Tyson workers at Nebraska plant ink agreement

(August 10, 2004) - DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (Dow Jones/AP) - Tyson Foods workers in Dakota City, Nebraska, have ratified a new five-year labor agreement that improves their pay and benefits. Springdale-based Tyson said yesterday that the contract with United Food and Commercial Workers takes effect immediately. The contract includes pay increases of a dollar 55 an hour for production workers, eventually moving the plant's top production pay to 13 dollars and 65 cents an hour. Maintenance workers' pay has increased 80 cents to eleven dollars an hour, with top pay moving to 16 dollars and 40 cents over the life of the contract. Benefits for the more than three thousand workers include an expanded 401K retirement savings program, while Tyson will also take over the cost of short-term disability coverage and provide one million dollar maximum medical coverage for each employee.