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Cargill Strike Threat Rises at Canada Plant as Workers Snub Deal

  • Cargill will consider shifting production to other facilities
  • Alberta plant accounts for about 40% of Canada beef processing
The Cargill Inc. beef plant stands in High River, Alberta, Canada.
The Cargill Inc. beef plant stands in High River, Alberta, Canada.Photographer: Alex Ramadan/Bloomberg

Cargill Inc.’s unionized workers in one of Canada’s largest beef processing plants rejected the company’s latest wage offer, prompting the meatpacker to consider shifting operations to other facilities as a strike deadline looms.

The union representing workers at Cargill’s plant in High River, Alberta voted on and rejected a contract offer by a 98% margin, the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union Local 401 said in a late Wednesday email. The union said members will go on strike at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 6 unless a deal can be reached, affecting operations at a plant that accounts for roughly 40% of Canadian beef processing capacity.