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|Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 5:00 am Post subject: United Farm Workers sign first Oregon contract
|PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The United Farm Workers and Threemile Canyon Farms — at 93,000 acres one of the largest dairying operations in the region — ended years of often-bitter conflict on Monday by announcing a three-year labor agreement.
It was the UFW's first contract in Oregon and the largest agricultural work agreement ever reached in the state.
"This is an important milestone for Threemile Canyon Farms," said Marty Myers, general manager at Oregon's largest dairy operation, which employs about 250 mostly Hispanic workers.
During the dispute, which began with the UFW's first organizing attempts in 2003, the union urged companies not to buy from Threemile Canyon, located near the Columbia River town of Boardman about 150 miles east of Portland.
A major dairy client for Threemile Canyon, which began operations in 2000, has been the Tillamook cheese factory on the Oregon Coast.
Key provisions of the new labor contract define mutual rights and obligations. Neither side can take labor issues to third parties not associated with the company or the union and the contract provides for a family medical plan. It makes provisions for employee advancement and training and establishes a code of employee conduct.
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