Hub Issues Lockout Notice
MONCTON, New Brunswick – Hub Meat Packers announced today that the United Food and Commercial Workers local 1288P advised the company of its intention to go on strike as soon as possible. In response the company has issued 24-hour lockout notice. The lockout will be effective as of October 20 at 12:15 a.m. Employees voted to reject the company’s best offer yesterday.
"We did everything we could to make a deal and they turned us down," said David Rinzler, President of Hub Meat Packers. "Our preference has always been to reach a settlement through negotiations."
Negotiations started in June and included talks with a conciliator and a mediator. The company’s best offer would have provided stability for the employees and the plant for two years in the face of a very competitive industry. The offer included maintaining current wages, improvements to the pension plan and conversion of a number of employees from part-time to full-time. The average total wage cost (wages and benefits) at Hub for full time employees is more than $22.00 an hour.
Hub Meat Packers has arrangements with a number of livestock producers in the region. The company will do what it can to make alternate arrangements. Steps have also been taken to supply our retail customers.
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 and distribution.