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Union set to expand strike zone

Plans to involve other Bay Valley Foods sites in work walkout

DIXON – The strike at Dixon’s Bay Valley Foods plant could extend to other company sites throughout the country, a union leader says.

Steve Mongan, president of Teamsters Local 722, which represents more than 100 employees at the Dixon location, said he contacted the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and is extending the picket lines and strike benefits to workers at other plants.

Bay Valley Foods, a Green Bay, Wis.-based company, has factories in Wisconsin, Michigan, California, Illinois and Pennsylvania, among others, according to the company’s website.

Unionized plants in Michigan and Pennsylvania could be among those with workers going on strike once union members from the Dixon plant arrived in those cities and started picket lines, Mongan said.

The two sides met to negotiate Saturday and Sunday.

Bay Valley Foods submitted a “last, best and final offer” on Sunday, Mongan said, but it wasn’t taken to the union membership for a vote. Workers previously gave their negotiating team parameters for a contract, he said, and the offer didn’t meet them.

Bay Valley Foods declined to comment on negotiations.

No talks are planned for this week, Mongan said, adding that a union meeting at 1 p.m. today will cover negotiations and workers’ pensions.

The two main issues holding up an agreement, Mongan said, are the pension and a portion of the attendance bonus clause of the contract.

Additionally, Bay Valley Foods wants a 2-year contract, but the union wants a 3-year deal, Mongan said.

Union workers went on strike at 11 p.m. Feb. 6 after they had worked without a contract since Dec. 28.

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