The Americold Logistics workers in Belvidere, IL ratified their first union contract. This is the first contract the company has with UFCW Local 1546.
The whole process started back in October of 2012. The union election was won in January of 2013 despite the company waging a union avoidance campaign. Through it all, the workers stuck together during the long and difficult collective bargaining process with the company. After almost two years of drawn out negotiations the contract was finally ratified in January of 2015.
The contract covers all full-time and part-time hourly warehouse / production employees, lift truck operators, shag drivers, and leads employed at the Belvidere warehouse. Through this four-year contract the workers receive higher wages and a significant reduction in their healthcare costs.
Americold is the largest provider of temperature-controlled food distribution services in the country. The warehouse facility in Belvidere is over 6,175,000 cubic feet and has enough space for nearly 20,000 pallets of merchandise.