ADM Teamsters Preparing For Tuesday Strike
Union Contract Expires At Midnight Tonight
Cedar Rapids, IA – The Teamsters Union says it’s preparing for a strike at the ADM facility in Cedar Rapids as soon as Tuesday morning, effecting over 200 Teamster members in the corn processing industry.
According to Jesse Case, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 238, wages at ADM have not kept up with the factors facing today’s workforce.
“ADM had an operating profit of $1.6 billion in the past quarter” Case said. “Our members kept the company open during this period. Workers are tired of record company profits while they struggle to make ends meet. The combination of the pandemic, the increase in the cost of living and the shortage of workers in the job market have changed the attitude of workers. Our members are fed up with the gap between corporate profits and their own paychecks.”
If the Teamsters go on strike this week, they’ll join more than 100 other workers in the corn processing industry in Cedar Rapids who are currently on strike. Ingredion workers, represented by BCTGM Local 100G went on strike earlier this year to protest proposed cuts in their working conditions.
Teamsters 238 is the largest local union in the state of Iowa, with around five thousand members working in a wide variety of industries, including transportation, warehousing, manufacturing and public service.