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Cargill workers in Guelph reach deal, Calgary workers vote on offer – 620 CKRM

Cargill workers in Guelph reach deal, Calgary workers vote on offer – 620 CKRM
Cargill workers in Guelph reach deal, Calgary workers vote on offer – 620 CKRM

One strike at Cargill may be over, but another may already be on the horizon.

Workers at the Calgary ready-to-eat plant, which processes beef from the nearby High River plant, voted on a preliminary contract offer Monday, with results expected sometime Wednesday.

Last month, 100 percent of those workers said they would support the strike if the company didn’t offer an acceptable deal. The Calgary plant packages meat that is then sent to stores that don’t have their own meat cutters, such as Fresh-Co or No Frills.

Over the weekend, nearly a thousand workers at the Cargill beef plant near Guelph Ontario accepted a new offer from the company and returned to work yesterday, a strike that has lasted more than 40 days.

This forced some producers to transport their cattle across the prairies to the High River plant for slaughter.

They had the ability to ship their animals to the southern US, but there are still problems at the border with live cattle, and they have been there since the BSE outbreak over twenty years ago.