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Cargill Plant That Supplies 40% of Canada’s Beef Averts Strike

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Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Union workers at a Cargill Inc. plant that accounts for about 40% of Canada’s beef supply have accepted a new labor contract, averting a strike that threatened to disrupt the nation’s meat market.

Employees of Cargill’s plant in High River, Alberta, voted 71% in favor of the contract offered by the U.S. agricultural giant, the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Union Local 401 said in a statement Saturday. The agreement included a 21% wage increase over the life of the six-year deal, and was touted by the union as the best food processing contract in the country.