DANVILLE — More than 240 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 686 returned to work Monday at the Viscofan meat casings production facility in Danville, according to a union press release.
The newly-ratified contract includes better on-call terms to ensure that workers can spend time with their families, no forced early call-ins for mandatory overtime, across-the-board wage increases, increased performance bonuses for every worker and no new random, intrusive drug testing.
According to a release from Kevin Dawson, vice president of human resources at the plant at 915 N. Michigan Ave, the new contract "provides better flexibility for plant maintenance, and offers competitive remuneration linked to plant efficiency that will improve the service to our customers."
“The men and women of Viscofan work hard every day to produce the high-quality products that have made this company successful,” said UFCW Local 686 President Tim Miller in the release. “Thanks to our members standing together, we were able to achieve a better contract that provides workers with more time with their families and more time to give back to Danville.”
The new contract for Viscofan workers follows a June 21 employee walkout, part of a united push by workers to strengthen the proposal and ensure that the company is investing in the workers who helped make the company successful.
UFCW Local 686 had been negotiating with Viscofan since January 2019.
Viscofan is a global meat casing company headquartered in Tajonar, Spain, and had almost $2 billion in revenue last year. Viscofan acquired the plant in Danville, Illinois with its purchase of Teepak in 2006.
Editor's note: This version of the story adds comments from Viscofan management.