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General Mills workers won't strike, will vote Thursday on contract

Union for 500 employees said company 'moved significantly'

Roger Grobstich, vice president of the Local 110 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 110, speaks during a Nov. 6 news conference at the local’s union hall in Cedar Rapids. The union’s negotiating committee is recommending approval of a new contract with General Mills in Cedar Rapids. The vote is set for Thursday.  (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
Roger Grobstich, vice president of the Local 110 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 110, speaks during a Nov. 6 news conference at the local’s union hall in Cedar Rapids. The union’s negotiating committee is recommending approval of a new contract with General Mills in Cedar Rapids. The vote is set for Thursday. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — More than 500 General Mills workers will not strike after reaching a tentative contract agreement with the company, the union said Friday.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union’s Local 110 announced Friday that a worker-led committee tentatively agreed to a three-year contract after negotiations with company representatives.

The ratification vote on the contract is scheduled for Thursday.

“General Mills moved significantly away from the ‘last, best and final’ offer that would have taken away benefits we’ve had for over 30 years,” committee member Tim Sarver said in a statement from the union. “Our committee unanimously recommends this contract for ratification.

“I am confident we will all be going to work with the peace of mind of a strong union contract soon.”

The union represents more than 500 of the roughly 700 workers at the plant, which is at 4800 Edgewood Rd. SW.

General Mills has been in Cedar Rapids for almost 50 years. The local plant produces cereal, fruit snacks and desserts.

Local 110 also represents workers at the Quaker Oats facility in Cedar Rapids and Coles Quality Foods in North Liberty.

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