Bay Valley Foods employees continue strike

PECATONICA, Ill. (WIFR) -- The round-the-clock strike outside of Bay Valley Foods continues as nearly 100 employees argue for what they call a fair contract.

The Teamsters Local 754 Union has been bargaining with the company since July. They say they are fighting for job preservation.

Union workers tell us that the company is trying to move their jobs out of Pecatonia and into Iowa. They are also fighting for adequate pension and keeping their healthcare costs from going up.

"We gave the company an offer that they could've accepted back in September. It was a reasonable offer. They rejected it. They chose to go down this road, knowing we'd go on strike. But they've been jamming contracts down these guy's throats for 8 years, and they're not gonna let it happen anymore," says Assistant to the Trustee of Teamsters Local 754, Chuck Murdoch.

Union members say they will strike until they get a contract that helps their members keep their jobs. The next meeting is December 6th.