MONCTON, NB – Hub Meat Packers announced today
that alternative processing arrangements have been made for all the hogs, cows
and beef cattle processed at its plant.
“We are doing what we reasonably can to help
our producer partners during this challenging time. They had no voice in this
situation, but it directly effects them,” said David Rinzler, President of Hub
Meat Packers. “Alternate arrangements have been made for virtually 100 per cent
of the livestock processed at the plant.”
Hogs are being diverted to Larsen Packers in
Berwick, Nova Scotia and Garden Province Meats in Charlottetown, Prince Edward
Cows are being shipped to Quebec. Hub has
arranged to collection sites and is transporting the animals from there.
Beef cattle are being shipped to Ontario to
processing facilities with similar equipment and processes to Hub to ensure
product quality and consistency for consumers.
Hub’s procurement team is contacting
producers directly to advise them of the best location to send their livestock.
Hub has negotiated competitive prices for producers.
The company is also finalizing supply
arrangements to ensure retail customers and consumers can continue to enjoy
their favourite products.
Negotiations began in June and the company
bargained in good faith meeting with both a conciliator and a provincially
appointed mediator as recently as October 17, 2000. On October 18, Hub put
forward its best offer which included maintaining wages, improvements to the
pension, converting a number of part-time jobs to full-time and revisions to
contract language. The offer was rejected by the membership.
The current total wage cost (wages and
benefits) for full-time employees at Hub is more than $22 per hour. The trend
in this industry over the past few years has been rollbacks and concessions.
The company’s best offer would have provided stability for all concerned for
two years in the face of a very competitive industry.
Hub Meat Packers was established by brothers
David, Harold, Gordon and Joseph Rinzler in 1966. The company employs
approximately 1,200 people. Plant operations include meat processing, packaging