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Company, Unions Reach Tentative Agreement

August 20, 1986

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. and unions representing about 2,300 workers at its Madison and Davenport, Iowa, plants have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

James Aehl, a spokesman for the meatpacking firm headquartered here, said the new contract was reached Tuesday night in Rockford, Ill., following negotiations that began last Thursday between United Food and Commercial Workers Local 538 and Local 431, representing Madison and Davenport workers respectively.

Neither side would discuss details of the agreement this morning.

A spokeswoman for Harry Acker, Local 538 president, said Acker would release details later, following an executive board meeting.

″We’re very pleased obviously that we were able to get the tentative agreement and hope to get the approval and ratification of the employees,″ Aehl said.

He said that, while both unions negotiated at once with the company, each arrived at separate contract agreements involving wages, benefits and other items.

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