Tyson Workers Approve New Contract at Dakota City

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) - Workers at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Dakota City, Neb., will be getting raises under a new contract they approved.  Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union approved the deal Saturday. The new five-year contract covers more than 3,500 workers.  Production workers will receive raises of $1.60 per hour over the life of the deal.  Starting pay will increase to between $13.92 and $14.10 per hour.  Top maintenance workers will be paid up to $19.95 an hour.  Tyson's Bruce Pautsch says the contract will benefit workers and help the company succeed.  Marvin Harrington, president of the union's Local 222, says the contract improves what workers had before without significant concessions.

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