ADM Teamsters Ratify Historic Agreement
Strike Averted With Increase In Wages and Benefits
Cedar Rapids, IA – The Teamsters Union announced that a new 3 year agreement with ADM at their Cedar Rapids plant was ratified at a meeting early Tuesday morning.
According to Jesse Case, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 238, the agreement includes an immediate 6% across the board raise the first year plus a $5,000 ratification bonus, 40 hours of sick leave, 8 additional hours of personal leave and additional premium pay for many classifications.
“Although we would like to see higher wages overall in the industry, we have made gains in working standards that helped avert a job action” Case said. “ADM’s multi-billion dollar profit margin exists off the labor and sweat of working Iowans and CEO pay remains out of alignment with the workers who make the company profitable.”
Teamsters Local 238, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, negotiates around 200 collective bargaining agreements across the state of Iowa and says they have been negotiating historic wage increases due to the pandemic, cost of living and shortage of workers.
Teamsters 238 represents around five thousand members working in a wide variety of industries, including transportation, warehousing, manufacturing and public service.