No progress was reported in contract talks between Tyson Foods and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union at the plant in Cherokee. Workers there have continued to work withouth a contract since rejecting the company's final contract proposal last month on a vote of 430-13. The company is proposing signing bonuses for employees already at the plant, but workers were unhappy with health insurance, retirement benefits and lower wages proposed for new hires. Wages would reportedly be frozen at the plant, with a 2 percent lump sum payment on employee wages given at the end of the year.
Talks are expected to resume today.
UFCW officials could not be reached for comment.