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Union vote authorizes strike at South Dakota pork plant

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:41 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The union at a Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in South Dakota says it will head to contract negotiations armed with the authorization to call a strike.

The strike authorization at the Sioux Falls chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union was overwhelmingly approved late Monday with 98% of the vote total.

However, union leaders say they hope to avoid a work stoppage as they prepared for a meeting with company representatives Tuesday. The union is demanding that Smithfield boost its wage offerings.

Virginia-based Smithfield Foods says its initial contract offer was in line with accepted agreements at other plants.

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