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Hub Applies for Government Supervised Vote

Company says employees should decide on latest offer in effort to end dispute

MONCTON, NB – Hub Meat Packers Limited announced today that it has applied for a government supervised vote to allow its 750 employees, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1288 P, to vote on the company’s latest offer. The vote will be held on Thursday November 9, 2000.

"We truly want to resolve this dispute and welcome our employees back to work," said David Rinzler, President of Hub. "We believe our employees should have the opportunity to review the offer and decide what is best for them."

The revised offer includes a two-year extension of the current contract including profit sharing, wages, pension and benefits and seniority. The company also plans to establish a joint work place committee to address and resolve ongoing issues.

"This is a very good offer in an industry that has experienced wage roll backs and concessions. Even now, there are people on strike at another packing plant over a $5.00 an hour roll-back," added Rinzler. "This is our last chance to resolve this dispute quickly. If it is turned down the dispute will not be quickly or easily settled."

The company has prepared an opinion of the offer that will be hand-delivered to employees’ homes for their review.

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