JBS America Riverside Employees Ratify First Contract

UFCW Local 1167 welcomes workers at JBS USA to union family

More than 400 hourly workers at JBS USA's Riverside plant have ratified their first contract with their employer and Local 1167.

“We are proud to represent the skilled and hard-working employees of JBS Riverside," Local 1167 President Rick Bruer said following the workers' ratification vote on Nov. 9.

"We thank all of our new members at JBS Riverside Employees for their patience and strength during the lengthy process of negotiating this agreement," President Bruer said. "Without their strength, none of this would be possible."

"We also congratulate Local 1167's Organizing Department for all of their efforts," he added.

The new four-year contract provides significant wage increases for all employees over the life of the agreement, as well as a much faster progression for new hires. Workers also are now allowed to form committees and have a say in resolving issues at the facility.

"We all know the crucial role our union members perform in making all of our employers successful and profitable," said UFCW Local 1167 Secretary-Treasurer Joe Duffle, who led the negotiations for the union.

"This contract continues the high-performance, team-based work environment structure that has created a highly skilled and flexible work force."

"In addition to a strong base pay, workers have the opportunity to continue gaining more skills and higher pay," Duffle said.