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Mott's Workers Approve Contract After 4-Month Strike

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 4:39am

WILLIAMSON, N.Y. (AP) — About 300 striking workers have approved a new labor contract with Mott's and will return next week to their jobs at the company's apple juice plant in western New York.

Officials with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union say hourly employees at the Wayne Countyplant voted Monday 185 to 62 in favor of the contract and will return to work Monday, four months after they went on strike over proposed wage and benefit reductions.

Officials with Local 220 say under the contract would freeze wages for existing workers for three years, retain their pensions and boost the company's 401k match by 2-percent. New hires will get a 4-percent 401k match, but receive no pension.

Officials with Plano, Texas-based Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Mott's parent company, confirmed the company and union had agreed to a three-year contract.

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