Members at Louisville Packaging ratified a new three-year agreement today by an overwhelming 94%.
After weeks of tough negotiations in which the Company sought serious concessions, members voted to authorize a strike on June 9th. This vote gave the Local 89 negotiating committee the last bit of leverage they needed to win what many at Louisville Packaging believe is one of the strongest contracts in their history.
“The members stood strongly together to demand better for themselves and their families,” said Business Agent Jay Dennis. “This was a very member driven negotiation, and the result was an Agreement that was a major step forward.”
Highlights of the new agreement include $1.45 in wage increases over the life of the contract, an additional paid holiday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, allowing all employees with vacation to use 10 of their days individually, increases in safety and boot allowances and much more.
In this contract, the members successfully pushed back against the deep concessions the Company was pursuing, and instead earned a contract that recognized their great contributions to the success of the business.
“This is a great example of solidarity being the most powerful avenue to a better life,” said Jay Dennis.
President Zuckerman, the Officers, Agents, and Staff of Teamsters Local 89 congratulate everyone at Louisville Packaging on their new contract. Special thanks to Business Agent Jay Dennis and the Union Negotiating committee made up of Chief Steward Kevin Kernes, Stewards DJ Taylor and Shawn Cowles, and Members Jeff Shed and David Wilburn for their hard work and dedication to winning a strong contract.