By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 21, 2015

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) - Union workers have again rejected a new contract at the Hormel Food Corp. plant in Austin.

The Post-Bulletin of Rochester ( ) reports Tuesday’s vote sends both sides back to the drawing board for the second time. A previous contract offer was rejected about three weeks ago.

In a statement, a Hormel spokesman says both sides worked to get a tentative agreement on “a very competitive” and what the company believes is “an industry leading contract.” The statement says the Austin-based maker of Spam and other products was disappointed the proposal was not ratified but remains optimistic.

The contract covers about 1,500 employees who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. Telephone messages left Wednesday evening for union officials for comment were not immediately returned.


Information from: Post-Bulletin,

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