

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