UPDATE: Strike ends at Bay Valley Foods

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Updated April 19, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

UPDATE: PECATONICA, Ill. (WIFR) - Five months after workers walked off the job and onto the picket line outside Bay Valley Foods, employees will soon return to work.

The nearly 100 members of Teamster's Labor Union Local 754 said they had been negotiating for months for what they call a fair contract.

Union President Chuck Murdoch says Wednesday night a new four-year contract was settled on. Murdoch says it freezes the member's health insurance until May 1, 2019, and increases the company's portion of the employee's pension over two years. The contract also requires Bay Valley to install new retail production lines.

Murdoch says the contract also increases the company's contribution to employees' pension by $34 per week. Within two years, some union members will receive a wage increase as high as $2.75.

A statement released by Bay Valley said: "Now that the strike has settled, we are ready to get our people back into the plant working. This is a strong four-year agreement and it's good for our people and our business."

Murdoch says members hope to be back to work as early as next week.


Updated December 19, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

UPDATE: PECATONICA, Ill. (WIFR) - Bay Valley Food employees are continuing to fight for what they're calling job preservation.

94 employees have been striking since November 12. They say Bay Valley Foods in Pecatonica is trying to move their jobs to Iowa.

To show support, fellow union members from other Illinois chapters have raised nearly $45,000 and are bringing food to the protesters to make sure they have enough for Christmas dinner.

"We've been very, very successful, large in part, to the commitment of the unity on this strike line, and we are trying to send a message to the strikers and to the company that there are other people in this fight and that they will get help and they will stand together and that will hopefully ultimately be treated with respect for the good Teamster contract."

A spokesperson for Treehouse, the parent company for Bay Valley Foods, says in statement: "Bay Valley Foods is disappointed that the Teamsters have only met and bargained with the Company on one single occasion since before Thanksgiving and are unavailable to return to the bargaining table until after Christmas."


Posted November 15, 2017, 3:59 p.m.

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.